Valentine's Day in Jacksonville, Florida has never been easier or more fun than it will be this year if you use one of the inventive and fun date ideas listed here. Jacksonville's warm subtropical climate makes the feted day even more enjoyable because it allows for outdoor activities as well as indoor romantic dinners and the like. Be more creative with your loved one. Watch the sunset on the beach with a bottle of merlot. Drive to the mountains for sunrise with hot chocolate and blankets. Be kids again and go to the zoo. Remember, love doesn't require reservations. From bed and breakfast dates to a romantic rendezvous on the water, our list of things to do in Jacksonville doesn't stop you short.
Coco Chanel once said, "There are people who have money, and people who are rich." Valentine's Day is one holiday where this sentiment rings most true. Rich in love does not necessarily mean rich in pocket; and this guide to Valentine's Day dates holds with the latter – those who are rich in love and wanting to do something supremely sweet for their lovers. Read on for a comprehensive guide to Valentine's Day in Jacksonville whether for the family, the newlyweds or a new couple.
1. Picnic in Metropolitan Park
This is a great family Valentine's Day option as the park is geared towards the tykes. So put together a cooler with some PB&J, some chips, fruit, veggies and sodas plus some Valentines cookies for dessert! Let the kiddos run their hearts out at around the park while you and your beloved schmooze over some champagne and strawberries on the picnic blanket. Take in the sights of the park on a nice family walk afterwards and present your sweetest with some Valentine's Day flowers!
2. Alhambra Theatre and Dinner
The Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida is the oldest continually operating Dinner theater in the United States and the only professional resident theatre in the area south of Atlanta, east of New Orleans and north of Orlando. So take your sweetie for a spin in the dinner theatre world! This fun activity for Valentine's Day in Jacksonville will really have you two crying from laughter. You'll be served dinner and be witness to a fantastic show at the same time! This medium-priced event will have you and your sweetie swooning together after a night of wine, laughs and holding hands!
3. A Romantic Dinner Out
Surveys say that the most romantic Jacksonville restaurant is Christopher Seafood and Company. Home of the Maryland style jumbo lump blue crab cake, its menu boasts one of the widest varieties of seafood in Jacksonville and is sure to please any palate. From the Chesapeake Bay to the Bayou; the Mediterranean to the southwest; it offers only the areas freshest seafood, poultry, and Braveheart Angus Beef. So make a reservation at least four weeks in advance for you and your sweetie to come to the candlelight and be enraptured of one another! This is a medium-priced option for Valentine's Day.
4. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Concert
Although it's the day before Valentine's Day, this Valentine's idea will shock your sweets right into your arms. Spend a night grooving and moving to the top hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and you're in for a night that neither of you will soon forget. After the show, head home where you have a Valentine's Day bouquet waiting for you love as well as some wine or champagne!
5. Bed and Breakfast Stay-Cation
There are a number of romantic Bed and Breakfasts in Jacksonville so you don't have to go far to find one suitable for your sweetie. Try The Riverdale Inn St. John's House, or Dickert House. All of the above offer one-of-a-kind accommodations, meals and special amenities that you'll just have to experience to believe!
6. Cirque Dreams: Illumination Show
The show takes place the day after V-Day so be sure to present the tickets beforehand. The Cirque du Soleil show at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most popular and in-demand shows the country has ever seen so scoring tickets to it is a feat itself! Take your sweetie to this rendition and you'll both have a fantastic time. Go to a romantic dinner in Jacksonville beforehand, and afterwards, present your love with her favorite Valentine's Day flowers. The Illusion show is a particularly expensive option so this isn't a recommendation for everyone.
7. Wine and Cheese River Walk
Seeing as your so close to the famous St. John's River, find a beach spot for a wine and cheese picnic then stroll along the riverbanks tossing rocks, skipping stones, and smooching!
8. Romantic Holiday is at Home
Finally, if you're short on cash, the best way to spend the romantic holiday is at home, curled up in each other's arms. Watching someone else's romance can really ignite your own; so stay home and rent Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's, An Affair to Remember or When Harry Met Sally!