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Celebrate Love in Central Florida

By: Jessica Roberts

As daydream believers, romantic comedy aficionados, and enthusiasts of all things “love,” we bring you: the best ways to celebrate love this February in Central Florida.

Hollis Gardens

Hollis Gardens


Hollis Garden

Hollis Garden is a prime spot for many Central Florida proposals and weddings. This expansive garden area displays numerous flowerbeds, neo-classical architecture, fountains and more. Soft, classical music even plays in the background. End your day in the gardens sitting on the edge of the beautiful koi pond – your sweetie will love it, I promise.

River Ranch Luxe Teepee Living Area

River Ranch Luxe Teepee Living Area

Go Glamping! (Glamorous Camping)

Your love is unique, so why not celebrate it in a unique way. Traditional and Teepee “glamping” (glamourous camping) at Westgate River Ranch Resort provides a one-of-a-kind camping experience that’s actually luxurious. And since these glampsites are located on a Wild West resort, you’ve got built-in entertainment. Yeehaw!

Skydive…Because Love is in the Air

At Florida Skydiving Center, you two could be free falling, just like your heart was the day you first laid eyes on her…or you can at least relive the butterflies you felt before you jump out of the plane. It’s a unique date you two won’t soon forget and maybe something you’ve been meaning to knock off your bucket list.

Grove Roots Brewing Co.

Grove Roots Brewing Co.

Sample Some Local Brews

Raise a toast to love before or after your date night with a craft beer from a local brewery or pub. Some of our favorites for a date night include Brew Hub, Grove Roots Brewing Co. and Cob & Pen.

Detroit Tigers Spring Training

Detroit Tigers Spring Training

Hit it out of the Park with Spring Training Tickets

Everyone knows the way to a man’s (and many a woman’s) heart is through sports tickets. The Detroit Tigers play four Spring Training home games in Lakeland this February at the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.  Even if he’s been to a spring training game before, you two can have a blast discovering the new stadium together. Don’t forget to root, root, root for the home team.

Watch a Movie

Celebrate a love that has stood the test of time at a theatre that has stood the test of time. The historic Polk Theatre is beautiful and boasts a ceiling of twinkling stars. Don’t forget to make a wish.

If you’re looking for the classic romance of a drive-in movie, check out what’s playing at the Silver Moon Drive-In Theater.  Each screen has a double feature seven nights a week.  You’ll enjoy listening to the movie through your FM car radio, or through the in-car speakers available for a more authentic experience.

Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens

Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens

Visit Bok Tower Gardens

Your love is in full bloom and so is Bok Tower Gardens this time of year. Winding paths of beautiful blooms, privacy and the charming sound of a carillon concert in the background – it’s a no-brainer. Kick the romance up a notch by packing a picnic and enjoying lunch seated by the singing tower, which overlooks the vast beauty of the Lake Wales Ridge.

There are several dreamy events taking place on Valentine’s Day!  Experience the hundreds of camellias and azaleas that bloom throughout the garden with the Spring Bloom Guided Walking Tours. Special live carillon concerts will play from the “Singing Tower” at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Rekindle your passion for chocolate and love with their special For the Love of Chocolate event.  End the day with a special Bok After Dark “Valentine’s Day” event, complete with live music, and an optional add-on dinner.


What’s the most important part of this day? I think most can agree it’s the specialty food. I grin foolishly just daydreaming about how many adorable couples will get engaged over a fancy dinner this Valentine’s Day. Because I know your significant other will find it too-cute that you took time out of your busy schedule to call and make a dinner reservation, I’ve picked out a few fine establishments for you to consider:

Restaurants Offering Special Dinners

Arrabellas Ristorante in Winter Haven, 863-293-1797

Bay Street Bistro in Lakeland, 863-683-4229: Four-Course Valentine’s Day menu for $70 per person.

Nineteen61 in Lakeland, 863-688-1961: Four-Course Valentine’s Day menu.

Nutwood in Winter Haven, 863-229-7770: Five-Course Valentine’s Day menu.


If you get butterflies in your stomach every time you see a delivery man carrying flowers, you might be just as sentimental as me, and that’s okay – here I have listed some important information that might come in handy this Valentine’s Day:

  • Lasater Flowers in Winter Haven, 863-294-3213
  • The Flower Corner in Davenport, 863-421-0827
  • House of Flowers in Auburndale, 863-967-3471
  • Mrs. D’s Flower Shop in Lakeland, 863-665-1011
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