*UPDATED* We’re reposting this as this list has been updated with new ideas!
We’re four weeks away from Valentine’s Day, and if it’s a day you’re planning to celebrate with your special someone, it definitely pays to figure out what you’re doing sooner rather than later. I for one am interested in date nights beyond the normal dinner and a movie, so I browsed Goldstar and Groupon to see what discounts they have available for the Seattle area.
Seattle Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas
For this roundup, I included events for Valentine’s Day itself (Thursday, February 14th) as well as Friday and Saturday for those of you who like to wait until the weekend to celebrate. I also looked up the service fees associated with each ticket (if applicable) to give you an accurate representation of what you’ll actually pay. Enjoy!
Winery and Waterfall Bus Tour of Western Washington (Sheraton Hotel, Seattle): $56.75 with service fee ($98 value)
Thursday, 2/14 at 9:55 am; Friday, 2/15 at 9:55 am; Saturday, 2/16 at 9:55 am
If you have the whole day, why not take a winery tour? This is a scenic six-hour tour of two of Washington’s award-winning estate wineries. The bus will stop at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery as well as one other winery, most commonly Goose Ridge Winery, along with a stop at Boehm’s Chocolate Factory in Issaquah. Sights you’ll see include Evergreen Point floating bridge, the Cascade mountain foothills, horse ranches, flower farms, Snoqualmie Falls, and Lake Washington. (Note that tastings and lunch will be an additional cost.)
Ark Lodge Cinemas (Seattle): $21.50 for two movie tickets plus one small combo ($31 value)
Get that old-time movie theatre feel at this location which is housed in a beautiful historic building with a retro marquee. You can check the listings beforehand to see what’s currently playing. The combo you’ll get with this offer includes one small popcorn and one small drink.
Award-Winning Romantic Comedy: The Clean House (Kenmore Community Club): $16.50 with service fee ($25 value)
Thursday, 2/14 at 7:30 pm; Friday, 2/15 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2/16 at 7:30 pm
This is a play about three women who have different approaches to cleanliness and tidiness. When one woman’s husband falls in love with a terminally-ill patient, she turns to the women in her life to help sort out the mess. From Goldstar: “Blending whimsical humor with wisdom and compassion, this romantic comedy about love, sex, death proves that shared laughter can heal almost anything. Enjoy Sarah Ruhl’s award-winning celebration of solidarity at the Kenmore Community Club.”
Sky View Observatory (Columbia Center, Seattle): $33 for two standard admission tickets ($46.20 value)
Skip the Space Needle and enjoy some fantastic views! This is the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest – it offers views of the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains, and the Seattle skyline. As far as I can tell, the observatory is open on Valentine’s Day, but you’ll need to enter by 7 pm (and then it closes at 8 pm).
I Do! I Do! A Musical About Marriage (Village Theatre, Issaquah): $34.75 – $48.75 with service fee ($49 – $74 value)
Thursday, 2/14 at 7:30 pm; Friday, 2/15 at 8 pm; Saturday, 2/16 at 2 pm or 8 pm
I love a good musical! This two-person Broadway classic begins on the wedding day of Michael and Agnes and follows the perils and triumphs of marriage, children, arguments, and more over the course of fifty years.
Smith Tower Observatory (Seattle): $20 for admission for two ($40 value)
Another place to get a great view of the city! It has a 360° open-air deck that wraps around the tower’s 35th floor and grants panoramic views of the city’s modern downtown and Puget Sound. The building itself is worth exploring, as well! Ride up in a historic brass and copper Otis elevator – just be sure you’re there at least one hour before closing (it looks like they’re open until midnight). I’m not 100% sure the observatory will be open on Valentine’s Day, so you’ll want to check their website before heading out.
Frank Olivier’s Twisted Cabaret: Wickedly Funny Variety Show (Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater, Seattle): $12 – $25.25 with service fee ($20 – $40 value)
Thursday, 2/14 at 8 pm; Friday, 2/15 at 8 pm; Saturday, 2/16 at 8 pm
This isn’t a romantic show, but it does sound enjoyable! From Goldstar: “The stage is set for the big comedy varieté show, the theater is packed, the band is ready — but the tour bus with all the performers has broken down! Now Frank Olivier must pull off the show of his life and perform all sixteen twisted variety acts himself, aided only by Flynch, his loyal hunchback assistant. The Twisted Cabaret Orchestra accompanies as Olivier delights with juggling, mind reading, knife-throwing, magic, fire-eating and other unbelievable feats.”
Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Seattle Musical Theatre): $25.25 with service fee ($40 value)
Friday, 2/15 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2/16 at 2 pm or 7:30 pm
From Goldstar: “Based on Verdi’s beloved 19th century opera, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is a timeless story of forbidden love set on the banks of the Nile. Elton John and Tim Rice’s iconic styles manifest with eclectic reggae, gospel, Motown, African, Indian and Middle Eastern influences. Featuring a Tony- and Grammy award-winning score, Troy Wageman directs the talented local cast through rousing rock numbers and heart-wrenching ballads in this production at Seattle Musical Theatre.”
Rock of Ages: Smash ’80s Rock Musical (The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle): $34.75 with service fee ($41 value)
Thursday, 2/14 at 7:30 pm
From Goldstar: “We’re going back to a sexier time — The Reagan Era — where the party has been raging hard in Hollywood. There, at one of the Sunset Strip’s last legendary rock venues, the liquor flows freely, the Lycra is tight and the Aqua Net is in abundance. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and perspiring janitor) Drew longs to become the next David Lee Roth. But when he falls for a small-town girl, will the good times come to an end? One of the longest-running shows in recent Broadway history, the Tony-nominated Rock of Ages is jam-packed with eyebrow-scorching hits from Styx, Poison and many other monster bands of the ’80s. Get ready to rock out at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.”
Female Astronomer Fights to Be Seen in Silent Sky (Wade James Theatre, Edmonds): $7.50 – $18.25 with service fee ($28 value)
Thursday, 2/14 at 8 pm and Saturday, 2/16 at 8 pm
From Goldstar: “When Henrietta Leavitt starts working at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, her dreams of studying the stars are dashed when she finds that she won’t be allowed to touch a telescope and instead will be laboring with a group of other female “computers” to crunch numbers for a renowned male astronomer’s project. As Henrietta attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, balancing her passion for science with family obligations and the possibility of love. Silent Sky, the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, comes to the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds.”
Of course, if you do want to go to a movie, Goldstar can help with that, too. They offer AMC Yellow eTickets for $9.75 with service fee ($13.50 value), or Regal Cinemas eTickets for $10.25 with service fee ($16 value).
But What About Dinner?
Sure, this covers the entertainment portion of the night…but what about dinner? Here are some budget-friendly ideas:
- It can’t hurt to check Groupon for local restaurant deals, but be sure to read the fine print as sometimes Valentine’s Day is excluded.
- Try a Bluprint online cooking class and celebrate your flair for food by learning something new. Prices start at just $9.99, and you’ll have lifetime access.
- Browse Costco’s refrigerated section for an easy and delicious prepped meal.
- Of course, you can always just pick up a Papa Murphy’s heart-shaped pizza. 🙂
If you’ve been to any of these places, or if you have other unique Valentine’s Day date night ideas, I’d love to hear all about it. Leave a comment below!