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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas for Florida’s Gulf Coast

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If you haven’t logged onto Facebook or checked your calendar today, perhaps you missed the memo – it’s Valentine’s Day! You know, the Hallmark holiday that we hate to support, but love to celebrate.

For those of you who dropped the ball on planning a romantic evening out with your special someone, or those looking for a casual, laid back experience that doesn’t break the bank, there are several LGBTQ-supportive venues along Florida’s Gulf Coast hosting Valentine’s Day themed music, dinners, and activities. Here are a list of our favorites:

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Rusty Pelican (Tampa)

Dine with your Valentine at Rusty Pelican Tampa. Savor the moment with the best views of Tampa Bay while enjoying a four-course tasting menu and a complimentary glass of champagne.

Click here to reserve your table.

The Queen’s Tea Party Brunch at CerealHolic (Tampa)

Spend your Valentine’s with the Queen and her Court for a Valentine’s Day Tea Party Brunch and show at CerealHolic Cafe and Bar. Enjoy a tea party brunch with your choice of flavored teas and alcoholic teas.

Be served table side while you watch your queen and court perform a one of kind Drag show that cannot be missed.

Click here to reserve your space.

Rapp Brewing Company: Fall in Love with Chocolate Beers (Seminole)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day differently this year and shower your loved one with Rapp beer! Enjoy your Valentine with some limited, special release stouts available Friday thru Sunday!

Click here to learn more.

Don CeSar: Candlelight Orchestra Valentine’s (St Petersburg)

Join us at St Pete Beaches Historic Don CeSar Hotel to be bathed in a magical garden of a thousand flickering candles illuminating the performers with the Candlelight Orchestra concerts.

Be immersed in an intimate atmosphere of romance with the sounds of Celine Dion, Claire De Lune and more.

Get your tickets here.

Staybridge Suites: Egyptian Costume Valentine Ball (St Petersburg)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day fashionably late wearing your best Egyptian costumes. Join in on this social event with great food and entertainment.

Enjoy your weekend celebrating “A Magical Love Story” at the Staybridge Suites in St. Petersburg.

Click here to learn more.

Back To Love Album Release at The Reserve Retreat (Sarasota)

Experience live music under the stars with your Valentine for Amanda Abizaid’s acoustic release of her new album Back To Love. Enjoy the journey of love through original music on a romantic outdoor courtyard at The Reserve Retreat.

Click here to get your ticket.

VEGANtines 3 Course Wine Dinner at Cafe YOU (Fort Myers)

Share an evening with your special vegan love and celebrate an early Valentine’s Day at Cafe YOU. Experience a little Australian flare with an all-vegan three course Valentine’s dinner and wine.

Click here to see the menu.

The Cake at Naples Players (Naples)

Take your Valentine to a deliciously funny play by Bekah Brunstetter at the Naples Players. Enjoy an evening of laughter on topics of marriage, love, current events, LGBTQ+ Interest, politics, religion, media, and more.

Watch how a legendary North Carolina baker finds herself in a true crisis. Family and ideology collide when her late best friend’s daughter asks for a cake for her marriage to another woman.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Did we miss any? Feel free to email info@outcoast.com with suggestions!


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Written by Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She is the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization, and CEO of OUTCOAST, an online marketing and concierge platform marketing the Gulf Coast as an LGBTQ-inclusive place to VISIT, CELEBRATE, and LIVE.

Rachel is also an avid event photographer and has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal.


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