Want to show your significant other you care, but don’t want to do the traditional dinner with champagne, roses and chocolate? Here are some fun ideas to celebrate an alternative Valentine’s Day:
Dinner and a Movie Night
Skip the hassle of going out by having a romantic dinner and movie night at home. Stream a few of your favorite movies or TV shows and order in pizza or takeout. It’s a wonderful way to spend some quality alone time together. If watching something isn’t your thing, try playing a board game or another favorite activity.
Plan a Staycation
Austin is a top vacation destination and just because you’re a local doesn’t mean you can’t act like a tourist! Downtown is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening sightseeing. Hit up the Capitol Building, walk around UT’s beautiful campus, check out some local museums and galleries, or watch the bats at dusk. And just like a good tourist, make sure to take lots of pictures!
Grab a beer and a few quarters and you’re in pinball heaven! Pinballz Arcade has tons of machines from all eras and every interest. Even if you’ve never played before, there’s something for every skill level. If you have kids, there are also plenty of kid-friendly games to keep the whole family entertained.
Thrift / Vintage Store Treasure Hunt
Take advantage of Austin’s amazing thrift and vintage stores by taking your Valentine on a treasure hunt. There are tons of cool finds to be had and it’s easy to make a little game out of it. Try to find the most outrageous, cheesy, or fun item and whoever wins gets to decide the next activity or meal.
Day After Celebration
Still want to go out for a fancy meal with champagne, roses and chocolate? Make a dinner reservation for the day after! You’ll miss the crowds and overpriced set menus, but still have a fun and intimate celebration.