No reservations required with our guide to last-minute Valentine's Day date ideas

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Score a date right before Valentine’s Day? Forgot to save the date? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back this holiday with a list of no-reservations, unlimited-space events sure to make you look like you had this day all planned out.

Trigger Happy

Nothing says romance quite like a .22 or a machine gun in your hands, so why not take your date to the Black Wing Shooting Center for a night filled with safety procedure and the occasional gun firing. Also included are appetizers and a City Barbeque dinner with all the people you’re now afraid to piss off.

Black Wing Shooting Center

6-9 p.m. Thursday

3722 Marysville Rd., Delaware

$100 per couple



Visit the Cloak and Dagger for a holiday version of the venue’s popular interactive murder mystery show. A long-stem rose and dessert to die for (pun lame but intended) come complimentary.

Cloak and Dagger

7 p.m. Friday

447 E. Livingston Ave., German Village

$50 for dinner and show. $66-$68 for dinner, show and wine or champagne.


Go Classic or Go Home

It may be a little have-mom-drive-us-to-the-movies-in-the-Astro-Van, but there’s a reason why the classics are the classics. Treat your valentine to the quintessential movie experience at Drexel Theatre, where a Sweetheart Movie Deal for $25 gets you two movie tickets (your choice), truffles, sodas and one popcorn (to share and feed to each other, of course). Astro Van not included.

Drexel Theatre

Deal offered after 4 p.m. on Friday.

2254 E. Main St., Bexley


Don’t Cut the (Cheesy)

Allow the Columbus symphony to take you and your date on a sensory-exploding trip through “Romeo and Juliet,” complete with enough music and dance to make your hopelessly romantic date swoon.

Ohio Theatre

8 p.m. Friday

39 E. State St., Downtown

Ticket prices vary.


Animal Instincts

Half-off the usual $10 admission and later hours at the Columbus Zoo mean Wildlights, which also boasts $4 carriage rides and $1 carousel rides all night. Grab the Ultimate Zoo Valentine Package for meals and desserts near the polar bears or manatees (your choice), as well as unlimited carousel rides and champagne.

Columbus Zoo

Friday and Saturday

9990 Riverside Dr., Powell

$100/couple or $70/person for package (21+)


Run through Magnetic Fields

Let the sap and cynicism overtake you at Infinite Exes. The holiday-inspired event will be filled with live Magnetic Fields covers by local musicians from bands such as Maza Blaska, The Dewdroppers, Psychic Wheels and more.

Ace of Cups

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday

2619 N. High St., Campus

$5 per person, 18+.