Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, so now is the time to decide how you and your partner want to spend the day. Most people go for the traditional plan of chocolates, roses and a meal at a local restaurant—but if you want to do something a little more exciting?
If you and your partner love the outdoors, you can mix things up this Valentine’s Day with an active outdoors date. Here are five romantic outdoors Valentine’s Day plans that will suit anyone, no matter where you live or what your budget is.
Sunset (Or Moonlit) Hike
If you and your partner love hiking, surprise them by taking them on a romantic hike as the sun sets. Make sure that you check the time of the sunset before you set off so that you don’t miss it, and plan a hiking route that has a wonderful view of the sunset. You could also plan a moonlit hike if you know that you will have a good view of the moon. Mountains, hills and beaches are all great destinations, but forests should be avoided as it is unlikely that you will be able to see the sky!
Make sure to pack a thermos of hot chocolate to share so that you don’t get cold. It is likely that it get colder as the sun goes down, so you should also make sure that you and your partner pack wind and water-resistant coats.
Outdoors Dinner Date
Tell your partner that you are taking them out for a surprise dinner date, and take them to a scenic location where you can stay for a few hours. Good options include the top of a hill, a clearing in the woods, next to a lake, or on the beach. Bring some candles, a blanket to sit on and a picnic basket of pre-prepared food. It’s also useful to bring torches or headlamps if you think that it will be dark when you head back.
Impress your date with a night under the stars. You can spend the night stargazing, drinking wine, and cuddling under a warm blanket. This date may require a bit of traveling; if you live in the city you will want to head out to a more remote area with less light pollution. Make sure that you check the weather in the area, too, as a cloudy sky will ruin your plans! You can check websites for night-time visibility levels to make sure that your night goes perfectly.
Ice Skating is always a fun way to spend an evening, and it is an active and affordable date. Look online for ice rinks in your area and see if any are holding special events for Valentine’s Day; some ice rinks host firework displays or offer free hot drinks. Make sure to book tickets in advance, as it is likely that they will sell out quickly!
Take An Active Class Together
Consider taking a fun, active class with your partner this Valentine’s Day. This is a great way to bond with your partner while you both learn something new. Classes such as rock climbing or salsa are lots of fun, and you may even end up coming back every week together. If you book a class, make sure to check if there is a dress code—you may be able to go to salsa in a dress, but it probably wouldn’t be a good option for a rock climbing class!