Valentine's Day Date Night Ideas Sanford

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 2017 in Sanford, FL!



MACHO MONDAY!MACHO MONDAY at Magpies Modern General Store

Where: Magpies Modern General Store, 215 E. 1st Street

When: Monday Feb. 13th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

What: A special after hours guys night for any last minute Valentine’s Day shopping! Join us Monday, February 13th from 5:30-8:30 for beers and snacks, along with special gift opportunities for your sweethearts. We’ll be offering handmade fresh flower bouquets for $25 (includes Valentine’s Day greeting card of your choice), among many other great gifts. Hosted by macho local himself, Christopher Wise. While this event is geared toward men, we will also be open to the general public during this time, and from 11-3 earlier the same day. Please call ahead if you’d like to reserve a bouquet for Monday or Tuesday, limited supply available. 407-495-8549. Hope to see you there, gentleman!

Cost: Free to Attend!

Info: (407) 495-8549



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2017 Love Your Shorts Film Festival

Where: Wayne Densch 201 S. Magnolia Ave.

When: Feb. 9th-12th, 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: $2-$200, Click Here to View Pricing and Purchase Your Tickets

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

Sanford FL Planetarium

Love Stories From the Night Sky at Sanford Planetarium

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

When: Feb 10th & 11th 7pm & 8:30pm

What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with several romantic stories taken from the vast tapestry of the night sky. Discover the Chinese myth about the stars Vega and Altair and their separation on either side of the Milky Way. Experience the romance between Orion and Artemis, the goddess of the moon, and discover how this love story tragically ends. Take a voyage to the underworld as the fabled musician Orpheus searches for his beloved wife. Finally, enjoy the classic Native American tale of Algon the Hunter and the lost star maidens of the Pleiades.

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 Day Date Night Ideas Sanford Route 46 Valentine’s Special

Where: Route 46, 4316 W state Road 46

When: Friday 2/10 – Tuesday 2/14 11am-9pm

What: Buy a Smoked Meat Sampler and get a FREE Shareable Dessert!

Info: (407) 268-4646




Mayfair Valentines 2017 Inaugural Sweet Heart Open

Where: Mayfair Country Club

When: February 10th,2pm Check-in & 3pm Shotgun start

What: Come and join us for an afternoon of golf, drinks, food and prizes.
Format: 9 hole.2 person scramble

Closest to the Pin for Men and Women
Straightest Drive for Women & Longest Drive for Men & a Hole in One Challenge!
1st, 2nd, 3rd & Last Place Prizes as Well!

Menu (choose an entree):
Chicken Linguine with Creamy Roasted Tomato Sauce, Mahi, Mahi En Papillote with Steamed Rice or Balsamic Pork Loin with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Sauteed Greens. Each Entree comes with Chocolate Bread Pudding with Strawberries for Dessert.

RSVP (407)322.2531 ext.105

If you do not have a partner please let us know and we will do everything we can do to find someone for you to play with.

RSVP before Jan. 31st, 2017 and you will receive 2 free drink tickets.

Cost: Golf & Dinner

$49.99 per couple
$24.99 per person

Food Only

$29.99 per couple
$14.99 per person

Info: 407.322.253 ext. 105

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St. Johns Rivership, Valentines Cruises

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

When: SATURDAY Feb. 11 |  SUNDAY Feb. 12 | TUESDAY Feb. 14

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.



1. Lunch Cruise from 11 am to 2 pm and enjoy a full menu for only $51.78 per person.

2. Dinner Cruise departs at 3 pm and cruises until 6 pm, also $51.78 per person).

3. Evening Cruise departs at 7:30 pm and cruises until 1o:30 pm for just $63.75 per person


1. Lunch Cruise from 12 pm to 3 pm and enjoy a full menu for only $51.78 per person.

2. Dinner Cruise departs at 4:30 pm and cruises until 7:30 pm, also $51.78 per person).


1. SOLD OUT Lunch Cruise from 12 pm to 3 pm and enjoy a full menu for only $51.78 per person.

2. SOLD OUT Dinner Cruise departs at 3 pm and cruises until 6 pm, also $51.78 per person).

3. Evening Cruise departs at 7:30 pm and cruises until 1o:30 pm for just $63.75 per person. A FEW SEATS ARE LEFT

 Better hurry because these will book fast!

Info: CALL TO RESERVE NOW 321.441.3030

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Valentine’s Day Red and White Party at The Alley!

Where: The Alley 114 S. Park Ave.

When: Feb. 11th 9pm-12am

What: OH MY!! It’s that time of year for Chocolate Cupid and his Candy Lickers to bring the groove back to The Alley in Sanford, FL for Valentines Day!!! We are having the grooviest and Bluesiest Red and White affair this side of the Mississippi River and South of the Mason-Dixon Line!! Come get your love groove on and make up for that crappy Christmas Gift you bought your significant other!! Trust me, she/he will forget that gift after the moves you gonna make on February 11th at The Alley with the help of Chocolate Cupid!!! We will save a “room’ for ya to complete the night and unlike The Red Roof Inn, we will NOT be leaving the lights on for ya!!!!

Cost: Free to attend

Info: (407) 328-4848

Valentine's Day Date Night Ideas SanfordLove Bites Brunch

Where: Rabbitfoot Records 307 E. 2nd St.

When: Feb. 12th 10:30am-2:30pm

What: Bring your sweetheart out to our 2nd annual sweetheart brunch! This year we will have live acoustic performances along with a tasty menu TBA.

Cost: TBA

InfoClick Here for Event Facebook Page


love-guruFree Movie: The Love Guru

Where: Rabbitfoot Records, 307 E 2nd Street

When: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7pm

What: Watch “The Love Guru” at Rabbitfoot Records. Great for an early Valentine’s Day date!

About the movie:

Pitka, an American raised outside of his country by gurus, returns to the States in order to break into the self-help business. His first challenge is to settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a star hockey player whose wife left him for a rival athlete.

Cost: FREE

Vabusterslentine’s Day Dinner at Buster’s Bistro

Anyone who has ever enjoyed one of Buster’s Bistro’s famous dinner events will agree: those dinners are beyond special and the quality of all food and dishes is simply amazing. This will be another unforgettable dining event that you don’t want to miss!

Where: Buster’s Bistro, 300 S Sanford Avenue

When: February 14, 2017 from 6-9pm

What: Treat yourself and your significant other to a romantic Valentine’s Dinner at Buster’s with a complimentary toast.

Cost: TBA

Info: Please call for details: 407-732-6880

Sanford Brewing Valentine's 2017

Valentine’s Dinner for Two

Where: Sanford Brewing Company 400 S. Sanford Ave.

When: Valentine’s Day 2/14/2017

What: We’re offering an exclusive Valentines Day dinner, starting promptly at 7pm, serving a 4 course meal with beer pairings. Includes flower, live music, prosecco toast and SBC craftbeer.

LIMITED to 30 Couples, don’t miss out. Founders receive special pricing, Join the FOUNDERS club today. Come to TAPROOM to purchase tickets or Founders package. xo

Info: (407) 732-6419

Otters Valentines Special

 Sweetheart Dinner Special

Where: Otters on the River 4380 Carraway Place

When: Valentine’s Day, 2/14/2017

What: Dinner Special including a shared appetizer, choice of prime rib, ribeye, steak, or rack of lamb. Your choice of shrimp-crab legs-lobster tail. 2 desserts. Call ahead for reservations and mention Money Mailer ad to receive a FREE bottle of house wine, champagne and a FREE dozen roses.

Cost: $99.99 per couple

Info: (407) 636-6300


Ellens Wine Room Valentines 2017

Valentine’s Dinner at Ellen’s Wine Room

Where: Ellen’s Wine Room  440 S. Sanford Avenue

When: Valentine’s Day 2/14/2017, 6pm

What: Share a Wine-10% off, Wines $25+-15% off & Chef Keith Grills: Cherry Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Baby Roasted Potatoes, Veggie du jour, Crusty Bread, Mary’s Famous Salad, Choc Dessert and Appetizer

Cost: RSVP ONLY $15

Info: Call, Email or Facebook. RSVP. Please Call Mary 407-415-1349 or Text 407-257-2970

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Nathaniel’s Steakhouse Valentine’s Coupon Special

Where: Nathaniel’s Steakhouse 2485 S. Park Ave.

When: Valentine’s Day 2/14/2017

What: With this coupon presented receive a free bottle of champagne when you purchase 2 steaks.

(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





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

Where do marshmallows come from? Sweet toothed couples will get a kick out of Wondermade’s marshmallow making/decorating workshops every last Thursday of the month.

Wondermade | 407-205-9569 | $30/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




080a6403Salt Room Therapy & Tea For Two

Enjoy an atmosphere of peaceful relation with your loved one while breathing air suffused with the healing power of salt. Warm herbal tea for two will be served after your session. Love and Salt is in the air…

Antidote Apothecary|(407) 461-5635| $55/couple



Zip Lines at the Sanford Zoo

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 | $129.50/couple




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.

Sanford Houseboat| | $175/night




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



Valentines at the zoo 2017

For larger events you might be planning…

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Spend this Valentine’s doing something a little different. The Sanford Zoo offers full catering and banquet space rentals. The perfect mix of elegance and wild!

Central Florida Zoo|Contact Amdrea at





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.

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!

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 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 there are two other delightful options available in downtown Sanford: Mattie’s on Park Avenue and Dreamy Cakes on 2nd Street.


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