Last Minute Date Ideas to Ensure a Winning Valentine’s Day

by RainF 12. February 2015 12:21

Valentine's Day
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The countdown has begun. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you are determined to make the day special. Dinner and a movie sounds like a solid idea, but all of the good restaurant reservations have been snagged. Not to worry. We have nine last minute Valentine’s date ideas that are sure to impress.


Nothing says true love like a little healthy competition. If you’re looking for a ridiculously good time, look no further than your local bowling alley. We dare you not to laugh as you lace up some goofy bowling shoes and nail your first gutter ball. Create a silly wager for the loser and make sure to keep it fun.

Pottery Painting

We know what you are thinking, but hear us out. A paint-it-yourself art studio is a great way to spend some quality time together as a couple. And there are plenty of pottery options outside of tea cups and kitten statues. We’re partial to cereal bowls or coffee mugs in our favorite team’s colors. The best part? You’ll walk away with not only great memories but also a fantastic memento.


Mountain Hiking
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Lets face it, Valentine’s Day can get expensive. Between the gifts, the flowers, and the fancy dinners, February 14 can put quite the dent in your wallet. Instead, throw on your favorite walking shoes and head out into the great outdoors. Scenic hikes make for a unique date idea that you are sure to remember. Whether you live in the city, a quiet neighborhood or the middle of nowhere, there are plenty of places for you and your Valentine to explore. Protip: Pack a picnic to enjoy in a quiet spot.

Tasting Room

From your local winery or craft beer brewery, to vodka and whisky distilleries, tasting rooms are everywhere these days. Even Starbucks offers a coffee tasting room.Take your love out to sample a few beverages where you’ll learn about the process, the perfect food pairings and their drink of choice. Knowing their favorite wine or beer is also a great way to score points on future occasions.

Miniature Golf

Grab some knickerbockers and brush up on those CaddyShack references. It’s time to hit the links. Well, mini golf that is. Spend some quality time outdoors with your loved one and try to beat their score with this classic date idea. Make some bets before you play to keep things interesting. For a throwback experience, look for a place that has mini-golf, batting cages and go-carts to create a triathlon of events for your day.


How about getting lost in the world of culture for a few hours? The only planning required is picking the museum. Remember to keep it light and fun. Enjoy some romance under the stars at a planetarium, trade opinions at the modern art museum or marvel over the latest science exhibit. No matter your preference you’ll get to take a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand with unique backdrops.


Maybe some heart pumping action is more your speed. Feed your inner instincts and boost your adrenaline with a couple rounds of paintball. It’s fun. It’s energizing. And who wouldn’t love the opportunity to blast your significant other with red paint, without any ill consequences? There are tons of paintball fields around the US with all of the equipment you will need. Check out PBNationfor the closest field to you.

Game Night

Who says you have go out to have a good time? Try a game night with a twist. Instead of playing Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit for the 100th time, break out the old video game system. Anything that starts with SEGA or Nintendo will do. If your’s hasn’t stood the test of time, play them on your computer.Visit old friends like Mario, Sonic and Pacman. Throw in a pizza for dinner and spend the night showing your partner why you made them your player 2!

Kitchen Showdown

Still have your heart set on dinner? How about a little kitchen showdown? Prepare two baskets with some of your Valentine’s all-time favorite ingredients. Throw in at least one “challenge” ingredient to test your skills. Spend an hour cooking and vote on the best meal. But the real prize? Having fun in the kitchen together.


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