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26 cute Valentine’s Day date ideas that won’t break the bank

6 minute read • January 23, 2023
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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, which means you may be doing a lot of brainstorming for how to make the day special for your significant other.

But coming up with creative date ideas can be tough, so we’ve put together a list of 26 fun and romantic Valentine’s Day date ideas to help inspire you—including some that won’t cost a dime! And for our single friends, we’ve still got you covered.

All of these ideas are perfectly lovely to do on your own for a bit of self-care and “me” time.

1. Wine Tasting Adventure

drinking wine

Visit a local winery or vineyard for a romantic wine tasting experience. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while sipping on delicious wines and learning about the winemaking process. One non-drinking Keto Chow employee loves doing this with fancy desserts instead, visiting amazing dessert places in their area.

2. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

looking at hot air balloons

Experience the beauty of the world from a whole new perspective with a romantic hot air balloon ride. The tranquil setting of a hot air balloon ride is a great way to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

3. Food Hopping

men sitting at table

Experience all the best dishes in one fun evening. Visit a restaurant and order your favorite appetizer, then move on to another for a second appetizer or small dish, then the next restaurant for drinks or another dish, finishing with a dessert from yet another establishment. Have fun having this adventure. Try out new dishes, or go with all your faves. 

4. Visit an Art Museum

museum

Explore the world of art together by visiting a local art museum or gallery. Take in the beautiful works of art and have a great conversation about your favorites.

5. Couples Yoga or Workout

sitting on yoga mats

Why not get moving together? It can be a fun and relaxing way to spend quality time together, while improving your overall wellbeing. 

6. Spend the Day at the Beach

holding hands at beach

Pack a picnic and spend the day at the beach together. Enjoy the sun, sand and surf and take a romantic stroll on the beach. Sit and watch the sunset while holding hands or snuggling. The day will go down in relationship history as one of your best!

7. Try a Cooking Class

man shaking cook's hand

Learn to cook a new dish together at a cooking class. Not only will you learn something new, but you’ll also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of the class.

8. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

scavenger hunt

Create a scavenger hunt around your city or town that leads to a special surprise or prize at the end. It’s a fun and exciting way to explore the area together. One Keto Chow employee did this with special moments from their relationship (where we had our first kiss, where we had our second date, etc)

9. Take a Dance Class

dancing in woods

Take a dance class together, whether it’s salsa, swing, or ballroom dancing. It’s a great way to have fun, laugh, and get close to each other.

10. Take a Boat Ride

couple boating

Rent a boat and take a scenic ride on a nearby lake or river. It’s a peaceful and romantic way to spend the day.

11. Go on a Hike

women looking over mountains

Explore nature together by going on a hike. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and get some exercise at the same time. 

12. Go For a Bike Ride

riding bikes

Find a trail nearby (maybe one that you haven’t ridden before!) and get some cycling miles in!

13. Take a Glassblowing Class

woman glass blowing

Take a glassblowing class and create a beautiful piece of art together. It’s a fun and unique experience that you’ll both treasure.

14. Visit a Botanical Garden

girls holding hands

Explore the beauty of nature by visiting a local botanical garden. Take in the beautiful flowers and plants, and maybe even take a romantic stroll together.

15. Take a Photography Class

taking a photo of a woman

Learn to take beautiful photos together by taking a photography class. Capture the beauty of the world and create lasting memories.

16. Go on a Picnic

picnic table

“In the middle of winter?” we hear you say. Don’t worry, we have a plan. If the weather’s nice, cool, proceed. If it’s not, get a little cozy inside. Put a blanket on the floor and set up camp inside—and make sure to still pack all the food in an irresistibly adorable basket. (That’s non-negotiable.)

17. Go Sledding

sledding

If the scene outside your window resembles something akin to the North Pole, embrace it. Sled to your heart’s content. Be fully prepared for lots of laughing and a lost mitten.

18. Visit an Aquarium

whale shark at aquarium

Explore the underwater world by visiting a local aquarium. See colorful fish and other marine life, and enjoy the peaceful setting.

19. Visit a Hot Spring

Relax and unwind together in the warm water, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Hot springs near you can usually be found with a quick Google search!

20. Go to an Amusement Park or Fair

riding a carousel

Enjoy the thrills and excitement of an amusement park together. Go on rides and play games, and make some fun memories together.

21. Dinner and a Movie

watching a movie

Ah yes, the classic. You have two options here: go to a restaurant and movie theater as usual OR do your own at-home version. Pick a movie and theme your dinner and movie treats around it!

22. Take a Pottery Class

making pottery

Ever seen the movie “Ghost”? Yup, there isn’t much that is more romantic than a pottery class. Take one and create a beautiful piece of art together. It’s a fun and unique experience that you’ll both treasure.

23. Take a Painting Class

spray painting

Take a painting class together and create your own masterpiece. It’s a fun and creative way to spend the day together and you’ll have a beautiful piece of art to remember the occasion.

24. Go to a Comedy Club

comedy club

Laugh and enjoy each other’s company at a comedy club. It’s a fun and lighthearted way to spend the evening together.

25. Visit a Planetarium

couple looking at stars

Explore the stars and galaxies together by visiting a local planetarium. Take in the beautiful visuals and learn about the wonders of the universe.

26. DIY Spa Day

couple's spa day

Create a spa-like atmosphere at home and enjoy a relaxing day of massages, facials, and at-home manicures.

And just remember: whether you prefer to have a fancy night out on the town or stay in and enjoy each other’s company, the most important thing is to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company.

Don’t want to cook on Valentine’s Day?

ice in a shake

Then make a Keto Chow shake! It has 1/3 of your daily recommended nutrients and only takes minutes to make, rather than having to meal prep an entire meal. Choose from over 30 flavors (you and your sweetheart won’t get bored of our shakes).

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