The Summer of Love: 7 Date Ideas to Help You Plan Your Valentine’s Day

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Do you need to add some va-va-voom to your Valentine’s Day plans? With February 14th fast approaching, now is a good time to start thinking about how you can make your Valentine’s Day date feel truly special. Avoid boring, cliche dates. We’ve put together 7 great ideas for you to help plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.

Open air cinema

During the balmy months, open air cinemas are a great way to enjoy both some culture and the beautiful weather. Take advantage of Melbourne’s list of outdoor cinemas, and take your loved on on a date they’ll never forget. Often, open air cinemas have food and drink packages you can purchase with your tickets, so you can be fully satisfied during the film.

Escape Room

For couples who want to get their adrenaline pumping, Escape Room could be for you! At various different locations around the city, Escape Room is a 70-minute real life puzzle that you can tackle in teams of 2-6. Testing your mental abilities, you will be required to solve lingual, visual, mathematical, spatial, physical and lateral brain teasers. Are you up for the challenge?

A date with a view

Match your date’s beauty to his or her surroundings. There are plenty of date-friendly places that will satisfy both your taste buds and your eyes. Why not share a fine dining experience at the Studley Park Boathouse restaurant and take in the sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. With a specialised Valentine’s Day weekend menu, spoil yourself and your loved one this year!

Netflix and chill

Why fight the urge to stay in and snuggle? Sometimes all you want to do with your loved on is cuddle up under a blanket and put on your favourite tv show. Spice up the experience by having an indoor picnic, fit with a bottle of wine and a cheese platter.

Visit a vineyard

Melbourne’s fortunate geographical situation means you have an array of vineyards at your fingertips. Try the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges to get a taste of the Australian wine region that started it all. Experience world class food and wine with a range of food, drink and transport packages that will ensure your day runs as smooth as possible.

Get active

If you want to break a sweat and get your heart racing this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got some out of the bedroom suggestions that might take your fancy! Try rock climbing, taking a row boat out on the river or going for a cycle or a hike. Fortunately situated, Melbourne is lucky to be surrounded by some beautiful geographical locations, such as rivers, mountains and forests. Have a look at some natural sites near you, pack a lunch, and let the adventure begin!

Be creative

Perhaps you want to show off your creative skills, or learn some new ones, this Valentine’s Day? If a DIY creative date is out of your reach, try one of the various artistic classes or workshops on offer. Workshop Melbourne has a wide range of classes to suit all tastes: from beer tasting to shibori dying to terrarium making to watercolour painting. You name it, they’ve got it.

Don’t take your loved one on a forgettable date this Valentine’s Day. Think outside the box; book a unique and unforgettable date, and you’ll have fond memories for years to come!