Health | February 7th 2017

Our Favorite Unconventional Valentine’s Date Ideas

Here at HBFIT, we love that Valentine’s Day is all about getting dressed up and spending time with your loved ones, whether you’re single or in a relationship. It’s the day of love, and we want to make sure you’re spending it in the best way possible. We did some research on fun Valentine’s date ideas and can’t wait to show you our favorites for this year. Happy almost V-day!

Local NYC Options:


“Romance Under the Stars” at the American Museum of Natural History

If you want to skip the classic “dinner and drinks” night out this year, we recommend checking out this cool event at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. With an open bar of cocktails and champagne, plus hor do’ouvres and chocolate and a live jazz quartet, you’ll love this romantic night set under the stars at night. We even heard an astronomer comes to tell romantic love stories based on the mythologies of the cosmos!  

“Love Bites: Best Duets Ever” at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater

A night to the theater doesn’t have to include the hustle and bustle of a Broadway show. At Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on Astor Place, an annual duets show will take place, hosted by Cathy Cervenka and Corn Mo. Fun duets will sing classic love songs and celebrate Valentine’s Day tons with laughter and some great music.

“Your Love, Our Musical” at The Bell House

The Bell House is a Brooklyn classic, and we’re super excited about the musical that will be showing there this Valentine’s Day. The actors actually interview a real couple in the audience about their love story and then make an improvised musical about it! This show is unconventional, super fun, and the best part is that it’s based off a real relationship sitting right in the audience.


Any Location Options:


Homemade Brunch

If you’re not into going out on the town or you don’t live in NYC, homemade brunch is one of our favorite Valentine’s Day staples. Skip the hard-to-get reservations and the hectic restaurant rush, and instead, cook together for V-day! Make a set menu, buy ingredients together, and get cooking. Nothing says “I love you” like eating homemade blueberry paleo pancakes in your coziest pajamas.

Go on a Scenic Adventure

This option is another great, unconventional activity for those looking to avoid classic city plans. If you live near a hiking spot or nature preserve, take advantage of it and go for a romantic hike on Valentine’s Day. The weather isn’t exactly ideal for an active hike in New York, but if you live in a location where you can lace up your hiking boots and head to a local trail over the weekend, we’re totally jealous. Take advantage of the scenery and take in the beauty of nature as an active date.

Take a Culinary Class

Whether you’re the couple who orders in takeout every night or buys local ingredients and cooks fresh dinners together, taking a cooking class together is an amazing Valentine’s date. Whether you’re looking for a group setting to meet other couples or a more intimate, private class for the two of you, there are bound to be cooking classes offered in your area. Do some research on nearby options and book a class. You’ll have such a great time cooking together and enjoying the dish you both created.

Galentine’s Day Options:


Group Workout & Brunch

If you have the morning to spend with your girlfriends, there’s no combo we love more than the weekend morning workout and brunch. Gather your best friends and sign up for a spin or boxing class. After you sweat it out together, head to a nearby restaurant for a rewarding Galentine’s post-workout brunch. The best kind of group outtings include sweat and mimosas.

Wine & Cheese Girls’ Night In

Don’t underestimate a killer girls night in. With the right company, good wine, and a great romantic comedy, staying in with your girlfriends is a great way to spend Valentine’s day. We love the idea of doing a potluck wine and cheese night with your best friends to catch up and celebrate some quality girl time. Plus, bringing some chocolate along doesn’t hurt either.

HBFIT x Shaktibarre Galentine’s Day Event

If you haven’t signed up for our special Shaktibarre Galentine’s Day event, it’s not too late to get your tickets! We’ll be spending our V-day evening sweating it out in Brooklyn with an uplifting yoga class and meditation session, while celebrating each other and jamming out. The proceeds for the event will go to the ACLU to help with the fight for equality and love for all.