Whenever Valentine's Day rolls around or any other date night for that matter, creativity tends to go out the window, and it's another movie and another dinner reservation. How about trying something different and actually having a more memorable experience with your partner.
1. Discover your own city
I don't care if you were born in your city and proclaim that you will die in your city, you and your partner haven't seen it all yet. Most people who live some place rarely do tourist type things because they figure it's cheesy and lame, but often times you can discover some really interesting things that exist or that you may have seen and always wondered about. For instance, in mine there is an unmarked red button on top of a popular bridge where you push it, and a giant fountain of water explodes in the water down below. I would have never known about it, had I not played tourist. I would suggest you avoid the paid tourist tours, and simply create your own. Go on an art crawl and find all the major art downtown in your city, or find the historical trails and markers, or tour a couple of the major or minor parks you've never been to, etc.
Bring Everything Yourself. No one likes to foot the bill at the end of the night for an expensive (and only because it's Valentine's Day) dinner, so instead, ask your date to bring sandwiches and chips, and you'll bring the wine and dessert or whatever it is you'll both enjoy or surprise each other with a variety of interesting foods or foods you've never tried before. Go to the park or your own backyard, and set up your own foldable romantic table and chairs, music, and eat by candlelight if you're so inclined.
3. Pack their bags and go
Find a decent little airbnb in the next town over, pack up an overnight bag for your bf/gf, offer to pick them up from work, and just surprise them with a short road trip.
4. Let the internet decide your date
In the vein of a certain youtube channel, let the internet decide what you and your date should do every step of the way. Create a twitter poll or GaG poll for each new activity you want to try and do; give like 4 choices for each poll, you give two, your date, two, and whichever choice gets the most votes, that's what you'll do next, and then take another poll and so on. It makes it interesting and keeps you on your toes and can make for quite a memorable experience. #DateNight
5. Go on a Photo Scavenger Hunt
Many cities have particular scavenger hunts or you can look up online and participate in one on your own. Take your camera to each spot and take a crazy picture with whatever it is you need to find.
6. Build a fort
Remember when you were both kids, and you would build a fort out of pillows and blankets and sheets and use all the chairs and couches in the house. You're never to old for fort building! Instead of just doing Netflix and Chill, see if the two of you can create the most amazing fort so you can then enjoy a good binge watch or a good movie in the safety of your cave where no one can hurt you.