Weeks of school being out can leave parents burnt out. The first sign is usually when you begin to quote ”iCarly” in casual conversation. That’s when you know you need a date night. Now Miami is more of a party town, but that doesn’t mean couples miss out on places to reignite that spark with their special someone. These places promise to rekindle that romance and create memories you and your honey will surely hang on to.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
It’s a little cliché, but nothing is sexier than the beach. The sand between your toes and the waves crashing against your bare feet have a way of reminding you that you’re alive and the blue-green sea encourages you to appreciate the beauty in the world. Take a walk by the seaside, rent a bike, ride on the boardwark or just take a dip. Stay after dusk to watch the moon rise over the ocean. Finish the night off with an outdoor lantern-lit romantic seafood dinner at Casa Tua.
The Spa at Doral Golf Resort & Spa
8755 NW 36th St.
Miami, FL 33178
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A local venue just got a big endorsement. The Doral Golf Resort & Spa’s new owner is none other than The Donald, and with that comes the service that you’ve come to expect from the Doral Golf Resort & Spa with Trump style. Spa day packages vary in services from massages and facials to pedicures and hair styling, but all include a lunch so you and your sweetie can relax in a complimentary robe and slippers while having a sensational meal. For an added benefit, request a couples massage at no additional charge to you share your relaxation experience with your honey. Book packages seven days in advance, and be sure to check Groupon or Living Social beforehand for unbeatable deals that can make even the best spa day better.
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Cinébistro at Dolphin Mall
11471 N.W. 12th St.
Miami, FL 33179
Price: $13.50 for matinees (before 4 p.m.)/$15.50 for non-3D movies/$19.50 for 3D movies
After a day at the spa, going home to the kids doesn’t seem so bad, but if you’re not ready to end the day just yet, head over to Dolphin Mall for dinner and a movie. Cinébistro is an exclusive 21 and older theater that serves alchohol, gourmet meals and traditional movie snacks. It’s the perfect way to have a date night without crying children interrupting your favorite scene. To go, order your ticket online via Fandango, arrive 30 minutes prior to your showing and valet your car. Next, order your food and have a seat in the plush leather theater chairs and wait for your food to be served during the previews. Finally, sit back and snuggle with your sweetie while enjoying the perfect movie and a gourmet meal.
401 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131
Price: $27 for adults for Island Queen
Bayside Marketplace is an outdoor mall on the bay featuring shopping, dining and even boating. There are several charters that take you out on Biscayne Bay, but the best is the Island Queen. Its boats are air conditioned and give you the option of staying indoors or venturing outside to listening to a narrated tour of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and Fischer Island. End the night by heading a few blocks up the street to Bin 18, a local wine and cheese eatery. This place is mostly still a secret to tourists so you’re nearly guaranteed a great meal in a quiet atmosphere. Plus, the wine selection is unbelievable.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
Price: $25 for adults/$18 for seniors/free for members
There may not be a better place for love to bloom than in a garden. Hold hands with your honey while strolling the garden, or take a guided tram if you’re feeling social. Sneak a kiss in the butterfly garden, and sit on a bench amongst the beauty to reconnect with your partner. Later, take a short ride over to Red Fish Grill and dine under white-light decorated palm trees overlooking a spectacular waterfront scene.
Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.