Just in case you haven’t been picking up on the subtle hints your partner has been tweeting, posting on Facebook or sweetly whispering into your ear, here’s the message loud and clear: Valentine’s Day is coming!

Thanks to some vague, mysterious event thousands of years ago, we now have a love-filled holiday every 14th of February.  However, I see no complaints especially from the ladies, or Hallmark for that matter.  But whether you plan to woo your beloved with surprise gifts or if you are looking for casual date ideas instead, we’re ready to help you plan the perfect February 14.

Unattached and dodging Cupid’s arrows?  Who says you can’t have fun?  Celebrating the day solo is definitely not a problem.  In love with North Dallas’ warm, enticing vibe?  So are we!  What’s better than being in love while enjoying the great things to do on Valentine’s Day in North Dallas can bring?  Nothing.

  1. Gondola Adventures

Cruising along the canals of Venice would be the ultimate gift but if you don’t have the time nor money, then you can take her to Gondola Adventures in Las Colinas instead!  This romantic attraction features relaxing trips along the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn in this Irving-area neighborhood.  The beautiful gondolas will set the tone for romance and are one of the most unique romantic attractions in all of Dallas.  Even better, your gondolier will sing to you along the way!  These private cruises feature beverages, chocolates, desserts, and appetizers, as well.  They are the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or even to pop the big question!

  1. Sambuca Uptown

If you think you’ve got the right moves to impress your partner, then clean your dancing shoes and stretch those legs.  The hip and popular Sambuca now offers Valentine’s fun night for only $49.95.  That comprises three-course chef dinner and live music.  You will definitely move to the rhythm, thanks to its lively ambiance and fun-loving clientele.  It’s a great place to take a first date (to show off your dancing skills) or to recharge a long-term relationship with music and fun.  A supper-club feel means that you and your date will be comfortable nibbling and drinking, listening to live music, showing off your style on the dance floor, or just relaxing with your sweetheart while jazz suffuses the place.  Among the dishes, you’ll want to try are miso-glazed sea bass, Asian-style shrimp fettuccine, and Jamaican pork tenderloin, all decadent plates that your date will love.



  1. Texas Discovery Gardens

Put your love in the mood for romance by taking him or her to the breathtaking Texas Discovery Gardens.  After frolicking through 10 themed gardens, including an ambrosial scent garden and a vibrant rose garden brimming with antique blooms, bitty botanists can meander through the butterfly house as hundreds of winged beauties flutter freely amidst tropical plants.  Noontime butterfly release demonstrations inspire wide-eyed wonder, as well.  Couples will also love meandering around Fair Park and visiting the lagoon to watch fish and turtles.  If you’re planning an engagement party or wedding in Dallas, the Texas Discovery Gardens may be the perfect place for you!

  1. Delta Charlie’s Bar and Grill

Dinner and a show? Cliché.  Dinner and a flight.  What?  Yes!  You can now experience a date which sets the bar high.  Get ready for the best night ever as Delta Charlie brings you a sumptuous three-course dinner for two followed by a marvelous private scenic tour around Dallas in their Cessna 172.  This is undeniably a Valentines you won’t forget.






  1. Rohr Hot Air Balloon Flights

If planes are not your thing, then we have something just as fantastic.  You can now book Hot Air Balloon Flights and experience the majestic sunrise or sunset, brought to you by Rohr Balloons.  They take pride in their business is locally owned, professionally operated and exceptionally unique.  Indeed, what’s more, unique than having a private moment up in the air?


  1. Buy Gourmet Chocolates


If you have a romantic date set-up in your backyard, then add this for extra sweet flair.  Nothing could go wrong when you have a box or two of gourmet chocolates in hand.  You may visit Chocolate Secrets in Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas.



You may also try Coco Andre with absolutely delightful little devils that are mastered with the owner’s 30 years of experience.



  1. Theatre

Said to make you laugh out loud, cringe with relatable awkward dating faux pas, and soak your Kleenex, “I love you, you’re perfect, now change” is one of Dallas’ Valentine’s date tradition.  It is also the longest running show in Dallas’ history.  Jack Alder, the co-founder of Theatre Three, knows that theatergoers never get tired of seeing a romantic play with realistic comic touches.  The actors have played their parts so many times that they are perfectly in sync with outstanding chemistry.  But if you wanted to see a different one, then Dallas Theatre Center has an even more amazing play that is so close to everyone’s hearts.  The tragedy of the star-crossed lovers.  With DTC’s modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet running through Feb. 28 at Kalita Humphreys Theater.  The production puts the feuding Montagues and Capulets into a contemporary setting.




  1. Couples Cooking Classes

Ah.  Yes.  The love at first bite.  For those who want to bond over food in a more romantic way, maybe you can try this out.  Sur La Table is a great find for those who would like to test their relationship by being in a class together.  Not only do they have great instructors, but they are also complete when it comes to kitchen equipment.  Even self-proclaimed non cooks wouldn’t be able to resist the charm of this place.



  1. Couples Dance Classes

For some who are very much fascinated with ballroom dancing but have yet to try, you may visit the Sons of Hermann Hall.  They can surely show you how to master those blues, swing, and two-steps.  The view from the edge of the Sons of Hermann Hall dance floor during a Texas Dance Hall Sunday could quite possibly be the most authentic taste of Texas around.  All charm and spin, from the six-piece band on alternating Sundays, Sons of Hermann Hall wins top marks from both old-timers and newcomers.  Singles also never feel left out thanks to the cadre of great local dancers eager to get everyone up and moving.

  1. Love and Jazz

If jazz is your thing, then the Balcony Club is for you.  Soothe your nerves with great sounds while enjoying a great time with your dear one.  The Balcony Club may give you those 1950’s movie feel that goes with their cool ambiance.  The atmosphere is intimate giving you the feeling of being tucked in a warm, nice blanket.  What better way to end your romantic night than gliding along with smooth jazz tones in the background?





  1. Mystery Murder

What do you do when you’ve outgrown partying or simply dining out but you still want to have a memorable Valentine’s Date?  You kick up your heels while solving a murder mystery, that’s what! Keith and Margo’s have a truly entertaining Mystery Murders that is so worth it.  Along with motive, means, and opportunity, the plot meticulously unravels throughout the evening with a generous dose of humor, a lot of action, and a series of clues leading to unsuspected turns.  The actors will keep the intrigue alive as you investigate.  Reserve your murder mystery experience and enjoy a marvelously mischievous evening!

  1. Reunion Tower

First Valentine’s in Dallas?  Well then this is a must try for you.  Love is truly in the air if you visit Reunion Tower and try out their promos.  Create a night above the town to remember by taking your sweetheart to the most romantic place in the city.  They offer an exclusive couple’s package this Valentine’s that you will surely enjoy. Visit their website for more details.