15 Unique Date Ideas For Couples Who Hate Valentine's Day

Red roses and teddy bears? PASS. Single people aren't the only ones who find the whole idea of Valentine's Day a little . . . frustrating. There's usually a whole lot of buildup, and often it doesn't quite live up to the high expectations people place on it. Don't get us wrong, for some couples, Valentine's Day is like Christmas all over again, so more power to the lovers of all things sweet, romantic, and rosy red! But if you and your significant other are looking for unique ways to celebrate the day and show your love for each other, read on for date ideas that are outside the heart-shaped box. Source: Instagram user adrena_ladies

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Go Camping
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Go Camping

Nothing says "sexy" like getting down and dirty in the great outdoors. You and your boyfriend or girlfriend can escape the hustle and bustle of cities bursting with overly cheery Valentine's Day celebrations by setting up camp in the wilderness. No heart-shaped balloons allowed . . . they may attract bears.

02
Have a Netflix Marathon
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Have a Netflix Marathon

Binge-watch Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Hannibal, or any other Netflix show that's heavy on the action, gore, and intense storylines. Rom-coms be damned!

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Stargaze in a Graveyard
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Stargaze in a Graveyard

Gaze together in wonder at the world above, but do it from the creepy confines of a graveyard. Plan a picnic complete with snacks and delicious drinks to sip on.

04
Go to Ikea
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Go to Ikea

Sit down for a romantic Ikea cafeteria meal of Swedish meatballs and mac and cheese, then stroll the streets within the walls of this hallowed establishment. Tread carefully, though — relationships have been known to meet their demise over arguments about which curtains go best with the new EKTORP sofa.

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Go on a Group Date
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Go on a Group Date

Bring along some of your best friends for a fun Valentine's Day double date, triple date, or group hang. The more, the merrier!

06
Sing Karaoke
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Sing Karaoke

Really get to know your significant other inside and out at a karaoke bar. So much can be surmised about them based on their song choice and delivery. Sometimes more than you ever wanted to know . . .

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Take a Self-Defense Class Together
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Take a Self-Defense Class Together

It's always a good idea to have some self-defense moves under your belt, so bring along your significant other to try out a class, and get schooled by a professional. After your defense date, you can take some of the moves back home to the bedroom.

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Run a Marathon
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Run a Marathon

Get hot and sweaty with your significant other on Valentine's Day. Pick a great cause and run a marathon in support of it, or just run for the hell of it! What did you think we meant when we said get hot and sweaty?

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Watch Scary Movies
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Watch Scary Movies

Nothing says romance like evil villains, blood, and gore, am I right? Cuddle up together on the couch and watch a marathon of terrifying movies, or get dressed up and fancy for a trip to the theater for a horrifying feature film.

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Meet the Parents
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Meet the Parents

If you want to really shirk all Valentine's Day traditions, then work on getting in good with your significant other's family instead of doing a traditional date night.

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Role-Play For the Day
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Role-Play For the Day

Get creative and make Valentine's Day one to remember with a role-playing game that spans from sunrise to sunset. You and your partner can pick your favorite characters and completely transform yourselves into who you want to be. Stay in character no matter where you go — even between the sheets.

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Volunteer
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Volunteer

Make a difference while spending quality time together. Instead of spending time and money on Valentine's Day gifts and romantic getaways, volunteer for your favorite cause and get to know each other's philanthropic sides.

13
Go Skydiving
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Go Skydiving

Free-falling from a plane and potentially plummeting to your untimely demise? Sounds like a date straight out of our favorite romantic comedy! OK, it actually sounds like a date out of a horror movie, but who better to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event like skydiving with than your true love?

14
Do Some Spring Cleaning
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Do Some Spring Cleaning

Bypass the V-Day bullsh*t and make yourselves useful on Feb. 14. Rally your significant other and get to work on organizing your home. And anyway, who says cleaning can't be sexy? Just throw the clothes you're wearing in with the ones you're washing and clean on!

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Go to a Game
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Go to a Game

Get rowdy with your significant other . . . at a sporting event. Spend Cupid's favorite holiday cheering on your favorite team and cramming your faces full of game-day treats. Score!