Top 5: Unconventional Date Night Ideas

The biggest date night of the year is right around the corner, and the pressure is on to find something both romantic and unique.Here are five great ideas to get the lovey-dovey Valentine's Day vibes flowing!

1. Helicopter Tour

If you’re looking for a sky-high splurge, reserve a 45-minute helicopter tour of NYC. For $875 per couple, you’ll take in Manhattan’s iconic views from an unbeatable vantage point, flying directly over Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the Empire State Building and more. Follow this up with an intimate meal, and you’ll have created a Valentine’s Day to keep your love soaring for years to come!

2. Escape Room NYC

Those who believe love is a mystery just might find the answer as they puzzle their way out of one of the Escape the Room NYC challenges. For one hour, you and your companion or team will be locked into an enigmatic chamber with only your combined wits to unravel riddles, piece together puzzles and break yourselves out. With locations in both downtown and midtown Manhattan, Escape the Room is great for teams of up to 12, and a truly unique challenge for one or two couples.

3. Cooking Classes

Seeking a more "hands-on" approach to romance? Try one of the cooking classes at Sur la Table. You and your beloved can choose from an array of classes, from crafting decadent Valentine’s Day macarons to an indulgent and romantic three-course Italian meal. Parents and kids can even take part in making Valentine’s Day treats to share with the whole family. Classes start at $59 at the Columbus Circle area location, but book soon — Valentine's Day classes are filling up quickly.

4. Aerial Arts Classes

Get a swing out of love with hammock, trapeze or silk classes for beginners and acrobats of all levels at Aerial Arts NYC. For a drop-in rate of just $35, one-hour classes are guaranteed to make you feel like you’re walking on air — just like falling in love! And with the steak houses and wine bars of the Midtown East right outside the door, you'll be sure to find a romantic location to wrap up the evening.

5. A Night Away from Home

Is there anything more decadent than a hotel night away from home in your own city? "Book lovers never go to bed alone," or so says the pillow on the bed of Library Hotel’s Love Room, making it the perfect destination for an unforgettable Valentine's Day. The suite boasts a collection of books hand-picked by Dr. Ruth herself plus a private Madison Avenue terrace with sweeping views of midtown and the New York Public Library. Spring for room-service bubbly and chocolates and feel like you’re on vacation in your hometown!

Speaking of unconventional date nights, why not get outside and embrace the winter weather with your loved one? We have a great list of winter activities in and around NYC for you — happy dating!