Great Ways to Spend Valentine's Day in St. Louis, Missouri.

04.02.2010 In: Travel destinations

Wondering what to do on Valentine's Day? Why not start a new Valentine's Day tradition this year? Here are some unique ways to enjoy the holiday with the one you love. For more traditional options, read my articles on St. Louis' Top Ten Romantic Restaurants or St. Louis' Best Places to Buy Chocolate.
Valentine's Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve
Enjoy the beautiful outdoors with your Valentine at the Shaw Nature Reserve in St. Louis County. The reserve is hosting a special evening hike for couples the night before Valentine's Day. Couples will also enjoy hot chocolate and delicious desserts by the fire. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Reservations can be made online.
February 13, 2010
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(636) 451-3512

An Evening at the Symphony
Spend an evening with your Valentine in beautiful Powell Hall listening to the St. Louis Symphony. This year, the symphony is performing Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture and other romantic music. Ticket prices start at $20.
February 12-14, 2010
314-534-1700

Untamed Hearts at the St. Louis Zoo
The Zoo may not be the first place you think of for romance, but that could soon change. The Zoo is offering a gourmet, four-course meal at the McDonnell Center. You'll feast on beef tenderloin, free range chicken, farm raised walleye or a vegetarian Napoleon. There's also wine or champagne and chocolate for dessert. The cost is $125 per couple (tax and gratuity included). For reservations call (314) 646-4857.
February 13 & 14, 2010
6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. seatings

Adopt a King Penguin for Your Valentine
If you can't make it to dinner at the St. Louis Zoo on Valentine's Day, you have another option. Show your Valentine how much you care by adopting a king penguin in their honor. For $40 dollars, the Zoo will send your sweetie a cuddly penguin stuffed animal, an adoption certificate and a one year membership as a Zoo Parent. Talk about true love!
Until February 14, 2010
(314) 646-4771

Dancing at Casa Loma
Dust off your dancing shoes, grab your partner and head over to the Casa Loma Ballroom for a Valentine's party. And even if you can't dance, it's still fun to listen to some great live music and watch those who really know how to groove to the beat.
February 14, 2010
8:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Jazz at the Bistro
Music lovers can spend Valentine's at one of St. Louis' premiere jazz clubs. Jazz at the Bistro welcomes Mardra and Reggie Thomas for a sweet and soulful evening of music. Jazz at the Bistro is located at 3536 Washington Avenue in Grand Center. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for adults.
February 12-14, 2010
8:30 p.m.

Sweethearts Dinner
Enjoy a candle-lit, four-course meal in a truly unique setting, the Thornhill Estate in Faust Park. The mansion and estate were the home of Missouri's second governor Frederick Bates and his family. Now, the mansion is open to the public for tours and special events. The cost of the Sweethearts Dinner is $65 per person. To make a reservation call (636) 532-7298.
February 13, 2010
5 p.m or 8 p.m. seatings

Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum at Brandt's Cafe
Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum is one of St. Louis' favorite musicians. He's performed with greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Nat "King" Cole. Come before the show and you can also have a romantic Valentine's dinner.
February 14, 2010
(314) 727-3663