Arts & Culture

Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Five ways to spend a special day with your loved one.

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Jan 13, 2022

Even a lowkey celebration can be made special with the right itinerary. Use this guide – our curated picks for how to spend Valentine's Day in Dallas – to help make sure your plus one still feels the love.


An Evening in the AT&T Discovery District

Make your way Downtown to explore the AT&T Discovery District, its eye-catching features and the restaurants that call it home.

Enjoy food and cocktails as you explore The Exchange Hall. This innovative culinary experience lets you grab and go or sit down and enjoy 16 different dining choices and two full-service bars.

Then make memories and snap a few selfies inside The Globe, an interactive light and sound experience featuring 300,000 LEDs and a mirrored surface.


An Adventure in West Dallas

Get some fresh air and enjoy the sites of West Dallas. While there are some tried and true activities to enjoy in Trinity Groves, take advantage of your Valentine's Day outing to explore some hidden gems in the neighborhoods.

Begin your adventure with a trip to Fabrication Yard. The free and legal graffiti park is open to all artists and anyone who wants to admire it. As a bonus, you'll probably meet some creatives there doing their thing while you visit!

Go axe throwing at Lone Star Axe. Sign up for a time slot (one-hour and two-hour windows are available) for the best experience.


Grab a slice of southern tradition at the Cake Bar. And don't worry if you're in a hurry. The bakery has a cake ATM outside!


An East Dallas Sunset

Nowhere in Dallas does the outdoors like East Dallas, so if you're looking to spend Valentine's Day outside, this is one of the best places to be.

Catch the sunset at White Rock Lake. If you have your pups in tow, the bridge near the dog park is ideal (just be mindful of cyclists), or you can set up a blanket or chairs at historic Winfrey Point

If you're into last-minute gifts, invite your V-Day companion to peruse through new and used records at Good Records and let them pick something they like.

Then grab a bite at Smoky Rose. Sharing a plate of barbeque on the garden lawn is a great way to end the evening.  


A Margarita or Two


Did you know Dallas is the official home of the frozen margarita? Get a taste of some of Dallas' best Tex Mex and margaritas with a relaxing margarita crawl through Uptown. 

Start with queso at Las Palmas and indulge in their signature Spicy Margarita featuring Tanteo Habanero Tequila.

Then hop on the MATA trolley and head south toward Downtown. Get off at St. Paul & Woodall Rodgers and check out what's happening at Mi Cocina in Klyde Warren Park.

When you're ready for dessert, walk over to Taqueria La Ventana. The patio-only restaurant has delicious margaritas at a great price and even better churros!


Window Shopping in Knox/Henderson

There are plenty of window shopping options in the Knox/Henderson area. Local boutiques are mixed in with designer storefronts and big-name brands throughout the neighborhoods.

Check out Stag Provisions, Forty Five Ten, Grange Hall and Froggie's 5 and 10 before venturing east across Highway 75 for even more shopping options.

Then make your way to Georgie for dinner. It's celebrity chef Curtis Stone's first restaurant outside of Los Angeles, and the butcher cuts are the stars of the show. 

Wrap up the window shopping with a glance at the stunning interiors and even more impressive rooftop of Restoration Hardware