4 Summer Date-Night Ideas You Haven’t Thought Of

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with sitting at your favorite bar, splitting a bottle of Merlot and nibbling on short-rib sliders. But as an activity for date night... it’s kind of the equivalent of giving up and retiring to Palm Beach. Here, four unique date-night ideas that are sure to wow your S.O. (or that Bumble match). 

Your Perfect (Non-Touristy) Day in South Beach

For Nature Buffs

Even if you know Broward County like the back of your hand, you may be unfamiliar with this tucked-away garden and wildlife sanctuary. Flamingo Gardens is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, from alligators to bobcats and panthers to peacocks flamingos. Spend the afternoon here and don’t forget to peek into the hummingbird garden.

For Foodies

You and your beau can enjoy some quality wine and food without falling back on your neighborhood haunt. Channel your inner chef by opting for an interactive cooking class. The third floor of La Centrale includes a demo kitchen that hosts classes on Italian cooking techniques, like an intro to Neapolitan pizza, mozzarella 101 and even an aperitivo cocktail workshop. Then hit up the food hall’s second-floor gelato counter, which boasts 16 types of gelato and 80 variations of chocolates.

For Adventure Seekers

For our more seasoned couples, you may want to consider parking the car and spending an entire day somewhere. Luckily, Miami’s got a fair share of totally walkable destinations, from Wynwood to Miami Beach to the Design District. It’s a perfect option for pairs who get a little bored sticking with just one plan. Coffee, shopping, a quick workout and a romantic meal? Coming right up.

For Boaters And Beer Lovers

Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed the Venice of America, after all. Spend your evening in town, jump on a water taxi and stop at different restaurants along the Intracoastal Waterway. We’re thinking 15th Street Fisheries and Grille 66. When you get a little tired of one spot, hop onto the next.

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Miami Editor

Clarissa Buch Zilberman is a writer and editor based in Miami. Focused on food, lifestyle, and travel, her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, and...