Having a romantic night out on Valentine’s Day does not always mean you have to have alcohol in the picture. Without the influence of alcohol or drugs, your senses will be sharper, and your thoughts will be clearer.
This means you can better enjoy your date’s company and remember each moment, so you can lock it away as a special memory.
While “wining and dining” seems to be the norm, there are alternative date ideas you can do minus the wine. Whether you’re looking for a simple date idea or an over-the-top big gesture, check out this list of fun and creative ways to spend this day.
1. Drive-In Movie
While it may be easier to go to a local cinema and watch the latest box-office hit, it is much more romantic to cuddle up under the stars. Bring your own picnic basket or order a takeaway dinner to enjoy during the movie. You can even pop open a bottle of sparkling grape juice to celebrate the night.
2. mEscape Room
If you have a competitive spirit, try a date at an escape room where you’ll be challenged to solve a puzzle or a mystery to “escape” or get out of a sticky situation. This will get you and your date to work together, know each other better and interact in high-pressure situations.
3. VR Arcade
Want an upgrade from an 80’s video arcade? Why not try out a high-tech alternative? Virtual Reality game rooms have now popped up all over the US and are offering a unique gaming experience that lets you engage in multiplayer games.
4. Beach Day-Out
There are countless of things you can do at the beach! Surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, diving or just laying around under the sun! For meals, find a local spot serving fresh seafood to complete your beach experience.
5. Ice Cream Hopping
Bar hopping is so outdated! Ice cream hopping is a better idea! Explore the city and try to find the best tasting ice cream! Just make sure your date is not on a low-sugar diet!
There are a lot of ski destinations in the United States, and you’re lucky if you’re living near one. Take advantage of that and book a chalet in a ski resort. Skiing and playing around in the snow is a wonderful way to loosen up and enjoy each other’s company.
7. Spa Date
Booking a spa appointment is great if you and your date are both busy bodies. During Valentine’s Day, a lot of spas and hotels offer couple’s treatments and massages that you can avail.
8. Latin Dance Lessons
Do you love grooving to the beat? Sign up for a Latin dance lesson like tango or salsa. Not only are these classes super romantic, it also guarantees lots of close contact.
9. Flower Farm
What’s better than receiving a bouquet of flowers? Having to enjoy an entire field of them! Plan a trip to a flower farm and pick your own bouquet. If you don’t live near a flower farm, going to a huge flower market is also an option. Capturing a cute photo of you and your date with amazing flowers in the background makes for an amazing Instagram moment.
10. Horseback Riding
This is a great outdoor date idea that will give you a chance to spend time with each other while enjoying nature. Go for a ride along the beach or near the mountainside.
11. Run with the Wolves
Love animals? Now you can actually spend some time playing with wolves. Yes, real wolves! Wolf therapy is a legit form of adventure therapy that will make you feel more connected to the world. If wolves are too extreme for you, going to a dog and cat café or a zoo is a safer bet.
12. Yoga Retreat
These types of wellness vacations are perfect to get your mind off the hectic city life as well as focus on yourself and each other. If you have the luxury of having the Valentine’s weekend off, going on one is a great choice.
13. Shopping Spree
If your goal is to spoil and pamper, taking your date on a shopping trip will surely be well-received! The type of shopping will really depend on what your date enjoys – it can be shopping for clothes, jewelry, new furniture, food or even antiques!
14. Helicopter Tour / Hot Air Balloon
Have your romantic moment from a different perspective…from up above.
For a one-of-a kind experience you will never forget, a tour from a helicopter or a hot air balloon is an exhilarating adventure.
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