On Valentine's Day, it can seem like everyone celebrates the exact same way. Presents such as flowers, chocolate, giant teddy bears and boring (not to mention expensive) dinners out are the norm and are predictable. If you really want to impress that special someone, skip all the commercialized junk and take him or her out to one of Tampa Bay's many museums.
The Dalí Museum holds one of the largest collections of Salvador Dalí 's paintings, and the outdoor gardens are perfect for taking pictures and having a quick bite to eat.
If you want a smaller, more intimate museum experience, Artpool Gallery and Florida CraftArt offer a cozy atmosphere, and you can purchase the art.
For that special history buff, a fantastic date would be a trip to the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, which has exhibits showcasing artifacts from World Wars I and II, as well as the Vietnam War.
The Morean Arts Center in downtown St. Pete has a rotating exhibit from local artists as well as art classes that range from painting to jewelry-making and blowing glass that would make for a fun night out.
The Tampa Museum of Art has beautiful architecture and a wide collection of modern and contemporary art.
If you and your significant other love photography, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts currently has an exhibit that showcases the work of Elger Esser, who is known for landscape photography, and Ezra Stoller, known for showcasing architectural modernism. The museum has a permanent collection of works from other well-known photographers as well.
The Henry B. Plant Museum, housed in the former Tampa Bay Hotel on the University of Tampa campus, has fantastic architecture as well as restored hotel rooms that can take you and your date back in time.