Make Valentine’s Day memorable with these date ideas

Britteny Urich, Opinion Editor

Love is in the air, or it will be soon because Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. The decadent chocolates are bought, the flowers are ordered and reservations for dinner are made. With so many options in San Diego, you may be struggling with what to do to make Valentine’s unforgettable. If you are celebrating with your sweetheart or friends here are 5 date ideas that will ensure it is one of a kind:

  1. Olivewood Garden’s Valentine’s Day Cooking Class- If you want to learn new delicious recipes to make with someone special, this may be the activity for you. Take a guided tour of the garden; enjoy cooking lessons from Chef Christina Ng, followed by a romantic picnic. The cost is $45, must be 18 and older. Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. and noon. For more information visit their website at
  1. The Dinner Detective – Who doesn’t enjoy a good murder mystery? Located in downtown San Diego this dinner show is sure to be a hit if you or your date enjoys solving crimes while eating dinner. This is an audience interactive show, and will leave you wondering if the person sitting next to you is a part of the audience or the killer. Tickets start out at $62.95, and this show will sell out quickly. To book tickets online visit their website at
  1. Pinot’s Palette Franchise in Liberty Station – This activity brings painting and drinking together in one date. No prior art experience necessary, just grab a glass of wine and have fun! Feb. 14 Pinot’s Palette will be offering two paint classes: 2-4 p.m. featuring the painting “Two Hearts on a Swing,” and 7-10 p.m. featuring “Save the Last Dance”. Classes are $29 per person. To book a class visit
  1. The Gondola Company San Diego: Sunset Valentino Cruise – This is the perfect cruise for couples looking to have an intimate gondola experience as your ride takes you through the Coronado Cays. This cruise offers guests a blanket, dessert and souvenir wine glasses. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages. The cost is $195 for two guests on Feb.14. Visit their website to book at
  1. Panorama Balloon Tours – This tour is a little pricey at $299 per person for Feb. 14, but will be sure to be memorable. Take a romantic balloon ride over Del Mar and watch the sun set beneath the ocean. The balloon ride includes hor d’ouevres and beverages. Approximate flight times are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. To book visit their website at

Valentine’s is the one day that is dedicated to showing someone special how much they matter. Picking any of these fun date ideas will set the tone to make that day extra special.