Best Valentine’s Day Dates For Parents In Metro Detroit

February 7, 2014 8:00 AM

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Whether it’s your first date in a while or the 100th, plan something special for Valentine’s Day. The Detroit area has a lot of different ways to celebrate the evening. Whether your sweetheart swoons over a musical performance or gets excited at the thought of a romantic dinner for two, love will surely be on the agenda this evening. Check out the array of possibilities that will certainly make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one.

Love Gone Wild
Ford Education Center, Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-5717

Date: Feb. 14, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Love Gone Wild” is a unique event, held at the Ford Education Center, presented by the Detroit Zoo. The evening’s festivities include an interesting presentation features the courting rituals of animals followed by a strolling dinner, prepared by the Zoo’s culinary experts. In addition to the gourmet meal, dessert will be provided. Glasses of champagne are given as each guest arrives.

Valentine’s Day Jazz Explosion
Music Hall Center for the Arts
350 Madison St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 887-8500’s-Day-Jazz-Explosion

Date: Feb. 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Built in 1928, the Music Hall Center is an historical theatre made in the Art Deco style popular at that time. The Spanish Renaissance interior is the perfect setting for a Valentine’s date. Take the one you love to a jazz performance. With its sexy notes and sultry syncopation, this will just be the start of an unforgettable night. The evening’s entertainment features a tribute to George Duke by Jonathon Butler and Maysa. Butler is a revered singer and songwriter while Maysa is a jazz singer, having performed as part of a backup group for Stevie Wonder.

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Garden Bowl
The Majestic Theatre Center
4140 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-9700

Looking for some unabashed fun this Valentine’s Day that your date will love? Try bowling. The evening will be filled with fun and maybe some plastic cups filled to the brim with some frosty beer. Bowling will show your honey how fun-loving you can be, not to mention, you can wow her with your skills on the lane. Strike! The Garden Bowl is one of the oldest bowling lanes in the country, and features 16 lanes.

Giovanni’s Ristorante
330 S. Oakwood Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48217
(313) 841-0122

Giovanni’s Ristorante is a lovely spot to take your sweetheart for a romantic dinner. This charming Italian restaurant has been in operation since 1968, and has welcomed a number of guests, both famous and infamous, throughout its history. Order your date a bottle of her favorite wine from the extensive list and finish off the dinner with the grand finale – a decadent dessert. Reserve a table in the Wine Room for an intimate evening.

Ann Arbor Carriage
Whitmore Lake, MI 48489
(734) 663-9033

Make Valentine’s Day unforgettable for your love by arranging an exclusive ride around town in a horse-drawn carriage. Spend your date in the comfort of the carriage as regal horses pull you to the location of your choice. Valentine’s Day can’t get more romantic than this! Surprise your date with a heartfelt poem or sentiment that you penned yourself to make this the experience of a lifetime.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and

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