Even if you don't consider yourself a planner, planning ahead for Valentine's Day is a great way to show your significant other just how much you care for them. Although planning ahead is a kind gesture, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to romantic outings for Valentine's Day near Bartow. Here is a little inspiration, then, to help you see that you can have an enjoyable Valentine's Day in and around this hidden Florida gem.
If you're looking to take a step back in time this Valentine's Day, a visit to Bartow's own Wonder House may be just right for you and your Valentine. Built in the early 1900s, the Wonder House is currently in the process of being restored to its original grandeur. The cool thing is that this restoration is being done by the same people who own and live in the house. This makes for an intimate and fun setting that you and your sweetie are sure to remember. Just be sure to book in advance, as tickets cannot be sold at the door.
Sometimes, the best way to enjoy Valentine's Day is to have fun with other couples also enjoying this special day. To help make this group outing a success, then, consider an evening at the Idlewood Venue. Also located locally, the Idlewood Venue offers a generous space that can be customized to the needs of your group. To top it all off, the Idlewood Venue offers world-class catering that will rival any restaurant you could go to on Valentine's Day or any day.
If you and your Valentine are nature lovers, then a visit to Lakeland's Hollis Garden may help your love to grow just like the beautiful plants at the garden. As you wander around the garden's 1.2 acres, you'll be able to feast your eyes on over 10,000 plants. The best part is that since the garden is owned and maintained by the city, admission to Hollis Garden is totally free.
Also located in Lakeland, the Polk Museum of Art can make for an inspiring and romantic Valentine's date, especially if you and your special someone appreciate art of all types. The exhibitions at the museum rotate regularly, meaning that if you enjoy the experience on Valentine's Day, the Polk Museum can become a new favorite hangout for you and your significant other.
Be a Kid Again
Part of making love last is not taking yourself too seriously. What better way to keep things light, then, than to pay a visit to Lakeland's Explorations V Children's Museum? Featuring three floors of exhibits, the Explorations V Museum includes everything from a mock news station to a kid-sized grocery store. You may find, though the museum is designed for children, that you're able to learn a thing or two, even as an adult. So, let your inner-child shine through and enjoy a day at the museum.
Be Awed by Nature's Majesty
One of the perks of living in Florida is the ability to enjoy a sunset cruise, year-round. Why not set up a private cruise, then, on Winter Haven-based Living Water Boat Cruises? This company utilizes pontoon boats to whisk you and your sweetheart through the chain of lakes that this area is known for. By utilizing a smaller vessel, you will be able to get up close and personal with many majestic creatures, big and small. Plus, with no one but you, your sweetie, and the captain on the cruise, you can enjoy a lingering kiss as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Show Your Adventurous Side
Living in and around Lakeland means you've probably encountered a 'gator or two in your time. While accidental encounters should be kept to a minimum, a purposeful encounter can make for a great Valentine's Day date idea. One option to get your blood pumping is Tampa-based Croc Encounters. Offering both self-guided and professionally-guided tours, Croc Encounters allows you to enjoy inspiring encounters with crocodiles, alligators, and many other fascinating and hard-to-find reptiles. Additionally, Croc Encounters offers many feeding demonstrations and feeding opportunities to give you a once-in-a-lifetime photo op.
Have a Competition
If you and your Valentine enjoy a little friendly competition, then the Bartow Golf Course can make a great arena to figure out who will reign supreme. A Par 72 course, the 18 holes of this attraction are sure to challenge even the most experienced golfer. A unique part of this golf course, unlike so many of Florida's other golf courses, is that there are no houses backed-up to this course. This means that a trip to this golf course is also a chance to enjoy nature and spend some time alone with the one you adore.
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