Whether you love it or loath it, Valentine’s Day is on the horizon.
To make it a simpler experience, we’ve rounded up some options that are outside the traditional dinner or Netflix and chill options. But whether you’re in a new relationship or an old salt wanting to make the day special, we’ve got you covered from adventurous to intimate across all price points…
DJ Skate Night
Location: Harbourfront Centre
Cost: Not a dime, unless you need rental skates.
Why do it? Feel some heat outside with a Latin-themed DJ skate night. Sure to be a great way to kick off the evening, get some fresh air, skate to some sweet beats, and work up an appetite.
Watch the Stars at David Dunlap Observatory
Location: 123 Hillsview Drive, Richmond Hill
Why Do it? If you are looking for a unique experience and lean more towards the inquisitive side, this is the place for you. Surprise your date with a night of stargazing in a romantic setting within this city. Those of you who remember the old planetarium will be excited to take advantage of Canada’s largest optical telescope. With the upcoming five-planet alignment Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, it’s the perfect celestial experience that oozes romance.
Love and Desire Valentine’s Day Workshop
Location: The Royal Ontario Museum
Why Do it? Spend Valentine’s Day exploring the ROM on a guided instructional tour and hear stories of famous lovers come and gone. The strictly adult-only workshop is a unique one-of-a-kind experience that will get your pulse going a little faster.
A Day at the Zoo
Location: Toronto Zoo
Why Do it? Want to know more about how the animal kingdom gets it done? The Zoo is playing host to an adults-only lovers workshop called “First Comes Love.” Dine, enjoy a special animal encounter, group presentation, and tour of the reproductive labs. For those who love the Zoo, you’re in for a treat as you’ll get to see its frisky side.
CHILL Ice House
Location: 82 Bathurst Street
Why do it? Ever been interested in visiting an ice hotel? Not quite an overnight experience, although still worth the cover, CHILL Ice House is quite simply an elegant getaway within the city. With everything made of ice including your beverage glasses, treat your date to a unique experience and an excuse to cuddle. With a regular lounge attached to the ice house, you can always take things inside and enjoy the After Dark Speakeasy Lounge.
Valentines at the AGO – Yoga, Anyone?
Location: 317 Dundas West
Why Do it? Kickstart your Valentine’s Day with a stretch. Take a couples’ yoga glass while the gallery is still closed to the public or book a spot and dine at FRANK while taking in some art.
Make Some Chocolate with Chocolate Tales
Location: 519 Eglinton Ave West
Why Do it? Get messy and satisfy your sweet tooth with a chocolate making workshop. Nothing speaks romance more than getting your hands dirty by tempering chocolate and sharing it with your lover. This workshop is designed for beginners and is all hands on deck; you get to play with different flavour combinations and, of course, sample, sample, sample.
Salt Cave Solana
Why Do it? Clear your mind and your lungs with a romantic couples massage in the Salt Cave. Filled with crystal salt block, the cave offers therapeutic properties for mind, body and soul. Follow up your massage with an infrared sauna experience.
Murder Mystery Date at the ROM
Location: Royal Ontario Museum
Why Do it? A unique date experience, work together to solve Murder at the ROM. Armed with clues and access to the full museum, you and your date will have to work out the whodunnit by answering riddles and exploring the ROM to find all the answers. When all’s solved, you still have access to the museum for the rest of the day.
Escape Casa Loma
Location: Castle Loma
Why Do it? Looking to take the escape room experience to a new level? Escape Casa Loma has three themed experiences to choose from and all take place throughout the historic property with live-action actors to guide you. Solve the clues and work together for to find your way out of the maze.