We all know how busy life gets, and with a never-ending to-do list, it can be difficult to prioritize social events. With holidays like Valentine’s Day, it can be particularly challenging to find new and creative ways to celebrate with your loved one.
Have no fear, because here in Rochester, we have lots of great ways to make the month of love a memorable, fun, no-stress adventure with your special someone. Whether you sample a cooking class, go out for an art night, or spend time outdoors, there are plenty of activities in Rochester that can make the perfect date night.
Spark Your Creativity
We are fortunate to have several local art studios and creative spaces in the Rochester area, and they are great places to go for a unique date night.
If you are a fan of painting but don’t feel confident with a brush, consider checking out Painting with A Twist, a studio in Greece that offers guided classes. With step-by-step instructions, you and your date will create a beautiful painting in just a few hours. If it fits your fancy and you are at least 21 years old, you may also bring your own wine or beer. Painting with a Twist already has several date night classes, so be sure to register at paintingwithatwist.com.
Another great option for a couple’s art night is at Flower City Arts Center in the Upper Monroe neighborhood. With a large selection of classes to choose from, this location is great for date night throughout the year. Register at flowercityarts.org for more information.
Rochester is also home to the Arc + Flame Center, which offers creative opportunities for those who are interested in a truly hands-on experience. “Couples can have a unique date night experience at Arc + Flame, creating keepsake objects in our welding, smithing, and glass shops,” says Executive Director, Michael Krupnicki. The best part is that you and your date will create something durable and beautiful together to keep as a memory. Visit rocafc.com to plan your date night.
Try something new together! To–quite–literally be swept off your feet, discover fun at Aerial Arts of Rochester. This center offers classes in aerial silks, trapeze, pole dancing classes, bungee, and more!Check out Aerial Arts’ Burr-lesque Festival with local vendors and workshops available to explore with your loved one. For more information, visit aerialartsrochester.com.
Of course, a great date night may include delicious food, so the two of you could take a cooking class at the New York Kitchen in Canandaigua! They’re hosting a Valentine’s Date Night on Thursday, February 15th, from 6-8 pm, where you can make a delicious meal paired with a complementary glass of regional wine. Visit nykitchen.com to start planning.
Finally, nothing says romance like starlight. On February 14th, attend the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Valentine’s Dinner Under the Stars in the Strasenburgh Planetarium. Spend an intimate evening in the Star Theater while enjoying a three-course meal, with dessert and wine service. Do you think your love is written in the stars? Try your luck and discover the perfect evening together. Visitrmsc.org for more information.
A Date to Remember
While Valentine’s Day is just a single day, the memories you make with your loved one will last for years to come. Time spent together is time well spent, and here in Rochester, there are so many wonderful ways to honor and commemorate your relationship. This year step out of your comfort zone and try something new.