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24 Unique Valentine’s Date Ideas [For Rekindling the Romance]

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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 24 unique Valentine’s 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 fabulous hotels you’ve never stayed in because you live 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, put on your favorite rom-com 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.

The stargazing aspect of this date makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day. And while it may seem more romantic to do that outside under the real stars, it can get pretty cold in February. Save the actual stargazing for the spring and summer months.

Take a Helicopter Tour

Beautiful blonde women enjoying flight and taking photo of cityscape with smart phone in helicopter. She is wearing pilot headphones.

Book two tickets for a helicopter tour if you really want to create a memorable date. 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 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, and it is totally different than your average game night! 

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).

There are also plenty of virtual cooking classes to check out if you want someone else to handle the planning! 

Related: 7 Fun Date Nights To Do At Home While Social Distancing

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

Group of people dancing in dance class having fun

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!

If you can, take the day off from work and plan a whole day of activities that you and your loved one 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!

Go on a Chills and Thrills Date

Ever wonder why couples on the Bachelor and Bachelorette always do things like bungee jumping and diving off insane cliffs? It’s because all the adrenaline these activities release literally makes people feel more attracted to each other.

And the good news is, it even helps to stir things up for more long-standing couples. And hey, what’s more bonding than facing a fear together? 

Yes, we realize not everyone can afford to go to a racecar class or go skydiving, but there are plenty of other ways to get that adrenaline flowing. Go to a rock climbing gym, find the biggest rollercoaster in your town and ride it, take a ghost tour, take a trapeze class or if winter sports kind of scare you, try taking an ice skating or ski class.

By the time the adventure is over, you’re bound to feel closer than ever. 

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At Home Karaoke Night

Love to sing but don’t like to embarrass yourself in front of total strangers in a bar? Then just make your own private concert at home. Sure, you could get fancy and buy a machine. But it’s way easier to access YouTube from your smart TV and let the off-key crooning begin.

To make it more romantic, create your playlist together. Or you can even surprise each other with meaningful songs from your past. 

I recently did an impromptu quasi-karaoke night with my husband by using Spotify’s lyrics feature. Sure, we were still singing over the original artists, but I think that actually made it better. Singing off-key is much less noticeable when you have a major rockstar to back you up. 

Whichever method you choose, serenading each other is a sure-fire way to keep those sparks flying.

Make a Tent Fort

A major part of keeping romance alive is staying in touch with our inner child. And besides, who doesn’t like a good tent fort? So get out those sheets and pillows and start erecting your own little temple of love with a little DIY project in your living room

Make sure to toss in some rose petals and a few electric candles to set the mood. Then you can have a picnic in there, spend the night drinking champagne, read to each other, play card games or get up to something a little saucier. 

Of course, if you have kids around, you can always keep it PG and invite them to share in the fun. For a little inspiration on making your tent fort and picnic extra special for the whole family, check out the movies The Holiday and No Reservations. Too cute!

Related: The 50 Best Two-Player Board Games [For All Ages]

Chocolate Making Class

Couple, a man and a woman temper the chocolate and measure the temperature with a non-contact thermometer.

Shakespeare may have said that music is the food of love, but it’s definitely chocolate for some people. Sure, the idea of it being an aphrodisiac may be a myth, but there’s no denying that feeding your love a tasty truffle is definitely romantic.

All the more reason to skip the cheap stuff and learn to make it yourself, a live class near you will give you hands-on practice with a teacher. But you can also take private classes online at places like Roni-sue.com

Plus, when you make the bonbons yourself, you never have to guess what filling they have inside! 

Blind Test Tasting

And while we’re focused on the foodie approach to romance, let’s take it up a notch and add some blindfolds. Part of being a more sensual person involves awakening all the senses – and taste is one of the most rewarding. For this idea, you’ll need to take a little trip to the gourmet store to buy your mystery treats.

When Valentine’s night rolls around, you’ll titillate your partner’s taste buds and test their palate by feeding them little bites while their eyes are covered. The challenge will be to see if they can identify what they’re eating. 

Oh, and adding a bottle of wine won’t hurt either. Tasty, sexy and fun!

Workout Date

Yes, working out keeps us in shape and makes us feel good about ourselves (which is definitely sexy). But it also increases blood flow to the sexual organs, helps with lubrication and slashes stress which is a big-time libido killer.

All great reasons for ditching the dinner date and getting your bodies moving! Strength training is excellent because it increases testosterone – the hormone responsible for sexual arousal and muscle development.

But if that’s not your thing, any form of exercise will do. Sign up for a yoga class together, go for a run or bike ride. You could even take a lesson in a sport that’s new to you, like tennis or snowboarding. 

Not only will you get to share some good bonding time together, but you may start feeling sexier than ever!

Backyard Camping

If the outdoors is your idea of romance, but you can’t get away, try camping out in your own backyard. Sure, it’s not a national park, but you will get to leave your everyday world a little bit behind, which makes it all the easier to focus on just the two of you. 

And as we all know, there’s nothing more romantic than a fire. So if conditions allow, gather that firewood and some marshmallows, chocolates and graham crackers for the perfect s’mores fixin’s and get cozy. Don’t have the room for a bonfire? Try using a mini concrete fire pit

Either way, you’ll get to enjoy gazing at your partner through the golden glow, which has a high probability of igniting the flames of love with a backyard getaway!

Bucket List and Paper Lantern Ceremony

Two people releasing a traditional flying lantern at Yi Peng / Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Okay, maybe this isn’t your year to go big, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream. Since part of building a relationship is creating shared experiences, focusing on those things you fantasize about doing is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day.  

Of course, you’ll want to set the scene with some nice food (maybe your favorite takeout?), music and candles first. Then get those pens out and let your imaginations go wild. 

Write down everything you’d like to do before your time on this beautiful planet is up. You may discover some things about your partner that you never knew. And you also have some fun things to look forward to!

When you’ve finished writing your list, pick one of your dreams, write it on a small slip of paper and then send it off to the sky in a paper lantern. Yes, you’ll also need to do some practical planning to make your wishes come true. But lanterns are a super romantic way of helping to materialize your dreams.

Trampoline Park

Not only will you get some exercise, but visiting a trampoline park is a super fun way to keep your childlike nature alive. I mean, you will literally be jumping up and down for each other. Does it get any cuter?

Sexy Subscription Box Date

Maybe you’re looking to spice it up this Valentine’s Day, but you’re not quite sure how. This is where ordering a sexy subscription box ahead of time can really come in handy. 

Many of them come with toys, games and even costumes if that’s your jam. And the best part is, there’s no awkward stroll through a sex shop involved! Spicy but discreet! Cue up some love songs and enjoy the evening. 

Adopt a Pet 

Sometimes the best way to rekindle your love is by sharing it with others. And when you adopt a pet, you’re guaranteed to get that love back in return. Okay, maybe less with a cat, but still….

You can make a date to go to the local animal shelter and adopt your furry friend. Then have some fun picking out names and maybe buying some cute toys. Getting a pet together is not only a unique way to spend the day, but it’s also a long-term way to bond. 

And just think of all those cute moments you’ll share walking the dog at the park or cuddling up with your kitty on the couch. Our suggestion for a name? Valentine!

P.S. For those couples not wanting to make that much of a long-term commitment or whose lifestyle doesn’t allow for pets, many animal shelters will allow you to schedule a visit with the animals. It’s a great short-term way to share the love and cozy-up with some cuddly animals!

Romantic Photo Shoot

Evening walk of a biker and a girl on the river bank. Photoshoot at sunset.

Who says it has to be your wedding to book a photoshoot that’s all about you as a couple?

Yes, we can all take a decent selfie by now, but that’s not the same as making a date for a formal session. A good professional photographer will be able to capture you in your best light and create a work of art that you can frame for all eternity to relive the most romantic Valentine’s Day forever. 

Of course, to make the most of it, you’ll want to meet your photographer ahead of time to talk about makeup, location and wardrobe. But the little time investment will be worth it when you see the results. And you won’t need a selfie stick to get the job done!

The Embrace the Cheese Date

You know all those touristy things you always tell your guests to go out and do while they’re visiting your city? The same things you never do even though you live there all year round? It’s time to start checking them off your list.

And Valentine’s Day is a great time to start. So go out and ride that Ferris wheel on the pier, take a super corny carriage ride, ride the elevator up to the top of that famously tall building or visit the petting zoo.

This isn’t about planning the perfect fancy date; it’s about embracing the cheese and having fun while you’re doing it. Try it, and you may find yourself falling in love with your city and each other all over again! 

Bonus points for exploring the city with a fun scavenger hunt to previous date spots. 

Go Horseback Riding

There’s a reason why horses are constantly showing up in movies, steamy novels and over-the-top weddings. There’s just something intrinsically romantic about them. So why not live the fairy tale and saddle up?

Whether it’s in the mountains, along the beach or through the forest, a guided horseback tour can be an adventurous and fun way to spend the day. 

Feel a little horse shy? Taking a lesson at your local equestrian center can be a great way to get started and help you to overcome those nerves. And who knows, you may even discover a new shared passion!

Create a Blast from the Past

Yes, it’s always wonderful to build your future dreams together. But sometimes, remembering your favorite moments from the past can be a great way to rekindle the romance. Try visiting your favorite meaningful spots from around your hometown or even go back to the scene of your first date.

If you’re married, you could watch your wedding video or re-read your vows to one another.

And, of course, pictures are one of the best ways to bring all your best moments flooding back. You could even do a surprise slide show for each other by picking your favorite photo ops and explaining why that picture is one of your favorites. If you have any saved love letters, this is a great thing to throw in as well. 

Whatever you do will be right because it’s all about you. And it’s always nice to remember just how far you’ve come together! 

What Are Some Unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas?

Happy to be together. Beautiful young couple embracing and smiling while spending time in the bedroom

Instead of booking a romantic dinner reservation and having to fight the crowds, or watching the same romantic movie, 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.

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 at home or something new and different and create the best Valentine’s Day for both of you. 

You might also be interested in: 19 Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Sweetheart

24 Unique Valentine Dates Ideas:

  1. Vacation in your Hometown 
  2. Head to the Planetarium
  3. Take a Helicopter Tour
  4. Visit a Shooting Range
  5. Have your Very own Chopped Competition
  6. Volunteer your Time
  7. Take a Dance Class
  8. Enjoy Some Live Music 
  9. Make a Whole Day of it 
  10. Go on a Chills and Thrills Date 
  11. At Home Karaoke Night 
  12.  Make a Tent Fort 
  13. Chocolate Making Class 
  14. Blind Test Testing 
  15. Workout Date 
  16. Backyard Camping 
  17. Bucket List and Paper Lantern Ceremony
  18.  Trampoline Park
  19.  Sexy Subscription Box Date 
  20. Adopt a Pet 
  21. Romantic Photo Shoot 
  22. The Embrace the Cheese Date 
  23. Go Horseback Riding 
  24. Create a Blast from the Past 

Jessica Heston

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