Romantic Date Ideas in Tampa, Florida

Fall in love again during your next date in Tampa, Florida.Fall in love again during your next date in Tampa, Florida.

The year-round beautiful weather and sandy beaches are part of what makes Tampa, Florida a place to visit for a romantic getaway. During the day or night, the area offers many things to do for any type of couple, regardless of age or activity level. Whether it is your first date, second date or 30th date, take your sweetheart to the Tampa coast where the two of you can fall in love over and over again.

Walk the Beach

There are many beaches in the Tampa area that offer a place for you to take your date and enjoy a picnic while waiting for the sun to set. If you are looking to make a day of it, grab some towels, a cooler filled with goodies and play in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico during the day and relax on the blanket later in the evening. Beaches in the Tampa area include Bellaire Beach, Caladesi Island Park, Egmont Key, Honeymoon Island, Indian Rocks Beach and Madeira Beach.

Sunset Cruise

Set sail aboard a sunset cruise into the Gulf of Mexico where you will see dolphins and native birds and watch the sunset while sipping champagne. Some charter companies offer champagne and beer, and cruises that take guests into the Gulf after a tour of inland waterways in search of marine animals. Companies offering sunset cruises in the Tampa area include Windsong Sailing Charters (, StarLite Cruises ( and Dolphin Landing Charter Center (

Parks and Gardens

Pack a picnic complete with chocolate-covered strawberries, or whatever your significant other's favorite is, and head to a local park or garden. Upon arriving, explore the garden in search of a quiet spot to sit and enjoy each other's company while you enjoy the picnic you packed. Some Tampa gardens and parks include Tampa's Al Lopez Park, Aldermand's Ford Park, Ballast Point Park and Morris Bridge Park.

Dinner for Two

Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by enjoy a quiet dinner for two at one of the area's restaurants. Share a dinner made just for the two of you, fondue style, at the Melting Pot ( or relax in the comfortable atmosphere at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse ( You can also enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Yacht Starship (, including dinner, fine wine, full bar and live entertainment as you sail into the waters of Tampa Bay.

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About the Author

Heather Leigh Landon has been a writer since 1988 when she started her career as a stringer for "The McHenry Star News." Since then she has worked for newspapers such as "The Woodstock Independent," "The Northwest Herald" and "Press Journal." Landon graduated from William Rainey Harper College with an Associate of Applied Science in journalism.

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