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9 active Valentine’s Day ideas

Lifestyle — Posted 10/02/15

There's more than one way to get your heart racing on Valentine’s Day. Here are our top ideas for a romantic date, active style.

1. Hiking

Stretch out those legs and get invigorated in the great outdoors – hiking is the perfect blend of relaxing and romantic (think peace and quiet, lush natural scenery and breathtaking views) and physically active (think calves, glutes, quads and cardio.) Check out our list of some of the best hiking trails around Australia for some ideas, or explore your state's national parks website.

2. Ice skating

There's something very nostalgic about ice skating, which makes it perfect for a fun and unique date. You pretty much HAVE to hold hands, and besides, it's a nice way to cool down while the summer temperature soars outside. Hit up your local rink (like Melbourne's Medibank Icehouse) and glide around the ice while cheesy love songs play.

3. Dancing

Your options here are limitless. Whether you want to try a salsa class, dip into some ballroom, get moving to some local music or even just dance around your living room together, dancing is a fun mix of intimate, active and romantic.

4. Bike riding

Get on your bikes and go for a scenic ride together. The rhythm of your legs pedalling can be almost meditative, and the feeling of being out in the sunshine and fresh air is invigorating. You could also use it as an opportunity to go somewhere you haven't been before – stop for a nice lunch, wander around a new place, and rest those legs before riding home.

5. Swimming

It's pretty convenient for us Australians that Valentine’s Day is in summer. What's more romantic and refreshing than going for a dip in the bay? Day or night, head down to the beach, feast on some gourmet fish and chips (and maybe a glass of pinot or two…) and cool off in the water. You learn your partner's true colours when they won't stop splashing you and dunking you under the waves.

6. Rock climbing

Head to your local rock climbing centre and get your blood pumping as you set yourselves a challenge together. Rock climbing is fun and rewarding ­– and given that trust and support for one another are essential parts of the experience, it's not a bad thing to share with your partner.

7. Canoeing or kayaking

Work those arms and remember – it's all about teamwork! Getting out on the river is a great way to spend an afternoon together, and you can combine it with a delicious picnic lunch by the water.

8. Trying something new

What's that one active adventure you've always wanted to try? Jet skiing? Parasailing? Stand-up paddle boarding? Now could be the perfect opportunity to give it a go ­– or to surprise your partner with that thing they’re always talking about wanting to do one day. Check our your local tourism website – that's often a good place to find what day tours and adventure companies are on offer near you.

9. Moonlit walk on the beach...

But seriously, walking on the beach is nice.

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