When most people hear the word “date” they think dinner, maybe dinner and a movie. Are you tired of traditional date ideas and are searching for something different, something special? We have compiled a comprehensive list of date ideas to help you show your significant other they are, well, significant.

If you are the type of couple who appreciates the outdoors, here are a few ideas: 

1. Takeout with a View

Pick a restaurant, maybe in the neighboring town or city, grab takeout and hike to an overlook to enjoy the food and company. If you don’t have a nearby overlook, find an airport and setup close by, not too close to the noise, and enjoy your meal as the planes take off and land.

oking palm springs from keys view in joshua tree national park

The Most Breathtaking View in Every US State.

Bonus - Although it can be tough to get up early, especially if you have the day off, grab or make breakfast and hike to the overlook to eat and watch the sunrise.

2. Find Your Tent and Sleeping Bags

Winter Camping can be a great way to spend time together. Depending on your location in the world, winter camping could include freezing nights or maybe just a chilly night under the stars.

Cold Weather Camping Tips to Keep You Warm While You Sleep

Bonus - If you decide to winter camp in the cold, try filling water bottles with boiling water and slipping them into the bottom of your sleeping bag. It is the definition of next level.

3. Sitting by the Fire

Bonfires can be pretty romantic and a lot of fun. Buy, build, or borrow a fire ring and create a bonfire in the yard or driveway, if need be.

Bearded Man with Sweetheart on Valentine's Day

Bonus - Snag some foil and cook your meal over the fire in a foil pack. Finish the night with some classic s’mores for dessert.

20 Foil Pack Recipes Perfect for Campfire Meals and Your Oven

4. Star Gaze

While the fire is still putting off heat, find as many constellations as you can with your significant other. There are a number of great star gazing apps that help you locate the constellations and learn their names.

7 Best Stargazing Apps for Spotting Constellations in the Night Sky

5. Lace up Your Hiking Boots

Hike a new trail or new section of trail you’ve never hiked together. Your hike doesn’t need to be a week-long backpacking trip, it could be a day-long or a afternoon hike along the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, or local trail.

Best Places to Hike in North America


6. Head to the Drive-in With Lawn Chairs and Blankets

Lots of places offer drive-in movies, comedy shows, or concerts - some stay open year-round. Avoid the crowds and explore some drive-in options to find something entertaining to watch together.

Route 66 Drive In Theatre

Head to These Drive-ins Around the Country

7. Brush up on Some Local History

Find a local landmark or place of historical significance and spend some time there reading about the location.

Bonus - A twist on a local landmark or place of historical significance: find a local or semi-local ghost town and take a tour.

This Haunting Road Trip through Pennsylvania Ghost Towns is One You won’t Forget 

8. Channel Your Inner Wayne Gretzky or Michelle Kwan

Ice skating or roller skating can be a lot of fun. Bundle up and spend some time together on the ice. If you don’t know how to ice skate or roller skate - take a lesson together.
Couple Ice Skating


Maybe you and your significant other are not outdoors people, or maybe it’s too cold in your neck of the woods to venture outside for Valentine’s Day. These ideas will keep the night special without warm coats or the potential for frostbite:

9. Learn a New Skill

Find an online or in-person class and learn something new together. Some options could include painting, dance, pottery, baking or cooking, world language, or origami classes.

The Absolute Best Free Online Classes for Learning Something New


10. Bring a Wine Tasting to Your Own Home

You can find wineries hosting online wine tastings where they send you the bottles and you participate online. You could also simply buy three or more bottles of wine at different price points and cover the labels to create your own wine tasting. While the labels are hidden, see if you or your significant other can pick out the most expensive wine. You might be surprised.

Best Online Wine Classes


11. Create Your Own Masterpieces

Hit up your local craft store for painting supplies and blank canvases. Create an original piece for your wall.

12. Give Back

Volunteering is another option to make your Valentine’s Day memorable. You could find a charity, shelter (human or animal), or soup kitchen and give of your time together. Another option would be to let your neighbors know you will be delivering dinner for them during the week of Valentine’s Day. You could create a multi-course dinner and share it with them.

13. Plan Your Dream Vacation

If you are not into traveling right now or you cannot travel right now, you could spend an evening collecting all the information needed to take your dream trip together.

Hint - look up local places to eat, sleep, and places to participate in your favorite outdoor activities.

14. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Last, but certainly not least, recreate your first date or the first time you met. If you cannot go to the actual place - find something similar or create something similar, even if it was cheesy. In fact, the cheesier the better.

We hope you found this list helpful as you plan your special time with your special person this Valentine’s Day. If you have a great idea and it was not on the list, please add it in the comments below.

....and Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at The Mod Cabin!