Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Forget the chocolates, and go see the city with your date. Whether you’re a couple of adventure-seekers of if you both love the arts, here are five date night ideas for lovebirds in Houston.

1. Cook Together at Urban Chef

Where: Greenway Commons
3651 Weslayan St #204
Turn up the heat on Valentine’s Day, to the stove, that is, and take a cooking class together at Houston’s Urban Chef. Guests can hone their chef skills and choose from a variety of hands-on cooking classes. Urban Chef offers Date Night classes such as “Steak with Lobster Risotto” and “Steakhouse Dinner for Two” on Valentine’s Day. There are also additional Date Night cooking classes after the holiday, if you can’t make it on February 14, including a sushi-making class. Visit the Urban Chef website for the full schedule of cooking classes.

2. Visit the Renzi House

Where: 1406 Kirby Dr
Located in River Oaks, Renzi is a romantic spot for a Valentine’s rendezvous. This 1950s converted mansion is now an art gallery, featuring works from the 17th to 19th centuries, including decor and antiques. Guests can experience the Rienzi house and the art collection inside during the evening hours without the distractions of daily visitors, which makes for a romantic date night. Private tours are available from Wednesday through Friday. For more information about Renzi, including tour information visit MFA.org.

3. Enjoy the Houston Symphony

Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St #102
Cozy up to your date and listen to the sounds of the Houston Symphony this Valentine’s Day. Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is among the oldest performing arts centers in the country. While there are no scheduled performances for the holiday, couples can enjoy a show at a later date, or during the weekend. For performance dates and shows check out the Houston Symphony website.

4. Let Your Heart Soar at iFLY

Where: 9540 Katy Fwy
Thrill-seekers, this date idea is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to skydive, but haven’t mustered up the courage to catapult yourself from a plane, you won’t want to miss Valentine’s Day at iFLY. The indoor skydiving company is offering a Valentine’s Day special for couples who want to kick up their heart rate and float through the air. With the “Spread Your Wings for Two” package, visitors can get $20 off their visit. Take a look at the iFLY website for pricing details and promo codes.

5. Cruise Along Buffalo Bayou

Where: 1019 Commerce Street
Pack a picnic, bottle of wine or champagne, and take a boat cruise with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. The 1 ½ hour boat tour spans through Downtown Houston along the historic Buffalo Bayou, passing by Allen’s Landing, Sabine Park, McKee Street Bridge and Sesquicentennial Park. Want to make it a double date? The boat can accommodate up to 21 passengers. Find out how to reserve the boat online at BuffaloBayou.org.

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