Guide to Valentine's Day in Kansas City: Events, Shopping, Things to Do

The Scout statue and Kansas City panorama at sunrise
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If you're planning a trip with your sweetheart to Kansas City, Missouri, for Valentine's Day, it's one of the most romantic places you can spend the holiday in the Midwest. Known as the City of Fountains, there are over 200 fountains scattered across town that mix in with the Spanish-style architecture, lending a romantic backdrop to all of your ventures. From some of the best restaurants in the region to date activities that don't cost a dime, Kansas City offers all kinds of date ideas that range from traditional to unique.

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Share a Dinner at a Romantic Restaurant

Piropos restaurant

Piropos

When it comes to romantic dates, taking your sweetheart out for a candlelit dinner at one of the city's top restaurants is certainly one of the best ways to celebrate your love. Kansas City boasts an impressive food scene and is home to some of the most celebrated restaurants in the Midwest, so you're sure to find somewhere delicious to spend your holiday.

From quaint French Bistros like Le Fou Frog on the edge of downtown's River Market to the old world charm of Italian-style Jasper's, you're sure to uncover a great spot to take your partner. Piropos, an Argentinean restaurant overlooking the city in Briarcliff Village, is serving up a four-course special Valentine's Day meal on February 14, 2021.

For the 2021 holiday, many restaurants are also offering meals to pre-order and pick up, so you can enjoy your romantic meal at home without having to cook.

02 of 07

Go Relax at a Day Spa

Green Leaf Massage & Day Spa

Green Leaf Massage & Day Spa

Show the one you love how you really feel this Valentine's Day, treat them to a relaxing day at the spa with everything from massages, manicures, and pedicures to make-up applications, facials, and everything in-between.

Among the top locations to visit with a loved one are Green Leaf Massage + Day Spa, Spa on Penn, and Spalation, all of which offer couples' massages. The Spa at Briarcliff also has a romance package add-on that includes champagne, desserts, and a soak in a private jacuzzi. Many Kansas City salons and day spas offer special Valentine's Day packages, so be sure to check out their websites and social media channels for more information on holiday rates.

Alternatively, you may want to head out to an all-inclusive resort where you can unwind in a private suite after a full day of relaxation at the spa. The Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs offer a couples' package with massages, manicures, pedicures, European facials, and a bath ritual.

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Spend Some Time at a Romantic Hotel

Chateau Avalon

Chateau Avalon

Nothing defines a romantic weekend quite like a private suite at one of Kansas City's best hotels, many of which offer Valentine's Day packages to sweep your sweetie off their feet.

Chateau Avalon is right across the border in Kansas City, Kansas, and is a one-of-a-kind theme-room based hotel that offers everything from candlelit baths with chocolate-covered strawberries to a spa package add-on, making for a perfect Valentine's getaway destination. The Raphael Hotel romance package includes desserts and wine, an engraved photo frame, a bath and body basket, and more.

04 of 07

Buy Some Gifts at Local Chocolate Shops

Christopher Elbow Chocolates from Kansas City

Christopher Elbow Chocolates

From decadent chocolates and truffles to mouth-watering morsels and diet-busting goodies, these top chocolatiers have one thing in common: they're all from Kansas City. Take delight in visiting one of these purveyors of fine chocolates in the Kansas City metro area and take a box of their goodies home, but beware, you might find yourself eating the last one sooner than you think.

One of the best boutiques in the city, Christopher Elbow Chocolates in downtown, features delectable treats one might mistake for works of art. Combining unusual flavors and elegant designs, the famed chef who started the shop is often on-site preparing new treats for guests to try.

Other great options in Kansas City include Bizz and Weezy Confections, André's Confiserie Suisse, and Russell Stover Chocolates, a national brand based in Kansas City that's been creating tasty treats since the early 1920s.

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05 of 07

Buy Some Beautiful Flowers at a Shop or Mall

Orchids at City Market, Kansas City

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From lovely bouquets to simple assortments, the locally-sourced floral arrangements found in the shopping districts and malls of Kansas City make for unique and artistic gifts for that special someone on Valentine's Day.

Consider stopping by The Country Club Plaza, one of the top shopping malls in the area, which is always decorated in bright reds and pinks in honor of the love-filled holiday. Or when the weather is particularly dreary, try Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas, one of the largest indoor shopping centers in the city.

Alternatively, you can also support local establishments in person, like The Fiddly Fig Florist, Steve's Floral Shop, or Toblers Flowers. If you aren't confident in your taste, you can even bring your date and let them pick out their own arrangement.

06 of 07

Save Money With Free Excursions

Stockyards Brewing Company Sign

Stockyards Brewing Company

 

Many people associate Valentine's Day with expensive flower arrangements and elegant restaurants, but the holiday doesn't have to break your bank. Kansas City offers plenty of free things to do, making it easy to enjoy some of the best parts of the city without spending a dime.

If the weather clears up for a mid-winter sunny day, enjoy an outdoor picnic at the Berkley Riverfront or Loose Park. When the weather doesn't cooperate, head to the beautifully designed Nelson-Atkins Museum, which is always free to the public.

Kansas City has a flourishing craft beer scene, and many of the local breweries offer free tours of their factories. The most famous brewery in the city is Boulevard Brewing, but try out some others including Stockyards and Torn Label. Even though the tour is free, don't leave your wallet at home since you'll more likely than not want to imbibe afterward.

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The Anti-Valentine's Day Event

The Anti-Valentine's Day Party is canceled in 2021.

Teens can stop by an Anti-Valentine's Day Party at West Wyandotte Library in Kansas City, Kansas, for games, video games, crafts, and to mingle with new friends. It's the perfect way to shuck the sentimental aspects of the day while still using February 14 as an excuse to celebrate.

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