Everyone Can Participate in These 32 Valentine’s Day Activities
Whether you’re in a pair or on your alone. Let’s be honest: Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday. However, we’ve discovered that the key is to enjoy the event in your own unique style. With these 32 Valentine’s Day date ideas, you may learn to practice self-love or show your sweetheart how much you care on February 14. They include everything from full-on treatment to philanthropic undertakings, cultural events, and relaxing activities to do with someone special, a friend, or oneself. Now go ahead and celebrate Valentine’s Day in whatever way suits you best.
These are our 32 selections for unique Valentine’s Day activities.
Consider going to a Wine-and-Dine Movie Theater.
Comfortable seats and full wine and dinner service are available in upscale movie venues such as iPic. While the price may be greater than a standard movie, heightened big-screen amenities such as truffle fries and a glass of cabernet brought right to your seat significantly improve the movie-going experience. Some cinemas even provide blankets, which are ideal for cuddling.
Visit a Jazz Club.
It’s sensuous and intimate to listen to live music in a dimly lit jazz bar. Plus, if you’re interested in cocktails and appetizers, you can generally get a reservation. To mention a few, head to Preservation Hall in New Orleans, Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., or Village Vanguard in New York.
Remove yourself from the situation.
Planetariums aren’t immune to the allure of astronomy. Many of them hold Valentine’s Day couple’s events, so do some research to see if one is occurring near you. Whatever Mother Nature conjures up outdoors, clear skies are always in the forecast.
Take a Bath to Unwind
Turn up the water, drop in a fizzy bath bomb, and relax—with or without a companion. With candles and a soothing song, you can take it to the next level. Take it a step further by adding some greenery, a bit of dried eucalyptus, and a pair of fluffy robes, as seen at spas.
Workout with your friends
Set out an hour or two to work up a sweat together, whether it’s in a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class, nourishing yin yoga, or a lengthy trek on your favorite trail. According to Psychology Today, research show that exercising out with your partner can improve relationship happiness, develop emotional relationships through nonverbal mimicry (such as matching speed or tossing a medicine ball back and forth), and increase your attractiveness to one another.
Attend a Burlesque Show
Burlesque may get you in the spirit even if you don’t know how to dance. Acts are usually daring—and seductive. Check out your city’s performing arts centers, university art departments (which frequently invite touring acts to perform and don’t require student enrollment to attend), and local live event venues to discover a show near you.
Relive your first date.
Reminisce over your first impressions of each other at the restaurant where you first met or the cocktail bar where you shouted cheers over martinis. If your first date was completely awkward, get a “do-over” and replace the old memories with new ones. Do you want to celebrate with your friends instead? Make it a group date with your friends.
Breakfast is served in bed.
This level of comfort should not be limited to hotel stays. Get up an hour early, make something special, such as a childhood favorite or a twist on your most decadent brunch order, and settle in for some uninterrupted time together before heading out to work.
Take a Mixology Class
While learning how to mix your favorite cocktails, sip on something delectable. For example, visit the Apothéke Academy in New York, which uses food from the rooftop garden and farmers market, or a local handmade cocktail bar.
Get the kinks out of your system.
With an on-demand app like Zeel or Soothe, you can have a massage therapist duo come to your house. You’ll share a feeling of relaxation and peace while allowing any stress go away, emerging revitalized and renewed with new vitality to put back into your relationship.
Make Wine on Your Own
Tasting wine is fun, but producing your own vintage is even better. It gets even better. You may stomp on your own grapes and take home your own bottles at places like The Wine Foundry in Napa. You can even sample, blend, and bottle your own wine at Northstar Winery in Washington, complete with a unique label.
The Sun Must Be Chased
Grab a blanket and gaze at the sky at night or in the morning. We know you want to take a picture, but put your phone on mute and keep it hidden. It’s all about being present in the moment.
Spend a Night Away from Home
Who says you have to travel a long way to enjoy the benefits of travel? Play tourist in your own town, then reward yourself with a luxurious hotel or a Plum Guide stay. For something more outdoorsy, check out Outdoorsy, Hipcamp, or Under Canvas.
Arrange for a fun photo shoot.
Taking professional photographs together does not have to be your engagement. You also don’t need to employ a photographer. You’re all the pro you need with the latest smartphone technology, a tripod, and a ton of self-portrait suggestions.
Make a Valentine’s Day-Inspired Dish Meal
Sur Leading up to the big day, La Table, in particular, hosts a slew of cooking lessons, many of them are themed around Valentine’s Day. On February 14, be sure to recreate the feast. You may also discover classes on Cozymeal or Hipcooks, or dine with like-minded foodies on Eatwith.
Read a Romance Novel
Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice are two classic romantic books (although Twilight is also a guilty pleasure). Personal development books can also help you generate inner empowerment for yourself and all of your relationships—after all, what’s more romantic than turning up better for your partner?
Sing a Karaoke Song
Choose from the top love or breakup songs, or songs about independence, depending on your mood, and let it all out. If you want to sing along in the privacy of your own home, karaoke applications such as Smule or Yokee can help.
Make a Paint Night appointment.
Whether it’s a glass of wine or a steaming mug of tea, unleashing your inner artist is always more fun with a beverage in hand. To get started, look at Paint Nite events on the West Coast, Muse Paintbar on the East Coast, or your local wine bar.
An illustration for a couple can be commissioned.
Invest in a bespoke drawing or illustration of you and your loved one created by an illustrator or graphic designer. How Heart Thou, which distributes 50% of revenues to a good cause, is one of our favorites.
View the Video of Your Wedding
All married couples, take note: This is the perfect moment to reflect about your wedding day. (Yes, your video isn’t only for weddings and anniversaries.) We recommend that you get some tissues.
Make a Game Night Out of It
If you prefer, set up a round or two of poker or Cards Against Humanity. Consider playing a classic board game for a nostalgic experience. Dress up and go to the casino for some slots and blackjack if you’re feeling fancy.
Something Heart-Shaped to Bake
Pizza, waffles, pancakes, and cookies come to mind. It’s fair game if it can be molded or arranged in a heart shape. If heart-shaped baked products aren’t your thing, go for a hearty (get it?) supper to soothe your soul.
Play hooky from work.
We don’t normally encourage people to call in ill, but a day of rest can sometimes be beneficial (especially if you can spend it with the one you love). You could even spend the entire day together without using electronics, reading magazines, visiting an art gallery, swimming, or perusing a farmers market.
Watch a Love Story Play Out on Screen
Whether it’s The Holiday, Love Actually, or a classic like Casablanca, a mushy story will instantly transport you to a romantic mood. Alternatively, go for a more current Netflix selection, as the streaming service appears to be on a romantic comedy binge. Consider the following example: Always Be My Maybe, and Set It Up, to All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Organize a Ghost Tour
When you feel a phantom chill, snuggle up to each other and enjoy a fantastic narrative. Historic neighborhoods, hotels, and local historical societies are excellent places to start your search for a ghost tour that meets your needs.
Make a bonfire
On the beach, in the park, or in your own backyard, build a roaring fire. Enjoy the evening with only your partner, go on a double date, or invite everyone you care about to join you.
Take a trip to an amusement park.
Invite your favorite thrill-seeker to spend the day riding all of the rollercoasters or reminiscing on the carousel or Ferris wheel. If you visit on a weekday, you might be able to get a better deal on tickets and avoid long lineups.
Consider getting a Tarot reading.
Look for a holistic wellness facility or check to see if your local yoga studio offers tarot workshops and schedule a reading. Alternatively, tune into your intuition and give each other readings. You’ll feel as though you’ve never been noticed before.
Visit a Plant Nursery.
Choose a Valentine’s Day succulent or fruit tree to nurture together at your local nursery, or get your hands dirty and grow one from seed (or plugs, we won’t tell). Just bear in mind that prickly plants like cacti contain sharp (possibly negative) energy, which feng shui rules advise against.
Test your skills in an escape room.
When you work together as a team to complete an escape room challenge, you’ll get some exercise while also exercising your intellect. Escape rooms have become increasingly popular in recent years, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find one near you.
Splash Your Way Through a Water Park
Pack your swimsuits for a day at the water park if the weather permits. There’s nothing wrong with spending the entire day in the pool. Don’t forget the sunscreen, no matter what you do!
Make your own Greatest Hits Tour.
Make a day of it by visiting all of your favorite locations to see, eat, and do things together in your city. It’s impossible not to create a memorable experience when so many of your favorite activities are crammed into one day.