Next Friday, spouses and casual daters alike will head out for a special, heart-studded date night. Unfortunately for those planning to dine out this Valentine’s Day, you’ll be joining more than 50 percent of the American population.

Imagine if you were vying for a table or room at the bar with half of the residents of your home city, all at once at your favorite local digs. That doesn’t leave a lot of breathing room, not to mention space to connect with your partner and celebrate your love for one another or maybe create that first spark of affection with a new flame.

If you’re sick of the same old crowds and waitlists, why not plan something special this holiday? Keep reading to learn a few Valentine’s Day date ideas that will beat a dinner out every time.

1. Stroll an Art Gallery

If you still want to dress up and enjoy a special day out, why not spend this holiday strolling arm in arm with your loved one in one of Springdale’s art galleries? 

From the stunning landscape photography of David J. West in his namesake gallery to the collection of sculptures, pottery, paintings, jewelry, and more, produced by more than 40 artists and on display at LaFave Gallery, you’ll find no shortage of things to see and places to shop in the area. 

You can even commemorate your special date by bringing home your own piece of locally produced artwork or jewelry. Studies have found that 4 out of every 5 women want to receive a gift for Valentine’s Day. These unique gifts will definitely last longer than that bouquet of roses! 

2. Go for a Breakfast Date

Giving up on a night out doesn’t have to mean skipping meals this Valentine’s Day. If you have your heart set on enjoying a meal with that special someone, you can always opt for a breakfast or lunch date instead.

Restaurants will be less busy, your bill will be lower, and you can create a fun new tradition that might just stick year after year. Springdale has several breakfast options to choose from. Dig into an oversized breakfast burrito or Southwestern classic like Huevos Rancheros at Oscar’s Cafe. For lighter fare or a cup of Joe to re-energize you after a visit to Zion, head to Cafe Soleil or Perks at Zion.

3. Hit the Trails

No list of Springdale attractions would be complete without the city’s crowning jewel; Zion National Park. For a Valentine’s Day date that’s truly unique, head to the park for some hiking. Besides being fun and inexpensive, hiking with your spouse or significant other is a great way to enjoy health benefits like a boost of energy and better moods.

4. Pack a Picnic

Heading into Zion for a day-time date doesn’t have to mean skipping out on that special holiday meal. In fact, with the natural beauty of the national park surrounding you, why leave it behind to head to a restaurant?

Instead, pack a picnic and enjoy it at an overlook or even on a trail. Your picnic doesn’t need to be elaborate; even some simple trail snacks can make for a meal that your special someone certainly won’t forget!

5. Enjoy a Thrilling Adventure

If you’re really looking to impress your date, but want something a little different than that candle-lit dinner, opt for an adventure instead. Heart-pumping, adrenaline-packed activities like Jeep tours, off-road ATV trips, or even helicopter rides are certain to impress. Hit the red rock cliffs and dirt roads of Southern Utah on four wheels. Or, take to the air for a bird’s eye view.

Not only are these adventures fun in the moment, but they are also guaranteed to create a memory that both of you aren’t soon to forget

Planning a Valentine’s Day Date That Isn’t Dinner Out

Whether you want to avoid the crowds and lines of Valentine’s Day, you’re too late to score that reservation you were hoping for, or you just want something unique, there is no shortage of alternative date ideas to be found in and around Springdale. From exciting helicopter or Jeep tours to relaxing strolls through art galleries to a hike and a picnic lunch, there’s something for every taste and style.

Need some help planning the perfect date? Stop by the Springdale Visitor Center to chat with their friendly, knowledgable staff. They’ll be more than happy to help you find just the right activity to share with that special someone this holiday. Want to make Valentine’s Day even more special? Plan a last-minute weekend getaway with a stay at Cliffrose Lodge or your own private suite at Watchman Villas.