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5 Romantic Experiences in Dallas to Gift your Valentine

By Gary Duff and Kaitlynn Miller, Photography via; via; via; via; courtesy of Galaxy Drive-In Theatre


From romantic dinners to art-inspired evenings, these are the best experiences around Dallas to gift your valentine.
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Dinner at Abacus Restaurant
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Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience at this 5-star restaurant boasting a menu with flavors from the Mediterranean, Southwest, and Pacific Rim. This Valentine’s Day, they are serving up a decadent four-course dinner fit for royalty. Start with roasted tomato basil soup with Parmesan crisp and seared shrimp before moving on to entrees such as Mediterranean spiced beluga lentils or pan seared Scottish salmon. For something sweet, end your romantic evening with their mouthwatering spiced pecan praline brown with salted caramel ice cream.

Abacus Restaurant 4511 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-559-3111

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Get inspired at the Dallas Museum of Art
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For the culture enthusiast on V-Day, visit the Dallas Museum of Art for their latest offering of American, European, or contemporary art. With over 24,000 works to see from around the world, there’s plenty to plan a date around and always a little inspiration for everyone walking through the halls of DMA. Don’t miss the museum’s gift shop either, it’s filled with jewelry, textile, and art prints that make for the perfect gift.

Dallas Museum of Art 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, 214-922-1200 

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Catch a flick at the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre
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Skip the crowded indoor theatres and opt for a movie under the stars at the Galaxy Drive-In. Featuring seven screens and vintage touches, this nostalgic locale will take you back in time to the romantic era of the 1950’s. Pack a blanket, your favorite foods and a bottle of wine and settle in for an elevated dinner and movie experience you won’t find anywhere else. 

Galaxy Drive-In Theatre 5301 N. Interstate Highway 45, Ennis, 972-875-5505 

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Plant the seeds of romance at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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Now through February 23, visitors to the Dallas Arboretum can stroll its romantic gardens for just $5. But that’s not all; on Valentine’s Day the arboretum is offering special blooming beds—a 10 foot linear pot of flowers—for couples who want to dedicate a pot to their special someone. This V-Day gift also comes with a ticket to the arboretum’s Blooming Beds Reception, held every year during Dallas Blooms. 

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, 214-515-6615 

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See the city from above with SKY Helicopters
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Nothing screams romance quite like a private helicopter tour over Texas—and this Valentine’s Day, SKY Helicopters is offering a flight for two that you won’t soon forget. With a starting point in Garland, you will take off for a 30-minute tour including views of White Rock Lake, Fair Park, American Airlines Center, Love Field and of course, Downtown Dallas. And for the special occasion, you can include a couples photo to remember the day as well as complimentary long stemmed roses for your lady. 

SKY Helicopters 2559 S. Jupiter Rd., Garland, 214-342-8616