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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we decided that now is as good a time as any for a date night post. Below are some date ideas for your preferred price point.

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Nothing quite beats the simplicity of a picnic. You can choose to incorporate your own flare to this classic date idea. Picnic in the car after a drive. Check out a botanical garden and unpack your basket there. Lay a blanket out on the floor of your living room and enjoy your loved one’s company and maybe a movie at home. With all these variations and total freedom of what to pack in the basket, this is one of my personal favorite ideas.

Looking to go somewhere without sending a bunch, check out Pike Place Market in Seattle or simply your local farmers market. With so many cool things to see, it’s a great place to buy fresh flowers or quality ingredients. Let the date continue with cooking a meal together for dinner.

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Visit an arcade. Dave and Buster’s or Round One in Southcenter Mall have all sorts of fun games and prizes. OK, so if you are anything like me, you might not win any “cool” prizes. Then again, I think the memories of laughing and playing games together are pretty rewarding. That being said, we both know that the real prize worth wining is your sweetie’s heart.

Looking for a fun adventure and a great view of downtown Seattle? The Sky View Observatory has affordable tickets with keepsake photos, virtual tour guide, and café waiting for you at the top.

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Sometimes the hardest thing about date night can be deciding where to go to eat, especially when you and your date want two different cuisine types. My suggestion? Travel to Bellevue Tower and discover the Lincoln South Food Hall. With six different brands in one location, you and your date (and double date persons) can each have their pick of high-quality food. And for an additional fun idea, head upstairs and cross the skybridge to Lincoln North to find a movie theater. Compromise on a movie but hold your ground when it comes to the important stuff, the food!

This idea is one of my top picks; call it a date day and spend time together taking a ferry over to Bainbridge. Engage with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with a long stroll at BainbridgeBlondel reserve. Re-centering on the things and people that are important helps us all to breath a little deeper.

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With tourism in its off season, now is the perfect time to check out the fun things to do in Seattle’s backyard. With the CityPass, you and your babe get access to 5 of Seattle’s favorite destinations with one ticket. Visit the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, and receive an Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour. Then, choose between a visit to the Museum of Pop Culture or the Woodland Park Zoo, and Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center. The pass is good for 9 days so no rush; this will be a series of dates you and your darling will certainly cherish.

The Seattle area is home to some many talented thespians, there is sure to be a theater local to you putting on something you and your significant other would enjoy. Do a little research, check out our Upcoming Events in Seattle and Beyond and discover what musicals, plays, ballets, operas and other happenings are scheduled. Have fun with it! Get dressed up and go out to eat or check out one of the other happenings and make it a date.

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Sometimes the most fun you can have is when you push yourself (or others) outside their comfort zone. Build your relationship and your confidence with Woodenville’s Adventura Aerial Adventure Park. This is “a physical environment where individual climbers encounter obstacles that challenge their ability to climb, jump, grab, haul, walk, swing, and balance themselves while at heights of up to 50 feet above ground.”  With reservations filling up quick, it’s best to plan at least two weeks in advance, then let the anticipation build as you look forward to this adventure together.

Take your love to new heights with dinner at Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi. This restaurant has it all: great food, helpful service and heavenly ambiance. Oh, and don’t forget the view! Located on the 31st floor of the Lincoln South Tower, the floor to ceiling windows and 365-degree view of the landscape and city makes this the place to see and be seen. Ascend’s reservations for Valentine’s Day are already booked up but consider this place for your next special occasion (or a pre/post Valentine’s Day celebration). Whether you visit for lunch, dinner or BENTO & BUBBLES, their drinks and dessert are just as wonderful as the view.