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9 Romantic Date Ideas in Jacksonville for Valentine’s Day

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This is for all you love birds who are tired of the same old restaurant and/or movie date. Not that anything is wrong with enjoying a large popcorn, soda, and candy while sitting next to your crush while watching a Rom-Com…but sometimes it’s fun to shake things up! So we are here to tell you about some of the best romantic date ideas in Jacksonville!

And right on time to plan a memorable night for your valentine.

Make Your Own Candle at Pinspiration

Going out to dinner and a movie are traditional date ideas that everyone does. Take a step further and surprise your partner with a trip to Pinspiration for a Valentine’s-themed craft night!

You and your partner are welcomed to make your very own custom soy candles, while enjoying chocolates and a beverage of your choice from the bar! Use the code “STUFFTODO” as the coupon code with booking as this project won’t be listed on their website. That’s right, this event is exclusive to only those who know about it…how cool is that?!?! 

Price includes 2 candles, 2 drinks and chocolates and lots of memories! Reservations are recommended. 

Llama just say, you love birdies don’t want to miss out on this deal! Empanada Llama is offering a fabulous deal for Valentine’s Day – perfect for your boo thang. This Llama treat box includes two asado, two mushroom, two sweat and sour chicken, two mini red velvet, two strawberry cheesecake and more! It’s preorder only so call the restaurant to schedule a pickup for February 12, 13 or 14. 

Once you pick up your box, head to your favorite park or outdoor area and enjoy a beautiful picnic. Maybe bring a bottle of wine (or two) and make the experience a date to remember!

Seriously, just scroll through the pictures, they heart-shaped empanadas are too cute! 

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a heart-shaped pizza. 904 Donatos wants to help you make Valentine’s Day special with their very own specially-shaped pie. In order to help the kitchen staff, we ask that you preorder each pie. The heart-shaped pizza will be available for preorder on February 7th by phone and via online from February 10th-14th. 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…each pie is also “create your own!” Meaning, you have the option to select whatever topping(s) you wish. One topping is included in the price, each additional topping with be an extra charge. Just LOOK at how cute that pizza is!

Who doesn’t love romantic date ideas that end with a bag full of candy and chocolate? As the season changes, so does the decorations and candy selection at all of the best candy shops in Jacksonville! They each bring in their own twist of Valentine’s Day options perfect for any sweet tooth. 

Over 58 million pounds of chocolate is bought in the 7 days prior to Valentine’s Day, so take this classic gift up a level by letting your partner select their own treats. Take them to their favorite candy store and let them have a go at picking out whatever the want. No, it’s not necessarily one of the most romantic date ideas in Jacksonville but it does have a cute personal touch to it! 

Plus, scroll to the bottom to see where you can purchase hot cocoa bombs and breakable chocolate hearts.

Head over to JAX Cooking Studio and make a special meal featuring locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients. Select from a wide range of cooking classes including “Valentine’s Five Star Seafood,” “Valentine’s Surf and Turf,” and “Booze Infused Desserts.” For a complete list of classes, please click here

We’re hungry just thinking about it…this is definitely one of our favorite romantic date ideas in Jacksonville. They even offer a selection of virtual classes that you and your partner can do in the comfort of your own kitchen! Pro tip: Don’t worry about scheduling a class on Valentine’s Day…feel free to do it a few days or even a week beforehand. Then, when the holiday rolls around, you and your partner can cook your brand new, fav recipe together! It’s like two date nights in one. 

📷 Airbnb

Jacksonville offers up so many unique Airbnbs – perfect for a staycation! From a quaint little tiny house in Jax Beach to a luxury houseboat and more…couples are guaranteed to have a wonderful time at any of these options. 

You’re sure to get cute couple photos if you try all of our romantic date ideas but this one is a guaranteed IG post.

Pro tip: Combine a weekend trip with a cute Airbnb stays…how sweet! OR, complete one of JAX Cooking Studio’s virtual cooking classes while staying at an Airbnb. 

It goes without saying that candles are a staple of a romantic date night. Take your date night up a notch by making your very own costume scented candle!

Wick: A Candle Bar has a wonderful selection of seasonal scents, including cherry blossom, hydrangea and rain just to name a few. Plus, they feature over 50 scents that are year-round! Couples also select their very own jar, design a unique label, and pour their creation. Wick also welcomes couples to create DIY room sprays, reed diffusers, body mist, body care and fragrance oils. But seriously, who doesn’t want to cuddle up with your loved one, watch a movie and  burn your OWN candle? 

Alright, this may be the MOST romantic on our list of Valentine’s Day date ideas! Horseback riding at Diamond D Ranch is an experience unlike any other. There are different time options but each allows you to take a scenic trail ride on a 500-acre ranch! If possible, we suggest selecting the 2-hour trail ride, as it gives riders the chance to view Jennings State Park–a perfect chance to be one with nature!

Amelia Island also offers their very own horseback riding! Riders will be taken on a stunning stroll down the beach while enjoying the sounds of the ocean. We highly suggest purchase the “Sunset Sunset” ride option – perfect for a beautiful evening with your partner.

Seriously, this is one of those “Can  You Feel the Love Tonight” Lion King moments…so intimate!

We see your romantic date ideas and raise it one….date night and home decor all in one?! Painting with a Twist welcomes couples to paint a set of canvas perfect for Valentine’s Day. Each of their couple’s sets are two separate canvases that come together to form one, larger piece of artwork. 

Options this year include “In the Stars” featuring two lions, “Paris Under Pink Moon,” and more! No need to worry if painting isn’t your strongest, a guided instructor will walk you through each step, ensuring a beautiful outcome. 

Romantic date ideas in Jacksonville…exercise edition! Take a gorgeous hike at Little Mini waterfall, Bell Springs Trailhead, Florida Trail, White Springs, or your favorite state park to watch the seasons change.

The peaceful sound of nature, combine with the serenity it provides, makes for a romantic day with your loved one. Take it one step further by stopping at your favorite local bakery and picking up fall-flavored picnic snacks.

This is definitely a “Colors of the Wind” Instagram moment! 

There are plenty of gorgeous places within a short drive from Jacksonville that would be perfect for this. Just picture exploring Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens or Ichetucknee Springs State Park with your favorite person in the world.

Weekend trips are already romantic but take it a step further by pulling out all of the stops! We’re talking about making the perfect road trip playlist for you and your partner, getting flowers and chocolates…the whole nine yards! 

Restaurants Perfect for Valentine's Day

*Please call in advance to check availability. If you can, make reservations a few weeks in advance. 

Valentine's Day Breakable Hearts and Cocoa Bombs

Cocoa bombs became the craze of 2020. From viral TikToks, to IG stories and more…it seems like everyone was getting in on the trend. Valentine’s Day is no different HOWEVER the trend has expended to also include breakable chocolate hearts! Plus, these make for the PERFECT present. Dinner, movie and hot cocoa bombs and/or a breakable heart?!? Seems like a cute date to us! 

We couldn’t pass up trying a breakable heart ourselves! Our friend over at Sweat Treats 904  made us one and even let us have a little fun with the saying on it. We’ve linked below a few small business that are offering these Valentine’s Day treats, DEF give them a try!

Each of these amazing places also offer other delicious treats. Enjoy!

More Things to Do in Jacksonville

It’s time to stop, smell the love in the air, and go on a date. Fill up your Valentine’s Day date with memories, laughter, and love with any of these romantic date ideas! 

For additional activities, download our UNATION app or check out our website. Be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and our Facebook Group as those members get exclusive access to our Valentine’s Day content before it’s posted on other pages. 

Britta Moletz

Britta Moletz

Britta is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Pittsburgh City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Pittsburgh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinPittsburgh on Instagramand Facebook.

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