If you want to make this year’s Valentine’s Day more memorable, it may be a good idea to skip the usual dinner at a fancy restaurant or movie date. Why spend the holiday in a crowded bistro where you can barely hear your date? Wouldn’t it be more fun if you and your significant other do something you’ll both remember for years? Here are some unique alternatives to celebrate your love for each other.
Take a Class Together
Rather than spend the evening staring at each other over a fancy dinner, try taking a class together. Pick up a class that interests both of you, like yoga or painting, or invest in a course you would never have considered before. Always wondered what it would be like to spar with your partner? Sign up for a boxing class. Want to learn how to make the perfect soufflé? Enroll in a short-term cooking workshop. The possibilities are endless. With a little creativity and research, it shouldn’t be difficult to find an exciting course around Jupiter area.
Take Part in Charity Work Together
There is no law that dictates Valentine’s date ideas have to be focused solely on the romance between two people. Instead of making it all about you and your date, consider sharing and spreading the love with a favorite charity. One of the most fulfilling experiences you can have in your lifetime is making a difference for other people too. There are many places you can volunteer your time, such as:
- animal shelters
- food banks or soup kitchens
- nursing homes
- church groups
- national parks
- Habitat for Humanity
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
Recreate Your First Date
However, add a little twist to it. If you had your first date in a fancy restaurant over a plate of tender roast and steak, why not try re-creating the atmosphere at your place? Cook for your partner. Set the table. Play a romantic background music. Later, you can sit back and relax watching the first movie you’ve seen together. The point here is to recapture the feeling of the moment in a more comfortable, not to mention romantic, setting and reminisce everything that’s good in your relationship.
Take a Ghost Tour
You may think that ghost tours are for Halloween, but they can be an excellent and romantic Valentine’s Day option as well. If you live in an older city, you probably have access to a ghost tour, many of which include snacks or alcoholic beverages. Sign up for the tour and hold hands as you wander through the creepy and haunted houses, cemeteries, and other locales.
Do a Wine Bar Crawl
Wine is much more romantic than beer, but you want to avoid hanging out in one crowded place all night. Instead of making a restaurant reservation, hop around from bar to bar, ordering wine and appetizers as you go. It is much more fun moving from place to place rather than having a sit-down dinner, and you will get to hold hands as you walk, hail a taxi or ride in an Uber around town. Just make sure that you get someone to drive you home after your evening of merriment.
Plan a Scavenger Hunt
This idea takes some planning and preparation, but you and your partner will have a lot of fun. Whether you want to plan photo missions or creative challenges, you create the clues that lead your special someone across town, around your neighborhood or wherever makes sense for you. Just make sure that a tempting prize or a sexy surprise is waiting at the final destination.
Visit a Museum
When you think of Valentine’s Day, you probably do not immediately consider visiting a museum, but it can be a lot of fun looking at exhibits with your special someone. Whether you like art, natural history or science, you can find a museum that is both interesting and beautiful. In fact, many museums offer after-dark tours, and some even include a picnic or champagne.
Roller skating can be just as fun if you’re doing it with your significant other. Many rinks offer retro skates on holidays to draw a nostalgic adult crowd looking for a unique and fun evening. There will be couples skates, themes and other lovey-dovey instructions that are sure to give you a night to remember.
Give Karaoke a Try
Karaoke is not just for groups of friends and co-workers. Take your partner and head to the nearest karaoke bar to celebrate the holiday and sing for each other. Try one of these classics:
- “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher
- “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease
- “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee
- “Love Shack” by The B-52’s
- “A Whole New World” from Aladdin
- “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing
- “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
- “My Boo” by Usher and Alicia Keys
- “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum
- “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
- “Picture” by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow
- “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
You do not have to be a belter. Sing your heart out and have fun!
Go to a Comedy Show
Little is more enjoyable than laughing the night away, especially with someone as important as your Valentine. Find a stand-up comic or sketch comedy group performance and have a hearty laugh. If you’re bold enough, you may try signing up for an open mic night yourself, and show off the other side of you.
Have a Game Night
It is easy to stay home and to have a dinner and a movie night, but try shaking things up a little by hosting a game night with some other couples. There are not a lot of two-person games, but call in another couple or two, and you are ready to play charades, poker or even Twister. It may not be a night spent one-on-one with your special someone, but it will still be loaded with a ton of fun and good memories.
If you are still planning how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Jupiter, consider some of the ideas mentioned above. Skipping the crowded restos don’t have to mean your celebration will be less fantastic and your date will have less fun.