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9 Offbeat Valentine’s Date Ideas in the Bay Area

If you’re looking for something special and different to do this Valentine’s Day, we can help! Uniqueness is always a win so here are some more offbeat approaches to celebrating Valentine’s Day ideas in the Bay Area.

Some of these tips require a bit of advance planning. Not much of a planner? No worries! Look for ones flagged as a last-minute idea.

Where to go for Valentine’s Day for the outdoorsy, adventurous types:

Even though it’s winter, you can still have an outdoor date:

  1. Want to celebrate early? Go for a night hike at Oakland’s Chabot Space & Science Center on Friday, February 12. Follow your guide and celebrate under the stars.
  2. Pack up the car and take a day trip down Highway 1. Stop at one of the many pull-offs for a private picnic – and if the weather’s too chilly, the view from your car is just as perfect. Last-minute idea!
  3. Explore Point Reyes National Seashore, where you can stroll the beaches, visit the lighthouse, and watch the elk at Tule Elk Reserve. Last-minute idea!
  4. Bundle up and go sailing. Be a tourist for a day and take a sailing lesson or just enjoy a cruise on the Bay with your significant other.

Where to go for indoor Valentine’s Day fun:

Don’t want to worry about the weather? The Bay Area is teeming with romantic indoor activities too:

  1. Stroll through the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and admire exotic plants. Afterward, have afternoon tea at the Japanese Tea Garden while enjoying the view together. The Tea Garden closes at 4:45 during the winter, so be sure to get there early. Last-minute idea!
  2. Hit up Pacific Pinball in Alameda for some retro fun – $15 gets you in with free access to all the pinball machines. Last-minute idea!
  3. Want a twist on dinner and a movie? Catch a flick at the recently reopened Alamo Drafthouse in the Mission, where you can see the latest releases while enjoying dinner and cocktails.
  4. For some intrigue, head to San Jose and tour the Winchester Mystery House, former home of the eccentric Sarah Winchester. Try February Flashlight Friday on the 12th for a bit of the spooky excitement, and you might find yourself needing to hold hands for comfort.
  5. And speaking of holding hands … visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Otters hold hands, and you should too! Book a Romance Tour through the aquarium, or plan your own version. Last-minute idea!

No matter where you decide to take your date this Valentine’s Day, we hope it is terrific. Originality always keeps things interesting and in the end, it’s all about spending time together.