20 fun and original things to do on Valentine’s Day

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Couple in a hot air balloon - one of the most original and exciting things to do on Valentine's Day!
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Love is in the air, and February 14th is just around the corner! And there are so many things to do on Valentine’s Day. What have you got planned for your beloved this year? Forget about cliched candle-lit dinners, boring boxes of chocolates and done-to-death date nights. Read on for our loved-up list of 20 original and exciting ideas to spice up your Valentine’s Day!

1. DIY spa day

Who says you need to spend loads of money to treat your true love? One of our absolute favourite things to do on Valentine’s Day for our sweetheart is transform our home into a cosy spa retreat. Scented candles. Soothing music. Homemade face masks. Pamper yourselves with massages and indulge in some quality time with your sweetheart. Aaaaaaaand, relax!

2. Hot-air balloon ride

Soar high above the clouds for spectacular views on a romantic hot-air balloon ride. It’s an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime gesture that will earn you serious brownie points with your other half. So set your sights high and find out whether love really is in the air!

3. Indoor camping

Love camping? Us too! Sadly, in many countries around the world, February 14th isn’t the ideal time to be sleeping under the stars. Brrrrr! Why not set up an indoor camping experience? Pitch a tent in your living room or on your balcony, roast marshmallows over a candle flame and cuddle up for the evening.

4. Cooking class

Learn to whip up delicious dishes with the apple of your eye! As a plus, you’ll both learn a new skill and get to eat a tasty, home-cooked meal. Bon appétit!

A young couple having fun on a tandem bike ride.

5. Tandem bike ride

You know the song lyrics, “But you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two”? One of our sweetest ideas for things to do on Valentine’s Day is a tandem bike ride with your one true love. Set the wheels of love in motion this Valentine’s Day!

6. Cosmic stargazing picnic

Pack a cosy blanket, your favourite snacks and a telescope, and head to a quiet spot to stargaze together. Explore the wonders of the night sky while enjoying each other’s company.

7. Visit an unusual museum

Seek out the quirky and unconventional in a weird and wonderful museum. Take silly selfies together at the Museum of Illusions. Or enjoy a blast from the past and challenge each other to a duel at the retro Budapest Pinball Museum.

8. Whiskey tasting

If you both like a wee dram, think about treating yourselves to a whiskey tasting experience. It’s up to you whether you explore a whiskey bar, go on a distillery tour or even create your own tasting experience at home! The most important thing is that you get to swirl, sip, and savour the golden elixir with your whiskey-loving lover.

A couple watching a beautiful sunset - one of the most romantic things to do on Valentine's Day.

9. Watch the sunset

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day activity inspo, look no further than nature’s ultimate masterpiece: the sunset! Find the perfect spot, whether it’s a beach, a rooftop or a hilltop with panoramic views, grab your snuggliest blanket and marvel at the sky’s most breathtaking spectacle with your amour.

10. Volunteer together

Show your love by giving back to the community. Spend the day volunteering at a local shelter, helping the elderly or supporting a cause close to your heart. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate love while making a difference.

11. Dive into love at an aquarium

Want to make a splash this Valentine’s Day? Head to the aquarium for a date that’ll make waves! Barcelona Aquarium, Lisbon Oceanarium and The Lost Chambers Aquarium in Dubai are home to some of the most magnificent aquariums in the world, and they’re ready to be the backdrop for your underwater adventure with your special someone.

12. Scavenger hunt

Design a personalised scavenger hunt tailored for your partner. Leave clues, riddles and little surprises around town or inside your home, leading them to the grand finale of your Valentine’s Day surprise! And what’s the surprise going to be, you say? You could put together a scrapbook of your special moments or gift yourself to them in a human-sized box. It’s up to you. Happy hunting!

An older couple having fun learning a new dance style.

13. Try a new dance style

Sign up for a couple’s dance class and twirl into each other’s arms. Have you got a taste for tango? Or is swing more your thing? No matter the genre, let the music guide your moves as you share a passionate and exhilarating evening of dance.

14. Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour!

Now, we at The Explorer may be biased, but there’s nothing we love more than taking a tour on a hop-on hop-off bus! It’s the perfect recipe for fun, laughter and love. Hop on board, hand in hand with your love, and enjoy a lively journey with the wind in your hair and love in your heart!

15. Karaoke night

Harbouring fantasies of serenading your special someone in public? Then step right up – it’s your time to shine! Flex your vocal chords and show off your amazing (or hilariously terrible) singing skills. Get those power ballads lined up as you sing your heart out. We know you wanna know what love is! Even better than serenading is doing a love-fuelled duet. Remember, couples that sing together stay together!

16. Go on a cruise

Now, if you really want to push the boat out, this one is a grand gesture of love! Go on a catamaran cruise and soak in beautiful views as the sun sets over the water.

A couple doing a wine tasting at home - one of the easiest original things to do on Valentine's Day.

17. Wine tasting

Is your partner partial to plonk? One of our top Valentine’s Day activities for you is attending a wine tasting event. You’ll get the chance to deepen your bond over your shared love of vino as you expand your palates and discover new grape varieties. Failing that, you could just have a glass of wine in your kitchen! Whatever you do, remember to look deep into each other’s eyes as you clink glasses…

18. Movie marathon

Are you and your dearest more couch potato types? Then leave the outside world behind, dim the lights and have a romantic evening from the comfort of your own living room. With all your favourite rom-coms lined up, a variety of popcorn flavours and some homemade cocktails, you and your angel will be in movie heaven.

19. Visit a comedy club

Laugh your heart out with your love at a comedy club. Enjoy a hilarious night of stand-up, funny anecdotes and shared chuckles.

20. Learn a new language

Now, we already know you both speak the language of love. But how about surprising your paramour with a mini-course to start learning a language you’ve both always dreamed of knowing? Ignite your passion for each other while you ignite a lifelong affair with a new language!

Lovey-dovey things to do on Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, ditch the traditional roses and heart-shaped chocolates and let your imagination run wild! Celebrate love with a touch of originality, excitement and adventure!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The most fun activity for Valentine’s Day really depends on personal preferences and the dynamic between you and your partner.

Some popular and enjoyable options include going on a surprise date or adventure, indulging in a cooking or mixology class together, enjoying a picnic in a picturesque setting or even doing a scavenger hunt tailored to your relationship.

Remember, the key to a fun Valentine’s Day activity is to create lasting memories and share moments that make you both smile and laugh.

For seniors, the best Valentine’s Day activities often involve meaningful connections and cherished memories. Arranging a special gathering with family and friends can create a warm and loving atmosphere. A cosy dinner party, complete with delicious food, music, and conversation, can be a wonderful choice.

Also, engaging in nostalgic activities such as watching old movies together or revisiting favourite places from the past can evoke a sense of nostalgia and foster a deep sense of connection.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day to express love, affection and appreciation for the special people in our lives. Its origin can be traced back to early Christian and Roman traditions, with various stories and legends associated with Saint Valentine. Today, Valentine’s Day has evolved into a global celebration of love and romance, where couples and loved ones exchange gifts, cards and gestures of affection. It serves as a reminder to cherish and nurture our relationships, and to take a moment to show our loved ones just how much they mean to us.