Break up with tradition and fall in love with something new. This Valentine’s Day try one of these anything-but-traditional dates in Dallas, from horseback riding in South Lake to Dallas chocolate tours. These are the dates they really want to go on this Valentine’s Day.

1. Try a Chocolate Tour

Where: Multiple Meeting Places
Chocolate lovers and sweet tooth’s alike will absolutely swoon over this date idea. The chocolate tour company Dallas by Chocolate is offering a handful of sweet tours in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Guests can tour the town by bus or limousine and each tour lasts around three hours. There are also walking tours available for smaller groups, from six to eight people. Couples can even bring their own beverages, so feel free to bring that bottle of champagne you’ve been waiting to open.

2. Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Where: 8525 Garland Road
Take a stroll, hand-in-hand with your special someone this Valentine’s Day and witness the beauty of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Located just a short commute from Downtown Dallas, the garden is both easily accessible and romantic. Additionally, couples can enjoy a romance-filled dinner or lunch in the garden at one of the garden’s on-site restaurants. Tickets can be purchased online or at the garden.

3. Take a Gondola Cruise

Where: 357 West Fork, Irving
There are few things more romantic than a sunset gondola ride. Couples can celebrate their love on the water this Valentine’s Day with a ride on a gondola. Let your romance run wild and consider add ons like scattered rose petals or go all out with a gourmet dinner cruise. Gondola Adventures navigate the waterways of nearby Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn, so you don’t have to take a trip to Italy to get a real gondola experience.

4. Dip and Dine

Where: 4900 Beltline Rd, Addison
This holiday, share a romantic dinner together. But forget the boring steakhouse dinner, head to The Melting Pot, for a fun, fondue-filled romantic evening. Snag a bottle of wine or sip cocktails and choose a variety of decadent noshes to dip in creamy cheese and silky chocolate. Make sure you can get a table for February 14 by calling or going online to make a reservation with the restaurant.

5. Go for a Ride on Horseback

Where: 904 Quail Creek Ct, South Lake
Saddle up your ponies and hit the trails with Widowmaker Trail Rides for a rowdy, romantic Valentine’s Day. The guided horseback tours take place in multiple locations, including Walnut Grove on Lake Grapevine, which includes 1000-acres of of woods, creeks, meadows, and a beautiful, romantic shoreline. Horseback rides must be scheduled ahead. Check out the website or call for more information including rates and what to expect.

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