14 Valentine's Day Activities that Don’t Involve a Restaurant

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Valentine’s Day is definitely one of my favorite holidays. It’s romantic, celebrates love and passion and allows me a chance to act sickeningly cheesy without risk of embarrassment. Although going out to a nice dinner and having a romantic date on Valentines Day sounds amazing, it’s probably the worst day to go out to a restaurant.

Restaurants purposefully jack up the prices, downsize the portions and serve inferior ingredients all in an effort to reap higher profits. Besides, how is being packed into a loud, crowded restaurant romantic? The whole environment in a restaurant on Valentine's day is anything but intimate. Instead of dealing with all the restaurant malarkey….we have created a list of unique, creative and romantic Valentines date ideas that don’t involve going to a crowded restaurant.

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Stay at home

Staying at home may seem lame but it’s actually one of my favorite ways to spend the day of love with my love. Not only are you completely in control of your environment but there is so much you can do. You could cook a romantic dinner, make signature cocktails, turn your living room into a ball room, play video games, watch a romantic movie, spend the whole night totally naked, the list goes on and on. Besides, the whole point of Valentine's day is to spend quality time with your lover and what better way to do that than in the comfort of your own home.

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Go outside

Whether you are at a park, on a mountain, on a boat on the ocean, horseback riding or in your backyard….nothing says romance more than a sweet picnic with plenty of tasteful booze. A picnic is classic and you can control the quality of the food, the menu and the scene in which you set it up. Once the sun sets you can stargaze, hold hands and embrace this uber cheesy romantic moment that you’ve created

Go to the Casino

Despite the stigma of gambling, Casinos are not bad places for dates. Casinos can actually be quite elegant, and with a little pre-planning can be very romantic date options for a memorable Valentines day. Playing penny slots, listening to live music, playing a couple rounds of blackjack, having a quick bite to eat are all options at a Casino and can be really fun. Casino’s also have very high standards when it comes to food, so you won’t see the kinds of short cuts that a stand alone restaurant would take, compared to a fine dining restaurant inside a casino. Since many casinos are also hotels, you could also extend the the date into a night away from home.

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Laser tag

Laser tag may not seem like the most romantic date idea, but it definitely can be. Not only is laser tag super fun, it’s also very affordable, kind of a workout and releases endorphins. You can also grab drinks before or after and surprise her with flowers for that romantic touch. Some people prefer fun and unique dates, and find them more romantic than sitting in a stuffy restaurant.

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Go to a weird museum

There are so many weird museums in this world and every town seems to have at least a couple which could qualify as “not normal.” Some of my favorites include; Mustard Museum, Zombie Museum, Potato Museum, Barbed Wire Museum, Spam Museum, Hobo Museum, Salt and Pepper shaker Museum, Museum of Pez memorabilia, Museum of Sex, Museum of Bad Art and Toilet Seat Museum. I would recommend having a few drinks before hand, keeping an open mind and having a great time as you peruse the oddities. Check out some more hidden gems here: Weird Museums Around the World.

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Volunteer at a soup kitchen

I personally love dates which are activities where we are working towards a common goal as a team. I also love selfless acts of kindness. Nothing is more selfless than sacrificing your Valentines Day to help those in need. Over half of all soup kitchens, food pantries and other meal programs rely entirely on volunteers. They are made possible thanks to the more than 2 million people who volunteer each month. Together, we can create change for families who need a little help. Find out more about how to get involved here: Feeding America

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Go Skydiving

Have you ever wanted to jump out of a plane from 12,000 feet up with nothing but a few yards of material strapped to your back? You may be crazy, but you’re not the only one! Skydiving is an exciting, unforgettable experience, which will give you a rush like no other. And when done with a partner, it will bond you together! Whether you and your partner have separately gone skydiving before or have only dreamed of falling from the clouds, it will bring you closer and you’ll have a great story to tell. It will also go down in history as one of the most unique and invigorating Valentines day dates yet. Here is a list of the Top 10 Reasons to go Skydiving.

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Go to a sex shop

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “sex shop?” Skeezy middle-aged virgin men? Tons of porn? Fleshlights? Real dolls? The “jack-shacks?” I come bringing good news: these tend to be exaggerations! Especially if you avoid the blatantly skeezy sex shops. It may not seem intuitive, but sex shops are actually a great place to go for a date with your partner. They can be a fun and sexy start to a fun and sexy evening. Most sex shops will specialize in sex toys, outfits, condoms and other things; they will also have a video section. The sex shops worth going to will have a knowledgeable staff who hit the sweet spot of being helpful while not being invasive. If you are feeling a bit lost or overwhelmed, they can help you find what you’re looking for. Besides, the whole sexually charged experience is like a drawn out version of foreplay.

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Go bowling

Bowling is one of my favorite date ideas. Whether on Valentines Day or not, it’s super fun. Bowling alleys are typically not as busy on Valentines day, so it’s a perfect spot for you two love birds to flock too. Bowling is fun, moderately competitive, doesn’t require you to dress up and it won’t break the bank. Bowling alleys have your typical fried food and usually a full bar with lots of drink specials.

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Go treasure hunting with metal detectors

It’s true that I have come to think of metal detecting as the world’s worst hobby—frustrating, solipsistic, potentially felonious. But I have to admit that each time I’ve ever done it, I enjoyed the anticipation and the mystery. Besides you can always purposefully hide a present or a gift in a metal box and have your lover find it.

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Go to an old folks home with flowers and chocolates

I read an article the other day about a 7 year old who was collecting Valentines day cards for Senior Assisted living residents and it warmed my heart. A lot of these people living in these facilities don’t often get visitors, and holidays about love can often be painful. I had a date once who took me to an Assisted living home where we played checkers, talked and hung out with the residents. At first I was totally freaked out, but after a little while, once I’d given it a chance, I ended up having a great time and making some really great friends.

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Thrift shop date

A friend of mine recently did this with her boyfriend and had a total blast so I thought it would be the perfect avant-garde activity for Cupids holiday.  First you need to come up with a strict budget. I recommend $20 each that way you can even get some accessories. Then you solely pick out an outfit for your partner (no cheating). Then you go to some crappy, not busy restaurant like a Denny’s and sport your new threads.  The most important factors are to use fake names, no complaining about your awful clothes and be prepared to laugh your ass off.

Go for a helicopter ride

A sunset helicopter ride is one of the most romantic date ideas for Valentines. It’s very intimate, get’s you away from all the cliche chaos and is very unique and exciting. You can also crack open some wine or have chocolate covered strawberries while you toast from up high.



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Pretend Valentines is on a different day

Valentine’s Day is literally just another day of the year, and just another day in your week. Doing something romantic and nice for someone you love is a nice gesture, but you don’t need to feel pressure to do something super romantic and over-the-top just because Hallmark tells us that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. Calm down, Hallmark. If you’re in a relationship but don’t have the desire, or financial capabilities, to do something fancy with your significant other, then don’t. The bottom line here is, even if you are in a relationship, don’t feel like you have to live up to any expectation of how your Valentine’s Day should be. Talk to you partner. If you guys want to do something that would be way too crowded on the actual day, do it on another day. Valentine's day is simply a day to celebrate love, but in reality we should be showering the people we love with admiration and love everyday. Don’t worry about any of the stigma or hype. Just love the one you are with and if you want to do something special, if it comes from the heart and a place of love, your partner will LOVE it.

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