In honor of my sweet Daddy, I’m taking YOU on a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt! Keep reading and see if YOUR city is featured as a city with some of the BEST Valentine’s Day Weekend date ideas.
“The first city, you’ll see, can be easily guessed
In 1843 it held the first tournament for chess!
Another fun fact, for this industrious city,
It hosts a home that is itty bitty
Just 9 feet wide, the smallest in town!
But let’s talk about this event going around.
It all began with a man named ‘Cornbread’
And many hate the messages it spreads.
But some find this to be a unique form of art,
And will even take a class to become a part!”
What on earth am I talking about? A graffiti class in New York City!
Dates can become boring and dull, so why not try something different than your typical art class? Graff Art will first take you on a two-hour tour of the incredible graffiti found all over New York City, then spend an hour teaching you how to create some graffiti of your own! You can learn how to tell your special someone that you love them in a more creative way than “I love you” written on a giant cookie. Although, giant cookies are always a win, so maybe you should end your date with that.
“Next we find ourselves in the Lone Star State,
Where people are friendly and walk with a gait.
The city we’re featuring is home of the Bears,
And the birthplace of Dr. Pepper… I promise! I swear!
Want to plan a date that last several days?
Where your emotions are taken through a touching maze?
Then this special event is the one just for you,
Spend your days eating popcorn and kicking off your shoes.
Then end your long weekend with a special treat,
The Magnolia way, is the best way to eat.”
I certainly hope “Magnolia” gave this secret away, but if not, this next lovely adventure will find you in Waco, Texas, where Chip and Joanna Gaines have created an empire they call Magnolia. However, that is not the date I have planned for you! The weekend after Valentine’s Day, you can spend your days watching films of all genres at the “Deep in the Heart Film Festival”! This is better than Netflix, folks, because these are films that you’ve never seen before! And, everyone needs a good reason to dress up and get out of the house instead of lounging on the couch in yoga pants. Check out Waco’s special film festival and plan your incredible Valentine’s date!
“Moving from one warm climate to the next,
To a land of beaches and buff guys who flex.
Restaurants frequently serve surf and turf
Next to water, the same color as Papa Smurf.
The ocean is calling, you want to jump in,
Change into your suite and go for a swim.
But just up ahead a sillouhette you see,
You quietly whisper, ‘I wish that were me!’.
So you call to your beau, ‘Honey, let’s try!’
You give it a whirl and then you FLY!”
Next up on this Valentine’s Weekend date adventure… San Diego! One of my favorite cities with gorgeous beaches and salty breezes, it is easy to find a lot to do here. You could spend your days visiting the San Diego Zoo, or the botanical gardens, or just sun bathing on the beach. However, why not try something you’ve never done before… like Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Paddle Planet is just 30 miles north of San Diego and offers Stand Up Paddling 101 for the newest of paddlers, every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 8 am. In just an hour and half, you’ll feel like you’ve been doing it for years! Once you become a pro, or just good enough that you don’t want to take any more classes, but not good enough that you want to buy your own paddle and board… you can always rent from Paddle Planet, as well! After you’ve completed that marvelous adventure, then fill your belly with some of the amazing seafood restaurants found all over the city! Take your person on a date like this, and you’ll be sending me some flowers to thank me for this amazing idea. Tulips please. And I prefer pink.
“Now, we visit a city dubbed happy and healthy!
They wear corn on their heads and artwork is wealthy.
This place is known for more than its charm,
It is also home to a number of farms!
This weekend, when you’re looking for something to do,
Remember this poem I’m sharing with you.
A place that will make your lady go giddy,
Is all about gardens and homes in the city.
Spend your whole weekend in this giant find-all,
You, your lady, and your wallet will have a big ball!”
I am talking about the city that is home to the Corn Huskers… the beautiful Sea of Red… Lincoln, Nebraska! The weekend before Valentine’s Day, (that is THIS weekend, friends!) you will find the Nebraska Builders Home and Garden Show! This three-day show allows you find many businesses under one roof to get all of your home and garden improvement questions answered. Although, that might be a few steps ahead of your relationship, so don’t get sweaty palms on me! This show also features cooking demonstrations and could be compared to the Ikea of the Midwest with all of the samples and show rooms set up! This is one place women could spend all day. But there is a lot for men to look at, too! This is definitely a date idea you won’t want to miss out on, because it only happens once a year!
“Last on our tour, but certainly not least,
Is the home of Walt, Jean Harlow and the Chiefs.
I might be biased when I declare it’s the best,
But I’ve never seen better, though I’ve traveled far west.
But in this final land, I call home,
Little guys in tuxedos still like to roam.
We’ve opened our hearts and our minds to many,
And if you’re from here, you might’ve pitched in a penny.
So take your date to visit the tux dudes and their friends!
And now this last poem has come to an end.”
Of course, I’m rounding off this Valentine’s Weekend Date tour with a stop right here in Kansas City – Home of the 2015 World Series Champs, the incredible Hallmark Cards, Russell Stover Chocolates, and even Walt Disney himself! (No, he wasn’t born here… but he grew up here, and that’s what really matters!) One of my absolute favorite places to visit in Kansas City, is the Kansas City Zoo! I’ve been visiting this zoo for over thirteen years, and it only continues to grow into a place that is not only wonderful for families, but great for dates as well! There are several restaurants, fun events, and other things to do during your visit. But the exciting thing happening on Saturday is the Penguin March! Penguins march from the back of their exhibit outside, for guests to see, and then back inside the building. You get to see king and Gentoo penguins right up close! But your date doesn’t have to end there! In the same park as the zoo, you find Starlight Theatre, where they are featuring a modern-day musical called “First Date”. Animals, dinner, and a show? It really doesn’t get better than that!
Thank you so much for joining me on this fun little scavenger hunt of sorts. I have a renewed appreciation for my dad and his silly rhymes because I was ready to give up after the second poem I wrote for you. (*Thanks, Dad! You’re the best!)
Want more information on any of these fun events? Open up your Ziyak app and search for any of the events I mentioned above! Think one event sounds spectacular but you’re like 937 miles away? Then open up Ziyak to see what other cool events are happening in your city or a city near you. There are so many adventurous and romantic date ideas, you really can’t go wrong. (Unless your date is allergic to peanuts and you take them to a peanut factory. Then, I’m not sure that person should’ve been your date in the first place.)
At Ziyak, we are excited to help connect people to cities all over the country. From finding the best places to eat, to exploring the best events in town, for the old in spirit and young at heart, Ziyak is for everyone.
Kendra is an Executive Assistant at Ziyak. She loves to share her humor and share her passions with anyone who will take the time to read what she writes.