With apologies to Virginia, Florida is the state that’s really for lovers. With clear blue waters, a daily stunning sunset, and hundreds of top locales offering entertainment suited for two – it’s easy to see why couples flock to the Sunshine State for some R&R.

If you and your boo are planning your next getaway, you should consider these 18 amazing activities. Below you’ll find a bit about each activity. Stay and play and fall in love all over again!

Florida’s Best Activities for Couples

Naples Botanical Garden | Naples

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre, world-class garden paradise that features plants from around the world. The Garden provides arts, culture, youth and adult education, conservation, wellness, and volunteer programs that contribute to the quality of life in Southwest Florida onsite and online at naplesgarden.org. The Garden’s living collections are always growing and evolving, leaving audiences with a deeper engagement with their curated gardens and Preserve.

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The Ringling | Sarasota

The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is administered by Florida State University. It features an art museum, historic mansion, circus museum, historic theater, conservation laboratory, and research library, situated on sixty-six acres of spectacular bay front property in Sarasota.
The Ringling is a place of art, architecture, and circus in an environment that inspires, educates, entertains, and honors the legacy of John & Mable Ringling.
As one of the more extraordinary museums in the world, with a unique combination of diverse culture, and fine and performing arts, The Ringling will be a leading museum complex with an international reach aligned with Florida State University.

St. Augustine Distillery | St. Augustine

Come experience the “Spirit of Florida”. St. Augustine Distillery is a locally owned and operated, artisanal spirits distillery in historic, downtown St. Augustine. Located within a beautifully restored ice plant from the turn-of-the-century, their mission is simple: Educate and inspire their guests about our handcrafted, award-winning rum, bourbon whiskey, gin, and vodka. All of their spirits are made from local and regional agricultural products. The result is undeniable; world-class spirits that create the best local cocktails imaginable.

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Big Cat Rescue | Tampa

Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. They are home to about 50+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. What sets Big Cat Rescue apart is that they are working to end the abuse at its root by ending the private possession and trade in exotic cats through legislation and education. The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992.

Hemingway Home & Museum | Key West

Built in 1851, home to Ernest Hemingway 1931-1940, National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark and recognized by Library of Congress for it’s importance in U.S. History.

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The Dali Museum | St. Petersburg

The Dalí Museum celebrates the life and work of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and features works from the artist’s entire career. The collection includes over 2,400 works from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity, including oil paintings, many original drawings, book illustrations, artists’ books, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts and an extensive archive of documents. Founded with the works collected by A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the Museum has made significant additions to its collection over the years.

Ruskin Family Drive-In | Ruskin

The Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, with over 50 years of continuous service to the Ruskin and South Hillsborough County, has been a community gathering place since its first movie, “Singing in the Rain” played in 1952.

They call it the “Last family drive-in” in the U.S.A. because families, dating couples, single parents with children and everyone else young and old can come and visit. They had family values when family values were the rule.

They offer great movies, good food, and peace and quiet on a continuous basis. They have a 2000 square foot screen, clean restrooms, snack bar and clean parking lot. They are open year round – rain or shine, hot or cold, including holidays!

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Sunrise Horseback Ride | Amelia Island

I had the most amazing experience with my ride here. I wanted to propose to my girlfriend and they were very willing to work with me to make it as beautiful as I imagined and help keep it a surprise for my girlfriend. The ride itself was incredible. We went on a sunset ride, and our guide was Brittany. She was so pleasant and friendly, showing us how to handle each horse and making sure we were happy and comfortable the entire ride. She also offered to take pictures for us with my phone! They even coordinated with a photographer I hired to get him in position where he could capture our special moment unnoticed. I would highly recommend taking a ride here, especially with Brittany. We had the time of our lives! Thank you Amelia Island Horseback Riding for such a beautiful lifelong memory! We plan on making it a tradition whenever we visit!” – Google Review

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Bob’s Balloons | Orlando

Take a hot air balloon ride in the Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney World, or the Davenport areas in a flight customized just for you. They fly over Orange, Osceola, Lake and Polk Counties seeing the wildlife and scenery as only seen while floating over it in a balloon.

Hot air balloon rides are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, birthday, engagement, anniversary or corporate outing. Peacefully drifting across treetops as dawn breaks is an experience not to be missed. Enjoy the panoramic view of the lakes, wildlife and skylines of Central Florida’s cities and attractions. You will also receive mementos of your very special flight.

Seaplane Adventures | Key West

As the only air service, they are by far the quickest and most exciting way to reach the Dry Tortugas National Park. Everyone gets a window seat and a headset. Spot sharks, dolphin, turtles and shipwrecks. The Florida Keys do not end in Key West. The island is just the end of the highway – US1. The chain of islands that make up the Florida Keys continue for a further 70 miles. Their flight route takes you due west, over this island chain. The destination, Dry Tortugas National Park, lies in the blue/green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is the true end of the Keys.

Old Town Trolley Tours | Key West

The nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, beckons visitors to discover its charming cobblestone streets, historical landmarks and pristine beaches. St. Augustine welcomes guests year-round, with friendly locals, sunny days and lovely places to dine, play, and become enlightened. For over 30 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has brought the best of the city to life through Transportainment, their unique blend of transportation and entertainment. Climb aboard to experience the humorous tales and interesting trivia of our friendly conductors, as they bring 500 years of American history to life.

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Bok Tower Gardens | Lake Wales

Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon, magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, and 3-acres of nature inspired play Children’s Garden, the Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment. At Bok Tower Gardens there is something to discover for visitors of all ages.

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Sunset Sail | Key West

There’s no better way to experience the Florida Keys than right on the water, and there’s no better charter to trust with your tour than Sunset Sail Key West. With years of experience and a lifetime of passion, their fleet of locally owned sailboats and personable sailors will show you all the beauty that Key West has to offer. As you join them for a sunset, starlight, or snorkel sail, you’ll find that the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys have a way of bringing people together. Their team is flexible, accommodating, and dedicated to making your sailing experience as smooth and personalized as possible.

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Key Largo Snorkeling & Diving | Key Largo

Snorkel and dive trips to the reefs and wrecks of Key Largo, Florida. They are located in Key Largo, Florida, home of America’s first undersea Park and only living coral reef. Come explore our backyard and see for yourself why Key Largo reefs are a favorite among landlubbers and water people alike! They take you to Pennekamp Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. They offer 4 options for one-stop Key Largo snorkeling tours: these trips are 2.5 hours and give you one hour in the water. They also have 1 option for a 4.5 hour two-stop snorkel trip that gives you two hours in the water.

Island Queen Cruises & Tours | Miami

Island Queen Cruises & Tours is the one-stop destination for planning a full schedule of fun during a visit or stay in Miami. From Miami’s top activities & attractions to unique waterfront dining & transportation services, they offer the ultimate Miami experience!

Island Time Sailing | Panama City Beach

The Island Time Sailing Catamaran, on Panama City Beach, has been making great family memories, since 1999. They’re known for their famous “Rum Punch,” great music and a wonderful crew where you can see dolphins at Shell Island or snorkel St. Andrews Bay.

Set sail on The Island Time Sailing Catamaran on Panama City Beach. Create your own adventure in paradise on a variety of cruises. Explore St. Andrews Bay and Shell Island while you snorkel, search for dolphins, and relax under the sun.

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StarLite Cruises | Clearwater Beach

Family-owned operation has been serving locals and visitors in St. Petersburg/Clearwater since 1986. What started as a single vessel operation has grown to become Florida’s largest daily excursion fleet. They offer passengers the most variety and the best value on the water. With so many options and a great reputation for service, it’s no wonder that over 3 million passengers have enjoyed cruising with StarLite.

Choose one of their regularly scheduled cruises for that special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. For larger parties, they offer private dining areas and private vessel charters. From nature cruises to fine dining yacht cruises, casual tropical party cruises to dolphin tours, and luncheon cruises to full day tour group excursions, they offer it all!

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Sunset Water Sports | Key West

Sunset Watersports is also the home of the World’s 1st ALL DAY WATERSPORTS ADVENTURE the “DO IT ALL.”Offering 13 different watersports activities for one low price.  Activities include waverunners, parasailing, snorkeling, banana boat rides, paddle boards, windsurfing, hydro bikes, watersking, ice berg, giant inflatable slides, knee boards, kayaking and water trampoline.   This Key West adventure is GUARANTEED TO WEAR YOU OUT!

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Jen Robertson
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Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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