6 Romantic Date Night Ideas in Fort Lauderdale

Look beyond the abundant sunshine and sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and you will find that love is in the air! Whether your ideal date night includes a candlelit dinner, slow boat ride, or night at the theater, our beautiful city has something you and your sweetheart will love. Here are the five best date night ideas in Fort Lauderdale, FL! 

Between shopping, dining, and witnessing incredible sunsets, there are so many romantic things to do in Fort Lauderdale. Once you’ve chosen one or two of these romance-ready attractions, Request access to our complimentary Fort Lauderdale Vacation Guide! In the guide, you’ll find a complete list of even more popular attractions to experience during your stay. It’s the area’s best resource for planning romantic getaways, so get a copy today! 

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Date Night Ideas in Fort Lauderdale 

1. Wine and Dine on Las Olas Boulevard 

Las Olas Boulevard is packed with one-of-a-kind shops, unique galleries, trendy boutiques, lively nightclubs, and tasty restaurants with live music. It’s centrally located, so it’s easy to get to from your Fort Lauderdale vacation rental. In the Las Olas neighborhood, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in Mediterranean architecture, stroll through neatly manicured greenspaces, or indulge in a delectable meal at some of the most romantic restaurants. 

Here are a few of our favorite romantic restaurants on Las Olas: 

  • Chima Brazilian Steakhouse 
  • The Pirate Republic 
  • The Chimney House 

2. Experience an Authentic Gondola Ride 

Here in “The Venice of America,” there are so many ways to get around! Locals and visitors alike cruise the city aboard yachts, jet skis, airboats, Segways, bicycles, skateboards, and more. One of the most romantic modes of transportation available here is a gondola! Aboard this Venetian vessel is a perfect way to see the city of Fort Lauderdale, which consists of countless Intracoastal Waterway canals. There’s nothing more relaxing and intimate than gently gliding past tropical foliage by your significant other’s side. Check out our three favorite places to try gondola rides in Fort Lauderdale! 

3. Stroll Past Giant Oak Trees at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park 

For outdoorsy couples, make a visit to one of South Florida’s popular state parks like the tranquil Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, for a unique and romantic way to spend a day! This 180-acre park is located on a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. The state park is popular for its beautiful beaches and opportunities for swimming, saltwater fishing, and surfing. The park also features a nature walk, canoe rentals, and picnic areas. 

4. Go Sightseeing Aboard the Jungle Queen River Boat 

Enjoy stunning views, dinner, and a show aboard the Jungle Queen River Boat! Take in the sights of glistening waters and tropical plant life as you cruise along the New River. Every night, guests enjoy a classic American buffet and whimsical variety show! 

5. Take a Step Back in Time at the Classic Gateway Theater 

Rain or shine, couples love the quaint and vintage atmosphere of the Classic Gateway Theater. Established in 1951, this theatre is one of the few in South Florida that show both new and classic films. Snuggle up under the theater’s low lighting and snack on treats while enjoying an indie film or romantic comedy. As a bonus, the theater hosts its own film festival once a year! 

6. Book a Private Vacation Rental Together! 

Romantic Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

You’ll fall in love all over again while experiencing these romantic things to do in Fort Lauderdale. After a day of making memories together, come back to the privacy and comfort of your very own vacation rental. Cozy Fort Lauderdale Stays accommodations are romance-ready; you and your sweetheart will love the special touches and premium amenities we offer. Whether you’d like to stay on Fort Lauderdale Beach or along the canals of Las Olas, we have a luxurious and ultra-clean vacation rental that’s perfectly suited to your needs! 

Ready for a different kind of romantic getaway? Check our availability and surprise that special someone with the experience of a lifetime. We look forward to hosting you!