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Take Me Out(side): 8 Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Typically, couples would head to a classy restaurant and have a romantic candlelit dinner. This idea, however, may not be possible given that a lot of restaurant establishments have shuttered due to the coronavirus-induced recession, says Travel and Leisure.

Instead of going out for dinner at a restaurant, why not go outdoors?

This 2021, change up how you celebrate Valentine’s Day by trying out one of these thoughtful outdoor date ideas:

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1. Go Fishing

This year, grab the tackle box instead of the chocolate box and go snapper fishing.

Think of the shared victory of a catch, the bonding that takes place, and the thrill of reeling in a big one.

They’re all examples of the positive things that can happen when you and your significant other spend time on the water together.

Still think that fishing is a boring activity?

Here are additional reasons to pursue this outdoor idea:

  • Fishing is an affordable way to spend time together as a couple. You won’t have to worry about racking up a huge bill at a romantic restaurant.
  • You don’t have to think about what you should wear on your date. Just put on your favorite casual and comfortable outdoor attire, and you’re good to go.
  • Even if the fish aren’t biting, you still get to spend uninterrupted time together in nature.
  • After a long day on the boat, you’ll eventually go home with a frame-worthy photo of your catch — or exaggerated tales of that one snapper that got away.

2. Visit a Zoo

Going to a zoo isn’t just an ordinary family activity. It’s also an activity ideal for animal-loving couples. Spending time at an open zoo lets you check out different animal species, including ones that you don’t get to see in the wild.

3. Take a Hike

Hiking is a great Valentine’s Day activity, especially if you live in an area with a warm climate. It’s an opportunity for couples to strengthen their bonding and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. If you’re planning to take a hike, choose a trail that offers spectacular and Instagram-worthy views to make this date extra special.

Take note, though, that this activity requires physical and mental strength. If you’re hiking for the first time, you and your partner should condition your body and mind.

4. Ride a Bicycle

Another way to enjoy the great outdoors is to grab your bike and take a stroll on two wheels. Whether you’re hitting a mountain trail or riding along the beach, you’re sure to enjoy the sights with your special someone.

Don’t own a bike? Look for a company that lets you rent bicycles. Some cities have a bike-share program that lets you borrow a bicycle for a day.

5. Go Skating

Skating is an opportunity to hold hands with your partner and enjoy each other’s company on the rink.

If you’re planning to ice skate, look for a frozen pond or an outdoor rink in your city, or glide through the park on roller skates.

Then, strap on a pair of skate shoes, bundle up and head to the ice or favorite park.

6. Have a Picnic

Going on a picnic at a public park or garden is fun.

It allows you and your significant other to enjoy great food and spend time away from the crowded urban jungle.

Prepping for a romantic picnic is simple.

Pack your favorite meals or snacks in a basket (or order take-out food if you’re not in the mood to cook) and head to a nearby, uncrowded park.

You could enjoy the beautiful sky if you’re having a picnic during the day.

On the other hand, you could gaze at the stars and enjoy a glass of wine if you’re going for a night picnic.

man and woman Holding Heart Balloons

7. Watch the Sunset

This classic romantic activity is great for couples who are on a budget.

The best thing about watching the sunset is that you can do this anywhere — at the beach, on a lake, or at the top of a hill.

If you’re planning this activity, make sure you take the time to scope out the perfect spot.

Ideally, choose an area that provides a spectacular view.

Then, bring a blanket and a couple of drinks to enjoy the end of the day.

While the sun is setting, take “couple selfies” and post your romantic moments on social media.

8. Camp on the Beach

This may require a bit of planning (since you’ll have to find a site that lets you camp overnight), but the experience is worth it.

Beach camping allows you to have meaningful couple conversations over a bonfire and enjoy the relaxing sound of the waves.

Level up your Valentine’s Day date by trying out one of these outdoor activities.

Whether you’re an outdoorsy couple or just looking to do something different this year, these date ideas are a fantastic way to spend quality time with the most important person in your life.


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