Valentines Day Dates: Small Town Edition

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Valentine’s Day Date: Citrus County

Every year, on February 14th, lovers celebrate one another by showering each other in gifts, candy, flowers and fancy dinners. Valentines Day, also called Saint Valentines Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, has been a celebrated symbol of admiration since 496 AD (approximately 1,526 years). A holiday like this can put tremendous pressure on someone attempting to make this day extra-special for their favorite person. In a small town, like the one in which we live, this can be an especially difficult task. Well, stress no more- We have put together a list of cute ideas and places to take your sweetheart to celebrate your love this holiday weekend.

Daytime Date Ideas: Outdoors

Share a picnic with your partner for an easy (and inexpensive) daytime date. Cooter Pond, Liberty Park, Crystal River Archeological State Park and Ft. Island Beach are just a few of theCitrus County couple takes walk in nature on date many places the county has to offer to enjoy a meal with a view. Fishing is another cheap and easy date idea. Grab a couple of rods along with some live or artificial bait and hit the shore. Crystal River and Homosassa have plenty of water accessible by foot, where even a rookie angler is likely to hook a keeper. Take your date on a stroll through Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park and experience all that it has to offer. Other outdoor date options are nature walks, bird watching, kayaking/canoeing, geocaching and horseback riding.

Daytime Date Ideas: Indoors

Though, Citrus County is a nature-lovers paradise due to its excess of outside opportunities, it also has multiple indoor activities to offer.  Try out Crystal River’s Escape Room or any of the areas bowling alleys to spend quality time with your lover. The Crystal River Mall is currently home to an arcade that features a full bar, kubb courts, rock climbing wall and axe throwing, as well as a mini putt-putt course for convenient fun for all.


Nothing completes a date night better than a great meal. Here is a list of the counties finest dining experiences to indulge in with your honey:

Vintage on the 5th, Copp’s Winery & Brewery, Katch Twenty-Two, Waterfront Social, Crackers Bar & Grill, Mariana’s The Stinky Rose, World Fusion, Oysters Restaurant, Backwater Fins, Wallace’s at the Greenhouse, Cajun Jimmy’s Seafood Seller, Pecks Old Port Cove, Taverna Manos, Kane’s Cattle Co., Kelly’s Half Shell Pub, Oscar Penn’s and Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant.

Make reservations as soon as possible to ensure a table, for many places have limited seating and will fill up quickly due to the holiday.

Catch the Sunset

What’s more romantic than watching the sunset with the love of your life? Watching the sunset with the love of your life- on the waterTake the sunset to the next level and experience it at your nearest beach or boat ramp. A few local spots are:

 Ft. Island Trail Beach/Pier/Boat ramp, Mason Creek Public Boat Ramp, Ozello Community Park/Boat Ramp and John Brown Primitive Boat Ramp. Citrus County couple sit and watch sunset in homosassa or crystal river on water

Don’t make the mistake of not knowing when the sun will be setting ahead of time. Click here to know the perfect time to be waiting at your special spot. These are a few on a list of many places in the area to catch the sun setting. Concluding your night this way is almost guaranteed to swoon your darling or, at least, score you another date.

After Dark

If your date doesn’t end at sunset, there’s still plenty of things to do after dark. Sing karaoke, play pool or throw darts while enjoying a drink at any of the local pubs. Depending on where you go, there is live music at most locations in Citrus County as well. Stop by the following places for live entertainment:

The Florida Cracker Monkey Bar, Crumps Landing, The Old Mill Tavern, The Shed, Norton’s Riverside Sports Grill, Pine Street Pub, Kelly’s Half Shell Pub, Crackers Bar and Grill, Lollygaggers, and The Loft Bar and Grill.

Most of the businesses above have concert/live music schedules on their website, look them up beforehand to know who is playing and where.

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