Top five South Florida date ideas

South Florida is a never-ending playground filled with fresh and exciting places to go on a date. 

Those eager to get out of the house after a long pandemic need look no further than these fun date ideas. South Florida is expansive and vibrant, with something for everyone. Check out the locations below for a guaranteed date to remember!

Entrance to the Villa Casa Casuarina, located inside the former Versace Mansion (via Wikmedia Cmmons)

1116 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 485-2200

Nothing screams Miami quite like the Versace Mansion. Located on Ocean Drive on South Beach, the villa is a showcase of beautiful Mediterranean architecture and cuisine to match. Enjoy chilled gazpacho for $16 and a fresh fish entree for $42 in front of Gianni Versace’s gold-lined pool or at the indoor dining room. The stunning atmosphere and exquisite decor make for the perfect backdrop for a romantic date. 

The Basement bowling alley located inside of the Edition Hotel on Miami Beach (Genevieve Bowen/SFMN)

Basement Bowl
2901 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 257-4500

A nightclub, a bowling alley, or both? Experience both vibes wrapped up in one location. Basement Bowl is a four-lane bowling alley located at the Miami Beach Edition hotel. Open Thursday through Saturday night, it’s a perfect place for a double date! Reserve a lane for up to four guests for $60 plus tax. 

The Garden at Vizcaya (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 So. Miami Ave. 
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 250-9133

An elegant daytime date spot, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a sprawling estate with gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay. Built in 1949, the property was home to former businessman James Deering and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Tour the museum and be transported to the Renaissance or explore the formal gardens surrounded by mangrove shorelines. 

A couple enjoying the scenic Starry Night painting at the Beyond Van Gogh Experience (Dagenis Fernandez/SFMN)

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
1400 N Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33136

Although Vincent Van Gogh was a troubled man and nothing about that seems romantic, his artwork includes enough ambiguity to dazzle you and your partner on a first date. This exhibit hosts the best of Van Gogh’s art projected onto the very floors and walls audiences walkthrough, with classical piano and violin pieces playing softly. You can purchase discounted tickets online for about $37 per adult. This is a great place to learn about art history and the likes of your date! The exhibit is scheduled to end on October the 17th.

Enjoy a parasail ride over the ocean (Courtesy of Stephanie Carranza and Marco Tovar)

Fury Key West Water Excursion
0 Duval St,
Key West, FL 33040

For couples who love thrills and enjoy being on the water, Key West’s Fury has a perfect water-sports excursion that includes parasailing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, banana-boat riding and more. Fly above the water with your partner, discover underwater sea life, speed along the coastline on jet skis or simply enjoy a day on the boat. This is perfect for couples looking to enjoy a date on the water, the ultimate package costs $179 per person (with a $20 discount applied) and includes the aforementioned activities. A thrilling date when compared to usual fine dining.


Genevieve Bowen is a FIU student majoring in digital journalism and political science. She aspires to be a political reporter, combining her love for writing and penchant for politics. Her articles aim to keep citizens well informed and up to date on local, state, and federal politics that affect everyday life.

Dagenis Fernandez is getting his bachelor's in journalism at FIU and plans to obtain his master's abroad. He enjoys spending time with loved ones, learning about cultures and telling stories. He hopes to teach at a collegiate level someday.