There's no shortage of romantic things to do in Dallas this Valentine's Day. In fact, with February being the low season, you might even find good deals at high-end restaurants and fancy hotels (after all, few things are more romantic than a spa day). For a bit of extra pizzazz, book you and your sweetheart on a chocolate tour or a hot air balloon flight over the North Texas plains.
Dallas by Chocolate Tour
Valentine's Day and chocolate have long gone hand in hand. Satisfy your honey's sweet tooth with a three-hour tour of Dallas's top chocolatiers (pastries and ice cream included). The Dallas by Chocolate Valentine's Day tour features four to five stops, chocolate history and trivia, and samples galore. You can even bring your own bottle of wine.
If you and your partner are more into carnitas and tequila than chocolate and wine, then book the Valentine's Tacos and Margaritas Tour instead. After three margaritas and four different taco stops, it may be the best Valentine's Day of your life.
Valentine's Day in the Sky
Impress your Valentine this year with a three-course dinner preceded by a sightseeing tour of Dallas by air. Delta Charlie's Bar & Grill offers its Dinner Flight package from Wednesday through Sunday and you can often find discounts on Groupon. First, couples enjoy a 30-minute private flight over Dallas' iconic skyline, and then they're treated to a delicious meal of filet mignon, tilapia, chicken, or pasta, topped off with a chocolate brownie sundae or cheesecake. Reservations are required, so book your flight well in advance (especially for Valentine's Day) online.
Valentine's Dinner at Top DFW Restaurants
DFW is home to a diverse and acclaimed culinary scene, so there are plenty of places to wine and dine your date on this romantic holiday. For gourmet Tex-Mex, Jalisco Norte serves up authentic Mexican dishes as well as delicious inventions from the chef. Other date night hot spots open for Valentine's Day 2021 include Rise No. 1, a whimsical French bistro specializing in delicate soufflés, and Terilli's for Italian fare in a charming rooftop setting.
Many restaurants in 2021 are also offering meals to pre-order and pick up, so you can enjoy a romantic dinner at home without relying on your own culinary skills.
The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
Want to get competitive with your Valentine? Or do something together that gives back to the community? You can do both at the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K in Fair Park. After the race, 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.
The 2021 race is taking place virtually on February 6, so you can sign up and get active even if you aren't in Dallas. After registering, you'll receive your hot cocoa packs in the mail so you can still finish the race with the signature treat.
A Romantic Hot Air Balloon Flight
Take the opportunity to cross something off the bucket list this Valentine's Day. Rohr Balloons specializes in sunrise and sunset balloon rides complete with champagne (perfect for an extraordinary date or even popping the question). Balloons depart from McKinney, which is about 30 miles outside of Dallas, and offer sweeping views of the North Texas scenery. A hot air balloon ride definitely falls on the extravagant end of Valentine's Day plans, but if you're willing to splurge on something special, there's nothing better.
Dine at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is open to the public, but the Valentine's Day dinner was canceled for 2021.
Elevate your Valentine's Day dinner by having it at an art museum with a plan that's almost two dates in one. Every year, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth celebrates the day of cupid with a romantic meal. The dinner takes place in Cafe Modern, and apart from enjoying the artwork, the lawn is also decorated with fairy lights to make it even more spectacular.
Keith & Margo's St. Valentine's Day Massacre
The Valentine's Day Murder Mystery Texas party was canceled for 2021.
The Valentine's Day-themed Murder Mystery Texas party has been a staple of the Dallas community since 1990. The party includes hors d'oeuvres and a three-course gourmet meal, not to mention lots of dancing in between weighing evidence and interrogating suspects. The event takes place at the Omni Dallas Park West Hotel, so whether you're in town visiting or a Dallas local, book a room at the hotel to up the romance factor.
Valentine's Day Haunted House
As of February 2021, the Moxley Manor Haunted House is closed until further notice.
No, Halloween isn't the only holiday for haunted houses. Bedford's Moxley Manor Haunted House is a year-round weekend attraction and on Valentine's Day, special haunts are in store. Moxley Manor has been serving up V-Day thrills since 2010 and it could certainly be the quirkiest way to celebrate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.