Running out of fresh date ideas for this upcoming Valentine’s Day?
Chances are that you’ll end up paying for an overpriced candlelight dinner after giving expensive roses and heart-shaped chocolates and watching the sunset in an overcrowded bay. Worse, you’ll get stuck at home with Netflix and takeout pizza.
There are tons of exciting things to do with your partner – you just need a list of inspiring ideas. If you don’t plan to settle for the traditional cheesy and boring approaches this year, this might be the list you’re looking for.
Escape an escape room together
Forget the boring puzzles at home – go to an escape room. Escape games are a great way to test each other’s problem-solving skills and teamwork under time pressure.
Go on a ghost and historical tour
If you and your partner love everything paranormal, from watching horror movies to visiting haunted attractions, then ghost tours are perfect for you. Bonus point: some spooky events include booze to keep you pumped up.
Experience virtual reality
Want to go underwater or outer space? Or immerse in a war zone? Virtual reality will make it possible for you and your partner.
Try a shooting range
Looking for a fun yet unconventional date idea? Try out guns and have a friendly competition in the shooting range. You can also sign up for war-themed games, like paintball.
Hit ice skating rink
Okay, it’s a cliché – you’ve seen couples in many rom-coms do this but just give it a try. Next to the fun of ice skating, hitting the rink also allows you to get close to each other and snuggle to keep you warm.
Run for a cause
Check out for fun runs in your local area and sign up. You won’t only have fun and get fit with your partner – you’ll also run for a cause.
Have a friendly indoor sports competition
Indoor sports are a great way to bond with your partner. You can check out activities like bowling, billiards, indoor rock climbing, and table tennis in your city.
Ride a boat in the afternoon
Don’t just sit by the bay to watch the sunset – ride a boat! Whether it’s an expensive yacht cruise or “The Notebook”-inspired rowboat ride, sailing always makes everything better.
Get some blankets, sleeping bags, a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate, a telescope (if you have) and drive out of the city, away from the city lights for a great stargazing experience.
Find a rooftop
It can be a rooftop pool of a hotel, roof deck bar or a top of a nearby building. Wherever that is, it’s always romantic to dine and go sightseeing while feeling like you’re on top of the world.
Go sightseeing + photo walk
In line with your sightseeing tours, have a friendly photography competition. You won’t only produce great photos- you’ll might also learn something new from your partner regarding camera settings and photography tricks.
Go to a museum
Learn something new about history, science, culture, and arts by visiting a local museum. Bonus: the late night open museums are also tend to spice up the things by holding a very special event, especially on Valentine’s Day.
Watch a theater show
Skip the movies – watch live performing arts. Go old school and feast your eyes and ears on creative theater plays and musicals.
See your favorite musicians live
It doesn’t have to be a concert – check out your favorite musician’s gigs and go to the bar where they perform. If you’re on a budget, check out free outdoor concerts and music festivals to see performers, including the ones you don’t often hear.
Go to bars/clubs with entertainment
If you’re sick of paying solely for an expensive meal, pick a club with live performers. It could be a jazz, rock, or acoustic band, comedians, and even poetry reading. Dress up for the occasion and enjoy your dinner with entertainment.
Sing or dance your heart out
Skip the fancy dinners – rent a room in a karaoke bar and belt out. If both of you are relatively great dancers, then a night at a salsa club or a club with live music might be a perfect date for you.
Go to food fairs and late-night markets
Instead of splurging on a plate of steak, experience more with night food fairs. This is the perfect time to try out different cuisines, including the ones you haven’t tried. You can even catch a live band.
Just relax and get lazy
Are you a chill couple who don’t care about unique date ideas? Devote the entire day for relaxing to treat your body, mind, and senses. Go to a spa for a rejuvenating massage. Get a facial treatment. At the end of the day, drink wine.
Plan a fun date night with other couples
For a change, plan a V-day date with your group of friends – even the single ones. Go to a fun restaurant or bar or book accommodation in a beach resort.
Get fancy for a day
Feel like a VIP even just for a day. Rent your dream luxury car, get dressed up, and go to a theater show or a gallery exhibition, followed by a dinner at a nice restaurant and a lively night at a jazz club. You can also drive out of town and stargaze together.
Ride a hot air balloon
Hot air balloon rides prove that unforgettable romantic moments don’t always take place after sunset – some take place at sunrise. You get to experience an incredible view and the rare opportunity of flying on a balloon. It may be pricey but it’s worth it.
Go on a helicopter tour in the city
Feel like an upper-class as you explore for 30 minutes to an hour via helicopter. This is a modern alternative to a hot air balloon, and you don’t need to head to the countryside. Finish it off with a dining experience at a nice restaurant.
Recreate the first date you’ve had together
Take a trip down the memory lane. Wear the same clothes, go to the same places, and just reminisce the fondest memories together from the beginning of the relationship through the present.
Try different kisses
Seal the day with a kiss, or rather, a bunch of different kisses. Do your research and try mastering more than 30 kisses including basic, French, Sniff, Nip, Eskimo, Butterfly, Spiderman, Kiss from behind, Flavored kiss, and more.
Take a weekend trip to somewhere nearby
If Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, it’s a great chance to take a weekend trip to somewhere near yet away from the city. It doesn’t need to be expensive – it can be a beach, a hiking trail, or a B&B with a lake view. Perhaps you’ll discover new cool restaurants and attractions.
Celebrate while everyone’s sleeping
Night owls listen up. If you’re going to watch a film, catch the last screening. Hit a 24-hour diner or social lounge. Take a moonlight walk or have a long drive under the clear sky and millions of attractive stars. Finish it off by watching the sunrise together from a favorite spot.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the writers for Relationship Room Couples Counseling, a couples psychology institution specializing in relationship counseling and therapies for couples and families. She may be hopeless romantic but she’s got some straightforward pieces of advice about love, dating, and relationships.