Unique Valentine's Day Ideas 2018

A Box of Candy is Fine, But We've Got More Ideas in Store for You!

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Hey, lovers. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. Here are some unique Valentine's Day suggestions, because not everyone wants a dozen red roses or candy from the grocery store.

Happy Valentine's Day, DFW!

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    Dallas by Chocolate
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    This is a don't-miss activity for the chocolate enthusiasts in your life. Tour four chocolate-related venues (about 3 to 3 ½ hours per tour) on a very nice bus. Wine is also served while traveling between venues. Enjoy samples of chocolates, pastries, ice cream, and other delicious treats. Hear some fun facts about chocolate, learn how it is made, and play chocolate trivia for prizes.

    Check out the Decadent Valentine Dreams Chocolate Tour on February 14, 2018 starting at 1 p.m.:

    Indulge your chocolate passions as you bite into magnificent truffles with Latin flair from a master chocolatier, savor unusual dark chocolate treats from a very creative genius and swoon over old world temptations.  Simply a must-do tour for your favorite chocolate lover, and a great present to give your Valentine! Price includes transportation in a private motorcoach, a wide variety of  dessert samples, great beverages (you can also bring your own) and one of Dallas' foremost food tour guides. 

    Other Valentine-themed events include: 

    • Chocolate Temptations Tour
    • Chocolate in Your Heart Tour
    • Grapevine/Roanoke/Southlake Valentine's Chocolate Tour
    • "My Funny Valentine" Dinner and Comedy Show Tour
    • Winery, Chocolate, Pizza, and Jazz Tour
    • Tacos, Margaritas, and Valentines' Celebration Tour
    • Valentine's Champagne and Chocolate Tour
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    USA, Texas, Aerial photograph of the Dallas skyline at sunrise
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    Impress your Valentine this year and visit Delta Charlie’s Bar & Grill for its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner & Flight offering a three-course dinner and spectacular views of Dallas for $276 per couple. (You can often find discounts on sites like Groupon.)

    Couples will enjoy a 30-minute, private sightseeing flight with breathtaking views of Dallas’ iconic skyline. After touch down, a three-course dinner is served beginning with a caesar salad. Entrée selections include a grilled ribeye with Cabernet mushroom sauce; tilapia topped with mango pico de gallo; grilled chicken served on a bed of linguini with onion and garlic cream sauce; and tri-colored rotini vegetable pasta with zucchini, artichokes, squash, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Dessert choices include a chocolate brownie sundae or raspberry cheesecake.

    Dinner & Flight is offered Thursdays through Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required and must be made by phone. Please call 972-655-6665 to reserve a flight.

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    Rohr Balloons
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    We've all seen beautiful hot air balloons in flight over the Metroplex and maybe even have attended the annual hot air balloon festivals. But have you ever thought of taking a romantic ride in one? That would be an incredible Valentine's Day adventure.

    Rohr Balloons specializes in sunrise or sunset balloon rides complete with champagne. Want to pop the question? They can help you out with something extraordinary. It's safe (each balloon comes with an FAA commercial licensed pilot) and it's thrilling.

    For 2018, the cost starts at $249 (per person) for a group flight (2-10) in a larger balloon or $750 for a private flight (with the pilot). The latter includes champagne after the flight and photos.

    Balloons depart from McKinney. For more information or to schedule a balloon flight, contact Brian Rohr at 214-733-9915.

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    A wicked kind of love will be introduced at Moxley Manor’s Valentine’s Day Haunted House in Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas. The haunted attraction will be open for a night of fright for those of you looking for an alternate way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday.

    2018's event takes place at Moxley Manor (510 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX) on February 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prices are $23 a ticket or $35 for a fast-pass ticket. There is free paved parking and discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

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    There is a series of murders at a romantic Valentine’s Party. It's up to you to weigh the evidence, interrogate the suspects, match wits with the detective and solve the dastardly crimes. This fun evening includes hors d'oeuvres and a three-course gourmet meal, along with the show, plus the opportunity to shake that groove thing to the hits.

    The evening brings together the elements of an Improvisational Comedy Show, an intriguing Murder Mystery, a dining venue and bar, and a dance nightclub complete with disc jockey...giving the audience the unique ability to celebrate Valentine’s in a memorable and enjoyable fashion. It's a very realistic, live action, interactive murder mystery unlike any you've seen before.

    2018's event is February 10 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Omni Dallas Park West Hotel. Per person price is $119.97 (+ fees) for the show, a 3-course dinner, and passed hor d'oeuvres. Add a night at the hotel for $135 (+ fees).

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    The Dallas Zoo
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    Awwww. Here's something really unique. Greet your loved one with a g'day and the gift of a cuddly koala on Valentine's Day. The Dallas Zoo is the only place you'll find koalas in Texas and one of only ten zoos in the nation with these cute creatures. When you adopt a koala, your Valentine gets all of the parental pride without all the work. We'll handle the cleaning, feeding, and housing for the koalas. You'll receive the satisfaction of knowing that your gift helps support animal care at the Zoo.

    The cost for this Aussi-some gift is $50. Your valentine will receive a photo suitable for framing, a koala-themed card, an adoption certificate, and a plush koala. No charge if you pick it up at the zoo; shipping prices are additional cost.

    The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    Coco André
    Angela Patterson

    This list will help you can find everything from chocolate handcuffs to chocolate cigars. Seriously. Don't just make a quick stop by the local supermarket. Check out some of our favorite places around Dallas for gourmet chocolates. These are fancy, delicious and they show you spent the time to plan a great gift.

    One of these locations is the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. They have something for every chocolate-lover like gourmet truffles or something new like a Rocky Road Caramel Apple.

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    The Dallas Museum of Art
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    Hipster? Art enthusiast? Put on your chunky glasses and check out the extensive collection of art-related titles, the latest offerings and ideas in contemporary design, or just check out the really cool collectible treasures at the DMA. You'll find a wide variety of children's items, gifts, jewelry, textiles, and prints. The Museum Store is a valuable resource to nourish the art enthusiast in us all.

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    Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
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    Want to race your Valentine? On February 3rd, 2018, more than 10,000 runners and walkers will participate in America’s Sweetest Race, the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Fair Park.

    Join your fellow runners, walkers and chocolate-lovers for the most scrumptious post race party in the nation! Enjoy your finisher’s mug filled with chocolate fondue, dippable snacks, and hot chocolate, of course.

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    Give the gift that really does keep on giving this Valentine's Day. The Dallas Foundation’s Giving for Good card program is the first of its kind in North Texas. Much like a retail gift card, a Giving for Good card can be redeemed to benefit any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States, including schools, churches and synagogues. You can order a Giving for Good card and give the card to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, holiday, or a job well done. No more searching for the perfect gift, and the giver receives the tax deduction.

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    If you want to surprise your coworkers or your loved ones this Valentine's Day, check out these cute, personalized cookies from Amy's Cookies. Made-from-scratch, iced cookies can be personalized with almost anything imaginable. Whether you want to celebrate with coworkers or your sweetie, these sweet treats are sure to be a hit.

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    Pork belly gorditas
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    DFW is well-known for its fantastic dining scene. Treat your Valentine to a delicious meal prepared by some of the metroplex's greatest chefs. Did you know there are official "Iron Chefs" in DFW?

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    Some of DFW's fabulous restaurants are offering up special menus for Valentine's Day and the weekend prior to the big day. Treat your special someone to a night away.

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    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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    If your true love is into art, check out the Valentine's Day Dinner on February 14 at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth beginning at 5 p.m. Awaiting 2018 details.