10 New Jersey Valentine’s Day Ideas That Are Not Special Restaurant Menus

10 New Jersey Valentine's Day Ideas That Are Not Special Restaurant Menus

10 New Jersey Valentine’s Day Ideas That Are Not Special Restaurant Menus


Whether you and your partner take Valentine’s Day seriously or consider it a “signature holiday,” New Jersey has plenty of options if you’re looking for a romantic dinner or schedule on or around February 14.

Unforgettable dates aren’t just about food, however, and there’s no shortage of unique and fun ideas to warm up your winter with something special.

One of the big draws is the “Night View: Dreamloop by Klip Collective” projection and light show at the Hamilton Sculpture Grounds in Mercer County, which is usually closed on Mondays, but this year it’s Valentine’s Day.

In addition to this, there are nine other events that couples, and in some cases even teens and young children, can take part in this February in the Garden State.

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“Laser Love” and “The Romance of the Stars”

Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium, Branchburg

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“Laser Love” on Saturday, February 5-12 and Monday, February 14 at 8pm will feature some classic romance songs, while “Romantic Stars” on February 14th at 7pm contains more based RVCC’s storytelling perspective. The Laser Love Show on February 14 is for adult couples only; Romancing the Stars is open to couples 16 and older.

Sweetheart Valentine’s Day Children’s Tea Party

Mathis House, 600 Main, Toms River

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Michelle Jackson

Kids celebrate Valentine’s Day too! Held on Tuesday, February 8 at 6:30pm, the event promises tea, chocolate scones and dessert, accompanied by live piano music, plus the chance for kids to make their own holiday cards. (Free for ages 5 and under.)

Gallentin Day

Tomasello Distillery, Cranford

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A term coined by a 2010 episode of “Parks and Recreation,” Galentine’s Day is just for girls, Tomasello Winery celebrated all day Friday, February 11, with five wine samples and two chocolate truffles.

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Getaway

Cape May Grand Hotel

Sunset Beach, Cape May

Sunset Beach, Cape May (Bud McCormick)

With waterfront views and one of New Jersey’s most romantic offerings, the Cape May B&B will offer three-day, two-night stays at the luxury grand hotel, including dinner, dancing, and specialty wine.

Valentine’s Day Plunge

Manasquan Beach

(Manas Springs Facebook page)

(Manas Springs Facebook page)

2022 will return to Manasquan for a fundraiser for the Joan Dancy and PALS (ALS Patients) Foundation, starting Saturday, February 12 at 12 noon, with on-site registration available Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Casablanca at the concert

New Jersey State Theater, New Brunswick

Humphrey Bogart

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“Look at you, child.” Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman’s film remains a critically acclaimed classic eight years after its 1942 release, Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. The screening will be accompanied by a live performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

anti valentine

Nutley Public Library, Ocean County Library Waretown Branch

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At least two libraries in the Garden State are working to cheer up teens and teens whose love may be unrequited this year. Anti-Valentine’s Day at Nutley at 3:15pm on the 14th and Heartbreakers Unite! at Waretown at 7pm on the 14th promises rough candy hearts, an unconventional bouquet of roses, black instead of red, as the dominant colour.

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Passion for Spice, Summit

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It’s a food-centric product, but it’s food couples will learn to make and then share together.The five-course meal, plus a complimentary cocktail base (BYOB), cooks up at 6pm on the 14th

Valentine’s Full Moon Hike

Jackson State Forest

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If it’s not too cold, how about an evening hike? These events will be available on February 14th from 7pm to 8:30pm, but only for those who pre-register. The state park’s COVID protocols will be followed, and the hike will be canceled if it rains or freezes.

Patrick Lavery is the afternoon news anchor for 101.5 in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com.

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