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Top Spots For A First Date

September 10, 2013 9:00 AM

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Palmetto Mini Golf’s tropical beauty, including a waterfall cascading into pools and generous landscaping. (Credit: miamidade.gov)

Palmetto Mini Golf’s tropical beauty, including a waterfall cascading into pools and generous landscaping. (Credit: miamidade.gov)

Want to engage in deep conversation? Laugh? Impress? Look into each other’s eyes? Miami has a wide variety of great first date options, whatever your goal. Here are a few of the best places for a first date in Miami. Now go and make that love connection! — Cynthia Roby
miamizoo Top Spots For A First Date

The giraffe-feeding station is open every day at the Miami Zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Credit: miamimetrozoo.com)

Zoo Miami

1 Zoo Boulevard
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, Fla. 33137
(305) 251-0400
www.miamimetrozoo.com

If you want to spend time, hold hands, offer great conversation and enjoy a day of relaxing fun, Zoo Miami is the best pick. Stroll along the walkways, take a narrated tour of Africa or Asia, or enjoy sharing a Safari Cycle. It definitely says, “Let’s enjoy each other and see where the day goes.” Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ticket booth closes at 4 p.m.

minigolfpanoramicweb Top Spots For A First Date

Palmetto Mini Golf’s tropical beauty, including a waterfall cascading into pools and generous landscaping. (Credit: miamidade.gov)

Palmetto Mini Golf

9300 SW 152nd Street
Miami, Fla. 33157
(305) 238-2922
www.miamidade.gov/parks

No need to be a pro. Mini golf is always a safe, fun and relaxing outdoor choice. Palmetto Mini Golf’s tropical beauty, including a waterfall cascading into pools and generous landscaping, makes it worth the trip. And enjoying a game of mini golf with your potential new sweetie gives you time to chat a bit and laugh a lot. It’s an affordable experience you’ll want to repeat. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

mandarinorientalmiami Top Spots For A First Date

The Mandarin Oriental Miami’s rooms are catered to romance. (Credit: mandarinoriental.com)

Azul

Mandarin Oriental Hotel
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, Fla. 33131
(305) 913-8358
www.mandarinoriental.com

If the evening is themed romantic, Azul’s on Brickell Key has one of the best nighttime views of the bay. The menu is Mediterranean with an Asian influence, and the wine list is fabulous for connoisseurs. Azul definitely creates an impression of romance. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Sunday.

miamiraceway Top Spots For A First Date

For an adventurous first date, try Miami GP Raceway. (Credit: miamigpraceway.com)

Miami GP Raceway

3990 Northwest 132nd Street
Opa Locka, Fla. 33054
(305) 688-2477
miamigpraceway.com

Looking for a super fun time? Want to crank up a little competition? Miami GP Raceway, offering the fastest Karts in Miami, is the place to go. Although well-known drivers, including Raphael Matos and Juan Pablo Montoya, have trained at this outdoor track, there’s no need for you to be a professional. Winner buys dinner! Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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