Planning a first date should be based on the likes of both parties, not just the person doing the planning. There is still the first date stand-by, a movie theater or restaurant. But zoos, beaches, museums, art shows, and similar places are a safe bet for a first date. The venues listed below are just a few of the places that are good for first dates.
Zoo Miami
1 Zoo Blvd
12400 S.W. 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33177
(305) 251-0400
www.zoomiami.org

A trip to the zoo is the perfect place for a first date, especially if you have a pet at home. It is a great way to determine if your date likes animals. Plus, it’s busy enough to that you won’t feel uncomfortable on that first date, but not so busy that the two of you can’t have some one-on-one time together. And be sure to hitch a ride on the carousel to add an old-fashioned feel to the date.

South Pointe Park
1 Washington Ave.
Miami, FL 33139
(305) 673-7779
www.miamibeachfl.gov

Nothing is quite as romantic on a first date as a stroll through a local park. And it’s even more romantic if there is a beach at the park. South Pointe park is just such a park. There is a scenic observation deck, a pier for fishing, a pristine beach to swim in, and a fantastic view of the city skyline. There is even a bark park available if you want to bring your four-legged friend along on the date.

Palmetto Mini Golf
9300 S.W. 152nd St.
Miami, FL 33157
(305) 238-2922
golfpalmetto.com

For a safe, family style atmosphere for that first date, try mini golf at Palmetto Mini Golf. Enjoy 18 holes of mini golf complete with waterfalls, lagoons and a cave. No golfing experience is necessary to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of mini golf. And there is plenty of time between holes for learning more about your date.

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The Wolfsonian Museum
1001 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-1001
www.wolfsonian.org

The collections at the Wolfsonian Museum are comprised of over 180,000 items dating from the 1850’s – 1950’s. you and your date can see ceramics and glassware, furniture, metal, textiles and more. there are even rare books and periodicals at the museum. Check the website for information on special events and displays taking place every month. So take a casual relaxing walk with your date through the Wolfsonian Museum for a date that will provide conversation starters for many weeks in the future.

Trolley City Tour 
Downtown Miami
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 416-1132
www.miamigov.com

What better way to learn what your dates interests are than a ride around town seeing the sites from a trolley. The Trolley City Tour will take you around the Miami area for as long as you want to ride it, all for no charge. If you or your date see a place along the way that you want to visit, just hop off at a nearby stop, then jump back on when your ready to see more of the tour. By the end of the tour, the two of you could be sitting very close together on the trolley’s seats.

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Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.