Are you spending Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas? These are the 15 most romantic things to do for couples in Vegas, plus a few alternative activities for those who don’t like the sappy stuff.
It’s time to start planning your day especially if you want to get into the popular restaurants. Vegas has many of the world-renowned chefs making their mark here, but we also know it’s not for everyone.
We’ve narrowed down our list of favorite romantic activities, fine dining, and great low-key food spots.
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Last Updated: January 15, 2022
1. Bellagio Fountains
Romantic setting, beautiful music, and water soaring through the air. What more do you need? Plus, this one doesn’t cost you anything. The current fountain display times are as follows:
Monday to Friday
3 pm – 7 pm | Every 30 minutes
7 pm – Midnight | Every 15 minutes
Weekends + Holidays
Noon – 7 pm | Every 30 minutes
7 pm – Midnight | Every 15 minutes
Get views from 550 feet above the trip on the High Roller. Each cabin has 360-degree views and the wheel takes 30 minutes to do one full revolution.
Tickets: Starting at $23.50 per adult
Pro Tip: If you want to go the extra mile rent a VIP private cabin just for the two of you.
3. Venetian Gondola Rides
The Venetian hotel has recreated Venice canals complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers. There are two different rides, an indoor gondola and an outdoor one. Each is a bit different and we recommend that you walk the route to see both before deciding which one you want to do.
Did you know that gondoliers in Venice never used to sing until Americans demanded it after seeing The Gondoliers musical? Sounds about right.
Cost: Starting at $34 pp
Pro Tip: Tickets are timed so be sure to go early to reserve your time slot. If you walk up expecting to ride right away, they may not have any times available.
Paris is known as the city of love, but if you can’t make it to France this year, go up the Eiffel Tower right here in Vegas. Although it’s half the size of the real tower, you still get amazing views of the strip from the top.
They also have a new Eiffel Tower Light Show from sunset to midnight every 30 minutes (on the hour and half hour).
Tickets: $24.50 Anytime Admission (save by buying online)
Pro Tip: Nevada Residents and students get 50% off standard ticket prices with a valid ID.
The Cactus Garden at Ethel M is a great spot to visit any time of the year. But twice a year, they make it extra special.
The Christmas light display is really well known but did you know the gardens are also decked out in lights from January 30th to February 14th? The Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden is transformed into Lights of Love, and the lights are displayed from 5 pm to 10 pm each day. Reservations are required.
Cost: $5 per reservation that will be donated back to the Three Square Food Bank
The Mayfair Supper Club is the hottest new restaurant on the strip right now. Not only do they offer delicious food, but there is also a stage where you are entertained by singers and dancers throughout the night. To top it all off, you get the best views of the Bellagio Fountains.
We got a chance to preview the 4-course V-day menu, which includes melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu Hand Rolls and a spectacular Wagyu Beef Surf & Turf.
The decadent Golden Sphere was the perfect end to the night. It has light chocolate mousse, rocky road ice cream, and salted streusel.
Pro Tip: As tempting as it is to ask for a seat by the window for views of the fountain, you’ll actually want to ask for a seat with the best stage views!
Whether you want to see Grand Canyon up close or get an aerial view of the strip, you can hop in a helicopter for a romantic ride with your SO. A lot of the times they have packages that include champagne as well!
Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. A staycation is a great way to get away without having to travel far. Book a room, enjoy room service, and just spend time together.
Here’s a photo of our staycation at the Wynn.
This is a perfect experience for car lovers! There are a few different options in Las Vegas. You can head up to the Vegas Motor Speedway to zip around a race track, or you can go at a slower pace but see more scenery in exotic cars.
I always thought it would be fun to have a full-on Vegas wedding, Elvis and all. If you’re married, you can always renew your vows like us!
This past year, we did a drive-through wedding at Vegas Weddings, which included a pink Cadillac and Elvis. Plus, most packages include some photos to help you remember the occasion.
If you’re like me, the way to my heart is through my stomach. I love enjoying a nice dinner out especially for special occasions. Here are some of the top restaurants in Vegas whether you’re looking for fine dining or delicious food.
- The Mayfair Supper Club, Bellagio – American cuisine with dinner and a show.
- Mizumi, Wynn – The otoro and kobe beef are some of the best we’ve had.
- Carbone, Aria – Italian-American food.
- Morimoto Las Vegas, MGM Grand – The Iron Chef’s only restaurant with Japanese A-5 Wagyu.
- BARDOT Brasserie, Aria – Romantic atmosphere (they have Valentine’s Day specials).
- Joel Robuchon, MGM Grand – Great dining experience at this former Michelin Three Star restaurant (they don’t have any Michelin restaurants in Vegas anymore).
- Bouchon, The Venetian – We love Chef Thomas Keller’s food and this didn’t disappoint.
- Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, SLS – Spectacular steakhouse with delicious foie gras creations too. (Valentine’s Day Menu)
Pro Tip: Make reservations early or go on a weekday.
One of the reasons we love Las Vegas so much is because of its proximity to amazing outdoor spots. The Valley of Fire is a great day trip that’s only an hour from the city. It’s a great option to socially distance too with plenty of hikes and rock formations to explore.
Pro Tip: The main road (Mouse’s Tank Rd) shuts down at sunset, so be sure to explore everything there first.
Off-Strip Restaurant - Low Key Things to Do in Vegas as a Couple
If you prefer to avoid the strip, like most locals do, there are some great off-strip restaurants you can go to. These are great especially if you’re looking for something low key.
Shang Artisan Noodle, Westside – Yummy hand pulled or hand cut noodles.
Park on Fremont, Downtown – Cool hang out spots with a good beer list and delicious food. We love the Philly Mac and Cheese Steak.
Esther’s Kitchen, Downtown – One of our favorite places in DTLV. Our faves are the housemade sourdough bread, little gem casesar, and cacio e pepe.
Ton Ton Katsuya, Southwest – Feels like we’re in a shop in Japan and it’s some of the best katsu we’ve had.
Raku, Chinatown – For the food lover, this is a must-try restaurant. It’s not low key like the others, but it was one of the best meals we’ve had in Las Vegas so far. The food is tapas style ordering, and you get a chance to try a variety of dishes. I’m not a huge fan of tofu, but the agedashi tofu was a stand out for me.
Adventure Activities in Las Vegas for Couples
Studies show that a good adrenaline rush increases attraction and arousal. Here are some things to get that natural aphrodisiac.
- Rock Climbing at Red Rock or if you prefer starting indoors, you can visit one of four climbing gyms in the area. We’ve been to them all and highly recommend Refuge Climbing (our home gym).
- Zipline at Bootleg Canyon. There are also shorter ones closer to the strip, but they’re touristy which sometimes takes away from the date experience.
- Drive an Exotic Car at Exotics Racing or if driving isn’t your thing, you can ride with a stunt car driver, which I found to be even more of an adrenaline rush.
How to Spend Valentines Day in Vegas - Best Hotels in Vegas for Couples
Can you think of any other things to do in Las Vegas for couples? What are your plans for Valentines in Las Vegas?
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