Valentine’s Day and week is a time for couples, chocolates and roses. It is the obligatory day where significant others have to justify their relationship to their partners, or risk dissection and dirty looks from friends and family. Single people tend to be forgotten and pitied because of their lack of companion, but there are events and activities for singles that can offer distraction from the love fest and possibly even help to find a mate or interactions with others that could lead to coupling for the next Valentine’s Day. One need not bring chocolates or spend an exorbitant amount of money at these activities because they are fun, affordable and diverse to fit any preference.
Friday Night Fire
A.D. Barnes Park
3401 SW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 662-4124
http://www.miamidade.gov

Date: Feb. 13, 2015

Gather around the campfire at A.D. Barnes Park to walk the trail of one of the few remaining Pine Rocklands in the busy South Florida urban area. Participants can enjoy a guided tour of the trail and then sit around a campfire to toast marshmallows and interact with others in an out-of-sorts activity which is usually seen up north away from city lights and sounds.

RunWild 5K
Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33157
(877) 228-4881
http://www.runwild5kmiami.com

Date: Feb. 14, 2015

It is an event for families but there are always aunts and uncles or cousins who tag along and meet others. The RunWild 5K is held inside Zoo Miami park and benefits the Chapman Partnership which provides assistance to homeless families in Miami and Homestead. Prices range from $25 to $35 depending on when one signs up for the event and it begins at 8 a.m., so this event suits the “morning person” who likes to wake up early and catch the worm.

Singles And Friends Near Hollywood Mix And Mingle
Patron Azteca Hollywood
5181 Sheridan St
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 967-0720
http://www.meetup.com

Date: Feb. 18, 2015

It’s on a Wednesday evening, but it’s worth it to walk into a cantina that has a band and a beautiful woman or two waiting at the bar with a margarita, looking around for company. The Singles and Friends Mix and Mingle is a great activity where professionals meet every third Wednesday of the month and provide a warm welcome for new attendees. All in all, it is a “good time” where singles can meet and get together during Valentine’s month to have fun.

Related: Best Valentine’s Day Parties For Singles In South Florida

Pre-Dating Speed Dating Event For Single Professionals 20’s, 30’s & 40’s
Tokyo Blue
4040 Galt Ocean Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 566-2122
http://www.pre-dating.com

Date: Feb. 10, 2015

The beautiful hues of blue at Tokyo Blue inside the Ocean Manor resort set the mood for this speed dating event. It’s on a Tuesday and not as romantic as on a Friday or Saturday, but chance encounters and meetings don’t wait for the weekend. The price is $30 and ladies are encouraged to wear red. There will be light appetizers afterwards.

The Love Boat Miami – Valentine’s Day Yacht Party
South Beach Lady Hotel Hyatt Dock
400 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(718) 530-3959
http://www.loveboat2015.com

Date: Feb. 14, 2015

Singles and couples are invited to this Yacht Party ($75 for singles, $130 for couples) which promises to be epic, returning to the dock at 4 a.m. The South Beach Lady is equipped with cash bars, VIP areas for bottle service, flat screen televisions with furnishings to enjoy partying outdoors. Find your soulmate on the open waters and you won’t be spending next year’s Valentine’s Day alone.

Related: 5 Ways To Spice Up Valentine’s Day This Year

Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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