(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Valentine's Day is more than hearts and flowers…It's a celebration that tests the best of us when it comes to the art of romance. The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) helps bring the bliss back to wooing your Valentine sweetheart with these suggested outings for two, with everything from guided canoe excursions, bike adventures and nature treks to moonlit concerts, a cozy campfire picnic and kite flying by the sea, taking place starting Friday, February 11, through the grand Valentine's Day crescendo, Monday, February 14, at locations across the County.
Friday, February 11
Noches Tropicales Concert, 8 p.m.
This FREE outdoor concert features Latin jazz sensation Kiki Sanchez at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami. Part of the 2011 Noches Tropicales FREE concert series which is sponsored by MDPR and Target. For more information on this and other Noches Tropicales concerts, call 305-271-0812.
Try one of these amazing adventure outings for two. MDPR provides the equipment and your guide:
Saturday, February 12
Crandon Park Bayside Canoe Adventure, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The group led by EcoAdventures Tours will depart from the Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. This afternoon trip takes you along the calm waters of Key Biscayne's bayside, where you'll travel through and along mangroves and visit a unique bird rookery island. Here you can encounter magnificent coastal birds and marine life. The cost is $44 per person. Closed-toe shoes and reservations are required. For reservations, call EcoAdventuresTM Tours at 305-365-3018.
Greynolds Park Guided Nature Walk, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
This ongoing tour takes place every Saturday at Greynolds Park, 17530 West Dixie Highway, N. Miami. Explore Miami-Dade County's second oldest park and discover the wonder of our local history, flora and fauna. The cost is $3 per person. Reservations are required. For reservations, call 305-945-3425.
Saturday, February 12 & Sunday, February 13
Couples Campfire & Canoe Tour, 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The excursion departs from Bill Sadowski Park and Nature Center, 17555 SW 79 Avenue, Miami, and travels to Coral Reef Park, and returns right before sunset. Couples are invited to bring along an adventurous attitude and picnic food items for a cozy dinner around the campfire. The cost is $33 per person. Comfortable clothing is suggested Closed-toe shoes and reservations are required. For reservations, call 305-255-4767.
Sunday, Feburary 13
Crandon Park Key Biscayne Bike Adventure, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The group led by EcoAdventures Tours will depart from the Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Travel through time as you bike through Crandon Park's Bear Cut Preserve as well as the Crandon Gardens, the antiquated remnants of the original Crandon Zoo. Then explore the beautiful architecture as we travel through the Village of Key Biscayne. The cost is $28 per person. Reservations are required. For reservations, call EcoAdventuresTM Tours at 305-365-3018.
Monday, February 14
"Moonlight & Music" Concert, Gate opens at 7:00 p.m.; Concert starts at 8:00 p.m.
This Valentine's Day concert takes place at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. Headlined is Victor Espinola, multi-instrumentalist/singer/featured harpist for the Yanni World Tour, whose style of World Electronic Acoustic Music, a combination of Flamenco, Gypsy, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, African, Pop, and Dance, has captivated audiences from around the globe. General Admission: $20. Parking is free. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Limited refreshments and food will be available for an additional fee. Advance tickets available for purchase by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233, or online for an additional charge, http://www.deeringestate.org
Seaside kite-flying at Haulover Park, 10:00 a.m. till sunset
The open space and fresh ocean breezes of Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami, make it the ideal location for kite-flying. Open 364-days a year (Closed Christmas Day), from 10 a.m. till sunset, with free parking for kite shop patrons, the Skyward Kites' kite shop has operated out of Haulover Park for nearly 18 years and boasts the largest selection of kites, windsocks and wind spinners in Miami, starting at $5. If you'd like to take your love to new heights, give your Valentine their own personal high-flier! Dan Ward, the owner of Skyward Kites kite shop, can custom-design a kite to your specifications. The kite shop also offers tasty ice-cream treats to sweeten the experience. For more information about kite happenings at Haulover Park, including the upcoming Kite Festival on February 20, call Syward Kites at 305-893-0906. For directions and information about other events at Haulover Park, call 305-947-3525.
About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR)
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.