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10 Things to do in Miami for Valentine’s Day

by Amanda La Gringa
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Keep it casual with a the largest South Florida art street festival, or make it classy with a fancy dinner at Turnberry Isle. This Valentine’s, grab your significant other, or a bunch of your significant friends, and celebrate chocolate, friendship and love around our favorite city: Miami.

  1. Get Artsy at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival

What began in 1963 as an intimate “clothes line” art show featuring a handful of artists and a few thousand onlookers as part of a promotion for the Coconut Grove Playhouse’s production of Irma la Douce has transformed itself into South Florida’s most successful arts festival. Today, the event attracts an estimated 120,000 people to the winding streets of Coconut Grove during President’s Day weekend.

2. For Her: Into The Woods

DreamCatcher Theatre’s beautiful new production of INTO THE WOODS takes place in the fairytale kingdom of the Brothers Grimm where, once upon a time, a baker (J.J. Caruncho) and his wife (Arielle Jacobs) were sent on a quest into the woods by a mysterious witch (Tituss Burgess). Thrust into a world of magic and adventure, they find their story intertwined with a group of legendary characters including Cinderella (Annemarie Rosano), Little Red Riding Hood (Magan Dee Yantko), and a certain young man named Jack (Bruno Vida) who has some very magical beans.

3. For Him: Sex and The Animals

Zoo Miami’s Good Will Ambassador Ron Magill will present his critically acclaimed, outrageously funny and incredibly popular program, “Sex & the Animals” in Zoo Miami’s Sami Family Amphitheater. The show will begin at 8:30 p.m., preceded at 7:30 with a wine and cheese reception for general admission ticket holders, or a full catered romantic dinner if you choose the Premium package. Tickets are $35 per person and $30 for Zoo members, which includes the reception. A limited number of Premium packages are available that include a full dinner and dessert bar as well as beer, wine and soft drinks.

  1. For the Fancy Pants: Turnberry Isle Miami

Treat your special someone to an enticing dinner celebration this Valentine’s Day at Turnberry Isle Miami. Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina restaurant, will offer a contemporary three-course prix fixe dinner, including a take-home gift, a rose for each lady and a complimentary photo booth, for $135 per person, plus tax and service charge. Look at the delicious menu here.

  1. For Cool Groups (friends, girlfriends, recent daters, all the above): The Butchershop

Yes, it really is all of the things in its name with certified prime Angus, hormone-free organic chicken and house-made sausages. You can take it home to cook or have the kitchen take on those duties. The beer garden features an outdoor bar and picnic tables for drinking and eating.

  1. Get Scared: The Flying Trapeze School

If you needed proof he really loved you or she would actually have your back, take a dare and head over to Bayfront Park. We don’t recommend going after a lavish lunch or even a smoothie for breakfast, though. Apparently all the reviewers on Yelp raved about it and could only describe it as “I felt so amazing.” Why in the world you would pay someone to throw you from a really high place is beyond our understanding, but hey, it sounds cool and it’s different. And it makes for great conversation for Mondays. Go. Tell us later.

7. For the Romantic: Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In

Movies under the stars are an American tradition that Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In continues, but it’s changed up the experience a bit. Instead of a huge open field, the drive-in is right in the city and accommodates up to 18 cars per showing, creating cozy outdoor movie watching. Check out the Valentine’s Day specials and buy tickets here.

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