Shrouded in mystery, the origin of Valentine’s Day is rooted in the 5th century. However it began, February 14th has long been associated with love and romance.
From the simple handmade cards of children to gestures of untold extravagance, affection expressions can run the full spectrum on February 14th.
Don’t be caught empty-handed this Valentine’s Day. Here are 7 unique experiences, exclusive to Florida’s Adventure Coast.
Photo: Weeki Wachee Mermaid by Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
- Take your sweetheart to a Mermaid performance at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
Watch as love conquers all when The Little Mermaid meets her Prince. This rendition of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale is moving and romantic.
Hint: Be sure to watch YouTube for a special video. Here is a look at Valentine’s Day 2017.
Photo: Fresh strawberries from JG Ranch by the Visitors Bureau
- Pick Fresh Strawberries
What’s sweeter than ripe red strawberries plucked personally from the plant? Reach out and feed your Valentine the biggest, juiciest berry you can find. Valentine’s Day happens to fall in the peak of strawberry season on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Breathe deeply when you step out of your car at JG Ranch and at UPicktopia; even the air simmers with sweetness.
- Fall in Love with Live Music and Events
FloridasAdventureCoast.com is now your one-stop shop for upcoming events. Our brand-new events listing is continually updated from facebook and other social media feeds. Check in often to find live music at some of your favorite spots like the Tap Room at The Florida Cracker Kitchen in Brooksville and the Upper Deck Café on Hernando Beach.
Photo: TreeUmph! Adventure Course by TreeUmph!
- Channel your inner Tarzan and Jane at TreeUmph! Adventure Course.
Swing and zip through the treetops in a friendly competition. Compare primal yells as you navigate over 130 individual obstacles. Explore the forest from above together in this lush jungle-like setting.
Photo: Bayport River Safari from Facebook
- Go Fishing or Take a Nature Cruise
Spend some quality time on the Gulf of Mexico together casting for February catches like redfish, trout and sheepshead. Book a trip with one of Florida’s Adventure Coast’s professional charter services and leave all the details to your captain.
Plan a fun cruise with Bayport River Safari. Enjoy a narrated tour of the scenic Mud and Weeki Wachee Rivers. Reserve your spot on a romantic sunset cruise for the weekend.
Photo: Butterflies at Chinsegut Conservation Center by the Visitors Bureau
- Wild Valentines
Wildlife surrounds us here in Nature’s Place to Play. Why not discover what drives breeding behavior among our diverse native residents? Learn how animals compete for mates and more in this one-hour nature program at Chinsegut Conservation Center.
Photo: Valentine's Day Collage from the Tilted Teacup Website
- Candlelit Tables and Carriage Rides
Brooksville’s Tilted Teacup Tea Room presents: Paris Valentine’s Day. Plan a memorable evening at the Tilted Teacup. Take a carriage ride down the cobblestone streets of historic Brooksville and take in the Tea Room’s classic elegance. Carriage rides are limited and reservations are required.
This is simply a sampling of Valentine’s Day adventures available only here in Nature’s Place to Play. Sure, you can buy roses and chocolates anywhere, but a unique Florida adventure is sure to warm your valentine’s heart.