Boston’s Best Valentine’s Day Dates For Parents

February 7, 2014 6:00 AM

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Getting a single date night in a year is not as easy as it should be for parents, especially new parents and those with young children. That is why so many parents go out of their way to have a very special night on Valentine’s Day. Boston accommodates lovebirds with children every year, with both special Valentine’s Day offerings and some romantic date options that are available any time of year. The only thing standing between Boston-area couples and a great night is a babysitter.
(Photo from Liberty Hotel/Facebook)

(Photo from Liberty Hotel/Facebook)

“The Key” From Clink
Liberty Hotel
215 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 224-4000

It is difficult to be spontaneous and perhaps a bit naughty as a parent. If that is what a pair of parents is in need of come Valentine’s Day, the Liberty Hotel and its restaurant Clink have the evening covered. By ordering “The Key” cocktail from the bar, which has a notable price tag attached to it, couples get two drinks and the key to a room upstairs. After finishing their drinks in this former prison with cells still standing, they get to go upstairs to a room specially prepared with a few romantic and spicy details. The room also comes with a late checkout, so do not go to bed early.

Photo Credit: Boston Wine School

Photo Credit: Boston Wine School

In Love With Wine And Chocolate
Boston Wine School
1354 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 784-7150

Date: Feb. 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Boston Wine School has classes that not only offer students food and wine, but also offer a little education on the topic of pairing and other aspects of choosing a good wine. On Valentine’s Day, the school offers a special class that combines wine and chocolate to create a romantic and tantalizing experience. This is perfect for parents who often find themselves entertaining at home because of their responsibilities. Learning a few things that will please future guests while having a romantic evening is multitasking at its best.

Photo Credit: Aquitaine

Photo Credit: Aquitaine

569 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 424-8577

While the Italian is great in the North End, the South End in Boston has a gem with an authentic French dinner menu that will make any evening a winner. Inevitable time constraints mean parents are very often stuck eating what kids will eat. On Valentine’s Day, skip the dinosaur-shaped entrees and eat the arguably most romantic cuisine in the world for a mid-range price that will not hurt too much at the end of the night. Just be sure to make a reservation.

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Photo Credit: Spirit of Boston

Photo Credit: Spirit of Boston

Boston Harbor Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise
Spirit of Boston
200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210
(866) 310-2469

Parents can get the feeling of a getaway without leaving the state if they opt for a Boston Harbor cruise from Spirit of Boston on Valentine’s Day. Get out on the water, dance, walk around the boat while taking in the stars and still get home by midnight. Dinner is buffet style, but catered to the occasion. Couples get at least one glass of champagne, depending on their package. It is an evening to remember provided by one of the most prominent harbor cruise lines in Boston.

The Comedy Studio
1238 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-6507

The Comedy Studio is open on Valentine’s Day in 2014 (and six nights a week, every week), meaning parents in the area can go out for a laugh on this precious night. Kids’ television has its funny moments. However, every adult needs a little humor that is more their speed every now and then. Besides, few things are as romantic as smiling and laughing all night with a partner. It is quite inexpensive to get in the club, which is a casual melting pot for local comedians. The Comedy Studio is a place to kick back, have a few drinks and see comedians in an intimate venue. For Valentine’s Day 2014, enjoy the work of Rick Canavan hosting Al Park, Christa Weiss and Jeff Wiles.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at