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6 Unconventional Valentine’s Date Ideas In Columbus

February is here, which means that it is time for everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day.

I’ve never been a big celebrator of Valentine’s Day, but I’m not going to knock anyone who loves it. If you and your significant other like to celebrate the day together, but you’re sick of dinner and a movie date night options, then you’ve come to the right place.

Columbus has so much more to offer than 3-course meals and the latest Marvel movie (although let’s be real, Black Panther looks amazing). Are you ready to get a little adventurous this Valentine’s Day?

Here are 6 Unconventional Valentine’s Date Ideas.


Get your geek on at COSI After Dark

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Okay, so technically this takes place about a week before Valentine’s Day, but we’re being unconventional, remember? Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of COSI’s wildly successful, adults-only evenings.

This month, COSI After Dark is Olympic themed. You and your date can build foil boats and paper rockets, fight your way through the NERF Battle Arena, or watch Rat Basketball!

If you are postponing your Valentine’s celebrations, remember that COSI After Dark takes place each month. Tickets are $14 for members, $18 for non-members in advance and $20 at the door. For more info, click here.

Show off that hand-eye-coordination at Columbus Axe Throwing

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Nothing says romance like throwing a sharp axe as hard as you can against a wall! This 1.5-hour adventure will cost you $32 per person. You don’t have to be an expert in target sports before going in. Trained “axeperts”, yes that is really what they are called, will show you the ropes when it comes to axe safety. They’ll also give you some pointers on hitting your target.

The best part of this date night is that you can say goodbye to the uncomfortable sports coat or shoes that leave you with blisters. Flannel shirts aren’t required, but they’re definitely encouraged, and this date is closed toed shoes only! Columbus Axe Throwing isn’t accepting walk-ins on Valentine’s day, so be sure to make a reservation soon. For more info, please click here.

Go stargazing at Perkins Observatory

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Want to enjoy a romantic evening under the stars? If you’re celebrating Valentine’s day the weekend before or after, then the Friday Night Public Program at Perkins Observatory would be the perfect date.

The programs focus on viewing the stars, but there are also cloudy-night backups because this is Ohio, after all. The programs tend to sell out quickly, so the observatory recommends that you book a few weeks in advance. Tickets are $10 per person. For more info, please click here.

Get a little creative at Valentine’s Day Paint & Sip

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Show your partner a softer side at Paint & Sip. Organized by A Touch of Love and hosted by The Eagle, you and your date are invited to come and enjoy an evening of drinking, painting, and fun.

Tickets are $45 and they include your canvas, paint supplies, two beverages, and a special surprise. The instructor for the class is Michael Schundelmier. The event is one night only, on Valentine’s Day from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more info, please click here.

Get mother nature involved in your Valentine’s Day at Franklin Park Conservatory

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Franklin Park Conservatory is hardly an unknown date location. In fact, it’s one of the best places to go for a date in the city. But on the off chance that you haven’t already thought of it, I thought I would include it.

Their Valentine’s celebration is going to be amazing. Enjoy wine, chocolates, live music, perfectly regulated temperatures, and tons of beautiful plant life. This event is 21+ and they offer two separate packages.

For $20 per person, you can enjoy three wine and chocolate pairings. For $30 per person, you can upgrade to the deluxe package and get six wine and chocolate pairings, as well as a keepsake wine glass. Reservations are encouraged. The evening will go from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. For more info, please click here.

Capture that old-world romance by heading to the theatre

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I know it’s pretty close to dinner and movie, but there’s something so romantic about seeing a stage show. Columbus has plenty of options for a night at the theatre, but my recommendation is Daddy Long Legs at the Riffe Center.

The musical tells the story of a young girl living in an orphange in New England. When one of the home’s trustees finds out about her writing skills, he provides a full scholarship for her, with the only stipulation being that she should never know who he is. What ensues is a love story that’s been told time and time again.

Tickets for Daddy Long Legs are available through CATCO for $20-$40. Plus, the show is running until February 18, so you have plenty of options when it comes to the date of your celebration. For more info, please click here.

No matter what you do, don’t rule out a beautiful bouqet. Everybody loves flowers!


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