Create-a-Date

 

If you're like us, trying to come up with different ways to celebrate with your valentine can be a challenge. Here are 10 ideas.
 

1. It’s in the stars
Nothing can spark romance like holding hands and gazing together at a dazzling night sky. The Rolnick Observatory in Westport offers free public viewing events every Wednesday night, as guided by the Westport Astronomical Society.
203/293-8759; was-ct.org
 

2. It’s in the stars, part 2
Are you and your beloved meant to be? That’s a question that maybe only a psychic can answer—and as fate has it, there’s a Psychic Fair on Feb. 16 at the Courtyard Marriott in Orange, and another on Feb. 17 at the Shelton Courtyard Marriott.
ctpsychics.com
 

3. Scare up some romance
Connecticut is a ghost hunter’s dream destination, with dozens of supposedly haunted accommodations. Captain Grant’s Inn in Preston has a great ghostly reputation—and even a better one as a bed-and-breakfast—perfect for snuggling closer together under the covers.
860/887-7589; captaingrants.com
 

4. Send hearts a-racing
Get your motor runnin’ and quench that need for speed at On Track Karting in Ridgefield, where go- karts can reach 40 mph and pull 1.5 Gs in turns.
203/740-8100; ontrackkarting.com
 

5. Hanging around
Make your partner climb the wall—literally—at an indoor rock-climbing gym. Prime Climb in Wallingford offers 15,000 square feet of challenging surfaces, for beginners on up.
203/265-7880; primeclimb.com
 

6. Dancing cheek-to-cheek
Who doesn’t love a little classic romance from time to time? Trip the light fantastic with ballroom dancing lessons at Ballroom Dance Sport in Derby and Weston. 203/454-2000; ballroomdancesportct.com
 

7. Art attack
Stoke your own passion by exploring the artistic expression of others. The recently renovated and expanded Yale Art Gallery offers works from Picasso, van Gogh, Rubens and other masters.
203/432-0600; artgallery.yale.edu
 

8. Cross your heart
Cross-country skiing takes you away from the crowd where you can be alone—together—in the beauty of winter wonderland. The south trail of Airline State Park, accessible in either East Hampton or Colchester, is one of the more scenic routes in the state.
ct.gov/deep/airlinetrail
 

9. Puck-er up
Fast-paced and thrilling hockey action on the ice can raise excitement levels and melt hearts. The Connecticut Whale “kicks ice” against
opponents in Hartford on February 15, 16 and 17.
860/548-2000; ctwhale.com
 

10. Go mental
Wonder what your partner is thinking? Then how about an evening with someone who can “read minds.” One of the best mentalists, The Amazing Kreskin, is at Infinity Hall & Bistro in Norfolk on February 16.
866/666-6306; infinityhall.com
 

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