Sometimes, dinner and a movie just doesn’t cut it for Valentine’s Day with your lady or man. If you’re looking something different to add spark to the evening, look no further. Here’s our guide for the best outside-the-box Valentine’s Day dates in San Diego.
Skydive ... indoors
There’s something to be said for jumping out of a plane and the thrill that it brings. If you don’t quite have that kind of daring energy in you, but you want a rush, try indoor skydiving with your lover. iFly offers the experience of a “flight” without the jumping-out-of-a-plane part. It is open seven days a week, so whether you go on V-Day or another time, it’s sure to be a bonding experience between you and your significant other. Take part in their “Spread Your Wings for Two” deal - offering $20 off your flight - which brings it down to $130 for two people. To book, visit iflyworld.com. If you’re interested in seeing exactly what the flight is like, click here.
2385 Camino Del Rio North, Mission Valley.
Take a walk on the artsy side
Artistic type? Hit the museum and check out a special Valentine’s tour offering a romance-inspired showcase at the San Diego Museum of Art, featuring exhibits ranging from Greek mythology to India-based stories. Post-tour, enjoy dinner with views of art sculptures nearby at Panama 66. The dinner offers attendees a picnic basket for two filled with sandwiches, chocolate truffles, a cheese or vegan plate and a bottle of champagne, craft beer or wine. Tours take place every half-hour starting at 5:30 p.m., with the last tour at 7:30 p.m. The all-inclusive cost per couple is $110 for nonmembers, $95 for members. You can purchase tickets at sdmart.org.
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park.
Cheers to your Valentine on a private brewery tour
For couples who like to enjoy a fresh pint of beer and haven’t explored San Diego’s vast beer scene as much as they’d like to, we recommend hitting up a tour for the day of love. You can visit from two to six breweries in your very own private tour, with options to include meals along the way. The tours are available seven days a week and offer trips to over 10 local breweries, including Mikkeller Brewing San Diego, Mother Earth Brew Co., Societe Brewing Company, AleSmith Brewing Company and Ballast Point. For more information, visit brewerytoursofsandiego.com. To arrange a tour, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 961-7999.
Cook your own Valentine’s meal with the help of a chef
Instead of getting dressed up to go to a fancy, pricey Valentine’s dinner, get to cookin’ with your sweetheart. To make it different from a standard dinner at home, we like the idea of taking a class at Hipcooks San Diego. A private class is the best way to go, with a three-hour class, hands-on preparation of all your food (all ingredients are included) and then the chance to sit down and enjoy your creation afterward. You can choose your top three favorite menus online to ensure that you will get to cook a meal you enjoy, and customize your day and time. Schedules fill up, so we recommend getting on top of it as soon as possible. For more information or to set up a private class for you and your beau, visit sandiego.hipcooks.com.
4048 30th St., North Park.
Go laugh, hard.
What’s better than laughing with your loved one? Not much, in our opinion. Get to a comedy show at The American Comedy Co. for an unconventional, LOL-worthy night of fun. Doug Benson (film “Super High Me” and TV show “Last Comic Standing”) will take the stage for a special Valentine’s Day show as a part of his comedy tour, Doug Loves Movies. The show will start at 8 p.m. and tickets are $18 per person. For more information, visit americancomedyco.com.
818-B Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter.