Romance is in the air in the Sunshine State, as the endless array of natural beauty and outdoor adventures found in Florida makes it the perfect place for creating lasting memories with that special someone. From leisurely strolls in tranquil garden settings to horse-drawn carriage rides, here are the most romantic things to do in Florida.

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Spot Wildlife at Lovers Key State Park Lovers Key State Park
Lovers Key State Park

Spot Wildlife at Lovers Key State Park (Nearby Hotels)

Romance is in the name at Lover’s Key State Park, a perfect spot enjoy the simple pleasures of life with your loved one in Fort Myers Beach. It’s 1,600 acres of idyllic landscapes and four barrier islands are great for an afternoon swim, or you can go on a kayaking or paddle boarding adventure. Scour the beach for colorful seashells, and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as gopher tortoises, bald eagles, bottlenose dolphins and manatees.

Find Seashells at Honeymoon Island State Park Honeymoon Island State Park
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Honeymoon Island State Park

Find Seashells at Honeymoon Island State Park (Nearby Hotels)

Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin is another aptly named outdoor gem, where you’ll find plenty of chances to enjoy a day of romance. Its pristine shoreline is highlighted by its crystal clear waters, creating a postcard-perfect backdrop for a day of soaking up the sunshine. Spend a day looking for seashell treasures that have washed up ashore, take an afternoon swim in the gentle waters, or take a stroll through the scenic hiking trails to spot migratory birds.

Catch a Flick at Ruskin Family Drive-In Drive-In Theatre, Ruskin
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Drive-In Theatre, Ruskin

Catch a Flick at Ruskin Family Drive-In (Nearby Hotels)

Avoid the movie theater crowds and cozy up to your loved one at the Ruskin Family Drive-In. The theater offers a retro movie-going experience that is perfect for couples. This attraction in Ruskin, Fla., has been showing movies since 1952 when its first feature was “Singing in the Rain,” and now offers a dose of nostalgia with classic movies and blockbuster films that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own confined space.

Enjoy a Picnic at Hillsborough River State Park Hillsborough River State Park
Hillsborough River State Park

Enjoy a Picnic at Hillsborough River State Park (Nearby Hotels)

Pack a picnic basket full of goodies and head to Hillsborough River State Park, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a quiet lunch for two by the river. Located near Tampa, its shady areas and picturesque natural settings are perfect for a romantic ambiance, while couples who want to go on an adventure will discover plenty of opportunities for kayaking, biking and hiking in the park.

Go on a Sunrise Horseback Ride in Amelia Island Amelia Island Horseback Riding
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Amelia Island Horseback Riding

Go on a Sunrise Horseback Ride in Amelia Island (Nearby Hotels)

Amelia Island features one of the only beaches where you can enjoy horseback riding along the coast. Wake up early for this memorable excursion, where you can ride side-by-side as you savor the golden beach landscapes highlighted by the glowing range of colors. Afterwards, you can hop on the Amelia Island Trolley for a tour of the area and browse the collection of boutique shops and art galleries.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Above Orlando Orlando Balloon Rides
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Orlando Balloon Rides

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Above Orlando (Nearby Hotels)

While the crowds of tourists flock to the theme park attractions in Orlando, take a romantic hot air balloon ride above The City Beautiful. You and your loved one will soar 1,000 feet above the city and admire the vast expanse of swamps, forests and orange groves below you. Offering an intimate experience you won’t soon forget, you’ll be able to sip champagne and watch the sunrise together.

Take a Seaplane in the Florida Keys Key West
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Key West

Take a Seaplane in the Florida Keys (Nearby Hotels)

The Florida Keys is a mecca for postcard-picture landscapes with its 1,700 islands surrounded by crystal clear waters. While many visitors flock to the area to explore the colorful underwater marine life, those looking to take their romance up a notch can hop on a seaplane to get a bird’s-eye view of this picturesque area. Experience something new as you soar above stingrays, sea turtles and sharks in the waters below and admire the mesmerizing deep blue and emerald waters.

Climb the Lighthouse in Key Biscayne Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Climb the Lighthouse in Key Biscayne (Nearby Hotels)

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is home to Florida’s historic 109-step lighthouse, which is the oldest standing structure in Miami. It offers easy access to a beautiful beach area where you can enjoy a day of fun in the sun, while those looking to capture stunning panoramic views of the area can climb to the top of the lighthouse. Enjoy a quiet afternoon by the water, where you can set up a picnic and take a scenic bike ride along the shoreline.

Spot Dolphins on Sanibel Island Sanibel Island, Florida
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Sanibel Island, Florida

Spot Dolphins on Sanibel Island (Nearby Hotels)

A popular spot for shell collectors, Sanibel Island is also a great place to spot dolphins frolicking in the water. Get up early to experience a sunrise on the beach and you’ll likely be able to see groups of dolphins feeding just offshore. Those who want to see them up close can join a kayaking excursion around Pine Island Sound, while they are also known to play in the surf at Lighthouse Beach.

Go on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in St. Augustine St Augustine, Florida
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St Augustine, Florida

Go on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in St. Augustine (Nearby Hotels)

Dating back to 1565, the most romantic way to explore the historic, cobblestone streets of St. Augustine is on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Take an intimate tour of the oldest city in the United States and learn more about its historical significance by listening to tales told by an expert guide. Afterwards, you can explore stately castles, relax on tranquil beaches and admire the romantic Spanish-influenced architecture.

Indulge in Oysters in Destin Louisiana Lagniappe, Destin
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Louisiana Lagniappe, Destin

Indulge in Oysters in Destin (Nearby Hotels)

A haven for outdoor adventures and succulent seafood offerings, Destin is an alluring destination known for its fishing excursions, white sand beaches and emerald-hued waters. Couples looking for a bit of romance can indulge in Gulf-to-table platters at an array of local restaurants and try fresh offerings of freshly caught seafood cuisine. Head to Louisiana Lagniappe for oysters topped with savory stuffing and jumbo lump crab meat, or visit Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House for fresh oysters and lobster mac & cheese.

Take a Stroll Through Bok Tower Gardens Bok Tower Gardens
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Bok Tower Gardens

Take a Stroll Through Bok Tower Gardens (Nearby Hotels)

Set among the rolling hills of citrus trees in Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens boasts 250 acres of visually stunning subtropical gardens. Its centerpiece is the 205-foot Singing Tower carillon, while a 1930s Mediterranean mansion and collection of scenic walking trails are perfect for some alone time with your loved one. Adorned with koi ponds and reflection pools, discover peaceful resting spots surrounded by beautiful displays of camellias, azaleas and orchids.

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