Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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5 Unusual Things to Do for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day: a day where you wait in line for hours to eat dinner and spend an obnoxious amount of money on flowers.  Fun the first time, but kind of boring after awhile.

Nick and my anniversary is the day before Valentine's Day, so we always have a double holiday to worry about.  Usually, we celebrate them together by going on a mini trip somewhere.  Or a big trip to Disney World.  You know, whatever we're feeling at the time.

This year though I was looking for something different to do a little closer to home, and boy, did my search bring up some interesting results! 

So I present to you my list of unusual things to do for Valentine's Day.  Most of these are in the Kentucky-Ohio-West Virginia area, but I'm sure there are some interesting things to do in your area if you look hard enough!

Take a Tour of a Chocolate Factory

One of my favorite plans that I found by far was touring the Old Kentucky Chocolate Factory and sampling some yummy chocolate.  They do tours Monday thru Thursday at 10:00am by appointment, and it sounds like a super fun and inexpensive way to enjoy Valentine's Day.

Old Kentucky Chocolate Factory

Have Dinner and Spend the Night in a Castle

Photo from Castle Post

Also here in Kentucky is a very unusual site: an actual castle.  This particular castle is also a pretty amazing hotel, complete with fancy restaurant, and they're doing a pretty amazing Valentine's Day Bash.

A four course dinner, champagne, chocolates, and rooftop s'mores in a castle.  Then, if you're lucky enough, snag a room to spend the night and feel even more like royalty.  Ticket's are pretty pricy ($300 per couple), but I can't think of a more romantic place to spend Valentine's Day!

Kentucky Castle Valentine's Day 

Take a Dinner Cruise in Cincinnati

BB Riverboats in Cincinnati Ohio is a company that offers cruises up the Ohio River, and their doing Valentine's Day dinner cruises for a few nights during the Valentine's week.  For $60 per adult, you can have a very yummy sounding dinner while enjoying the Cincinnati Skyline.  They even offer souvenir photos to remember your romantic night!

Valentine's Day Cruise with BB Riverboats

Have Dinner at a Zoo

Also in Cincinnati is this fun dinner idea: Dinner at the Cincinnati Zoo.  This zoo is one of my favorites, and not just because it's the home of Fiona the Hippo.  For $175 per couple, you can enjoy some special zoo events like learning about "The Wild Side of Love" and enjoy a dinner with a champagne toast that evening.  There's even wine and an open bar if that's what you fancy.

Dinner Party at the Zoo

Spend the Night in a Haunted Penitentiary  

If scary things are more your speed, then this one's for you.  The Moundsville West Virginia Penitentiary does haunted tours often, but they're doing a special event for Valentine's Day: "Into the Heart of the Dungeon."  After a nice romantic dinner, you'll be locked up in the penitentiary for a night of being chased, tied up, blindfolded, and dragged around.  The site warns that bruises and cuts should be expected, and police and EMTs will be on site for emergencies.  If you want an extreme thrill for Valentine's Day, head to Moundsville.

Moundsville Penitentiary

What unusual things have you found in your search for things to do for Valentine's Day?  I'd love to hear them!


  1. We don't have any of this fun stuff close to our little small town but my dream is to one day be able to visit a castle. Also the chocolate factory sounds like an AMAZING idea.

  2. Holy cow I think I will skip the penitentiary. That castle experience sounds pretty fun!

  3. All of these options are amazing! Me & my partner usually stay at home on valentines (we live in vegas) because it's so crowded! But now I'll have to check out this castle! So cool.

  4. You weren't kidding when you said unusual things to do for Valentine's Day! I don't think I can do scary stuff. Though I'd love to spend some time in a non-scary castle :)

  5. I seriously love your valentines ideas! The castle especially what a fantastic idea! Also touring a chocolate company would be awesome.

  6. I love those ideas, If I could find a castle near, I would do that this year.

  7. I don't think anyone would expect me to say I spent my Vday having dinner at the zoo. Therefore, I must try it.

  8. Having dinner and spending the night in a castle sounds like such an romantic, unique idea! I would love to do that with my partner one day. :)

  9. OMG you ARE so creative! I've had the same Valentine for over 20 years now. It's fun to try something new together. That can be waaaaay more romantic than dinner and roses. Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Agreed! It's fun to branch out and try new things :-D

  10. The dinner cruise sounds such a fabulous idea and hubby surprised me once by taking me for a dinner cruise. It was the best one ever.

  11. I love the idea of spending a night in a castle - it would be lovely to feel like a princess for the night and bask in luxury!

  12. Valentine's day is almost there but I still have no idea what to do. Glad I found this. Instead of giving my wif a chocolate why not taking her to a tour in a chocolate factory.

  13. I love the idea of doing something out of the ordinary for Valentine's day! These look like fun.

  14. i would love to visit a castle to have dinner, that would be the ultimate date night! truly a night to remember

  15. Oh my goodness, spending a night in a castle sounds like a perfect way to spend valentines day to me!!

  16. These are some really great ideas. I would love to go to a castle for dinner!

  17. Wow! Personally, for me this aren't unusual things to do for valentines rather I find it super romantic like for example having a night in a castle that's super fun, tour in a chocolate factory? I mean like chocolate means sweetness this are all great things to do.

  18. I've never thought to host a dinner at the zoo. I guess there's nothing more romantic than engaging with the animals and nature throughout the day.

  19. How fun are all of these ideas! I'd love to try something unique and fun like this for Valentine's Day.


  20. These are some great ideas! I'd love to spend a night in a castle. It's one of my dreams!

  21. These are very original ideas! I can't imagine anything better than spending a night in a castle!

  22. Oh, I would love to spend V-day at that castle! How romantic would that be, dream!!

    xx, Kusum |

  23. OMG!!!! All of these sound perfect! If only I lived close to any of these attractions.


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