Love is in the crisp Colorado air, and what better way to celebrate than by exploring Denver's vibrant outdoors with your significant other? For active couples — and those embracing a healthy lifestyle in 2024 — here at Shea Homes® we’ve curated a list of the best local date spots that perfectly blend romance with adventure. From scenic trails and breathtaking sights to the thrill of ice fishing and the grace of ice skating, Denver and its surrounding areas offer myriad opportunities for a memorable Rocky Mountain romance.
Romantic Trail Adventures
One of the best ways to get your high-altitude hearts beating is to take a leisurely hike along one of Denver's picturesque trails. Although it’s easy to explore the great outdoors from the comfort of your Shea Homes® community, it’s also nice to discover somewhere new! Head out to the stunning paths of Mount Falcon Park for a blend of beginner and moderate routes that allow you to customize the experience based on your fitness and experience levels. These trails are ideal for hiking, walking, birding, and more — plus the breathtaking views and invigorating alpine breeze provide the perfect backdrop for intimate conversations. 

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Discovering Denver's Botanic Gardens
What better way to connect with the one you cherish most than by creating memories with the entire clan? Embark on a creative journey with the whole family at the Denver Botanic Gardens Family Make and Take program, where you can design a unique Valentine's display as a group using an array of dried natural plant parts and crafting treasures. Once your masterpiece is complete, venture into the magical world of the Orchid Showcase at the Gardens — their self-guided scavenger hunt unveils the captivating secrets of these exquisite flowers. It's a delightful blend of hands-on creativity and floral wonders, making for a memorable and enchanting experience for you and your loved ones.

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Winter Wonderland Ice Skating
Embrace the winter charm by heading to one of Denver's outdoor ice skating rinks. The Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park is a popular choice, offering a festive atmosphere with twinkling lights and the backdrop of the cityscape. Hold hands, glide across the ice, and enjoy the romantic ambiance — we promise this will be a date to remember! The rink features free admission and will stay open until February 11 — for an added touch of fun and romance, consider warming up afterward with a cup of coffee at one of the many nearby charming cafes.

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Reeling in Ice Fishing at Chatfield Reservoir
For a unique and adventurous date, venture to Chatfield Reservoir for a day of ice fishing. Surrounded by beautiful rolling foothills, this wildlife oasis is located close to all of our Colorado communities and provides a serene setting for couples to connect while trying their luck at an exciting new activity. The reservoir is well-stocked with rainbow trout, walleye, yellow perch, bluegill, and crappie — and the Colorado Division of Wildlife frequently replenishes their numbers, so don’t worry about arriving late in the season. Bundle up, bring some hot cocoa, and relish the tranquility of the frozen lake with your special someone.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Rockies
For a truly unforgettable Valentine's Day experience, consider an early morning hot air balloon ride over the majestic Rockies. Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights takes off just east of Boulder and offers balloons capable of accommodating six to ten guests, with options for both private flights and larger balloons. You even have the unique opportunity to engage in both the exciting inflation and deflation processes! As you soar above the snow-covered landscape, share a magical moment with your sweetie and witness the breathtaking views that only a bird's-eye perspective can offer.

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This Valentine's Day, ditch the traditional dinner date for an outdoor adventure that combines romance with the beauty of Colorado's natural surroundings. Whether you're strolling along scenic trails, embracing the winter wonderland on an ice-skating rink, or trying your hand at ice fishing, Denver has something for every active couple. So, grab your hiking boots, bundle up, and make this upcoming holiday an exploration of love in the great outdoors that surrounds our beloved Colorado communities. Happy Valentine's Day to the adventurous souls seeking a heartwarming and active celebration from all of us at Shea Homes®! And if you’re ready to make a move into a home you’ll cherish nearly as much as your partner and family, get in touch with us ASAP.

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