It’s hard enough planning the perfect Valentine’s Day without having to worry about your pocketbook. When you’re already scratching your head to come up with a unique idea for date night, the last thing you want to worry about is how much it’s going to cost. Good thing there’s lots of different ways to you can get creative for Valentine’s Day, whether you’ve got money to spend or barely have two TTC tokens to rub together. Check out these sweet date ideas for any budget!
Check out Toronto’s ice skating rinks
Seasonal, fun, and free–ice skating in Toronto is one of the best ways to start your Valentine’s Day celebration. Most people go to the Natrel ice rink at Harbourfront or the rink at Nathan Phillips Square, but since you probably want to escape the crowds this Valentine’s Day, check out the rink at Dufferin Grove. After your skate you guys will be right by Bloor Street’s trendy bars, like Three Speed and Burdock. Or check out the rink at Alexandra Park, which is rarely busy and just a quick walk away from the cozy restaurants on Queen West.
Take a pottery class at the Gardiner
The Gardiner Museum hosts pottery classes Wednesday and Friday evenings as well as Sunday mornings. These $15 classes are highly coveted, so if you’re considering one for your Valentine, make sure you get there early. Pottery making is a great activity that can get you and your date outside your comfort zone—and when you’re done, you’ll have some wobbly clay sculptures to remember the day by.
Check out open jump at Sky Zone
Who doesn’t like trampolines? And it’s hard not to impress with Sky Zone’s massive, wall-to-wall trampoline parks. With locations all over the GTA, Sky Zone is convenient and a lot of fun. You can pick up sixty minutes of open jump for $16—or if you’re feeling like a big spender check out an hour and a half for $21. Word to the wise, trampoline jumping is harder than it looks and if you’re not careful your legs may go to jelly afterward—not exactly a classy way to escort your date home.
Drop-in for some axe throwing
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like lumberjacks. Show off your lumberjack skills at the BATL nearest you. Flannel is optional but being able to laugh at yourself is mandatory. Axe throwing is a super fun activity to get up to with your Valentine—after all, Canadians who throw axes together, stay together. BATL offers drop-in hours perfect for lovebirds on Fridays 5pm–8pm, Saturdays 11am–2pm, and Sundays 2pm–5pm at $20 an hour.
Get competitive at Pursuit OCR
If you and your Valentine have that competitive spirit and love to get active, check out obstacle course racing at Pursuit OCR. An adult day pass is $20 and it gives you full access to the obstacle course. You and your paramour can run side-by-side, tackling classic obstacles like the salmon ladder, monkey bars, and more. When you’re done, you’ll be just off Queen West, conveniently located for post-obstacle drinks. Loser buys, of course!
Learn how to make sushi together
It’s fun to eat it, but it’s even more fun to make it yourself. Sushi Making for the Soul is Toronto’s premier sushi making class. Taught by chef and restauranteur Sang Kim, these sushi classes cover technique, ingredients, and—not to be missed—sushi etiquette. The beginner’s class is $45 which covers all the supplies and all the fun stories—and you and your date get to eat everything you make. Note drinks—Sapporo or sake—are extra.
Get drunk while painting at Paint Nite
There’s a reason everyone is checking out Paint Nite—because making art when you’re drunk is awesome. Paint Nite hosts painting parties all over the city, so you’re sure to find one near you. Hang out with your Valentine while making a masterpiece and sipping your favourite pinot. Just make sure you don’t spill on your canvas—or your date!
Go dog sledding for the day
If you two love winter, check out this awesome opportunity to get out of the city for a day and step into Ontario’s own winter wonderland. Toronto Adventures offers dog sledding day trips and will pick you and your Valentine up from Keele subway station and whisk you off to the wilds of Ontario. This date includes a dog sled ride, of course, as well as fireside drinks, delicious s’mores, and playtime with the puppies. This date kicks it up a notch at $150 per person.
Take them on an exclusive Ossington food tour
Treat them to something special on Toronto Food Tour’s VIP tour of Ossington. This tour will take you to all the best restaurants and eateries in the area, from a craft brewery to tapas bars, cocktail lounges, and live music venues. VIP means you’ll both get to try 12 different dishes accompanied by sake, wine, and cocktails. Think artisanal sushi, truffle gnocchi, spicy lamb, and seasonal cooking. The tour is served, of course, with a heaping of Toronto history, including the area’s little-known connection to the Martin Luther King assassination.
Go big or go home with a private helicopter tour
If you’re really trying to impress, check out Toronto Heli Tours private helicopter tours. Nothing is quite like the view from above, and no experience will compare. Check out the Romantic Jewel Tour which includes a daylight flight over the city at $274 per couple. For ultra romance, take a look at the Interlude Private Tour which flies at twilight at $599 per couple.
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