Valentine’s Day 2020 is right around the corner! Whether you’re planning to spend it alone, with a partner or even as a group, you’ll find plenty to do in the Omaha area—from atmospheric dinners to fun romantic events.
To make your Valentine’s Day the best ever, we rounded up a few Omaha date ideas, including some romantic experiences and interesting events. Read on to craft your perfect evening itinerary. Just don’t forget to make reservations and purchase tickets when you can as spots tend to fill up quickly!
For more Valentine’s Day date ideas, check out 11 of the Most Romantic Things to Do in the Omaha Area and 13 Romantic Experiences to Book for Valentine’s Day in the Omaha Area!
Snag a Reservation at a Romantic Restaurant
When you’re looking for a date night restaurant in the Omaha area, the hardest part is narrowing down the options. For ideas, check out 14 Romantic Restaurants in Omaha Perfect for Valentine’s Day and 11 Omaha Area Restaurants That Have the Best Ambiance.
Book a Stay at a Cozy Wintery Lodge
Photo courtesy of Comstock Premier Lodge
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!
Dinner and a movie is the classic date night experience. You can’t go wrong with a bucket of salty, buttered popcorn and a dimly lit room. But why not change it up a little and support a nonprofit while you’re at it? The Dundee Theater in Omaha is our town’s longest-surviving neighborhood cinema and while they only have two screens, you can still go see some of the most popular movies out today along with some smaller, independent films. Plus, every ticket sold goes to support Film Streams—a small nonprofit that helps enhance the cultural environment in Omaha.
Experience Old Market From the Comfort of a Horse-Drawn Carriage
Photo courtesy of Bobbi Anderson via Magical Journeys Carriage Service
While Old Market is magical from any vantage point, experiencing it from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage adds a level of grandeur and romance that you don’t want to miss out on. Magical Journeys Carriage Service offers carriage rides year-round (weather permitting). The horses themselves are friendly and well-loved, which you’ll notice when you peruse the photos of their happy cavalry on their website.
Sometimes the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with a relaxing and indulgent couples massage. Visit Downtown Omaha Massage to get a couples massage while all your troubles melt away. Afterward, you and your partner can delight in some complimentary tea and organic chocolate. You can even try their “Two Relaxing” treatment, where you can enjoy the sauna together, receive your choice of body wrap, and a massage of your choice.
Take an Omaha Food & 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 for a Wine Tasting
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 makes for a romantic backdrop. Here are the best vineyards near Omaha and Council Bluffs.
At Dolci, you can get flavored soft serve, seasonal hot drinks and authentic Italian desserts and pastries—the perfect end to a romantic night. Their shop’s pastries are prepared locally by expert bakers using only authentic family recipes and the freshest ingredients.
Special 2020 Valentine’s Day Events
Where: The Garden Gallery
When: February 6, 5:30-7 p.m.
Treat your significant other to a signature cocktail jam session! Learn how to make a before dinner amaretto aperitif and another after dinner boozy dessert. Get all the information about this fun Valentine’s Day class and purchase your tickets here.
Where: Upstream Brewing Company
When: February 9, 5-8 p.m.
Just because you’re single, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this romantic holiday! Join in the fun at this Valentine’s Day event for singles at Upstream Brewing Company. Their 8th annual Flirt Fest party will include specialty beer from the brewery, appetizers, activities and, of course, the chance to meet someone new!
Where: Hotel Deco
When: February 14, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Looking for a truly special treat this Valentine’s Day? How about tying the knot? Hotel Deco is hosting a pop-up wedding marathon event where you can get married, renew your vows or recommit your love for your partner. Enjoy a completely beautiful ceremony among Instagram-worthy backdrops and decorations along with an included bouquet, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne, a mini cake, photography and more for $950. And the best part? You don’t have to plan a thing!
Where: Lauritzen Gardens
When: February 14, 6-9 p.m.
Experience a magical night at this year’s Valentine’s Day dinner at Lauritzen Gardens! Surrounded by beautiful flowers and a cozy atmosphere, enjoy three delicious courses and one glass of wine for $60 per person. Click here to buy your tickets and to look over the extensive menu options.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
How are you planning on spending this romance-centered holiday? Let us know in the comments below!