We may not be known as the city of love, but we are the Paris of the Midwest and Detroit is definitely for lovebirds!
Detroit has plenty of delicious restaurants and bars for a romantic night out, but if you’re looking for some more unique Valentine’s Day date ideas check out these options:
The Meridian Winter Blast is back just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Couples can enjoy a day of fun and excitement with ice skating, snow-shoeing, a zipline the length of a football field, the signature 200 ft. snow slide and so much more!
If you get hungry, stop into the Taste of Detroit tent on Monroe St. for dishes from some of Detroit’s favorite restaurants like Hudson Café, Slow’s to Go, La Dolce Vita, El Barzon and more! For dessert, you and your sweetie pie can warm up by roasting marshmallows outside of the Hard Rock Café!
Admission to the Winter Blast is three canned food items, one children’s book or $2. All donations are shared with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, who is raising money for those who have been affected by the water crisis.
The Detroit Film Theater and the Detroit Institute of Arts
If you and your sweetheart appreciate the arts, then a day at the museum is the perfect Valentine’s Day for you!
The Detroit Film Theater (located behind the Detroit Institute of Arts) is in the middle of one of their most popular programs of the year, the Academy Award- Nominated Short Films. Valentine’s Day is the last day for the program! So get your tickets now!
After you check out the Oscar-nominated shorts, you can talk about your favorites while you stroll the halls of the DIA. According to the DIA’s website, their “collection is among the top six in the United States.” With over 100 galleries and art dating back to prehistoric times as well as contemporary pieces from the 21st century, you’re sure to find something you love.
For dinner, try one of the delicious restaurants within walking distance from the museum!
Wasabi is a sushi restaurant located inside of the Park Shelton, just next door. They have a wide array of sushi and other Japanese and Korean entrees as well as an extensive drink menu.
Also located in the Park Shelton is Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails, a seasonal American dining restaurant. Their menu is dictated by what’s in season as they try to purchase from local farmers. They’re not usually open on Sundays but they will be for Valentine’s Day, so make your reservation now!
Cold Heart Festival and Dinner in Southwest
For the sixth year in a row, the Clark Park Coalition will host their annual Valentine’s Day benefit, Cold Hearted.
For $10, guests can ice skate in Clark Park’s NHL-sized outdoor hockey rink from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The fee covers the cost of skate rentals and hot drinks to keep you warm. All proceeds will benefit the Clark Park Coalition.
After you’ve worked up an appetite with all that ice skating, head over to one of the newest members of Southwest Detroit’s culinary scene, Flowers of Vietnam. Every Sunday night, they’re transforming Vernor Coney Island into a Vietnamese pop-up. They may be the new kids on the block, but they’re making a big name for themselves.
West Village Business Tour
West Village is one of the city’s most up and coming neighborhoods. Its historic homes have a quaint charm and make walking though the neighborhood feel like something out of a movie, with businesses popping up left and right. You can definitely spend a whole afternoon in the neighborhood.
Start by picking up some Valentine’s Day essentials: sweets, wine and flowers.
Sister Pie is a corner bakery serving classic treats with new flavor profiles, like their peanut butter paprika cookies. Might sound a little out of left field, but the girls at Sister Pie never lead you astray.
Next, pop into Parker Street Market and grab a bottle of wine from their extensive fine wine selection.
Finish your shopping trip at Goodness Gracious, a flower shop located on the corner of Van Dyke and Kercheval, and pick up your Valentine’s day bouquet!
Finish your date off with dinner at Craft Work and maybe a photo op in front of the Ouizi flower mural across the street.
These are just a few ideas to make this annual day of love something special, but the possibilities are endless. Let us know where you’re going to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in the comment section!