5 outdoor date ideas for Valentine's Day

Not every region of the country encourages extended periods of time outdoors in winter, but even the coldest climates offer romantic ideas for outdoor dates. Here are 5 of the best things to do with what you love out there!

Hand in hand hike

One of the outdoor activities that get cold but never get old is a hand-in-hand hike. Bundle up warm, lace up your hiking boots, put a few fine chocolates in your pocket for a surprise during the hike and then enjoy the sweet solitude of a winter walk with your true love.

Do you want to build a snowman

If you’re getting snow this month, ask your special someone the Frozen question, “Do you want to make a snowman?” Ideally, they reply: “Cmon, let’s go and play!” Work together to find an old scarf and gloves, large carrot, and some spare buttons, then roll in the snow! When you’re done, warm yourself up with hot cocoa inside.

Icy fishing

While ice fishing is one of the most unique dates in the great outdoors, you can be on thin ice if you suggest it as a date! That said, if you’re looking for romantic outdoor activities, it’s hard to beat the calm serenity that fishing offers. In fact, nearly two-thirds of anglers have taken their significant other out fishing and described it as relaxing, exciting, playful and romantic. Imagine by a river or lake now and have plenty of time to get to know each other or make big plans for the future. Unlike other fishing trips, this great outdoors date is more about company than the catch!

Snuggle up for a drive-in movie

This classic activity is popular again across the country as many cinemas remain closed. With ad hoc drive-in screens, that is, screens popping up from coast to coast in shopping malls parking lots, there is bound to be one near you that offers one of the best ideas for a winter outdoor date.

A night under the stars

You don’t have to visit Valentine, Nebraska for a certified dark sky experience! Find the stargazing site closest to you, grab your blan-kets, a thermos of coffee, and a copy of Lonely Planet’s Dark Skies to learn the best way to enjoy the night sky with your favorite person this Valentine’s Day.

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Jeff Bogle

Jeff is a father to teenage daughters, avid travelers, photographers, and freelance writers. He has written stories for Fodor’s, Reader’s Digest, Parents’ Magazine, Good Housekeeping, PBS, and Esquire, among others, about family travel, outdoor recreation, the environment, parenting, and more. Find him on his blog, OWTK.com and on Instagram @OWTK. Jeff is also the editor of the quarterly literary zine Stanchion