Money doesn't buy love, and the amount you spend on someone for Valentine's Day will not prove how much you love them. It is always the thought that counts; your loved one will jump for joy over the fact that you went out of your way to make the romantic holiday special. To make life easier for you, we went out of our own way to find affordable, but fun places to take a trip to on Valentine's Day in Tampa.

Fun Lan Drive In Theater - Add a little twist to the traditional Valentine's Day and make it old school. Pack up some snacks, a bottle of wine,  and surprise your companion with a drive in movie at Fun Lan Drive In Theater. They have four large screens that play the latest movies, and it's only $5! A romantic, yet affordable date idea for Valentine's Day.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park - Nothing says true love like a nice little picnic in a beautiful park that is surrounded by the glittering waters of the Hillsborough River. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park offers everything for the perfect date such as great lawn features, fountains, and a pavilion. The park is also surrounded by extras including the Tampa Museum of Art, little cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Tampa International Airport - For something a little unique and completely free, head out to the airport in the evening. Park at the cell phone lot and lay out on top of the car where you can enjoy an incredible view of multiple airplanes passing by. It's the perfect excuse for some cuddling, and it gives you two the chance to get to know each other better than before. Have some fun and pretend those airplanes are shooting stars and make a wish!

Honey Moon Island - There are many activities to choose from at this sentimental oceanfront, and with Florida remaining only one season, you don't have to worry about it being too cold! Bathe yourselves in the sun with your toes digging in the sun, and then cool off in the dazzling blue waters. If you want to be in the water, but not actually in the water, take a trip canoeing or kayaking. You can also go fishing or hike the nature trail together. Whatever you choose, it is surely to be a fun filled day full of romance and adventure.

Botanical Gardens- Explore multiple natural gardens full of blooming flowers and plants radiating the energy of love all around you. Throughout the gardens you can also identify some of Florida's wildlife. With a student id entry is only $1, adults are $5, and seniors are $4.

There are many other affordable date ideas for Valentine's day including the movies, Hillsborough River State Park, and the old time favorite, bowling. For a list of bowling alleys in the area click here.