Updated February 2017
Okay, so maybe Valentine’s Day crept up on you a little faster than you expected… again. You had every intention of making big plans, but your work schedule interfered with the execution. Plus, as it turns out, that fancy restaurant where you two had your first date actually books up way in advance. So what will it be this year, red roses and the same Hallmark card you gave her last year? Here are five ideas to help you think outside the box of chocolates:
1. Get creative – together! For thousands of years, art has been used as a primary medium of expressions of love. Why not try a couples painting class? No previous experience or artistic skill is required. Class instructors will guide you through each stroke of your brush. You can find paint events in most cities; for example, check out Painting With A Twist, which has approximately 75 locations across Texas and is offering several Valentine’s themed events.
2. Need a unique idea for a great date? A trip to the zoo has all the “koalafications”. This Valentine’s Day at the Dallas Zoo you can commemorate your experience by adopting an furry bundle of joy. Koalas are this year’s Valentine’s special adoption. Along with your sponsorship fee, you’ll get an adoption certificate, a report with information about your animal and a special invitation to an upcoming zoo event. For animal lovers looking for a simpler agenda, visit a local animal shelter! But fair warning, you may just fall in love with a furry bundle of joy there as well.
3. Instead of buying her the standard dozen red roses, why not give her thousands of flowers in every shape, size, and color? I promise you, it’s not a pricey arrangement! The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Texas, with over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants in 23 different specialty gardens. With tours at $5 a person, this SCENTsational experience is less than the cost of those cliché red roses. In Austin, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center provides a romantic and flowery setting for your best-ever Valentine’s Day.
4. Nothing says “I love you to the moon and back” like a trip to the planetarium. The planetarium at The University of Texas at Arlington is the largest planetarium in Texas, and is currently doing a show entitled “Romancing the Stars”. Talk about an experience that is out of this world! The Cook Planetarium in Corsicana is the second largest planetarium in the state, and only 50 miles south of Dallas.
If you’re a small-town Texan and the nearest planetarium seems light years away, you may actually have an advantage: grab some wine for two and spend an evening under a blanket of stars.
5. Prove to her that love really is in the air this Valentine’s Day: take a hot air balloon ride! For those in the DFW area, Rohr Balloons offers an unforgettable Valentine’s Day package full of champagne, souvenirs, and a trip that will take your breath away. In Houston, take your love to great heights with Houston Balloon Rides.