7 Things to Do Around Amherst With Your SO This Valentine's Day

As a college student balancing schoolwork, jobs and extracurriculars, sometimes it's hard to venture beyond campus and find things to do in your surrounding area—especially during Valentine's Day, if you're looking to impress someone special. We've come up with seven perfect (and student budget-friendly!) date ideas for when you just want to get away from campus and explore the "real world."

1. Have a romantic meal at Johnny's Tavern.

If you’re looking to do something more traditional in your Valentine’s Day plans, look no further than Johnny’s Tavern in Amherst. This sit-down restaurant provides a cozy atmosphere and a stately escape from college life, even just for a few hours.

2. Take a class at Judie’s Art Bar.

Almost every UMass Amherst student has heard of Judie’s restaurant in downtown Amherst because of their famous popovers and unique ambience. But if you and your SO are looking for something to do after enjoying a delicious meal, consider Judie’s Art Bar. This art bar is located just a few steps away from the restaurant and provides painting classes to help you create beautiful works on canvas.

3. Go bowling.

Bowling may seem like a stereotypical idea, but it can be a fun, low-key date that we don’t have much access to as college students on campus. Spare Time in Northampton can give you the classic bowling experience to spice up your time with your date. You'll be sure to have a ball!

4. Race your SO at Autobahn Indoor Speedway.

If you’ve been to the Hampshire Mall in Hadley recently, you’ve probably noticed one of the newest additions of a race track inside the mall. This is a perfect idea if you’re looking to show off your wild side and don’t want to venture too far from campus. The Hampshire Mall can be found right on the B43 bus route.

5. Discover your favorite spots in Northampton.

Even though Northampton (otherwise known as “Noho”) is not the closest city from campus, it can also be easily accessed through a short, 20-minute bus ride on the B43. There are a variety of restaurants, shops and bars to explore in downtown Noho that will inspire an endless list of future date ideas.

6. See a show in Noho.

Noho is also a great place to go if you and your SO are avid fans of the live music scene. The city has venues like The Calvin Theatre and Pearl Street—don't forget to check out their shows for V-Day!

7. Explore a museum you’ve never been to before.

There are so many museums in the Pioneer Valley that will pique your interest. The Emily Dickinson Museum at Amherst College and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art both feature two icons who made significant contributions to the arts.

What are your plans for Valentine's Day, Collegiettes?

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