5 affordable-yet-romantic Valentine's Day date ideas

5 fantastic ideas for an adventurous and wallet-friendly date night

Love don’t cost a thing — but keeping the spark alive sure can.

Many romantics enjoy fancy meals, gifts or unique experiences with their special someone, but trying to plan a more affordable evening on Valentine's Day can be tricky, and current coronavirus restrictions are making things that much more difficult. So if you don't want to break the bank, but the thought of another movie night or takeout dinner sounds like a snooze, check out these five fantastic ideas for some adventurous and wallet-friendly one-on-one time.

1. Get sporty

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If your sweetheart isn’t one to sit still, fuel their fire with a sporty outing. Consider tagging along if they’re partial to activities like bike riding, hiking or yoga class, or break up their routine with ice skating or rock climbing.

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2. Take a field trip

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Has your special someone been hinting at an activity that neither of you have tried? Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to finally see if your local aquarium is open for socially distant visits, or to check out that historic walking tour they've been talking about.

3. Go for a drive

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If you’d love to get away with your honey but aren't yet comfortable boarding a plane, hop in the car and drive until you find somewhere interesting to stop. Bonus points for packing a picnic, and enjoying a bite to eat al fresco.

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4. Have an at-home wine or beer tasting

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Throw a party for two with a wine or beer tasting from the comforts of your very own home. You don't need to be an expert, but you do need to research what to serve, and how to set the right mood with snacks and music.

5. Make a backyard bonfire

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Sparks will fly during an intimate backyard bonfire complete with blankets, a charcuterie board and maybe some booze. If a babysitter is out of the question, kids can even join in on the fun by making s'mores.