Valentine's Day Dates on a Denver Free Fun Budget

Telling someone you love them does not have to put you in debt.   With Valentine’s Day approaching, you can skip the expensive tokens that are eaten, die or are never worn and you can still show how much you care while still watching your budget with Denver Free Fun with these amazing date ideas!!!

Cuddle Up

Does your sweetheart love cuddling???  Schedule a time at the Rocky Mountain Wolf and Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to protecting wolves, down in Guffey, CO and spend some time snuggling up to these amazing creatures.  You will get a private tour and actually get to go into the pens and meet the residents.  This amazing opportunity is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. To schedule a tour, call 719-660-5480. 

Take a Hike 

Does nature call your honey’s name???  The weather has been fabulous, so plan a romantic hike at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wild Refuge.  You can take a nature class, volunteer some time or just escape on the 11 mile wildlife loop where you may spot deer, foxes, buffalo and more!!!  Plus there is the privacy to sneak in a few kisses too.  Or head to Red Rocks to take in the geological and musical history of Denver while enjoying stunning views of Denver.  You can take a guided tour of Red Rocks by calling 303-697-6910.

Fairytale Beginnings

Perhaps whisking them off to a castle would be the perfect fairy tale moment for your love???  Check out the Ice Castles in Dillon, CO then where artist Brent Christensen’s castles are made entirely of frozen walkways, tunnels, towers and archways.  Online tickets are only $15.95 and walk up tickets are $20 Monday through Friday and $16.95 and $25 Friday through Sunday.

Love Bites

Maybe Valentine’s Day would not be complete without a candlelight dinner.  Fortunately, the date falls on a Wednesday this year and several wonderful Denver restaurants are offering meal deals that let you be the hero, while still saving a few bucks.  Check out Centro Latin Kitchen and Refreshment Palace for $20 paella and $10 carafes of wine or sangria or Japango with $.99 shrimp and salmon all day and 50% off all bottles of wine.  Check here for a complete list of all the restaurant deals around town.

Wine(ding) Down

If you want to skip the dinner and go straight for the wine, many restaurants also offer wine specials on this day.  Or you can head to Balistreri Vineyard for a free tour of the family-owned, award-winning winery where handcrafted wines are created without the addition of sulfites or other chemicals.  Just ten minutes away from Denver, you can also enjoy lunch there.

Drunk on Your Love 

If your darling is not a fan of wine, how about a brewery tour instead???  Budweiser in Fort Collins offers free tours, time with the Budweiser Clydesdales and you get a free six-ounce pour at the end.  Coors Brewery, Great Divide Brewery, New Belgium Brewery and others also offer free tours with samples of their products. Or take them on a walking tour of some of Denver's best craft-beer breweries with a free Denver Brew Trail Map of over 30 breweries around the city!!!

Whiskey Her Away

There are also distillery tours available at Stranahans for only $10, which is credited towards the purchase of a bottle at the end of the tour.  Check out their facilities to discover how this famous brand brews and bottles whiskey and try a few samples.  You can also schedule a tour at Law’s Whiskey House for $10, which is credited towards tastings.  Thursday night they have a flight night with three pours for just $10.

It Takes Two

If dancing the night away is your significant other’s idea of romance, the Grizzly Rose and Stampede offer country line dancing lessons every Wednesday and Sunday evening. You can also up your game and try a night of swing dancing at the Mercury Café.  Beginner’s classes are every Thursday and Sunday night and are only $10.  You can pick from classic dances like the Lindy Hop or the Charleston to find out how in-step you are.

Slide on Over

Have you noticed how most romantic winter movies include a scene where the love interests go ice skating and fall into each other’s arms???  Ice Skating is free at Denver’s Skyline Park and ice skate rentals are only $6 to $8.  The rink is only open through Valentine’s Day though, so hurry and take advantage of this date night idea!!!

Roses are Red 

If your Valentine’s Day is not complete without flowers, Hudson Garden's has free admission every day.  With over 30 acres, Hudson Garden’s has beautiful trees, stunning displays, water gardens, picnic areas, beautiful walking trails and tons of wildlife to view. 

Sugar Lips

No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate too for many people.  If your sweet has a sweet tooth, schedule a trip to Hammond’s Candies of Denver and take a free tour of their treat-making facilities and sample their delicious goodies!!!

Back in Time

For some though, Valentine’s Day is about creating a memory.  Explore other’s creations with a trip to the Clyfford Still Museum to view abstract art at this minimalist showcase or head to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver to see the regularly changing art exhibits for only $8 or $5 after 5 pm Tuesday through Friday.  If you go on the first Saturday of the month, the museum is only a penny.

Perhaps you would like this year to go down in history however.  If learning about the past is what gets your love excited, take a free tour of the Capitol in Denver Monday through Friday or enjoy a free walking tour about the history and architecture of Denver that includes 20 points of interest including the Molly Brown House, the Governor’s Mansion, Capitol Hill and the Denver Art Museum. The Broomfield Veteran’s Memorial Museum is also free to visit Thursdays and Saturdays and the Littleton Historical Museum can take you back in time.

Star Struck

If you really want to give your sweetheart the heavens though, check out the National Center for Atmospheric Research, devoted to atmospheric and related sciences.  They are open daily and give one-hour tours that inform guests about climate and weather from the perspective of a world-class laboratory or pencil in the next Chamberlin Observatory Open House to view the stars from their famous 20-inch telescope.

Kristina Corcoran
March 12, 2020
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