14 Valentine's Day Dates for Couples Who Have Already Done Everything (and Are So Over Dinner and a Movie)

My boyfriend and I have been together for more than four years, so needless to say, we've been on a few Valentine's Day dates. Over the years, we've done a lot of dinners at local restaurants and have watched a lot of date movies. But Valentine's Day is supposed to be special, right? So how do you make it special when you've pretty much exhausted your go-to date ideas?

With a little openness and an adventurer's spirit, you can make this Valentine's Day your most memorable yet with any of these out-of-the-box date ideas — perfect for couples who are looking to avoid another dinner and a movie come Feb. 14.

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Watch Funny YouTube Videos

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You probably watch funny YouTube videos all the time, but make a night out of it. You should each spend some time creating a playlist of your favorite videos, and then share the videos with each other. Movie night just got a whole lot more fun.

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Look for Thrift Store Treasure

Thrift shopping is always fun — you never know what you’ll find. You can peruse one store or several, set a budget for you and your partner ($20 should do it), and set off to find something special for each other. Whether it’s antique jewelry or a nostalgic action figure, you’ll find something much more meaningful and lasting than chocolates and flowers.

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Volunteer

So much about Valentine’s Day is selfish and materialistic, so why not spend this one giving back? Giving back is psychologically good for you, and will be a good bonding experience for you and your partner. Research local organizations that need your help around V-Day.

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Take a Class Together

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After a while together, the same ol’, same ol’ can get boring. Take a class to learn a new skill neither of you have tried before. Could you have ever guessed that your honey was an excellent dancer? Or that you would be a natural golfer? Now you do, and you may have found many more dates to try in your future.

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Explore a Haunted Site

This date is not for the faint of heart. Sign up for a tour (like any of these) of a supposedly haunted house, hotel, or graveyard. And if you can’t find a tour in your area, you can always do a virtual haunted house tour.

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Stargaze

If you’re a city-dweller like me, you’ll probably have to drive outside of your metro area to see the stars, but it’ll be worth it. Bring a blanket, a constellation book, and some wine, and just enjoy the night sky for a while.

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Go on a Dinner Cruise

You might not want to go to the same restaurant you usually do, but you still have to eat, right? If you live near a body of water, see if there’s a dinner cruise this time of year.

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Have an Indoor Picnic

Most of us are in the dead of winter during Valentine’s Day, and the very thought of leaving your house might give you anxiety. So have a romantic living room picnic beside the fire, and avoid having to put on snow clothes.

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Be Tourists

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Maybe you’ve seen all that your hometown has to offer, but maybe you haven’t seen it with your SO by your side. Take a trip to your town’s more touristy spots, and act a tourist for the day — take selfies, buy souvenirs, the whole shebang.

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Watch a Sporting Event

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Sports fan or nah, actually going to a sporting event is a lot more fun than watching it on TV. Grab some beers and snacks, and pick sides if you don’t already have a team.

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Take a Brewery/Winery Tour

Depending on your taste in booze, take a tour of a local brewery or winery this Valentine’s Day. Not only will you learn a lot about how your favorite draft or vintage is made, but you usually get a lot of free samples.

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Make a Blanket Fort and Play Board Games

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Being an adult is fun and all, but being a kid was way, way better, right? Take a trip down memory lane by building a blanket fort in your living room, and then spend the night playing a bunch of board games. You could always raise the stakes a little to keep your adult cred.

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Read Each Other's Tarot Cards

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OK, so this is definitely an unconventional date, but it could be fun! You can buy tarot cards online and in bookstores on occasion, and they usually come with instructions — but warning! This can get a bit intense if you’re a true believer.

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Do Something Athletic

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Take a hike, ride bikes, go kayaking — do something that gets you out into fresh air and gets your blood pumping for a while.

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