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Valentine’s Day in Toronto

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Play a romantic tourist in your own city this Valentine’s Day!

Tasnim Choudhury, The Mike Staff Writer

The most romantic day of 2020 is right around the corner. What better time for you to explore the city with your date? Go beyond the traditional red roses and venture out to see the city’s top tourist attractions with your valentine over the weekend. Here are some top attractions that Toronto has to offer you and your sweetheart for the perfect date.

Ripley’s Deep Sea Soirée

If you are someone who has “date at the aquarium” on your bucket list, now is the time to check it off. Come out to this Ripley’s Aquarium 19+ event to enjoy a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day with sand tiger sharks and schools of jellyfish swimming around you. Explore amazing food stations, cash bars, and dance the night away with live music by The Digs and DJ Kyrei. The food stations will be catered by Toronto’s very own Daniel et Daniel, serving tacos with battered white fish, or chipotle ground Chuck Pico De Gallo, queso fresco, cilantro crema, fresh lime corn tortilla, and flour tortilla. If your mouth is watering now, get excited for the homemade heart-shaped pizza pockets with flavours including pepperoni and mozzarella with grilled chicken, pesto, bocconcini, and Hawaiian Dips, along with Dalla Forma Orecchiette a la Carbonara Bacon, etc. End the night by spoiling yourself with a well-deserved visit to the dessert station for chocolate brownies, raspberry lemon cookies, and red velvet milkshakes. This dining experience will surely make for a unique date. Purchase your tickets for a wholesome under-the-sea experience. Note that IDs will be checked at the door! 

Toronto Zoo

Spend your Valentine’s Day discovering the “Diversity of Love.” Explore, experience, and play with nature this Valentine’s Day at the Toronto Zoo. Take a trip to the Toronto Zoo for an adventurous experience witnessing the cute companionship and love among the Masai giraffe, Amur tigers, and rest of the animal kingdom, and enjoy a delicious buffet and dessert with your date. This amazing event also includes a tour in the Reproductive Laboratories by the zoo’s own Reproductive Specialist Team. You can also catch a glimpse into the Wildlife Health Centre viewing gallery, featuring rooms such as Diagnostic Imaging, Treatment, Surgery, Clinical Lab, and Endocrinology Lab. The Toronto Zoo will be hosting this event from February 13th to February 15th, so buy your tickets now and make this Valentine’s Day a wild one to remember! 

Casa Loma

If you are stressed about planning a traditional candlelit dinner, simply choose a fun activity for you and your sweetheart. This Valentine’s, enjoy an intriguing, action-packed evening at one of the four thrilling escape rooms at Casa Loma. Spend your day exploring Toronto’s majestic historical castle with secret underground tunnels and stunning decor. You can also channel your competitive side for a night delving into the “Dragon Song” escape room, sneaking into mysterious towers to look for dragon eggs. Discover the strange science and mystical wonders as you look for the last egg to save the dragons from extinction. If you do not want to spend the day alone with your date, invite your friends for a perfect team adventure! Either way, you’re bound to have a fun time in good company. 

Royal Ontario Museum 

This Valentine’s Day, get swept up gazing at fascinating exhibits, beautiful paintings, and installations at the ROM. Visit the “ROM After Dark: Desire” on February 14th from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with your date to enjoy after-hours art and cultural displays. The admission ticket also includes a complimentary drink or food ticket for you to enjoy while exploring the visual arts and dancing to the melodious music. The ROM will also have themed pop-up and boozy beverages for you to elevate your experience. Purchase tickets online before they sell out. Adult tickets are $30 and students get a discounted price of $24. It is a 19+ event, so keep your IDs ready!