10 Best First Date Locations in Florida

First dates are your one chance to make a strong first impression, and where you choose to have your date can help to shape that impression. Florida is chock full of romantic beaches, restaurants, and activities that spur conversations and ensure you both have a good time. Choose wisely, and that first date might just turn into a lifetime of memories. Plan your evening at one of these 10 best first date locations in Florida and lets the sparks fly. 

Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, Tampa, FL

Visiting the zoo shouldn’t die with your childhood. This massive zoo makes a perfect first date spot for many reasons: it’s huge, so there’s plenty of time to wander around and get to know each other. Plus, with over 1,700 animals to see, you’ll never run out of things to talk about. The zoo also hosts a variety of adult0friendly events, animal feedings and encounters, and an open-air safari. 

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Wolf’s Museum of Mystery, St. Augustine, FL

If you want to ensure you have plenty of talking points on your first date, head to this museum of oddities. Dedicated to all things mysterious and unusual, a trip to this museum is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Whether it gives you the creeps or leaves you in awe, this will be a first date to remember.

The Bubble Room, Captiva, FL

If you love all things weird but want to skip the creepiness, head to this oddball eatery for a delicious meal surrounded by uniquities. The ambiance is nothing short of eclectic, giving you and your date more than enough to talk about. Plus, the food here is top-notch, offering seafood, steaks, soups, pasta, and more—all curiously named. 

Villain Theater, Miami, FL

Laughter is the best way to bond, and you’ll have plenty of chances to keep the laughter rolling at this comedy theater. Touted as one of the best venues for comedy in Florida, this no-frills nightlife beats any bar or restaurant, hands down. The performers are professional and believable and know how to keep you in the moment from start to curtain call.

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Five-O Donut Co, Sarasota, FL

Grabbing a donut on a first date might seem boring, but the donuts here are anything but. Massive, over-the-top donut varieties add creativity to your date. They’re conversation pieces and 100 percent delicious, so you can get the best of food and company all in the same spot.

Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg, FL

This public park is a magical experience right in the heart of St. Pete. Inside you’ll discover the city’s oldest living museum, complete with gorgeous flora and fauna, gardens, wildlife, and seemingly endless pathways taking you to it all. Admission is inexpensive and the parking is cheap, giving you plenty of incentive to visit.

Everglades City Airboat Tour, Everglades City, FL

Start your new relationship with an adventure through the Everglades. An airboat tour can be a once in a lifetime experience, taking you to some of Florida’s less explored sites. Plus, you get the added benefit of having a professional tour guide who knows the area so you can get the most from your experience. 

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St. John’s Rivership Cruise, Sanford, FL

If you’re planning on a lunch or dinner date, do it in style by combining a meal with a cruise down the St. John’s River. This gorgeous boat gives you amazing views from every angle, so there’s no such thing as a bad table. It’s no more expensive than what you’d spend on dinner and a movie, but this experience is guaranteed to impress. 

Pier Park, Panama City Beach, FL

Though touted as a shopping area, this place offers so much more than stores. Situated right across from the Gulf of Mexico, you have access to a sprawling pier and waterfront area where you can walk and talk, or head across the street for nightlife and entertainment. With tons of bars, restaurants, a movie theater, Dave & Busters, mirror maze, a Sky Wheel, and other attractions, your first date might end up being an entire day’s adventure. 

Florida Keys Brewing, Islamorada, FL

Whether you love beer or not, there’s something for everyone here. Naturally, their homemade microbrews are front and center, but it’s also a laid-back hangout for live music, artwork, bar games, and special events. And since it’s in the Keys, oceanfront views are never far away.

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