Valentine’s Day is just on the horizon, and couples all over Knoxville are frantically booking both babysitters and restaurant reservations. The classic dinner and movie date is of course a go-to on this sometimes arduous holiday, but Knoxvillians are lucky enough to live in a city that offers much more than fine dining and movies. Here are five ways to spice up you and your S.O.’s V-Day plans without leaving your backyard.
Breakout Knoxville – This intense escape game makes the perfect date destination for the adventurous couple. Players are given one hour to break out of a room by solving various puzzles, uncovering hidden items and cracking codes that hold the key to your escape. For $24 per person, you and your date can put your communication skills to the test under a different kind of pressure. To learn more about escape times and game varieties visit www.BreakoutKnoxville.com.
Circle G Ranch – This is not your average zoo experience. Just 16 miles from downtown Knoxville, Circle G Ranch offers an up close and personal take on zoo fun by allowing visitors to drive through the habitat of over 500 free-roaming animals. Guests can keep windows down to feed zebras, water buffalo, alpacas and more right out of their hands. At $9 per adult, this wild date is sure to get you and your date laughing this Valentine’s Day. To see hours of operation and other park adventures, go to www.RideCamels.com.
Volunteer Rifle Range – Want to add a little edge to your Valentine’s Day? Thrill-seeking couples can test their aim by practicing with rifles or pistols at this shooting range only six miles from downtown. The shooting range is open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, with $8 admission for a two-hour time slot. Shoot a bullseye and show it off at brunch when your new neighbor starts talking about her deep yoga stretches in front of your husband. Find out more at www.vrcp.info.
Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert – For the couple who wants a classy, sophisticated V-Day experience without emptying their wallets, the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra will host a free concert at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Guests are welcome to open seating to support the 300 competitive students who make up the enchanting orchestra. After the concert, turn up the fun and hop over to Broadway’s new microbrewery, Balter Beerworks for some craft brews and a burger that won’t disappoint. More information on the Knoxville Symphony can be found at www.KnoxvilleSymphony.org.
The Classic Date – How could you go wrong with the simple, yet unequivocally pleasing movie date? There’s a reason it’s everyone’s go-to. If you and your S.O. are looking for a fun night out on a budget, download the Atom Tickets app. Simply create an account, complete your profile and receive a free movie ticket! Be sure to select a movie time that shows the price in orange (those are the ones that are eligible for free tickets). After your movie, swing by Menchie’s in Bearden for buy one get one free frozen yogurt when you bring a donation for Goodwill Industries!
No matter your interests or budget, Knoxville offers a little something for everyone. Experience a Valentine’s Day to remember this year by exploring Knoxville and putting a fun spin on the ideal date.
Feature photo by Chris Sloan.