Five Ways to Date Outside the Box This Valentine’s Day

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This Valentine’s Day, jettison the ordinary for a special day with your sweetie

Dinner and a movie? No thanks. If you’re looking to do something different with your special someone, here’s our pick of date ideas to add to your calendar.

AXE THROWING

Tap into your inner lumberjack and throw a dang axe at a wall! If you’re like most people, you’ve never thrown an axe before—an axe master will walk you through the basics. (And the more the merrier!) Order a round of beer—or mead—for the whole gang. Game of Axes, 12550 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach; 561/617-0120; gameofaxes.com

TAKE A COOKING CLASS

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Looking to give your dinner menu some pizazz? Sign up for a class at Sur La Table, from classic Italian dishes to American comfort food, seasonal favorites and desserts. You might just find your new go-to recipe. Afterward, hop over to your favorite bar in Mizner Park for a nightcap. Sur La Table Mizner Park, 438 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561/953-7638; surlatable.com

BOWLING

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This may have been your date of choice in middle school, and that’s exactly the point. Whether you’re known for bowling strike after strike or throwing gutter balls like it’s your job, enjoy the friendly competition over a beer and corn dog nuggets—all without the supervision of a parent this time around. Strikes@Boca, 21046 Commercial Trail, Boca Raton; 561/368-2177; strikesbocaraton.com

BLACKSMITHING

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The most fun things to do as a couple include ones you’ve both never done before, so hear us out. Once a month, The Guild hosts forging nights for couples to create items like bottle openers, heart key chains and other keepsakes that’ll store the memories of the evening in your own home. The Guild, 205 N.W. 16th St., Pompano Beach; 954/998-3473; guildfl.com

CATCH LIVE MUSIC

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Voltaire in its early days

At Voltaire, nix the big arenas and explore new music from acts in your own neighborhood. Discover local bands in digs inspired by a speakeasy while imbibing drinks from the bar and sushi from a pop-up in the back. 526 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/408-5603; sub-culture.org/voltaire

WATCH THE SUN RISE

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Set your alarm, pack a towel and head over to the beach with your sweetie at dawn. Heck, fill a tumbler with mimosas while you’re at it. It doesn’t get more romantic than that. South Beach Park, 400 N. A1A, Boca Raton; 561/393-7810

This story is from the February 2020 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.