A Fun Valentine’s Hop:
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As I was scouring the internet for great ideas for the perfect Valentine date, I found this awesome article from Stylecaster.com ~
1. Plan a picnic.
Whether you’re heading to a park or even just your backyard or fire escape, put down a blanket, get a spread of yummy snacks, a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a lovely, low-cost date.
2. Go birdwatching.
Sometimes the most romantic activities involve being outdoors together. Check if your favorite local park offers birdwatching tours, or just hang out in your backyard with binoculars.
3. Take a brewery tour.
Learn something and get beer in the process? This is pretty much a foolproof date. To find a tours, start by calling a microbrewery near you and go from there.
4. Take a workout class.
Take a spin class, a rowing class, or one of the myriad of trendy boutique workout classes that have popped up just about everywhere in recent years. Couples that sweat together, stay together.
5. Troll for photobooths.
Spend an evening looking for photobooths, and taking fun photos together. The souvenirs from the evening are just a bonus.
6. Take a boxing class together.
Not your typical date, get the endorphins flowing taking a boxing class together. If you’re on the hunt for a good boxing class, read how to find a good gym on ExpertBoxing.com.
7. Visit a museum and see something unexpected.
Going to a museum is a great date idea. Go see a controversial show, and the conversation will flow easily from there.
Pick a destination about an hour from where you live—it could be anything from a flea market to a restaurant off the beaten path—and just drive.
9. Meet for drinks at a local landmark.
From the Eiffel Tower, to the Empire State Building, to the Top of the Space Needle—head to a local landmark and admire the view, while creating your own movie worthy moment.
10. Make homemade pizzas with wild toppings.
Instead of just any dinner, make homemade pizzas, and don’t be afraid to go wild with the toppings.
12. Volunteer together.
A great first date idea, head anywhere from a soup kitchen to a home for the elderly to volunteer, while getting to know your date.
13. Work on a DIY project.
Look through Pinterest together for a project, and then execute it together!
14. Sing Karaoke.
While you are on your karaoke date, don’t forget to do a duet. When in doubt, Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” can’t be beat.
Find a dance studio that offer sessions for first timers and couples. Looking to do something really special? Consider booking a private lesson to start.
16. Go camping!
Borrow equipment from a friend if you don’t have your own, make s’mores over an open fire, and completely unplug from technology. You can even do this in your backyard!
17. Shop for each other.
Head to a thrift store, set a budget, and pick out outfits for each other!
18. Kiss, kiss, kiss.
19. Recreate the first date you ever had together .
If you went to a movie, rent the same movie. If you went out for dinner, go back to the same restaurant or make the dish that you ate at home.
20. Take a ride on a Ferris wheel.
Countless romantic comedies feature couples falling in love at the top of the Ferris wheel, and with good reason. Plus, there is something so nostalgic and wonderful about heading to a local fair or amusement park on a date.
21. Do something a little bad.
Skinny dipping, light sidewalk graffiti, doing something you aren’t supposed to be doing can actually bring couples together. Plus, it’s great for a future story.
Take your partner and your dream car you’ve rented on a weekend adventure, even if it’s just driving and exploring.
23. Go to a fancy bar and dress up.
Get dressed up, go to a fancy bar (hotel bars are an easy choice), and try something off the exotic cocktails list.
24. Head to the farm and go berry picking.
Berry picking is a fun activity, and also one that allows for a lot of talking and getting to know each other time.
25. Rent a Vespa and go for a ride.
26. Go to a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Find a local showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, dress-up, and get into it.
27. Host your own walking tour.
Take your date on a walking tour of the neighborhood where you grew up showing off your elementary school and local haunts along the way.
28. Go for a hot air balloon ride.
A classic date that is hard for anyone to resist.
Skip to the good stuff, and by good stuff, we mean dessert, ordering a sampling of what’s on the menu.
30. Bake a cake.
Or cupcakes, or brownies, or cookies! Any activity that also involves eating makes for a great date.
31. Have a game night.
Get out your favorite old-time board game (Clue, Monopoly, you name it), and have an old-fashioned game night date.
32. Go to the zoo.
33. Take a hike.
Be one with nature on your next date, taking a hike at your favorite nature preserve or hiking path. The more picturesque the spot you choose, the better.
34. Play tourist.
Decide to play tourist for the day in your hometown—going everywhere from the museum, to the major landmark, to the most famous restaurant in town.
35. Wake up at 4 a.m. and watch the sunrise together.
Not all great dates are at night. Get up early, curl up together, and watch the sunrise.
Dust off those bowling shoes, and have a friendly bowling competition slash date.
37. Host a decadent brunch.
Go all out for brunch making everything from French toast with flambéd bananas to mimosas.
38. Binge watch a Netflix TV show together.
Pick a show on Netflix that neither have you seen, and watch a few more episodes than you probably should.
39. Create your own wine tasting.
40. Head to the drive-in.
Take some inspiration from Grease and seek out a drive-in (it sure will beat that traditional movie date). Find locations by heading to driveinmovie.com. Get some popcorn, lean back in your car, and enjoy.
41. Head to Medieval Times.
Not exactly fine dining, but an evening at Medieval Times will definitely be unexpected, and seriously fun.
42. Head to a free outdoor concert.
A great way to spend a summer afternoon, seek out a free outdoor concert, everything from the symphony to an indie band, and enjoy.
Each bring a copy of your favorite book, and read aloud from the first chapters.
44. Have a five course dinner at different places.
Instead of going to one restaurant, pick a bunch of different restaurants to enjoy various courses of your dinner date at.
45. Play truth or dare.
Not just for seventh grade parties, an evening of truth or dare makes for a great get-to-know-you date.
46. Find a rooftop pool and go swimming.
47. Go exploring with your cameras.
Take a camera, and head to a neighborhood you don’t know well, and start exploring, snapping photos along the way.
48. Head ice skating.
You don’t have to an Olympian to have fun on an ice skating date. Finish off the date with hot chocolate.
49. Go to the beach.
Head to the beach for a day of laying out in the sun, relaxation, and getting to know someone.