Strengthen the Bond By Getting Out and Doing

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

It’s no secret that South Florida is a pretty romantic locale, thanks to the warm temperatures and beautiful ocean views. That means that everything from dinner al fresco or the typical long walk on the beach can ignite sparks. The following list is for when the romantic pair is looking to get out and partake in something. Keeping in mind that every couple's idea of romance is different, this list includes activities where you just need a swimsuit, along with suggestions that require a little more glitz.

To really make the most of the sunshine and proximity to water, reserving a kayak for two or a paddle board from Paddle Boarding Palm Beach is a must. With several guided tours happening throughout the day - the most romantic could easily be the sunset paddle experience. Nothing screams everlasting bliss more than paddling alongside a date while gazing into the bright pinks and oranges of the Florida sunset. 

If your date would rather be pampered than engage in physical activty, the couples spa services at EAU Palm Beach are a luxury worth splurging on. Day passes are available for locals and the services range from the innocent mani-pedi to the more intimate mud baths. With the amazing service, you and your date will leave feeling like royalty. Browse the list for more date options in the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area. 

10. Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach

The goal of this small museum is the preservation of the marine environment and the creatures that populate it, especially sea turtles. In the museum, interactive displays educate visitors on the local environment, while nature trails take the efforts outdoors to the landscape itself. The area around the center is a popular breeding ground for loggerheads, leatherbacks, and green turtles, and during the height of the season, the museum sponsors guided walks on the beach to see them. Reservations may be made for these excursions beginning May 1, so plan ahead, because spaces go quickly. If you are someone who enjoys the environment/nature and adventure, visiting this attraction will surely please you.

9. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

From its early beginnings, when a few farm animals were the only attraction, this zoo has grown to include hundreds of specimens and 23 acres of habitat. Among the residents you'll see are black bears, jaguars, macaws, emus, wild turkeys, tigers, monkeys, panthers, kangaroos, sloths, pythons, alligators and tortoises. The Florida exhibit showcases the state's native creatures and plants, and a special habitat for North American river otters allows visitors to peek in on their antics and activities. Unlike other city zoos, Palm Beach Zoo is at most a half day attraction; no need to worry about kids getting bored or sunburned.

8. West Palm Beach Green Market
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The Greenmarket of West Palm Beach has been selling local produce and goods to the community since 1994. With over 90 vendors, it's no wonder why locals and visitors alike flock to the picturesque Clematis Street location every Saturday from October- May. With the market running from 9 AM- 1 PM, it isn't uncommon to come for a breakfast pastry or smoothie and then be tempted to stick around for lunch. The Greenmarket works to provide the community with locally grown crops and plants and so come with your reusable bags to get your produce for the week and consider taking home an herb pot for your kitchen or patio.

7. Okeeheelee Park
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Located on 1700 acres to the west of West Palm Beach, Okeeheelee Park has something for the whole family to enjoy. Open from sunrise to sundown, with lighted tennis courts open until 9 PM, there is plenty of time to fit some outdoor activity into your schedule. Bring the bike and ride on more than 8 miles of bike trails or check out the full BMX track if you're feeling adventurous. If golf is more your thing, enjoy the driving range or one of the 3 9-hole public courses or skip the admission and play the 18-hole disc golf course (map online). This park if for animal lovers as well with a 111 acre Equestrian Center, a dog park, and an indoor nature center with an exhibit hall with live animals. Don't have the funds for a gym membership? Come enjoy the 1 mile loop that has 20 exercise stations along the way. The scenic views of ponds and greenery will only add to your motivation and enjoyment and are a free perk of exercising. Planning an outing for the whole family or celebrating a birthday? Consider calling ahead to rent out a picnic area by one of the many playgrounds in the park. If you are looking for some water fun, come rent a kayak or paddle-boat and explore at your own pace, or sign up for a water ski permit and enjoy one of five courses.

6. City Place
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City Place is great for shopping; the stores are laid out in a way that walking around them is a pleasant experience. Stop in Starbucks or Panera Bread for a coffee and treat before you get started, then make your way through any of the more than 40 stores ranging from high-end to budget friendly. There are staples like Gap, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, and Macy's as well as specialty stores like Sephora, Cache, and Anthropologie. If you're visiting from out of town and looking for a souvenir from your trip then you'll want to stop by Destination Palm Beach. If you're just getting to town but are low on beachwear, then Tommy Bahama's is where you'll need to be. Don't let the downtown location make you worried about parking fees because when you park in the City Place garage, spend $50 shopping, and show the attendant your same-day receipt, you get four hours free. City Place is great for one-stop shopping too thanks to Publix in the area, so come and spend several hours enjoying the stores, fountains, and many dining options.

5. Paddle Boarding Palm Beach
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Paddle Boarding Palm Beach (PBPB) is a great launching point for an exciting adventure on the water, either on a board or in a kayak. Out of Riviera Beach and open seven days a week, PBPB has quality equipment and lots of activities to get the most bang for your buck. The three-hour guided eco tour is an affordable way to explore the MacArthur Beach State Park on the north end of Singer Island. For a relaxing Friday night venture- for everyone one from beginners to experienced, signup for the 1.5 hour Sunset Paddle Experience tour and enjoy the sights as the sun goes down. PBPB also has a couples' kayak tour that ends in a picnic and Peanut Island Snorkel Adventure.

4. Norton Museum of Art
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The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach has grown to become one of Florida's top cultural centers. The Museum has amassed a great collection of works including pieces by Matisse, Monet and Picasso. The directors ensure that the top traveling exhibits make a stop in West Palm, and the locals show their approval by coming out in droves. Opt for the guided tour, or explore the space by yourself. Come on Thursdays for "Norton after Dark", where music is combined with exhibits in the courtyard. There is a restaurant on-site where guests can quell their hunger while simultaneously breaking up their day.

3. Kravis Center for Performing Arts
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The Kravis Center for Performing Arts offers its version of Broadway theater (such hits as "Jersey Boys", "Catch Me If You Can", "Mary Poppins", "Peter Pan", "The Brand New Kid", concerts (the National Symphony of Cuba, the St. Lawrence String Quartet) and a number of community-related programs, including a summer arts camp.While a place for serious performance, it also has a much lighter side. The Family Fare program welcomes children to the world of theatre with dance, comedy and music. There's also a music and arts program for children with special needs. Check the schedule before you come to town, as big name acts are known to swing through. Could be the perfect icing to add to the top of your trip.

2. Majestic Princess
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The Majestic Princess, a 2-deck yacht cruise boat out of Riviera Beach, is the perfect place to escape land gain your sea legs for a bit. With sightseeing cruises on the Intracoastal Waterway during the day and twilight cruises at night, exploring the water for two hours has never been more luxuriously affordable. Adding the optional fresh seafood lunch and/or dinner to the trip is sure to turn the trip into a special outing. The Majestic Princess is also available for weddings and special events or private charters and the service is sure to take the event to the next level.

1. EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa
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EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa is a beautiful getaway spot for couples on a romantic vacation or for the family that likes to travel in style. This luxury resort has lots of oceanfront rooms, as well as adult-only and kid-friendly pools that face the water. The best amenity on-site is the spa. With services for couples that include mud baths and private massages, as well as a full salon and fitness center, the spa has rightfully won national awards. There are several dining options in the hotel, as well as lots of family activities and watersport rentals- so upon arrival in paradise, there is no reason to leave.