If you’re like most Americans this year, you’re not really going to go all out for Valentine’s Day. Well, you are going to do something but you likely won’t be spending a ton more on Valentine’s Day gifts than you did last year.
At least that’s what the National Retail Federation is reporting for Valentine’s Day 2013. Last year American spent, on average, about $126 on gifts and Valentine’s Day date ideas. This year we likely to spend just a bit more–$130.
Even if spending is up, I wanted to suggest these 9 offbeat and cheap Valentine’s Day date ideas. Some are heavily discounted; others are totally free. All are completely affordable.
I pulled these ideas from the National Parks Service and my affiliate relationship with Goldstar, the discounted ticketing agency. I think somewhere within this list, you’ll find the perfect love-filled and frugal idea on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
- Take a moonlight tour of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
- Snorkel coral reefs in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John
- Sip hot chocolate while cozying up by a campfire in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio
- Share the sea breeze while you whale watch in Point Reyes National Seashore in California
- Indulge yourself and your senses with a spa treatment at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas
- Let a ranger guide you on a snowshoe hike in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
- Snuggle up on a wagon ride at Oxon Cove in Maryland
- Enjoy and evening of star gazing in Everglades National Park in Florida
- Get tickets to theater, music, sports, dance and more via Goldstar. In Philly where I live these deals include basketball and Broadway shows! When you click through this link to Goldstar, it will bring you to discounted events and Valentine’s Day date ideas in your own city.
Note: While many National Parks are free to access, some do charge admission so check first before planning your Valentine’s Day date ideas suggested above.