Valentine’s Day 2020. It’s always a bittersweet time of year, as your anxiety about planning something impressive for your significant other mixes with the romance of the day itself.

Nowadays there’s extra pressure, as no doubt your partner will see incredible Valentine’s Day date ideas all over their Instagram feed. The great news is that you don’t need a yacht, private jet or overseas trip to make his or her day. A little creativity goes a long way!

At Hip, we’ve put together some creative, romantic ideas in New York City and New Jersey to make sure you’re the hero or heroine come Valentine’s Day 2020.

Stay Inside

It’s cold outside! First, let’s explore some ideas that involve staying indoors – prepare the hot chocolate!

An Old School Movie Night

Nothing says romance than an old school classic. Grab the popcorn, bring a blanket, open a bottle of wine. This is Valentine’s Day like your parents did it. Ok, maybe that’s not something you want to be thinking about. What is for sure is that it’s an instant winner.

Our favorite movies for Valentine’s Day? Casablanca, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing, Romeo and Juliet, and You’ve Got Mail. 

Date Night In A Box

This is a great fallback option. Why not take advantage of modern technology, and order your date night to your door? Date Night In A Box, for example, offers super creative ideas including interactive activities, accessories, snacks and mixers, recipes and more!

Gaming Date Night

Get those competitive juices flowing, or play on the same team. Either way, it’s super fun with some entertaining online gaming. Check out Miniclip.com for tons of options. Try different games until you find your favorite. Whether you let your partner win is up to you!

Cook together

Cooking together is so romantic. Either look up some fun recipes online or use a service like Global Grub which delivers kits with global cooking experiences ready for you two to make. It’s time to try creating sushi, mochi ice cream or craft gourmet ravioli from scratch.

Venture Out

How’s about some fresh romantic air? Step out with some of these fantastic ideas for the more adventurous!

Picnic in the park

Let’s start with a classic. Now before you shout “Boring!”, remember that a few smart touches can turn an ordinary picnic into a super romantic one. A cheese board, his or her favorite wine, a surprise dessert, a blanket and a hot water bottle – even a stargazing app for when gentle darkness descends!

Go on a micro road trip

Everyone loves a road trip. Open Google maps, choose a town under two hours away and make a date of it. Agree that you’re going to have fun, no matter what. See if you can unearth some antique treasures or at the very least sample some local food, drink, and entertainment.

Take a class

Taking a class together is a phenomenal bonding experience. There are classes for everything, from pottery to poetry and everything in between. Try the Valentine’s Day Paint Night, or if you’re looking for something more active, how’s about Valentine’s Day Hike and Craft?

Attend an event

Attending an event together is always a lot of fun, and creates memories the two of you will have for a long time to come. We found some super interesting events happening in and around New York this year. While we don’t endorse or have anything to do with these events, we think they look like a lot of fun!

Try these romantic bars

A great way to cap off your Valentine’s Day 2020 experience is with a visit to a romantic bar. Try these super-romantic options in the City:

  • Lois in East Village
  • Angel’s Share in East Village
  • Bathtub Gin in Chelsea
  • Manhattan Cricket Club – Upper West Side
  • The iconic PDT

Get There With Hip

The last thing you want to stress about on Valentine’s day is getting to and from your date. With Hip, you have a reliable partner that ensures you get wherever it is you need to be stress-free, just like we’ve done for thousands of commuters already.

Download the Hip app, and you’ll be able to book rides, set pickup and drop-off points, see real-time ETAs, reserve a seat, and have one less thing to worry about come February 14th.