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I have been toying with the idea of surprising the husband with a weekend getaway for this Valentine’s Day.

My mother is coming to visit, so she can stay with the kids for the weekend while the husband and I get some alone time to relax and recharge.

Where to go:

I have narrow it down to a couple of different places.

The first choice would be the Florida Keys as we have been talking about visiting ever since we got married and never actually did it.
AS budget-friendly as possible

Because I want to keep this little trip as budget-friendly as possible, I looked for different free or low-cost activities to do while in the Florida Keys.

Key West is probably the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the Florida Keys, but for what I heard, the other keys which might not get as much attention as key West has a lot to offer and have great things to do for those on a budget.

Key Largo

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: The visitor’s center features a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and other natural history exhibits.

Snorkeling and glass-bottom boat excursions are also available here, and admission is just $2.50 to $8.50, conditional on the number of people in your vehicle.

It is considered one of the more popular Florida Keys points of interest.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center: A must for bird lovers and bird watchers, here you can learn about the native and migratory bird populations of the Keys and Everglades.

The center rehabilitates and cares for injured, sick, rescued, or orphaned birds.

There’s no admission fee, but donations are encouraged.


Rain Barrel Artisans’ Village: Wander through the beautiful tropical gardens and see contemporary art and American crafts.

Discover that one-of-a-kind creation and watch the artists create your masterpiece. Don’t forget to snap a photo with Betsy the Lobster, the world’s largest biologically correct replica of a lobster.

Admission is free, but you want to make sure to bring some shopping money!

Crane Point Museum and Nature Center: Informative displays of local wildlife, marine-life, dioramas and exhibits highlighting artifacts and objects of cultural interest.

If you make it all the way to the Lower Keys

You will find the National Key Deer Refuge: About 9,200 acres of land that includes pine Rockland forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh wetlands, and mangrove forests.

Photo credit: USFWS

These natural communities are home for hundreds of endemic and migratory species, including 17 federally listed species such as Key deer, lower Keys marsh rabbit, and silver rice rat!

Bahia Honda State Park: Bahia Honda State Park at mile marker 37 has become a favorite destination for anyone visiting and one of the top things to do in the Florida Keys.

The second option I have come up with for this little escapade is a quick trip to New York, which has been on my list for years now…

Either way, I am planning to keep it simple and hassle-free and will only be taking my Pakt carry-on bag, which can fit enough close the two of us.

We either can throw it in the back seat of the car if going to the keys, or bring a log on the plane as it is designed for ease of use and comfort, stand features a zip-around dual-compartment design for maximum organization and easy access to everything you need while en route.

Carry-on approved if hopping on a plane and has a TSA pocket (mesh pocket) on that you can pull out if you need to show the contents while going through immigration quickly!

What do you have in mind for Valentine’s day?
Staying at home or traveling?

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