The longer you’ve been with your partner or significant other, the easier it becomes to sweep Valentine’s Day aside as just another day. Some couples make it a point to go out for a nice dinner – but that’s just because that’s what’s expected. It’s what everybody does.
And let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is pretty much the worst night to hit your favorite restaurant.
It’s crowded. There’s no way you’re getting in unless you made a reservation weeks in advance. And once you’re there, you just might face the worst thing of all: the dreaded Valentine’s Day menu.
Want to do something a bit more interesting this year?
This V-day is the perfect time to rekindle that romance with the love of your life or show your new love interest that you know how to plan an incredible date.
This year, skip the dinner reservation and plan something new. Here are 9 unique Valentine’s Day date ideas that aren’t boring.
Vacation in Your Hometown
You don’t have to book a flight and pack a week’s worth of clothing to go on vacation. Instead, pack an overnight bag, call an Uber, and book a hotel room right in your hometown.
If you live in a big city you’ve got it made – there are probably dozens of amazing hotels you’ve never stayed in because you live so close by.
V-day is the perfect opportunity to spend a night away from home. Depending on your mood, you don’t even have to leave the room once you check in. Just order room service, get cozy in that king size bed, and make it ultra-romantic by standing indoors!
Not in the mood for a hotel? Book an Airbnb instead. Just look for one that has a hot tub, a pool, a California King bed, or some amenity that you don’t already have in your own home.
Head to the Planetarium
If we learned anything from La La Land, it’s that planetariums are oh-so-romantic. Head to your local planetarium to listen to music and star gaze – all from the comfort of a warm and cozy theater seat.
It’s the stargazing aspect of this date that makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day. And while it may seem more romantic to do that outside under the actual stars, it can get pretty cold in February. Save the actual stargazing for the spring and summer months.
Take a Helicopter Tour
If you really want to create a memorable date, book two tickets for a helicopter tour. This date can get a bit pricey, but if you can afford it, it’s totally worth it.
There’s almost nothing better than getting to enjoy your city from a perspective you’ve never seen it from before. And if your heliport happens to be by a bar or restaurant you love, double up on the date and do drinks before or dessert after.
Visit a Shooting Range
Heading to a gun range might not scream romance, but it is a great way to get outside your comfort zone and do something different. It also requires a certain level of trust to be around someone with a loaded weapon, and that's a definite declaration of love.
This can be an exciting date, and it can definitely get your adrenaline pumping. Perfect if you want to heat things up when you get home!
Have Your Very Own Chopped Competition
If you and your significant other aren’t afraid of a little competition, have your very own Chopped competition at home. From foodies to Food Network fans, an in-home Chopped comp is the best way to prove who’s boss in the kitchen.
Agree on a few key ingredients, set a timer on your phone, and go head to head to see who can make the best meal. Unless one person is far superior, it’s usually best to declare a tie. (You don’t want your Valentine’s night turning into an argument).
Related: Are You A Home Cook Or A Home Chef?
Volunteer Your Time
Most people are inclined to volunteer around Thanksgiving and Christmas. But Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to volunteer. Not only is it a meaningful way to spend time with your partner, but it’s a great way to let strangers and those in need know that they’re valued and loved!
Contact local soup kitchens and homeless shelters to see who might be in need of volunteers in your town.
Take a Dance Class
Dancing can be super sensual, and getting close to your partner on the dance floor is a great way to heat things up.
Ballroom, salsa, tango, hip hop… whatever style you’re into, a dance class is a fun and memorable way to spend time with your partner. It’s a great date for new couples looking to experience something out of the ordinary together. It's also a perfect date for couples who have been together for years (but haven’t danced together in a while).
Enjoy Some Live Music
Instead of going the quiet, romantic route this Valentine’s Day, go see a band! Who knows? Your favorite rapper, singer, or group just might be playing in your town this February 14th.
Check Live Nation, Ticketmaster, and StubHub to see if anyone you like is playing a live show that night. If not, grab your partner and head to a local live music venue. Together, you might be able to discover some brand new talent!
Make a Whole Day of It
Sometimes daytime dates are even more fun than evening dates. Plus, they have the potential to last a whole lot longer!
Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year. If you can, take the day off from work and plan a whole day of activities that you and your love can enjoy together.
Visit historical sites or tourist spots around your city that you never go to. Check out a museum. Have a fancy brunch or lunch then spend the afternoon day drinking at your favorite bar.
Take a walk in the park. Go bowling. Book a tee time. Shoot hoops together. Whatever it is you like to do as a couple, do it! And do it all day long.
By the time dinner rolls around, you’ll probably be so tired all you’ll want to do is head home and climb into bed. And that’s pretty much the best way to end Valentine’s Day!
What Are Some Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas?
Instead of booking a dinner reservation and having to fight the crowds, do something different this Valentine’s Day. Go somewhere that you love to go together or go somewhere and do something that you’ve never done before:
- Spend a night in a hotel
- Go to a shooting range
- Take a helicopter tour
- Visit a planetarium
- Volunteer your time
- Take a dance class
Do yourself and your partner a favor and book that fancy dinner reservation for the 15th. That way, you can actually enjoy a quiet table for two.