Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’ve been dating for only a few weeks or are celebrating your 20-year anniversary, there is always a little bit of pressure to make this day memorable. Sure, the dinner-and-a-movie routine is nice, but we think you can do better than that. Omaha is a very romantic city, and offers a number of special, date-night experiences that are guaranteed to be memorable and bring a smile to your sweetheart’s face.
We decided to help you with your planning this year by gathering some of our favorite romantic experiences in the Omaha area to book for Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air!
Book a Stay at a Cozy Wintery Lodge
Photo courtesy of Westview Bed & Breakfast
Make Valentine’s Day truly special this year by booking a surprise weekend getaway for you and your sweetheart! Nebraska is home to a handful of charming romantic lodges, complete with pristine views, farm-to-table meals and cozy accommodations. There are even a few options right here in Omaha!
Embark on a Food and Beverage Tour
You’ve probably already experienced a few of Omaha’s best breweries or cocktail lounges for yourself, but Nebraska Tour Company allows you to see it in a new light! Choose between a dessert tour, a tequila tour, a brunch cocktail tour, a sushi tour, a vegan tour, and more — and taste your way through our city’s best establishments! Tours typically require a minimum of four people, so this is a great option for a double date.
You can also go on a self-guided brewery tour with our complete guide to the best craft breweries in Omaha!
Go Wine Tasting
Photo courtesy of Glacial Till Vineyards
To guarantee a fun and romantic day with your sweetheart, make plans to visit a nearby vineyard on Valentine’s Day weekend. You’ll be able to meander through the vines, learn about your favorite varietal, and sip on some high-quality, Nebraska-made wine. Many local vineyards even boast beautiful views of the surrounding area which make for a romantic backdrop. Here are the best vineyards near Omaha and Council Bluffs.
Take to the Skies on a Helicopter Tour
A helicopter tour allows you to see Omaha (and the surrounding area) from a new angle! Hop in a helicopter with your dearly beloved, and marvel at the breathtaking views that can only be found a few hundred feet in the air. Omaha Helicopter Tours offers a variety of customizable packages to make this experience truly memorable.
Go to a Concert
Omaha is quickly rising the charts as one of the best places to see live music — in fact, we’ve been named as one of the most underrated music cities in America. With historical roots in jazz and a prominent indie-rock presence, Omaha venues are constantly showcasing local and national acts alike. See what all the craze is about and experience a concert on Valentine’s Day, or gift your sweetheart tickets to their favorite act. Looking to support local? Here are 21 Omaha bands you should be listening to.
Eat Dinner at Lauritzen Gardens
Enjoy a romantic dinner in one of Omaha’s most beautiful locations! For one night only, the Lauritzen Gardens will host a grand, three-course dinner in the visitor and education center. All guests will receive a salad course, a choice of main course, dessert and one glass of wine for just $55. Make a day of it and explore the gardens before your reservation.
Call Merri at 402-346-4002 to book your spot.
Dine Out at A Steakhouse
You are probably familiar with Omaha’s glowing reputation for steaks, so why not indulge in this luxe (and delicious) tradition? Here are Omaha’s best steakhouses, all perfect for a romantic dinner with your loved one. Make sure to make a reservation!
See an American in Paris at the Orpheum Theater
An American in Paris is a Tony Award-winning production about an American soldier who falls in love with a mysterious French girl post-war. The music, the dancing and the colors truly bring the magic of Paris to life — and what’s more appropriate for Valentine’s Day? The production will be performed at Omaha’s famed Orpheum Theater on its first national tour from Tuesday, February 13 to Sunday, February 18. Don’t miss it!
Take a Cooking Class
Make your Valentine’s Day dinner more interactive by taking a romantic cooking class! There are several classes around the Omaha area that will guide you through the process of making a delicious meal together — from sushi and pasta to elaborate soups and brunch items. Check the cooking class calendar at Sur La Table to see what’s on the menu, or register for an interactive class at the Grey Plume.
Paint and Sip at Corky Canvas
Photo courtesy of C41 Photography via Corky Canvas
Corky Canvas allows you to paint something beautiful with your sweetheart while enjoying a fun night out. An instructor will guide you through a painting, but you are more than welcome to paint anything you wish — after all, wine and beer will be provided to get those creative juices flowing. To avoid creating two of the same thing, consider splitting the painting onto two canvases! You’ll enjoy the collaboration, and leave with something beautiful to hang on the wall.
Take your romance to a new level by booking a skydiving experience. Skydive Atlas offers tandem skydiving with a certified instructor, so all you have to do is have the bravery to sign up! This exhilarating experience is the perfect gift for adventurers — one that the two of you can look back on for years to come.
Race Around the Track at Joe’s Karting
Nothing is more romantic than a bit of friendly competition! Hit the tracks with your honey at Joe’s Karting, where you’ll be able to experience the speed and thrills of the area’s best race track. The course is indoor, so you’ll be able to race regardless of the weather. Whoever loses has to buy dinner!
Go See the Latest Film at Alamo Drafthouse
Photos courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
Everyone’s favorite dine-in movie theater is a great place to spend a romantic evening! On Valentine’s Day, you can attend a Princess Bride Movie Party, complete with memorable quotes, themed food and lots of laughs. Of course if Vizzini, the Man in Black, Fezzik and Inigo aren’t your chosen company for February 14th, there are plenty of other movies on the roster, including the highly anticipated 50 Shades Freed.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at these 20 winter date ideas in Omaha, or explore some of the area’s best date-night restaurants.