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?

Get your geek on at COSI Discovery Nights

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of COSI’s wildly successful, adults-only evenings, COSI After Dark and COSI Discovery Nights.

COSI Discovery Nights will be hosting a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day event. The theme is Love and Attraction. What makes someone attractive? And what causes us to fall in love? It all comes down to science, and you’ll learn all about it at COSI Discovery Nights.

Tickets are $14 for members, $20 for non-members in advance. 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! 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 Columbus Printed Arts Center’s Valentine’s Date Night Workshop

Looking to show off those artsy skills? Columbus Printed Arts Center is hosting a special event for Valentine’s Day.

CPAC has teamed up with Via Vecchia Winery and Three Buds Flower Market for an evening of wine, art, and fun. With a little help from workshop instructors, participants will create their own personalized printed wall art using screen printing equipment and letterpress stations, taste locally made wines, and build a mini flower bouquet to commemorate the evening.

The workshop will take place on February 14 and 15 from 6:00-8:30 at Columbus Printed Arts Center, 2000 S. High St. You can grab your tickets 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 champagne, food and wine pairings, perfectly regulated temperatures, and tons of beautiful plant life. This event is 21+ and you have to have a reservation to get in.

Admission is $50 per person ($45 for members). Tickets include all five food and wine pairings, champagne upon arrival, access to the Conservatory’s orchid show, and coffee when leaving the event. For more info, please click here.

Create a custom scent to commemorate the holiday at The Candle Lab


Scented candles may just be humankind’s greatest invention. If you want to commemorate your Valentine’s Day with your own custom scent, you can do it at The Candle Lab. February 13-15 will be a romantic, candlemaking extravaganza.

For $49/couple, you can pour your own candle, enjoy a sparkling beverage, munch on some premium chocolates, and even pose for a polaroid photo. The candles take about 90 minutes to cool, so you can head off to dinner nearby while they set. The Candle Lab will even deliver your candle to a local dinner spot within walking distance. Get more info here.

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