Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas Sanford:

We’re in L-O-V-E with Sanford so what better place to show those we love that we love them! Here are our top Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2018 in Sanford, FL!


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2018 Love Your Shorts Film Festival

Where: Wayne Densch 201 S. Magnolia Ave.

When: Feb. 8th-11th, show times vary

What: Films are divided into blocks that are approximately 90 minutes long. Most blocks are grouped by genre except for Opening Night, which is a mix of genres; E for Everyone, which is all family friendly; and Florida Flavor, which is films made by Florida filmmakers or were shot primarily in Florida. At the end of each block the audience votes for its favorite film. Each winning film is again screened at our final Best of the Fest block on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. when our jury of film professionals will select the winning film to be crowned Best of the Fest. Screening committee awards will also be announced at the Best of the Fest block.

Click here to view this years schedule. 

Cost: $0-$200, Click Here to View Pricing and Purchase Your Tickets

Info: 407-321-8111 – Love Your Shorts Film Festival

Valentine’s Day Tasting Event at Chick-fil-A

Where: Chick-fil-A Sanford 4590 W State Road 46, Sanford, Florida 32771

When: Feb. 9th 6pm-8:30pm

What: Buy your ticket and reserve your spot to enjoy a sampling of lots of the food you love at Chick-fil-A! We will have a tasting menu from appetizers to desserts and you’ll be the first to try our new Frosted Sunrise. We’ll make this evening special for you and your family or that special someone. We won’t leave you feeling hungry.

– Cow appearance, fun food facts, music, VIP treatment
– Limited seating

Cost: Adult tickets $10, Child tickets $7 (12 yrs old and under)

Info: (407) 878-6385

Sanford FL Planetarium

Heavenly Love at Sanford Planetarium

Where: Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., B

When: Feb 9th & 10th 7pm & 8:30pm

What: celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning some of the many love stories told in the tapestry of the night sky. Discover the Korean myth about the stars Vega and Altair and their separation on either side of the Milky Way river. Experience the romance between Orion the Hunter and Artemis, the goddess of the moon, and discover how this love story tragically ends. Travel to the depths of the underworld in the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Finally, enjoy the classic Native American tale of Algon the Hunter and the lost star maidens of the Pleiades.

A telescope will be provided (weather permitting) for stargazing after each show weather permitting. Telescope provided by the Central Florida Astronomical Society.

Cost: Adults:$6 | Seniors (55 and up):$4 | Students (grades K-12):$4 | Non-Seminole State College Students (with ID):$4 | Preschoolers and Seminole State students, faculty and staff:Free!


Valentine’s Party with Doc Fu and The Brothers of The Blues!

Where: The Alley 114 S. Park Ave.

When: Feb. 10th 8pm-12am

What: You just never know what kind of sweet love Doc Fu and The Brothers are going to throw at you for Valentine’s Day– but one thing’s for sure- there’ll be plenty of great music, dancing and fun!

Cost: Free to attend

Info: (407) 328-4848

Victorian Valentine Crafting hosted by The Rosie Lee Co.

Where: The Rosie Lee Co. 111 E 1st Street

When: Feb. 11th, 1pm-3pm

What: The modern Valentine’s Day card gained wide popularity during the Victorian era in Britain.The Victorian era was known for its ornate, elegant aesthetic which was beautifully translated into their Valentine’s Day cards. On Sunday February 11 from 1 pm-3 pm we will be recreating cards and receiving boxes from this beautiful era! Class is open to all age groups! We will also be offering delicious sweets and tea while you craft!

Cost: $20 for adults (13 and above) $10 for kids and we will supply everything you need! Please message us or sign up in store to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

Info: (321) 315-1370 or

Galentines Par-tea

Where: Boba Babes – Gourmet Tea and Waffle Bar 309 East 1st Street, Sanford, Florida 32725

When: Feb. 13th, 5pm-7pm




Route 46 Valentine’s Special

Where: Route 46, 4316 W state Road 46

When: Feb. 13th, 14th & 15th, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

What: Celebrate with that special someone in the Smokehouse at Route 46!
Buy a Smoked Meat Sampler and get a FREE Shareable Dessert!

Info: (407) 268-4646,

You Auto Be Our Valentine: Free Donuts and Roses at H&B

Where: Harrell & Beverly Transmissions & Auto Repair 209 W 25th St, Sanford, Florida 32771

When: Feb. 14th, 8am – 5pm

What: A donut for your sweet tooth and a rose for your sweetheart! Stop by Harrell & Beverly on Valentine’s Day, February 14, pick up a free Donuts To Go donut and/or a free rose, and say hi to the H&B team!

Cost: FREE, While supplies last, limit one rose and one donut per person.

Info: (407) 322-8415

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St. Johns Rivership, Valentines Cruises

WhereThe Barbara-Lee is docked at 433 N. Palmetto Avenue

When: Wednesday Feb. 14th  11am-2pm, 3pm-6pm, 7:30pm-10:30pm

What: Is there anything more romantic than cruising the St. Johns River aboard the Barbara Lee? Grab your sweetheart and get on board for a Valentines treat they won’t forget.

Info: CALL TO RESERVE NOW 321.441.3030 or Book Online Here




Hearts & Crafts

Where: Seminole Towne Center 200 Towne Center Circle

When: February 14, 10am-8pm

What: Children are invited to come out and make special crafts for their loved ones. Tables will be set up in Center Court and will start at 10 a.m. while supplies last.

Cost: Free

Info: (407) 323-2262

Tandem Bike Rental at Pedal Driven Co.

Where: Pedal Driven Co. 210 N Park Ave.

When: February 14th 9am-6pm (or any day Pedal Driven is Open!)

What: Looking for a unique adventure this Valentines Day? Come rent our tandem bike for the day and experience Historic Sanford up close. Enjoy the riverwalk, the local microbreweries or any number of restaurants offering up tasty treats. Mention this post and we’ll throw in our new water bottle!

Cost: Hourly, $10.00 | Half Day(4hours), $18.00 | Full Day(24hours), $22.00 

Info: (407) 416-7200

His/Hers V-Day Package at Celery City Craft

Where: Celery City 114 S Palmetto Ave.

When: February 14th 11am-12am

What: Like Bundling? Come out for some intimate beer, wines, and cheese boards on your special day!!!

SPECIAL—includes 2 beers (or wines if you please), an app (cheese boards or hummus), chocolates and strawberries, and a branded glass for the guy, and a long stemmed rose for the ladies.

Cost: ALL FOR $20!!!!!!

Info: (407) 915-5541

Valentines Day Karaoke at Little Fish Huge Pond

Where: Little Fish Huge Pond 401 S Sanford Ave, Sanford, Florida 32771

When: February 14th, 9PM-12AM

What: A valentines party! prize for best karaoke duet. Exchange funny valentines.

Cost: FREE!


Valentine’s at Board & Brush

Where: Board & Brush 111 N. Oak Ave

When: Feb. 14th  6:30pm-9:30pm

What: Create any 2 gallery signs or our couples sign set for only $100. Enjoy Complimentary champagne & dessert bar during our workshop!

Cost: Prices Vary

Info: (407) 915-1611 or

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Valentine’s Dinner at Buster’s Bistro

Where: Buster’s Bistro 300 S Sanford Ave

When: Wednesday Feb. 14th

What: Join us for an amazing 3-Course dinner that will make you wish that it was Valentine’s every day.

The first course, will be Arugula Salad with watermelon, pine nuts, pomegranate and served with a glass of Champagne.

The second course, will be a choice of Salmon for two or Beef Wellington for two served with choice of wine or beer.

The third course, will be dessert made with apple tart, vanilla ice cream, toasted almonds and honey, served with a cocktail.

Cost: All of this deliciousness will be $80 per couple, gratuity not included, and we do ask you to make reservations before February 7th.

Info: CALL TO RESERVE NOW (407) 732-6880

Valentine’s Dinner at Buster’s Bistro

Where: The Tennessee Truffle 125 W. 1st St Sanford, Florida 32771

When: Wednesday Feb. 14th, 7pm

What: Valentine’s Day is just days away?? TTT is this years spot for an intimate evening filled with a 10 course tasting of all your favorite dishes. Call to make your reservation! ??

Oyster on the Half Shell

Ahi Tuna Kissed by the Grill

Prince Edward Island Mussles

Lobster Tail

Yukon and Truffle Soup

Seminole Pride Beef Tartare

Diver Scallop

Grouper Cheeks

Sichuan Tea Smoked Duck

Cracker Jack Surprise

Cost: $95/pp

Info: CALL TO RESERVE NOW (407) 942-3977


Valentine’s Dinner at The District

Where: Buster’s Bistro 300 S Sanford Ave

When: Wednesday Feb. 14th

What: It’s almost Valentine’s Day… Treat yourself and your significant other to our ?Aphrodisiac-Inspired?menu!

We’ve prepared a delicious 5 course fixed menu with dishes perfect for lovers – each course features an aphrodisiac food! ?

We are also offering $10 off any bottle of wine?, as well as Champagne specials ? so be sure to ask your server for details.

? 1st: Yin & Yang Soup Duo
? 2nd: Salmon Rillettes or Elk & Wild Mushroom
? 3rd: Grilled Fennel & Arugula Salad or Charred
Romaine Caesar Salad
? 4th: Pan Seared Pekin Duck Breast or Cedar
Plank Salmon with a Lemon Honey Glaze
? 5th: Bananas Foster Crème Brûlée or
Chocolate & Coffee Mousse

Cost: $65/PP

Info***Reservations are required*** Please call (407)330-2730, or visit to reserve your seats!
Seating for our dinner will start at 6:30 pm.

Valentines Dinner Event at Sanford Brewing

Where: Sanford Brewing Co. 400 S Sanford Ave.

When: February 14th

What: Special Valentines Menu for Sanford Brewing Company

4 Course Menu

Shrimp Cocktail
Paired with My Precious

Strawberry/ Spring Mix Salad with Hearts of Palm, Red Onion &
Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing
Paired with Smash Lager

ENTREE(Select one per person)
Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce

Tropical Chicken breast with Mango Chutney and
Craisins/Parmesan Cheese

Stuffed Flounder with Lump crabmeat

Vegetable Lasagna

Paired with Razzmatazz

* Entrees include twice baked potato, bacon wrapped
asparagus with hollandaise and dinner rolls *

Chocolate Cup filled chocolate cake, raspberry sauce and
champagne mousse
Paired with Choc Berry Porter

Champagne toast

(Price does not include tax or gratuity)

Limited to First 30 couples

Info: Call for reservation 407-732-6419  or Sign-up at brewery
Pre-Pay when making reservation
Available until 30 Couples

Last Day to sign up Feb 7th

Valentine’s Dinner at Otters on the River

Where: Otters on the River 4380 Carraway Place, Sanford, Florida 32771

When: Wednesday Feb. 14th

What: Join us for your special VALENTINE’S DAY! Couples that book by Feb 10th will enjoy a free bottle of wine on the house! You and your sweetheart can have a 4 course meal for $39.95! Wow! Make your reservation today!

Cost: $39.95 per couple

Info: (407) 636-6300


The Graduate – Classic Movies on Magnolia

Where: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center 201 S. Magnolia, Sanford, FL 32771

When: Wednesday Feb. 15th, 7:30-9:30pm

What: Movie Classics: A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. Join us for another Classic Movie brought to you by WDPAC and the City of Sanford!

Cost: $5 cash at door

Info: 407-321-8111

Valentine’s Moon Zoom

Where: Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771

When: Feb. 16th & 17th, 5:45pm-7:45pm

What: Get ready for the most romantic date you’ve ever had! Are you and your loved one ready to experience aerial adventure after dark? Moon Zooms are nocturnal, guided tours on our unique aerial adventure courses. Grab a loved one and take them on an adventure of a lifetime.

Participants must be 54″ tall, and children under 18 must have a parent or guardian with them on the course. Reservations and advanced payment are required. Call Zoom Air at (407) 330-0767 for reservations and more info. Space is limited, so RSVP now! Remember we can book regular Moon Zooms or Kids’ Moon Zooms year-round, so no pressure if you can’t make this one. Just remember that when adventure comes calling, you better answer!

Cost: These Moon Zoom Special Events only cost $85.00 for 2 people! Normally a 4 person minimum, this event only requires a minimum of 2 people per reservation. Additional people may be added for $42.50 each. This is definitely our best Moon Zoom deal EVER.

InfoMake sure to visit for restrictions, normal operating hours, and important information.

Couple’s Dance Nights at Talent Town

Where: Talent Town 519 S. Park Ave., Sanford, Florida 32771

When: February 16th and every 3rd Friday of the month

What: Learn a specific dance like the Waltz, Cha-Cha, Tango, and others with our gifted instructor. Then enjoy dancing the night away in an unforgettable evening.

Cost: Only $15 per couple ($10 for singles)

Info: (407) 792-3422

Valentine’s Celebration at the Zoo!

Where: Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens 3755 W Seminole Blvd.

When: February 17th

What: Bear hugs and butterfly kisses at the Central Florida Zoo! Join us for a family-friendly Valentine’s Celebration on February 17.

Activities include:
Special keeper chats about love in the animal world
Decorate your own sweet treat for a sweetheart
Send a Valentine to your favorite animal
Musical story time
Bounce House

This event is included in general Zoo admission. Additional fees required for certain Zoo activities.

Cost: Adults:$19.50   Seniors 60+:$15.95 Children 3-12 years: $13.75  Children 2 and under:FREE   Central Florida Zoo Annual Pass Holder:       FREE

Info: (407) 323-4450

2018 Valentine Specials: 

Stop by The Stranded Sailor Pub, 418 Sanford Ave. and pick up a delicious hand painted cookie for your Valentine…

or maybe just spoil yourself! 


Antidote Apothecary & Spa Valentine’s Special!

Where: Antidote Apothecary & Spa, 111 East 1st Street Sanford, Florida 32771

When: Good the entire month of February 2018.

What: Roses are red, violets are blue. Here are our Valentine’s specials for you ?Please call us to schedule these special appointments for yourself or your sweetheart ??

Cost: $100

Info: (407) 461-5635

(Valentine’s Day) Date Night Ideas Sanford: Things to Do for Couples:

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Sailing Lessons

Have you ever dreamt of sailing into the sunset with your sweetheart? USailFlorida offers sailing lessons (from beginner to intermediate) where you can experience a lovely time on the water.

U-Sail of Central Florida, 407.330.0633 | starts at $125/couple



Hidden Palms Ranch

?? Love is in the air ??

Why not book a romantic trail ride for two for your valentine!

Hidden Palms Ranch | 407-620-7880 | $140/couple







Sanford Food Tours

Taste the best of Sanford during this new downtown walking tour offered 3 times a week. From sweet to savory you will not leave hungry and on top of that you will learn a great deal about Celery City’s past, present and future.

Sanford Food Tours | 855-7569-386 | $98/couple



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Craft Beer Tour

Limocycle, who has been successfully offering pedal powered tours through downtown Sanford, is now offering weekly craft beer tours where you get to sip your way through Sanford’s booming craft beer scene. Hear from the brewmasters and taste a flight of beers from each location. As usual you’re also welcome to bring along your own drinks and food for the ride.

Limocycle | 855-7569-386 | $90/couple


tennesee-truffle-date-nightPrivate Dinner at The Tennessee Truffle

Surprise your love with a unique and intimate dinner experience at The Tennessee Truffle. The chefs will put together a special menu  and reserve the entire restaurant for you! It doesn’t get much more romantic than this!

Truffled Events | (321) 594-1518 | price upon request




escape-artistsEscape Artists

The couple that solves mysteries together stays together… Date night at Escape Artists let’s you find out how well you really work together as a team. And even if you don’t find the answers to all the riddles, this extremely entertaining activity sparks the most interesting conversations.

Escape Artists | (321)-200-5304 | $56/couple






2016-food-tour-photos-by-benevolence-photography-144Marshmallow Workshops

Come for a night filled with love and marshmallows. Hear the story of Wondermade, get a tour of the kitchen, and create your own gourmet marshmallow treats. This workshop lasts for one hour and includes a complimentary hot chocolate and slab of marshmallows to take home.

Date Night Workshops take place monthly on Friday evenings from 8pm-9pm.

Wondermade | 407-205-9569 | $40/couple






Planetarium at Seminole State CollegeStar Gazing at the Planetarium

The planetarium at Seminole State College hosts weekly shows exploring the night sky.

Emil Buehler Planetarium | 407.708.2409 | $12/couple




Zip Lines at the Sanford Zoo


Just as love birds fly through the air you will too at ZoomAir at the Central Florida Zoo. Adventure date nights are so much fun!

ZoomAir | (407) 330-0767 | starts at $67.90/couple





rivership LLCDinner Cruise on Lake Monroe

Cruise the historic St. Johns River aboard an authentic sternwheel paddleboat. See the real Florida while dining, drinking and dancing to live music.

St. Johns Rivership Co. | 321-441-3030 




rsz_house-boatSpend a day/night on a house boat

Experience life on a boat and rent an elegant floating home at the Sanford Marina. Enjoy the gorgeous sunset over Lake Monroe with a glass of wine on the upper deck before you head out for dinner and a show (check  downtown. Best of all: you can just walk or bike back to this unique accommodation at the end of your date night.

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 Spend the weekend in Sanford’s Historic Fire Station turned Airbnb

Stay in one of Central Florida’s most unique properties. The 1887 Sanford Fire Station is modified for modern-day urban living. 2 BR, 2BA, 2,400 SF SOHO like loft space.

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Read about our visit to this hidden gem,






Cooking Class with Chef Delano of Top Hat Catering

Cook up something delicious and unique with Chef Delano. Classes can be in the comfort of your own home or done in Chef Delano’s professional kitchen. Each class includes printed recipe handouts and a multi-course meal of the recipes prepared, served with wine or beverage of your choice. There is a morning and an evening option, but again if you need it customized, just ask! And the best part…all proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels!

Contact Chef Delano to put together your perfect date night,| $200 per couple/per class. Minimum of 5 people per class





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Canoeing and Kayaking at Katie’s Landing

Enjoy the beautiful and serene view of the Wekiva river from the river. Relax as you cruise down the river and spot all the wildlife! Prices vary on your rental, view details on their website below.

Katie’s Landing|$25-$40




Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas Sanford: Best Dinner Spots

La Sirena Gorda Cabana - Moonlight Dining in Sanford FLBelow is a list of my favorite romantic restaurants/dining spots and a few special dessert place suggestions in downtown Sanford.

Chianti’s (685 Towne Center Blvd – 407-878-5900): This cute little Italian restaurant may be located in a plaza but still exudes romance.

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe (205 E First Street – Call 407 321 2204 or E-mail: Due to its super entertaining beer hall atmosphere, everyone’s favorite German restaurant might not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a romantic evening, but Hollerbach’s will surely get you in “Schunkel”mood and you know what we say in Germany, the couple that schunkels together…

The Smiling Bison (107 S Magnolia Ave -(407) 915-6086) Reservations are highly recommended! Elegant yet trendy, delicious farm to table food and a fabulous atmosphere make this one of the best places to dine with your sweetheart!

The District  (112 W. 2nd Street Sanford, Florida 32771) The District features hand crafted new American cuisine, craft beer and signature-artisanal cocktails.

The Breezeway (112 E 1st St. – 407-878-1284): Currently the most romantic outdoor dining spot in downtown Sanford, we just love the covered courtyard!

The Imperial at Washburn Imports (116 E 1st St – 407-322-1449): Well, yes, we know this is Sanford’s famous craft cocktail bar where you can sip your favorite libations on Central Florida’s most unique furniture. How about doing all this while enjoying a slice of pizza from your favorite downtown pizza spots (Riverwalk, Zorba’s or Christo’s for example)? Yes, in case you didn’t know, The Imperial will let you bring in your favorite downtown Sanford take-out food. They even have menus available so you can order right from the bar. Just ask the friendly bartenders ?

After dinner, pick up some marshmallows or home-made ice cream to share at Wondermade (214 E First Street), Sanford’s sweetest kid on the 1st Street block. Their fabulous hot chocolate can also serve as a delightful liquid dessert! For (cup)cake lovers stop by Mattie’s on Park Avenue.

Impress your Date with a Delicious Home Cooked Meal as Instructed by Chef Patrick from Hollerbach’s  Willow Tree, view the video Click Here to Watch the Video