Skip the Fancy Dinner on Valentine’s Day for These Other Fun Events

Oversized teddy bears are appearing everywhere, pink hearts are plastered all over walls and restaurants are reminding you to make reservations. It’s that time of year where the pressure to pull off that special fancy dinner might be overwhelming. Instead of celebrating with the same old routine, there are several alternatives you and your significant other can do in the Rio Grande Valley on Valentine’s Day.

Go to a Museum

Instead of waiting in line for a table or being stuck in a madhouse of a restaurant, opt for going to a museum instead. The International Museum of Art & Science has a Valentine’s Day celebration perfect for those wanting something different. Impress your significant other with the wonders of science and art this Sunday, February 14 from 1 PM to 5 PM at IMAS.

Create Something Together

Tired of repetitive gifts this Valentine’s Day? Why not make something together that will outlast those cheap chocolates? Painting with a Twist is having a Valentine’s Day class where couples can paint a Lover’s Tree Set. It’s not just the chance to create art with your significant other, you can also bring your own cocktails to unwind and get the party started. RSVP online at and ensure your day of fun this Sunday!

Nature Date

Here’s a perfect way to relieve the stress of trying to plan for a perfect dinner while still providing a romantic getaway to really know your significant other. Pack a blanket and lunch for a picnic at the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. The park is open daily from 7 AM to 10 PM. With its beautiful views, it’s a great way to make new memories with your valentine.


Riding on a Ferris wheel with your significant other while overlooking McAllen underneath the beautiful stars sounds romantic, right? Ditch the fancy dinner and have some churros as you try and win a prize for your significant other at the McAllen Convention Center Carnival! With lots of games to try and impress your date with, the Carnival is a perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day. The carnival is open on February 14 from 3 PM to 10 PM at the Mcallen Convention Center.

Thrill Seekers

For something a little more unconventional, Point Blank Sporting Goods and Gun Range can release your inner Bonnie and Clyde minus the bank robbing this Valentine’s Day. Have a friendly competition with your loved one by shooting targets or taking a shooting class. Point Blank is open this Valentine’s Day from 12 PM to 6:00 PM.

Maybe working together with your significant other by demolishing competition is more your style. Bring your friends and start a couples war at the Edinburg Paintball Battlegrounds. With four different fields to play on, this Valentine’s Day will be one to remember. Edinburg Paintball Battlegrounds is open this Valentine’s Day from 11 AM to 9 PM.

While the typical fancy dinner can place pressure on any couple to make a perfect Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of alternative options for couples wanting to do something different in the RGV.