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These Valentine's Day date ideas are off the beaten path

Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:59 PM

Trying to find ways to express your love on Valentine's Day? Tired of the generic card and box of chocolates? We have some suggestions for your Valentine's Day dilemma.

With the holiday falling inconveniently on a workday, several venues are offering unique romantic and somewhat exotic escapes a few days early. You can take your partner into the Serengeti or have the zoo babysit your kids or go on a romantic dinner cruise.

Whichever option you choose, it promises an intimate evening that doesn't include the same ol' card and box of chocolates.

At its 7th annual Wild at Heart tour and dinner, singles, couples or groups of friends receive champagne and dinner while learning about the pairing, partnering and mating habits of animals in the animal kingdom. Tours are 6:30 p.m. today and 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Lowry Park Zoo. Tickets are $65 and reservations are required. Call (813) 935-8552, Ext. 392.

A Parents' Night Out package let's you drop your children off at Zoo School from 6 to 10:30 p.m. tonight and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday so you can have a romantic night out or at the zoo's Wild at Heart evening. Reservations are required and its costs $30 per child, who will get pizza, drinks and entertainment.

A Valentine's Date at the Zoo features a close encounter with two of the parks zoo couples – African penguins or clouded leopards. The date offers a tour, behind-the-scenes access and two meal vouchers for the Garden Grill. The cost is $220 and tours are 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. Call (813) 935-8552, Ext. 268 to make a reservation.


(813) 259-7690

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