It’s not that we don’t love a day about love; it’s just that Valentine’s Day can be...typical. Roses and fancy dinners, champagne, and sunsets—enough to make single people roll their eyes. Whether you have a honey and want a change of pace, or you’re single and just not in the mood to mingle, we have six ways to spend Valentine’s Day that are a little nontraditional. No fancy dinners here, just unique ways to enjoy the day no matter who you’re with!

1. Hit the lanes and pool tables. Go out with friends or family for a night of fun at Inman’s Bowling and Recreation Center in Valparaiso. It has 32 lanes as well as an arcade, skating, and more.

A woman leans over a billiards table shooting pool balls.

2. Feed your inner history buff. PoCoMuse hosts exhibits on Porter County’s rich history, telling the area's stories of the past, present, and future. Afterwards, stroll around the square in downtown Valparaiso and view the historic courthouse, 1871 Porter County Jail, and the Memorial Opera House.

3. Bring the discs. Porter County is home to a number of disc golf courses, but one of our favorites is Countryside Park in Portage. This course has several challenging twists and turns, so it will keep you coming back to master it.

4. Eat BBQ. You can find many barbeque spots on our website, but we have to recommend Wagner's Ribs! The restaurant is 21 and older, but they do have takeout if you want to share with little ones.

A square plate sits on a table with ribs, cross-cut potatoes, and pancakes. A beer, silverware, and salt and pepper shakers sit on the table.

5. Take out something new. Our Activities Guide lists hundreds of restaurants in the Indiana Dunes area, showing which ones offer take-out or delivery. So order to-go from a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. Take it somewhere awesome, like a winter picnic at the national park or home to binge on Netflix.

6. Hit the beach. No seriously. It’s not just for summer. Bundle up tight and get a glimpse of what Lake Michigan looks like in winter. If you’re lucky, you might see some shelf ice formations (video below), or you’ll see some beautiful birds overlooked or hidden in other seasons.