Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there are plenty of budget-friendly ways you can spend the day with your sweetheart around the city. Here are just a few ideas to inspire a little romance this Valentine’s Day in Omaha.

1. Take a Carriage Ride

Take a step back in time with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the Old Market or Downtown streets. Carriage rides range from $25-100, depending on the route. mjcarriage.com

2. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Sure it’s cold outside, but there are few better ways to satisfy a sweet tooth than with an ice cream date. Many shops will be dishing out delightful Valentine’s Day flavors. You can also order flavors such as ‘Be Mine’, ‘Scoops of Love’, ‘Love Potion #9’, and ‘XOXO’ for delivery straight to your lover’s doorstep from the eCreamery in Dundee. Check out this full list of the top places to get ice cream in Omaha. Your wallet will thank you.

3. Paint Your Date

Village Canvas and Cabernet is hosting a special Paint Your Date night where couples can paint a portrait of each other while sipping wine and enjoying appetizers. Register early at: canvasandcab.com

4. Visit One of the Best Date Restaurants

The Dodge Voice has an excellent list of the best date restaurants in Omaha that cover all the bases. Romance is on the menu so most of these restaurants are offering specials all weekend long. Go ahead and celebrate early, either Friday or Saturday night, and avoid the date-night crowds. Check out the list here.

5. Catch a Classic Film

Mix up your usual movie night out by catching a smaller, independent film instead. Film Streams, Omaha’s nonprofit two-screen theater, will be showing High Noon, The Winding Stream, and the classic fairy-tale masterpiece Beauty and the Beast with a Free Valentine’s Day Screening at 2 pm Valentine’s Day weekend. filmstreams.org

6. Birds and Breakfast

Two Nebraska state parks are planning Valentine’s Day specials this year. Take advantage of Mahoney State Park’s lodging discount and cozy up with special Valentine’s packages for couples who reserve a cabin or lodge room. Ponca State Park is also celebrating with a Birds and Breakfast theme. The package includes participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count, as well as breakfast, lodging discounts and other activities. View all events and make a reservation: outdoornebraska.org

7. Plan a Fancy Brunch

Get dressed up in your Sunday best and hit the town for a fancy brunch instead of dinner. Go all out and treat yourself, and your date, to a brilliant feast of waffles, french toast, and mimosas. You name it, these brunch hotspots in Omaha probably have it.

What’s your favorite place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Omaha? Share with us in the comments and don’t forget the flowers! We have new Valentine’s Day arrangements in the works and all bouquets start at only $39 including delivery.

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