Feb 122011

Love and romance are great.  Also great —  plenty of ways to spend Valentine’s Day weekend in South Florida without forking over a fortune.

We’ve put together a mix-and-match assortment of free and cheap activities to savor with your favorite sweethearts. Or just take a friend.

Palm Beach County
  • Free Valentine’s theme musical show: Love American Style, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real in Boca Raton, 561-393-7827. Bring a chair, or rent a chair for $2.
  • Picnic & music: Pre-order a picnic basket of treats for two from Whole Foods at Downtown at the Gardens,  11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. in Palm Beach Gardens. Prices are  $15.99 to $19.99.  Folks who purchased the picnic brunches  are invited to stroll over to Downtown Park  for the Valentine’s Day Jazz Brunch Sunday, Feb. 13, noon to 2 p.m., 561-340-1600.
Broward County
  • Stargazing: The Fox Observatory in Markham Park  is free on Saturdays after dusk, weather permitting. Members of the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association are available to assist with the equipment, 954-357-8868.
  • Free music with a fabulous ocean backdrop at Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street on Hollywood’s Broadwalk 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Valentine’s Day, Andrea G performs.  Other free concerts at the theater are Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12. Also, the theater offers free music Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Miami-Dade County
  • Free outdoor music: Latin jazz artist Kiki Sanchez  performs as part of the Noches Tropicales concerts at 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 11  at Tropical Park, 7900 S.W. 40th St., Miami,  305-271-0812.
  • Guided Nature Walks: 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturdays at Greynolds Park17530 W. Dixie Highway, N. Miami. Fee is $3 a person. Reservations are required, 305-945-3425.
  • Flying kites: Seaside kite-flying 10 a.m. to sunset every day at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave. Skyward Kites sells kites, windsocks and wind spinners for $5 and up, 305-893-0906 or 305-947-3525.

For a deal on Valentine’s Day dining, about 55 participating Pollo Tropical restaurants in South Florida are offering two dinners for $9.99 on Feb. 14.  To receive the offer, text SWEETHEART to 30241.   The deal is available at  company-owned restaurant in Florida.

Mar 052009

museumAre you a Bank of America account holder? If so, take advantage of the Museums On Us perk. Just show your Bank of America credit or debit card on the first weekend of every month, and you’ll get free admission to more than 70 museums and attractions in cities across the United States.

In Palm Beach County, you can make a free visit to the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach or the South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach.

In Broward County, you’ll find deals for free admission to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

In Miami-Dade, you can use your card for free admission to the Miami Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Science Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.

The deal is good March 7-8 and April 4-5.