A romantic dinner or a quiet movie theater date is nice for a couple’s night out, but why not try something new this year for Valentine’s Day? Did you know that you could snowshoe, relax in a float tank, or renew your vows with complete strangers on Valentine’s Day? New Jersey has so many unique romantic things to do in NJ when it comes to celebrating February 14th.
NJMOM’s Totally Unique Romantic Things To Do in NJ
1. Tease Your Taste Buds
Spark your senses with velvety chocolate and flavorful wine during the Chocolate and Wine Tour weekend February 11th & 12th. This tour is complete with wine releases and tastings, food pairings, entertainment, and chocolate! Several wineries throughout the state are participating in this event. Check out the New Jersey Wines website for locations near you.
2. Soak It Up
Dress for summer, but enjoy the winter in a Japanese style outdoor soaking tub. These cedar tubs are surrounded by a Zen spa garden and the water is sanitized with bromine salt, to give it that hot spring touch. There are private, communal, and Valentine’s Day soak options available. There are also massage and spa options. Plan a wonderfully relaxing day at Onsen for All in Princeton.
3. Fly Away With Me
Soar above the treetops and cruise near the clouds with a hot air balloon ride. Add an overnight romantic package at a local Bed and Breakfast or combine your trip with an elegant dining experience. Check out In Flight Balloon Adventures.
4. Take The Plunge or Run Away
Plunge alone, with a partner, or grab a group to show your love for ALS patients at the Valentine Plunge. Spectate, donate, or jump right into the Atlantic Ocean with fellow plungers. If plunging is not for you, show your love by running the Cupid’s Chase 5K. All proceeds go to supporting people with disabilities. Just for fun, any singles participating get a shirt that says, “Available” and couples gets shirts that say, “Unavailable.” The Cupid’s Chase will take place in six New Jersey locations this year. Whether you swim or run, show your love this February.
5. Laugh your a$$ off
Laugh the night away at a performance of Sebastian Maniscalco’s performance of Why Would You Do That?. Don’t miss NJPAC’s debut performance this comedic mastermind on February 9th and 10th at NJPAC in Newark.
6. Spread The Love
Make a difference this Valentine’s Day and lend a hand. There are many opportunities all over New Jersey. No matter what your passion is there are plenty of community service projects and non-profit agencies in need of your help. Check out Volunteer New Jersey.
7. Share The Kitchen
Don’t put Valentine’s Day dinner on one person…share the love. Learn to cook a delicious meal in a hands-on environment with a professional chef. There are many locations throughout New Jersey that will give you and your Valentine an enjoyable couples cooking class. Visit Sur La Table’s several locations, Cook’N’Tell in Colts Neck, Hudson Table in Hoboken, or the Heirloom Kitchen in Old Bridge. Fellow Blogger Lindsey Smith from as GOLD as it gets said, “I haven’t taken one of their classes (Sur La Table) but I have spied on them while shopping (oops!), they have online postings of their classes for Lawrenceville and Marlton.”
8. Love Hurts
Test your love and commitment to each other with a friendly game of paintball. This is one relationship obstacle that you won’t forget. Visit AC Paintball in Williamstown to test your skills.
9. Cruise On The Love Boat
Sail away all while enjoying skyline views, entertainment, and dinner. The best part…you can do all of this from New Jersey. Spirit Cruises departs from Lincoln Harbor and there are many different Valentine’s Day package options to cater to you and your love’s every need. Get out on the water and enjoy the night.
10. Stay Awhile…Trust Me, You Won’t Want To Leave
I’m going to let you in on a New Jersey secret…Crystal Springs Resort. This resort is nothing short of amazing and one of the most romantic getaways in NJ. Enjoy the culinary pleasures of food and wine at its highest level. Visit the world-renowned Wine Cellar, or the 4-star Restaurant Latour. But wait there’s more…visit their spas, sports club, tropical Biosphere pool with its underground aquarium, or play a game of golf at one of their six premier courses. Stay at their Grand Cascades Lodge or Minerals Hotel and explore wineries, Mountain Creek Ski Resort, surrounding quaint shops, or local art villages during your stay.
11. Go Back In Time
Where else can you enjoy jousting, horsemanship, and a four-course meal in New Jersey…Medieval Times, of course! There will be a total of eight shows to choose from over the Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy the experience and choose from many different show packages. If anything show your date that chivalry is not dead.
12. Take To The Ice
Bundle up, lace up your ice skates, and show off your skating skills this Valentine’s Day. No matter what exit you are at in New Jersey there are many rinks to choose from including Ocean Hockey in Brick, Skylands Ice World in Stockholm, Red Bank Armory in Red Bank, Igloo Ice Skating Rink in Mount Laurel, or Ice House in Hackensack. Grab your loved one’s hand and glide away.
13. Get Down
5, 6, 7, 8…put on your dancing shoes and test out the dance floor. Don’t just dance, learn how to dance and meet others who have the same desire. Whether it’s the Foxtrot, Tango, or Merengue there are so many moves to learn and so much fun to have while doing it. Some great locations in New Jersey include Anchor Dance Studio in Bergen County or Atrium Dance Studio in Pennsauken.
14. Get Crafty
Create a piece of art together this Valentine’s Day. The Clay Pot in Spotswood is having a Valentine’s Day eve date night where you can create your own pottery and paint it. Make Me Take Me in Highland Park will be having a hand print photo frame event on Valentine’s Day. Or visit Pinot’s Pallette in Hoboken.
15. Check Yo’ self
Love yourself and your partner by scheduling your annual physical or OB/GYN appointment. I reached out to fellow bloggers and this is what they said when I asked them about unconventional Valentine’s Day activities, “How about annual check ups/physical – or worse COLONOSCOPY!! haha! I know some people who do that,” said Lisa Rupertus from A Rup Life. Kathleen Kennedy-Leon from My Best Of Both Worlds said, “I always go to my OB/GYN, its a gift to me to make sure I’m ok and there’s never a problem getting an appointment.”
16. Play The Field
Liz Lentis from Little List recommended getting tickets to a sporting event for Valentine’s Day. Lentis said, “My husband’s favorite gifts that I’ve gotten him have been tickets to sporting events…it can be a somewhat unexpected gift (as I’m not a sporty girl) and then you have an event to look forward to together. Surprising him with tickets to his favorite team for Valentine’s Day (or even going to a local sporting event with the kids) could be a fun weekend activity (and you won’t have to deal with an overpriced prix-fixed menu). Ticketmaster has tickets for a variety of sporting events this February.
17. Get a Sugar High
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without sugar. Spoil that sweet tooth this year. Dana Prigge from Daily Fashionista opened my eyes to one of the most adorable and drool worthy desserts that I have ever seen. They are Sweetheart Macarons from Dana’s Bakery in New York City. Even though the shop isn’t located in New Jersey, you can have these tasty treats shipped to you or by the look of the macarons, I think it might be worth a day trip. Pink Raspberry, White Chocolate, Pistachio, Dark Chocolate and Orange, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Caramel…I think that says it all.
18. Share The Love (Literally!)
If you are thinking of renewing your vows (and sharing that special moment with strangers) then this is the event for you. Atlantic City will be staging this “love”ly event at the Absecon Lighthouse on February 11th. A non-demonational minister will create a group vow renewal ceremony in the Lightkeeper’s cottage. There will also be a DJ, champagne toast, and tower climb to celebrate the event.
19. Float Away
Step into a float tank and let your stress melt away. A float tank contains a solution of water and Epsom salts; calibrated to 98 degrees. The tank is very similar to the Dead Sea in that you will have buoyancy in the water. This environment is distraction free which creates a zero gravity relaxation experience. Float at Serene Dreams in Kearny or Float in Marlton or The Float Studio in Ocean.
20. Winter Wonderland
Enjoy the winter weather and get out on the slopes. Grab your skis or a tube and glide down a mountain in the snow. Ski down Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah. Snowshoe, cross country ski, skate ski, or try skijoring with your dog (all dogs must be on a leash) at High Point XC in Sussex. Or tube, snowboard, or ski at Mountain Creek in Vernon.
What will you enjoy with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day?
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