Valentine’s Day is a great day to try something new with your partner. This guide explains 7 unconventional Valentine’s Day date ideas.
After all the social distancing of the past year, it is time to take your special someone and make Valentine’s Day fun and unique. A romantic dinner with chocolate and flowers is old-school. That screams ho-hum on a day when you want to show your guy or gal how special they are.
Read on for great Valentine’s Day date ideas that will show your special someone you are willing to step outside the box to create a memorable day.
1. Laser Tag
This recreational shooting game using an infrared-emitting light gun is energizing and fun. The game became popular about 30 years ago and has grown into a popular date activity.
Each participant wears an infrared-sensitive signaling device that shows when a person is hit by another player. The length of the game varies depending on the arena. Game times can be as short as three to five minutes, or as long a thirty minutes.
The areas in which you play have become more elaborate and spacious. Gone are the small rooms of the 1980s. You now find labyrinths made in car parks, shopping malls, and more. Team up with your date for a fun shoot-um up activity on Valentine’s Day.
2. Horror Movie Marathon
What better way to get cuddly than with a marathon of movies that may create fright in even the bravest soul. Put together your own lineup of scary movies, pop some popcorn, and spend the night in blissful horror.
To get you started, here are some oldies but goodies from the past.
- The Exorcist (1973)—The highest-grossing R-rated horror film ever until 2017, this is the story of a demon-possessed child and the attempts to banish the demon that possesses her
- The Shining (1980)—A Stephen King novel, this unusual take on a haunted house story will get under the skin and make you jump in fear
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)—One of the most frightening parts of this movie is the knowledge that this type of horror has an air of authenticity, increasing the fear level
- The Ring (2002)—This remake of a Japanese thriller about a cursed videotape creates fear with the visual of a young girl’s ghost in a white dress, her black hair covering her face
- It (2017)—A Stephen King Novel with the evil of clowns, this one beat the 44-year record previously held by the Exorcist for the highest-grossing horror film
- Friday the 13th (1980)—Following the death of her son, Jason, at Camp Crystal Lake, Pamela Voorhees stalks and kills anyone who tries to make the camp operational again
The alternative to a wonderful mix of movies would be to do a Friday the 13th marathon. The original was followed by ten (10) sequels.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned camper or have never driven a stake, this is a fun way to spend time together. Imagine the fun of setting up a tent and rolling out the sleeping bags, then admiring the stars as you sit around a campfire.
Unplug your phone and take a step away from society. Hike along wooded trails as you relax and enjoy your time together. Just make sure you have all the basics with you. The last thing you want to do is find out you are missing critical necessities like a sleeping matt, flashlight, or cooking equipment.
If rustic isn’t to your liking, you can always book a stay at a campground where life is easier.
4. Visit the Humane Society
Take your date to the local animal shelter for some fun interacting with the animals. The dogs and cats will love the attention, and you may find you want to adopt.
Once the adoption is complete swing by a local pet store and have fun shopping for all the necessities. Take your new pets for a walk on a dog-friendly beach as a perfect ending to the date.
5. Go Bowling
If you have never been bowling, you are missing out on the fun of this target sport. Using proper bowling form, you roll your ball down the alley. The goal is to strike down as many of the 10 pins as possible.
You have two attempts each turn to achieve this. You receive points for the number of pins you hit on each turn. A perfect score is 300, which would require you to roll 12 strikes.
The odds of a PBA bowler rolling a perfect score is 460 to 1, so don’t worry about your score. Just go out and have fun playing the game.
6. Tourist in Your Own Town
So often we vacation in other areas, but never partake in the fascinating things in our own area. Set out on an all-day date starting with breakfast at a local eatery you have been wanting to try.
From there the fun begins, check out local museums, festivals, pubs, art studios, tourist hot-spots, and more. Map out your day have fun. After taking in all the local events, finish the day with a take-out dinner and romantic walk on the beach, searching for shells.
7. Visit the Zoo
When was the last time you went to the zoo? Take you and your date back to your childhood and enjoy a day admiring the animals as you stroll hand-in-hand. Laugh at the antics of the monkeys, admire the gracefulness of the seals as they spin underwater, and gasp in horror at the size of the snakes in the reptile house.
Find out your date’s favorite animal and spend some extra time there. You may be surprised at what they favor, be it the antics of prairie dogs or the ferocious lion. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and pick up matching T-shirts to commemorate the day.
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Perfect Ending
Now that you have perfect Valentine’s Day date ideas, make sure you end it on a positive note. Finish off your day watching the sun go down as you share a bottle of wine.
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