55 Unique Valentine’s Date Night Ideas

If you are looking for some creative and unique Valentine’s Day Date Ideas then you’ve come to the right place! Say good-bye to cliche romantic dinners at your local steakhouse and check out this list of unique Valentine's Date night ideas ranging from cost-effective to once in a lifetime romantic experiences!

BONUS: Since these are a little more unique than dinner and a movie, you probably won’t hit up as many crowds either *YAY*

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Ultimate List Of Valentine's Day Date Night Ideas

Go Skating.

Okay, so this is probably the most cliche on the list so let's get it out of the way. People seriously forget about skating! Whether it’s roller skating, ice skating, or rollerblading, just get out there and have fun! Nothing screams romance like the cheesy music and video montage worthy cuteness.

Plan a horseback riding adventure.

Take a scenic train or boat ride.

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Have a dessert night with a variety of sweet treats.

A Themed Dinner Night In.

Instead of just Netflix & chilling, bring the fantasy from your TV screen into your home with either a festive meal, decking out your apartment, playing dress up, or a sexy role play.

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Take a scenic drive and explore a new town or area together.

A little “staycation” or “one tank” road trip is the perfect way to get away, without having to send a ton of money or take too much time off. Heck, even going on a new walking trail can be a breath of fresh air and great date!

Plan a road trip to visit a nearby landmark or destination.

Take a photography class and capture memories together.

Attend a live theater performance or a local play.

Check your local city calendar as many put on free entertainment for Valentine's Day!

Enjoy a couples spa day with massages, facials, and relaxation.

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Plan a visit to a nearby aquarium or zoo.

Go for a hot air balloon ride and take in breathtaking views.

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Recreate a favorite memory.

Go back to where you had your first date or your absolute favorite park where you first realized you “loved” the person. Take a little walk down memory lane to give you all the feels.

Take a dance class together and learn a new dance style.

Learning how your bodies move together can make the perfect intimate date night for Valentine's day!

Explore a local farmers' market and cook a meal with fresh ingredients.

Enjoy a sunset or sunrise hike for a breathtaking view.

Create a DIY photo booth at home with props for fun and memorable pictures.

Something we did one year and cherish looking back on! Especially now with kids running around!

Attend a wine and paint night or an art class together.

Have a movie marathon featuring your favorite films or romantic classics.

If you're unsure of what to watch, we've rounded up the Ultimate List Of Romantic Movies To Watch This Valentine’s Day.

Plan a weekend getaway to a cozy bed and breakfast.

Go on a bike ride or rent bikes and explore a scenic trail.

Bust Out The Bucket List.

We all have those things we *dream* of doing some day. Bust out your bucket lists and look at what you guys could check off together on Valentine’s Day. Maybe renting a sports car for the day? Making the world’s largest pizza? Be in two places at once?

Visit a local museum or art gallery for a cultural experience.

Take a cooking class together and learn to make a new dish.

Plan a beach day with a picnic and relaxation by the water.

Have a technology-free night and focus on each other.

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Plan a scavenger hunt with clues leading to special memories or gifts.

Explore a botanical garden or nature reserve.

Plan a game night with board games, card games, or video games.

Whether you are doing an adults only game night, or have kids running around this can make for a great Valentine's Date night!

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Take a pottery or ceramics class together.

Have a themed dinner night based on a favorite cuisine.

Choreograph a dance routine or make a music video.

Okay, so this is an old video I never thought I would post on the internet. We were prepping for a dance battle (this was not the final version) — I would suggest starting it at the 25-second mark:

Attend a live music concert or a local band performance.

Check out local restaurants and bars if there are no concerts in your area. Many hire live music to make Valentine's Day extra special!

Create a custom playlist of your favorite songs and have a music night at home.

Go camping and enjoy a night under the stars.

Attend a comedy show for a night of laughter.

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Have a fondue night with cheese and chocolate.

Visit a nearby farm or orchard for a day of fruit picking.

Bring your favorite rom-com scenes into reality.

To this day, one of my biggest wishes is to make the paintball scene from 10 Things I Hate About You a reality. I have no idea where you can do paintball like this, but I want to find it and do it!

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Plan a karaoke night and sing your hearts out.

Attend a dance party or event in your local area.

Attend a sports game or watch a game together at home.

Set up a scavenger hunt.

Whether you theme it for your relationship milestones or based on romantic spots around your town, a scavenger hunt is always a good idea.

Explore a vintage or antique market for unique finds.

Attend a wine tasting event or visit a winery.

Create a time capsule together and bury it for future retrieval.

Set up a spa in the home.

Schedule masseuse's to come over. Dim the lights, get some relaxing music playing and throw some essential oils in the diffuser. Top it all off with at home face masks, a bubble bath, and a special dessert.

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You can always add to this list and make your own date night jar!

Have a picnic in a local park or botanical garden.

Take a scenic helicopter tour.

Have a bonfire with marshmallows and stargazing.

Nothing like curling up on a cool winter night than around a fire with some marshmallows! Bonus points if you can swing a beach bonfire!

Volunteer together for a cause you both care about.

Visit a chocolate factory for a sweet experience.

Plan a themed costume night and dress up together.

You can layer this one on top of any other date night and make it a sexy dress up/role play date to add some extra spice to your Valentine's Day date night!

Have a rooftop or balcony dinner overlooking the city.

Have a DIY pizza-making night with various toppings.

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What are some of your favorite creative date night ideas? Drop me a comment!
OR share your favorite valentine’s day memory!


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Originally published 5/16/19; Updated 12/30/23

144 thoughts on “55 Unique Valentine’s Date Night Ideas”

  1. These are such fun ideas! I like the recreate a favorite memory! Have a good V day with your hunny!

  2. Awwww. This is so cute… love your dance video! Also… I’m ALWAYYYYS down to go get donuts… so that’s my fav!

  3. This post is seriously the cutest. Our anniversary is Feb 8th so we usually combine the two and go out for dinner. Nothing says love more than eating our hearts out. haha

  4. I love the scavenger hunt idea!
    My partner and I used to have a mason jar filled with folded papers which would all have an activity on them and we would pick one out whenever we went on a date. Looks like the pictures did the same thing!
    It’s great and you never know what to expect.

  5. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    LOVE recreating a special memory. My hubby and I have wanted to recreate our first date for years – just have never gotten around to it (kids). Such a great idea though!

  6. Jessica Bradshaw

    Oh my goodness. This is so cute! Such a great idea! Love your photos and dance video. 🙂

  7. Love these ideas!! I’ll have to bounce some of these ideas to my husband. 🙂 And if I weren’t 20 weeks pregnant, I’d totally do the skating date thing!! That would be so fun.

  8. Lots of fun ideas here Rachel! I love the ice skating one because that was actually me and my husband’s first date!

  9. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    Love these ideas! Such a thoughtful and inexpensive way to show someone how much they mean to you.

    1. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

      Yikes!! I was thinking specifically about the themed dinner night in but apparently didn’t type it out. 🙁 My husband and I rarely go out. We prefer to stay in and cook for each other.

    2. Haha I’ve so been there!! We rarely go out and prefer to stay in too! Which I think is the reason I love the idea of creating a fun dinner party for two haha! Happy Friday!! <3

  10. haha Rachel your video is killing me. You guys are hilarious! My favorite “date” is hiking but can’t do that in DC in the winter. 🙂 My husband and I usually end up grabbing brunch for Vday and then making steaks at home!

    1. HAHA YASSS!!! — I love that idea! I never thought about brunch over dinner! Personally, I hate going out to dinner on V-day so that’s much more my speed!

  11. Elizabeth Johnson

    This is the best! I want to recreate that scene too from 10 Things I Hate About You!! haha It would seriously be so fun! Great post!!

  12. Courtney Patterson

    The date night jar is a wonderful idea. One year, each of us wrote down things about the other we love or a memory from our years together, dropped them all in a jar and had fun pulling them out and reading them while sharing a bottle of wine. We laughed, we cried and it was so much fun.

  13. Great ideas. I love the bucket list one. Anything that gets the ideas out there in the first place so that you’re not sitting around imitating those buzzards on the Jungle Book “What do you want to do?” “I dunno, what do YOU want to do?” (I’m not the only one that gets that visual every time that predicament comes up, am I?)

  14. We have done different jar ideas in the past and always enjoyed them. Will have to do this one. I still have time and you have given me some great ideas.

  15. Love these ideas! I want to put a bunch of ideas in a jar. My boyfriend and I have a list of date ideas, but in a jar is so much more fun! We are doing a cooking class 🙂

  16. These are all great ideas! We tried jar ideas for getting things done around the house, which we gave up on because we weren’t motivated, but date night ideas sound way more fun!

  17. I love this idea! When you’ve been together as long as my husband and I have, things can sometimes get into a rut but this would help that!

  18. I am always looking for new date night ideas for the hubs and I. I get bored with dinner and a movie. You have done a great job putting together such unique ideas. I love the recreating your favorite rom com one. It looks like it would be so much fun!

  19. Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I love the idea of going back to the place where you had your first date! That was also the same place we went on our engagement night, so we’ve been saving it for a really special occasion. Paintballing sounds fun ha!

    1. AWE that’s SO sweet! and I want to do paintballing like in 10 things I hate about you, not like the normal “get bruised up” paintball haha and i dk where I can do that lol

  20. These are great ideas! I especially love the bucket list one! I have a huge personal bucket list, but my husband and I haven’t gotten around to making one together. Hopefully we can do that this weekend!

  21. Such great ideas! We totally need to do some of these. I also love date weekends where we go hiking or such – need to do this more often.

  22. These are sooo great! My boyfriend and I are always looking for date ideas but I feel like we always end up doing the same things over and over again. Will definitely be doing a few of these!

  23. Bahaha that video is hilarious!! You guys are too cute. I love this jar of ideas! Did you make the cards yourself? They look so professional!

    1. HAHA thank you!!!! I am SO relieved people found it as amusing as I do! haha — and yeah I definitely did not make the jar — I just used it as a prop — none of the ideas except maybe one, that I wrote out are actually in there!

    1. OMG agreed! that’s so smart! — and highly recommend santa clarita diet if you guys watch those shows! it’s really funny, but kind of dark and morbid, seriously we had to keep pausing it we were laughing so hard!

    2. Awesome! We like those dark/morbid shows lol We are in-between shows so we will have to start it tonight! Plus I love the guy that’s in it. We watched him in Justified!

  24. Jennifer Daku Burby

    Aww I love these ideas, which are perfect for romancing your loved on even on days that aren’t Valentine’s Day. Cheers!

  25. oh. my. god. that video of you two is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! I immediately want to have a dance party with my boyfriend. I wrote down a few of those ideas– I can’t wait to try them out. 🙂

  26. That video of you dancing was so cute and funny! Ryan and I dance around the house all the time but we’ve never actually choreographed something. Since we just celebrated our 5 year anniversary I’ve been wanting to surprise him with a photo album but maybe I’ll ask him if he wants to work on it together!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    1. Haha thank you!!! We have a bunch of videos from when we were prepping for this dance battle (which never happened haha) I love the idea of a doing the album together!!

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