Love is in the air, so mark your calendars as Friday, February 14 will be here soon. Roses and chocolates are always a go-to classics. This year do something different and plan something extra special. To help you wow your significant other, here are date ideas for Valentine's Day in Calgary that are far better than a swanky reso.
But that doesn't mean you are out of luck. It just requires a bit of extra creativity on what to do.
There are plenty of romantic things to do in Calgary, even on a budget. Top picks include seeing dreamy ice castles or going on a scavenger hunt to get to know each other better.
For couples who are still kids at heart, you can go tubing down a hill. Meanwhile, gamers will enjoy challenging you to their favourite arcade games at the REC Room.
Or for a sweet treat, surprise them with over-the-top milkshakes. Loaded with a slice of red velvet cakes and chocolate kisses, it is a sugary "I love you."
Plus, the more money you save on Valentine's Day activities, the more money you have for jewellery and flowers. You're welcome.
Here are 11 cute and quirky Calgary date ideas that they will adore this Valentine's Day:
A Hot Chocolate Crawl
When: Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, February 29, 2020
Address: Various locations in Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: For the YYC Hot Chocolate festival, local restaurants and cafes will be serving up delicious mugs of cocoa as they compete to make the best cup. Why not bundle up, and go on a romantic stroll and try a few mugs together?
Go Tubing Together
Address: 88 Canada Olympic Rd. SW., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: For a classic winter date, race each other down the hill at WinSport Tube Park.
Skate at Olympic Plaza
Price: Free, skates rentals $12 per person
Address: 228 8 Ave. SE., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: For a free date, the two of you can hold hands and glide across the ice together at Olympic Plaza.
Get a Sugar Rush with Giant Milkshakes
Price: Various prices
Address: Multiple locations
Why You Need To Go: For a delicious Valentine's Day treat, you can devour massive milkshakes. A top pick is the Red Velvet which comes loaded with a slice of red velvet cake and chocolate kisses.
Check Out the Museum of the Moon
Price: $10 per person
When: Thursday, January 23 to Sunday, March 15, 2020
Address: 701 11 St. SW., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Forget stargazing; you can bring your date to enjoy an out of this world view of the moon. Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon has been touring the world, where you can enjoy seeing a replica of the moon that is six metres in diameter.
Play Games at the REC Room
Price: $10 for 40 credits
Address: 1180 - 901 64 Ave. NE., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Does your date love video games? If so, the REC Room is a great spot to go on a date. The two of you can have fun trying all their classic arcade games, and newer virtual reality experiences.
Pretend You're in Frozen at Ice Castles
When: Until February 17, 2020
Address: 9330 Groat Rd., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've stepped into the movie Frozen as there will be illuminated ice castles, frozen thrones, and ice-carved slides.
Play Mini Golf Together
Price: $9 per person
Address: 3851 Manchester Rd. SE., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The two of you can try the mini-golf course and then eat some delicious tacos all in one convenient location.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Price: $12.99+ per person
Address: Various locations
Why You Need To Go: The two of you will have the best time trying to solve one of the scavenger hunts together. There is also the option to pick the 'date night' option, which adds extra challenges to help the two of you get to know each other better.
Fall In Love with Cute Animals
Address: 210 St. George's Dr. NE., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: It is impossible not to smile when you get to see all the cute animals within the Calgary Zoo. You'll want to make sure to visit the new baby zebras, which are extra adorable.
Go for Cocktails at a Hidden Bar
Address: Betty Lou's, 908 17 Ave. SW., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Dazzle your date by taking them to this secret speakeasy that was listed as one of thebest bars in Canada. To get in, you'll need to make reservations and tell the correct password.