21 inexpensive date ideas that are perfect for Valentine's Day

Do you have your Valentine's Day plans all set?

If you're feeling the pressure to organize the perfect night for Valentine's Day -- flowers, an expensive dinner, lavish gifts -- we're here to tell you that there are a ton of great date ideas that don't cost an arm and a leg.

From a brewery tour to mini golfing to food festivals, a perfect date doesn't need a massive price tag. Scroll through the gallery below for 21 dates ideas that cost less than long stem roses and a steak dinner. 

Fun and inexpensive date ideas
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Fun and inexpensive date ideas

Have a picnic

Head outside (or to your living room), lay out a big blanket and snack on your favorite sandwiches, cheeses and fruits.

Go bowling

Head to your local bowling alley for some good old fashioned fun.

Go to a comedy show

Laughter improves every date and a lively atmosphere makes for a memorable one (we love this for a first date idea too)!

Visit a dog park

Bring your own pup or play with the other furry friends at the dog park.

Play games at an arcade

From skee-ball to air hockey, there are tons of fun games to try together at an arcade.

Go to an aquarium

Take a trip to your nearest aquarium (or zoo!) and feel like a kid again.

Go on a bakery crawl

Spend your afternoon stopping by all of the local bakeries in your area and trying out their signature desserts.

Go dancing

Whether you sign up for a dance class or just stop by your local bar that has a great dance floor, shake up a regular date.

Take a swing at mini golf

This classic activity makes for a great way to spend an hour or two -- also another great first date idea!

Bike around town

Rent bikes and ride along your local main street or downtown area for a fun and scenic experience.

Go to a museum or gallery

Pretend to shop for fine art or go and see your favorite artist's best work at a museum.

Head to a concert

Support your local musicians by grabbing two cheap tickets to their latest gig at a bar or community center.

Cook dinner together

Instead of going out for a pricey meal, whip up your favorite dinner at home together.

Visit a food festival

Try a taste of different cuisines all day long at your local food truck or food fest.

Go to a wine tasting

Visit your favorite wine store and get the 411 on the best red and white wines that they have to offer.

Go to a matinee movie

Head to the movie theater at an off time for cheaper tickets and better seats!

Try roller skating

For a real TBT activity, find a roller rink in your area and skate around!

Take an art class

Let your inner artist shine at a painting, photography or pottery class. 

Go on a brewery tour 

Taste test and go behind the scenes at your local brewery to see your how your favorite beers are made.

Grab drinks on a rooftop

Whether at a hotel or rooftop restaurant, take in the view and some drinks.

Go to the amusement park

If the fair or carnival is in town, snack on funnel cake and ride the ferris wheel!


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