10 Unconventional Valentine's Day Date Ideas In St. Louis

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Candlelight dinner and roses not your style? This Valentine’s Day do something different. For those looking for a few unconventional date night ideas, St. Louis has plenty.

Image courtesy of Slick Rick.

Image courtesy of Slick Rick.

St. Louis Valentine’s Day Music Festival
Chaifetz Arena, Feb. 14
Guy, Bobby Brown, El Debarge, Dru Hill, SWV, Slick Rick, KC& JoJo and Doug E. Fresh all come together for a night of hip-hop, soul and R&B.

Chocolate Factory Tour
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company, Varying dates including Feb. 14
If your Valentine is a chocolate-lover, try a free tour at the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company’s chocolate factory. Public tours are offered Monday through Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Shaw Nature Reserve.

Photo courtesy of Shaw Nature Reserve.

Valentine’s Hike 
Shaw Nature Reserve, Feb. 12
Enjoy the great outdoors with your earthy Valentine at the Shaw Nature Reserve in St. Louis County. A special evening hike starts at 7pm, for couples just before Valentine’s Day. Couples will also enjoy hot chocolate and desserts after the hike. The cost is $29 a person.

Dancing at Casa Loma
Casa Loma Ballroom, Feb. 14
Surprise your sweetheart with a night of dancing at the Casa Loma Ballroom Valentine’s celebration. Get in the groove with Facts ‘O Life. The doors open at 7:30pm and admission is $10 a person.

Adopt a Rockhopper
St. Louis Zoo, Until Feb. 14
Are you in love with an animal-lover? Adopt a Rockhopper penguin in their honor. For $40, the St. Louis Zoo will send your loved one a plush penguin, an adoption certificate and a one-year membership as a Zoo Parent.

White Castle Romance
Various White Castle locations, Feb. 14
This Valentine’s Day local White Castle locations offer candlelight, romance and sliders. Yes, you heard that right. Table-side service and romantic decor will all be on the menu. Reservations are required.

Happily Ever Laughter: A Valentine’s Party
560 Music Center at Washington University, Feb. 14
Liz Callaway and Jason Graae present an evening of humor and music at Washington University. Tickets start at $20.

Photo courtesy of Bissinger's.

Photo courtesy of Bissinger’s.

Run for the Chocolate
Bissinger’s Historic Chocolate Factory, Feb. 14
Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier presents the third annual Run For The Chocolate event. The 5K run welcomes athletes of all ages to enter in their respective relationship status categories: bachelor, bachelorette, off-the-market men or women, happy couples, “cougar” or “manther” and for those who are against labels, It’s Complicated. The winners will receive an oversized Bissinger’s Chocolate Champagne Bottle and over 14 gift cards for Bissinger’s Chocolate. The Grand Prize will be a private VIP Tour of Bissinger’s new Historic Chocolate Factory where the start and finish of the race will be held.

Love Is In The Air
Touhill Performing Arts Center, Feb. 13-14
The Saint Louis Ballet performs to romantic melodies created with Valentine’s Day in mind. Dancers outfitted in evening dresses and tuxedos will sway on stage to familiar tunes like George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Valentines a la Flamenca and Belated Love Fest
The Sheldon Ballroom, Feb. 14-17
Live at the Sheldon Concert Ballroom in Midtown St. Louis, Flamenco music fills the hall on Valentine’s Day, while diners eat traditional Spanish cuisine. Then Feb. 16 and 17, the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis presents the Belated Love Fest, featuring the music of Brahms, Dvorak and Satie.

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