Along with New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day is one of the most stressful days of the year. Expectations for the “best date ever” are high, as are the prices on everything from dinner at your favorite restaurant to a dozen roses. So why not upend expectations – skip the pricey dinner in favor of a completely unique activity. From crypt tours to axe-tossing, here are a few of my favorites.
Historic Love Letters at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Set the time machine to the 1700s at Unconditional Love: The Letters of John & Abigail Adams. This hour-long theatrical performance brings to life the intimate correspondence between America’s second President, John Adams, and his wife Abigail, both of whom were born and raised in Massachusetts. Bubbling with charm, intelligence and passion, their correspondence offers a tribute to a remarkable marriage and a reminder of the power of, and intimacy in, old-fashioned correspondence. Maybe it will inspire you and your beloved to abandon texting and pick up a pen. February 13 through February 15, 7 p.m., $39/Ticket Or $69/Couple, 306 Congress St. (on the Congress St. Bridge). Tickets include a fruit and cheese plate and one complimentary drink per person. Call 617/338-1773 for tickets or purchase at the museum’s ticket booth.
Trade Cupid’s Arrow for a Different Weapon at Urban Axes
There’s nothing more exciting than a first date, a first kiss, or throwing your first bullseye together, say the folks at Urban Axes. In fact, just getting the axe to stick to
the target is pretty fun if you ask me. Whether it’s Valentine’s or Galentine’s, $65 gets you an hour of axe throwing for two at Urban Axes on Feb. 14 and includes a glass of sparkling wine each. If drinking and axes sound like a good fit, their bar is ready to serve you beer, wine and cider after that. Full disclosure, you’ll be sharing a lane with up to four other axe throwing romantics, so you’ll have time in between throws to flirt or gossip and enjoy the drinks.
“Till Death Us Do Part” – Valentine’s Day Crypt Tours at King’s Chapel
If you’re dying for something different, join the King’s Chapel History Program on a candlelit crypt tour, exploring the history of love, loss, and laying the dead to rest. ?
Guides will share the history of American mourning traditions, funeral customs, and burial practices as they relate to the loss of a loved one throughout Boston’s history. Experience the memorials within King’s Chapel and explore the crypt beneath King’s Chapel, walking among the 21 tombs, and discover the stories of the historic people and couples laid to rest within them. Unfortunately, the 14th is already sold out, but there are other options on the 13th and through the weekend. Tickets are $15 each and available here. 58 Tremont St., Boston, 617/523-1749
Strike Out Your Ex at Kings Dining & Entertainment
Ever want to pretend your ex was a bowling pin that you could throw a large, heavy ball at? Well, now is your chance. From February 13 through the 16, Kings Dining & Entertainment will host Strike Out Your Ex & Swipe Right on Love- an “anti-Valentine’s Day” celebration for those looking for the opposite of a romantic evening. For just $10, guests will be able to place their ex’s name on a keepsake bowling pin and strike them out. Looking for love? Guests will also get a Bumble Code for Bumble Coins on the popular dating app, so you can purchase a SuperSwipe or Spotlight. Locations in Boston, Lynnfield and across the country.
Go High (Brow) with a Gallery Talk on Love at the Harvard Art Museums
Want to soak up some culture? Join four Harvard fellows for a special, one-hour talk about love in works of art.
This chat, part of a series of drop-in talks, gives visitors a chance to hear some of the best stories behind the paintings, highlighting new works on view, taking a fresh look at old favorites, investigating materials and techniques. Feb. 14th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. Free with museum admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required.