40 creative Valentine’s Day date ideas
Plan the perfect picnic
Sometimes the most romantic date idea is as close as your own living room.
Throw some logs on the fire, spread a blanket on your living room rug, and hunker down for a romantic dinner for two.
-- By Katherine West Slevin
Go to Paris
Bring Paris to you
Can’t quite afford a hop across the pond? Don’t despair.
Dust off your copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, queue up some Édith Piaf or classic French cinema, scatter a few well-placed photos of Parisian landmarks around la maison, and get ready to wine and dine your sweetie Paris-style.
Flirt with the unknown this Valentine’s Day and spend the day learning a new skill. Sign up for a rock climbing school, book an excursion with a fly fishing instructor, or attend a cooking class.
The adventure of it is sure to spur a little romance.
Take the plunge
No, not that plunge. Scope out a romantic river, lake, quarry or after-hours pool if you’re in a colder climate, and sneak your honey in for a late-night swim. Clothing optional.
Do the opposite
Valentine’s Day calls for something a bit out of the ordinary. Suburbanites, plan a night out in the city. City dwellers, head to the countryside for a romantic night away or day trip. Whether you’re kicking it into high gear with a night on the town or slowing things down with a trip to the country—the change of pace will do wonders for you and your romance.
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Take in the scenery with a winter hike. Remember to bring along a thermos of cocoa (or spiked cider) to keep the chill away. Better yet, make a night of it. Pitch your tent and snuggle up for a romantic evening of camping.
Take in your favorite exotic species and test your animal attraction this Valentine’s Day with a trip to the zoo. Strolling around the African Savanna and Amazonia is sure to provoke some primal twinges.
Revisit old haunts
There’s nothing like Valentine’s Day to incite a little nostalgia. Return to the site of your first date, where you first met, or the spot where you proposed. Take your sweetie on a tour to visit romantic landmarks of years past. Perhaps you’ll find a new one along the way.
Go all out
Pick up VIP passes to a special event. Whether it’s a concert, a sporting event, or the opera, hit the town in style and give your date a night to remember.