These Toronto Love Month Date Ideas Aren’t at a Restaurant

valentines date ideas

You already know every restaurant in town is getting ready to host couples of all kinds for their Valentine’s Day events and menus, and we LOVE a good dinner date; but that doesn’t mean you can’t change it up this year, too!

Over the past couple years we’ve had to get creative to say the least, and all the activities are back in full swing, whether you’re looking for something classy, something casual, and always something unique.

Check out our round-up of Valentine’s date ideas of all kinds, especially if you’re looking for something a little different this year!

Alter Toronto

Alter’s mission is to make hot and cold exposure a more approachable and consistent practice by creating an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming, and community-oriented and an experience that pays homage to this centuries-old modality.

Two for $75 Package: This package includes two shareable credits at a discounted rate and can be used toward any self-led drop-in or instructor-led class from February 1 to February 15. This package is available to both new guests and existing Alter members. 

Supportive Connections Class: Held on February 10 at 11:30am and February 14 at 8:00pm and taught by both of Alter’s Program Directors, Queenie and Jonathan Phair. This 60-minute class will focus on how guests can rely on each other for support in both the sauna and ice bath. You are encouraged to bring someone close to you (a significant other, good friend, relative, or new connection). Through breathwork, movement, and the hot and cold, you will experience how mutual support plays an essential role in challenging moments.

Where to find them: 860 College St, Toronto

SIX The Musical

SIX The Musical’s run in Toronto has officially been extended until March 31st at The Royal Alexandra Theatre and it makes the PERFECT gift, date idea, girls night out, mother-daughter date… really any reason to get out and have a great time.

SIX is a hit pop-rock musical about the six wives of Henry 8th done in the style of a concert. The costumes are bright and beautiful, the songs are oh-so catchy, and the performances… GAG-WORTHY! SIX won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award for Best Original Score and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

Where: The Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St W., Toronto

Trivia Escape Rooms

This super unique date idea blends the concepts of an escape room and trivia night into one. Impress your date with something creative that’s a great way to connect for a Valentine’s date they won’t forget!

Have some fun in 1 UP Escape: A Video Game Venture; explore familiar games including from Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Minecraft, Pac-man and Tetris. Or, impress the Swiftie in your life with a Taylor Swift-themed room at Trivia Escape Rooms!

Want to personalize the date to make it extra special? Trivia Escape Rooms can fuse personalized trivia questions from the booking date… for example, if you want to surprise your date with pictures, symbols, or even questions (wink wink) personalized just for you two, the team can make it happen!

Where to find them: 1615 Dupont St., Toronto

KANDL Valentine’s & Galentine’s Workshops

This February, share an unforgettable experience making candles with your special Valentine or besties!

At the Couple’s Candle Making Lab, sip bubbly while going through an experience for the senses with your Valentine. At Galentine’s Candle Making workshops (Tuesdays-Thursdays in February), you’ll go home with a free gift for you and your Galentine’s date(s) along with your fun workshop and take-home luxury candle.

Curious on how to make a candle at KANDL? Read our recap here!

Where: 88 Avenue Rd, Toronto

Three Sisters Indigenous Crafts Market ‘Galentine’s Day’

Celebrate romance of all kinds with your loved ones browsing some amazing vendors on Sunday February 11 at Cecil Community Centre. Put on by three women (kwe) who believe in buying Indigenous made not Indigenous inspired.

There will be over 16  Indigenous vendors, plus music and food to enjoy the afternoon (Noon-6pm). Bring the whole family, there will be a colouring table for the kids!
Kids colouring table.

Where: 58 Cecil St., Toronto

Love is Electric at K1 Speed Canada

All day on Valentine’s Day, K1 Speed is the spot to be for an adrenaline-pumping, competitive date that’s tons of fun! At both their Downsview Park and Mississauga locations, they’re offering this awesome package for a couple at $65/person:

  • Two-race package
  • Enjoy a personalized flatbread at the lounge in-between or after your races
  • Includes an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage each
  • Roses that they’ll be handing out all night!

Watch our recent date night at K1 Speed!

H2O Float Studio

Feel the love at the Distillery District’s H2O Float Spa! They want to make this Valentine’s the most relaxing & romantic yet with two brand new limited time experiences:

The Love is Kind Experience

Truly show your love for that special someone. Select from their float experiences and disconnect side-by-side in your private float cabin before showing how kind your love is for your partner. Then choose either two massages or a massage and a facial. Leave with their exclusive Valentines Cloud 10-pack to continue the celebration at home.

A Valentine’s Day Special – The Date Float Experience (Couples)

Relive your first date, or make your first experience together incredible. Float side-by-side in one of H2O Float Spa’s private float cabins. Pick from any of the float styles for a truly unique and magical experience. This package also includes locally-made chocolates, flowers and Epsom salts to continue the disconnection at home.

Browse all their services and floats here, they even have themed ones!

Where: 25 Mill St., Toronto

Sweet City Fest at Stackt Market

Sweet City Fest is a festival celebrating all things SWEET. Running from February 9-19 (happening through Valentine’s Day week!), expect shopping deals, themed vendor markets and workshops, live music nights, Valentine’s experiences, food and drink specials, and tons of family activities for the long weekend.

On Valentine’s Day (Wednesday February 14), there will be the Whiskey Bar Valentine’s Dining Experience, a Valentine’s Floral Workshop, a Valentine’s Day Singles Mixer, and Live Band Karaoke!

Where: Speakeasy Whiskey Bar @ STACKT

Love at the Toronto Zoo

Love knows no boundaries and in the natural world courtships come in all forms. Join the Toronto Zoo on both Tuesday February 13 and Wednesday February 14, 2024 for a charming and informative evening of food and fun as you learn about the diversity of companionship as well as the costs and benefits of raising young as observed in the animal kingdom.

The evening include passed Hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, and dessert; a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a cash bar for the remainder of the night; a visit from outreach animal guests before dinner; a special tour of the Reproductive Science Laboratories; exclusive access to the Wildlife Health Centre viewing gallery; After hours viewing of Greenhouse; Silent auction items and door prizes; plus One free admission pass per person to come back to enjoy the rest of the Toronto Zoo at a later date!

Third Place VDay Immersive Cocktail Making Experience

Whether you’re cozying up with your special someone, celebrating with friends, or embracing the single life, Third Place x Civil Liberties will be toasting love in all its forms this February 14th (7pm).

Whip up two love-inspired drinks with their cocktail cupid and dive into an interactive class perfect for lovers and friends! You’ll even go home with the recipes and keep the love flowing long after you’ve left.

Where:  Third Place, 875 Bloor St W

WinterViews at RendezViews

Ever dream of having a northern cabin with skating on a lake? RendezViews has something for you! WinterViews is part cozy cottage retreat, part winter wonderland with so much to enjoy. Open Wednesdays – Saturdays from 5:00PM meaning you can head there on February 14th for a Valentine’s Day date!

There’s FREE skating with a View of the CN Tower, private dining cabins with  fireside food and drinks where you can then head out for s’mores at your personal fire pit, and the Back Country Lodge has après skate snacks and seasonal beverages.

Where: RendezViews, 229 Richmond St W., Toronto

Life Drawing with Slow Night Art

Slow Night and Barbet invite non-artists, bad artists, and burnt out creatives for a relaxing and low-key Valentine’s Day. Let’s celebrate love in all its forms, whether it be romantic, platonic, self-love, or the love of art.

Join them at The Spaces at Geary House to celebrate the human figure with a life drawing session. The live model will be doing a variety of timed short poses and long poses. All materials provided complimentary, plus Barbet. Other light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Where: RendezViews, 229 Richmond St W., Toronto

This is only the beginning of Love Month and we have so much to share! Keep an eye out here and on @datenightyyz for everything new, classic, and romantic for February.

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