Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and a typical dinner-and-a-movie just isn't going to cut it on the most romantic night of the year! Planning the dream date for your significant other might seem like a daunting task, but there are literally endless options in the Six for you to choose from. Here are 10 amazing ways to spend this Valentine's Day in Toronto:
Experience Canada's largest city like you've never seen it before! Heli Tours takes you and your special someone on a private, 15 km tour of downtown Toronto, starting from the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in the west part of the city and ends by flying over Bloor Street in the north side. They offer a reduced price for Valentine's Day at $235 per couple. If you want to be extra fancy, they also have a private twilight tour that takes off once the sun sets!
Toronto's world-renowned Second City theatre has been making people laugh for decades. Their latest sidesplitting spectacle, "Hooking Up with The Second City: Third Base" tackles heartbreak, missed connections, and the messiness of human relationships. You can expect big laughs in a relaxed setting as well as a few surprises since each of Second City's young actors are extremely skilled at improv. Tickets are affordable at just $20, and they even offer dinner and show packages starting at $57.
Tucked behind a tiny, pink convenience store, Mahjong is a stunning, secret bar on Dundas West that will definitely impress your significant other! This sprawling 2000-square foot hangout features retro decor, neon lights, and an insane cocktail menu. They also offer some delicious Chinese small plates making it the perfect lounge spot to grab a few drinks on Valentine's Day. A definite must-try!
Looking for a fun outdoor activity to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Strap on your skates and get ready to dance the night away at Harbourfront Centre's DJ Skate Nights. Every Saturday from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., a different DJ will take over the Natrel Rink, playing everything from hip-hop, disco, techno, Latin jams, and classics from the 80s and 90s. Admission is free! It's literally a party on ice.
If you want to try something a little bit different this Valentine's Day, then be sure to check out the Love at the Zoo event at the Toronto Zoo. For $95, you'll be treated to a romantic three-course dinner, special animal encounters, interactive presentations, and a tour of the zoo's Reproductive Labs (you can guess what goes on in there). Note: this is an adults-only event.
If watching animals mate is not your cup of tea, then head over to the Gladstone Hotel where you can enjoy a four-course meal in their elegant ballroom. The event is $85 per person and after the meal you can admire one of the hotel's contemporary art exhibitions-- or better yet, book a room! (And for all you single people, Gladstone is also hosting a Golden Girls Tribute Party that night too.)
What's Valentine's Day without chocolate? Tasty Tours offers a one of a kind three-course dining experience where every dish is infused with chocolate! It also comes with a high-quality, artisan chocolate tasting and a glass of bubbly. So if you or your partner has a sweet tooth, this event is a no-brainer!
If you're looking to spend Valentine's Day sipping some handcrafted cocktails and listening to live music, then look no further than Mrs. Robinson! Located in the heart of Little Italy, everything about this intimate restaurant-bar is retro: from the wall of old school vinyl records and stereo systems, to the funky glass light fixtures, to the music (whether it's a live band or a DJ, you can always expect to hear some throwback soul, funk, and rap). This hip hangout is a must try!
Why not take your special someone under the sea this year! This adults-only event includes a three-course dinner and a bottle of wine, access to the lounge with music and cocktails, and a complimentary photo-- all while in the middle of Canada’s largest indoor aquarium! Tickets start at $250 per couple.
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We can all use some more tranquility in our lives, and a spa is a surefire way to relax and recharge with your partner this Valentine's Day. There are so many great spas in and around the city! You can try out the traditional Turkish baths at Hammam Spa on King Street West, or visit the luxurious 30 000 square-foot Four Seasons Spa with 17 special treatment rooms and a mani and pedi station, or check out the steam rooms and private cabanas at the Stillwater Spa.
What are your plans for Valentine's Day this year?