Valentine's Day may feel like a greeting card holiday — and while some lovebirds are all over that, others find it to be completely barf worthy. If you fit into that second category, consider that a little creativity can make the holiday an occasion to bond with a partner or potential love in a meaningful, experiential, and completely nontraditional way. Think outside that box of chocolates and you'll discover fun ways to have an adventure together and make some real memories — which, studies show, can lead to both a deeper bond and better sex!
1. New York: Standup paddleboarding
SUP stands for stand up paddle boarding and is a lot more fun when done with a partner. It's a little too cold to get in the waters in New York City right now, but Manhattan Kayak is offering a challenging indoor workout on V-Day that will get all levels ready to roll in the spring. Nothing like a fun and athletic goal to bring you together. You could also make like Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry and try it naked for a truly, er, erotic bonding experience.
2. San Francisco: Natural Aphrodisiac Tour
San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers is hosting an Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics event on February 14. You can stroll through galleries of international plant species said to help you set it off in the bedroom. The liberal pours of Muscardini Cellars wine and nibbles of Dandelion craft chocolate won't hurt the mood, either.
3. U.K.: Tandem Bungee Jumping
Hang onto your honey for dear life via a tandem bungee jump at one of nine Virgin Experience Days locations throughout romantic cities in England and Scotland. It may help you decide if you want to be hitched for life.
4. London: Speed Hating
No, we didn't say speed dating. If you're single and hate Valentine's Day along with a whole lot of other things, consider London's Down With Dating, a refreshing twist where you can meet eligible bachelors and bachelorettes while talking about things in the universe that you loathe instead of what you're looking for in a mate. Now that's romance... for subversive types.
5. Los Angeles: Skyslide
Make a reservation for the Skyslide at OUE Skyspace L.A. on the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower and you'll be able to experience the rush of what it's like to be 1,000 feet above Los Angeles. While you can't ride the slide on the same magic carpet, it will be a bonding experience that you'll never forget. Before you say, "Nope," watch Jet Set's official test run.
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