Valentine’s Day 2021 is right around the corner! While it, along with everything else that has happened this past year, is bound to look different than the last, that doesn’t mean there aren’t fun ways to celebrate.
To make your Valentine’s Day the best ever, we rounded up a few Omaha date ideas, from some at-home fun to socially distanced activities throughout the city. Read on to craft your perfect at-home evening itinerary. And of course, always wear a facial covering and stay at least 6 feet from other people if you do go out.
Enjoy breakfast in bed
Is there anything more romantic than candles? We didn’t think so! While buying and lighting a candle will definitely add a romantic flair to any evening, making one yourself is so much more fun. Luckily, local candle destination, Wax Buffalo, has started selling Pour-Your-Own Candle Kits, giving you the chance to choose your scent and jars and then melt them down together at home. Kits start at $46 and come with enough supplies to make two Wax Buffalo candles. You can also purchase other signature Wax Buffalo melting gear like pitchers, hot plates and even refill kits so you don’t have to repurchase jars every time! Click here to explore all of their current offerings.
Watch a Valentine’s Day movie
If you don’t want to head to the movies for an actual dinner and movie date this year, you can recreate it at home with some local takeout and a Netflix account! If you’d rather keep your movie watching local, you can stream a new film virtually from Film Streams. Currently, they are offering a wide range of recently released independent films that are perfect for watching with your significant other this Valentine’s Day! They have even been offering curbside concessions, so you can stop by and pick up a massive bag of real movie theater popcorn, drinks and other snacks for your complete at-home date.
Take a virtual class
If you and your loved one have already gone through your Netflix queue several times and run out of board games to play, it may be time for a new hobby! Luckily, local Omaha businesses have put together online classes that will make picking up a new pastime as easy as pie. Bread baking, photography, yoga—you name it, you can learn it and support a local business at the same time. Click here for our full guide to picking up a new quarantine hobby in Omaha this year!
Go to a show—virtually
Concert venues might be closed for a while, but that doesn’t mean you and your sweetheart can’t go to a concert together! Many musicians are starting to stream performances from Justin Bieber to Dave Matthews. You can find out about upcoming virtual concerts through this handy, constantly updated guide from Billboard. If you wanted to keep it local, the Omaha Symphony is giving you the chance to listen to their performances online via KVNO or archival recordings. Click here to learn more!
Have you ever wanted to dine in an igloo? Even if it was never on your mind before, it should be now! The Capitol District has set up several socially distanced orbs that look a little like igloos, snow globes and other wintery imagery. You and your partner can book one for two hours for $100 on Valentine’s Day. The Capitol District will also have blankets, board games, small televisions and pillows for check out to add a level of coziness. You’re also encouraged to pick up takeout from one of The Capitol District’s restaurants to enjoy in your igloo. Click here for all the information and to make your reservation.
Watch the sunset
We may be biased, but we think that the Heartland has some of the prettiest sunsets in the world. Even if you don’t do anything else for Valentine’s Day this year, we recommend at least going outside for a short walk to see the sunset over Omaha with your sweetheart. Some of our favorite places to watch the sun go down include the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Memorial Park, Kenefick Park, and the Lewis and Clark Scenic Overlook in Council Bluffs.
Escape to a wintery lodge
Nebraska is packed full of cozy cottages, cabins and lodges that are perfect romantic destinations this time of year. In fact, we have an entire list of our favorites! Many of these nearby spots—which include inns in Nebraska City and Lincoln—have increased cleaning, implemented social distancing measures and are closely following CDC recommendations. That means you can have peace of mind while booking a mini staycation for yourself and your loved one.
Take a romantic stroll at Lauritzen Gardens
There’s always something beautiful and romantic to witness at the Lauritzen Gardens! The space is an urban oasis, allowing visitors to explore hundreds of unique plant species right in the heart of Omaha. You’ll find something incredible to look at, even during the winter months, in their massive conservatory, which is full of tropical plants and vibrant flowers. They are requiring advanced and timed tickets in light of COVID-19. You can purchase them on their website before you go.
Take a “trip” to Paris
Just because we aren’t supposed to travel right now, that doesn’t mean we can’t explore some of the best our planet has to offer this Valentine’s Day! Google Arts & Culture gives you the chance to virtually step inside world-class museums, walk around National Parks, explore an overseas destination and more. Has your partner always wanted to explore France? Tour the Louvre, the Eiffel Tour, Versailles and so much more! Their dream European vacation is just a click away.
For a relaxing Valentine’s Day activity, head over to Spielbound, where you can grab a cup of coffee and spend the day playing one of their 2,400 board games! At this eclectic cafe, you can play anything from the tried-and-true Monopoly to the new classic, Ticket to Ride. You can get a membership to their game library or pay $5 for a one-day pass—with the proceeds going towards acquiring unique games from all around the world. To keep you safe during the pandemic, they require masks to be worn at all times when not eating or drinking and have maximized distance between tables. Click here for a full list of current COVID-19 policies.
Winter is the perfect time of year for a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Market with Magical Journey’s. For the full effect, bundle up and venture out on a snowy evening! You can make a reservation online, but walk-ups are always welcome when the mood strikes. Drivers will be wearing a mask for your protection and while face coverings aren’t required to ride, they are heavily recommended.
Get curbside cocktails from a local restaurant or bar
One of our favorite date night activities in Omaha is heading to a local cocktail bar and soaking up great drinks and atmosphere. While bars and restaurants are open with some restrictions, if you’d rather stay at home this Valentine’s Day, why not grab a few cocktails to–go? Many Omaha area bars are now offering drinks and drink kits for takeout—from Mason Jar Old Fashioneds to Mimosa Kits.
Tiny House, a bar in Little Bohemia, now has a drive-thru so you can stop by and pick up some cocktails to–go. The Berry and Rye has been selling bottled versions of their iconic cocktails. And Culprit Cafe and Bakery is now selling Culprit Cocktails like pineapple daiquiris, Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and more in to-go bottles.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
What are you planning on doing this year with your significant other? Let us know in the comments below!