Hudson Valley Great Dates

Tired of the bar scene? Make Valentine’s Day (or any day) a unique experience: Take your special someone on one of the Valley’s Great Dates

Screen dreams: Take your love life to a new dimension by catching a 3-D flick at the IMAX Theatre at the Palisades Center in West Nyack

Photograph by Chris Ware

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Forget Netflix and the couch. Here are 10 fun and interesting activities — from skating and snowshoeing to shopping, dancing to massage, bowling to opera — sure to impress your sweetheart (along with fabulous places to dine afterwards).

Great Date #1: High School Redux

Like your braces, pimples, and locker combination, your days of canoodling with your sweetheart under the gymnasium bleachers as a DJ plays “Stairway to Heaven” might be gone for good — but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge your inner 10th-grader.

couple bowling

Bowl a few frames at Lucky Strike (there’s a DJ booth and neon lights, unlike the analog lanes of your youth), take a turn on the 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel (two bucks a ride), and get cozy in the dark of the IMAX Theatre (the Steven Spielberg-produced I Am Number Four looks promising) — all at that seminal high school date locale, the mall. (In this case, it’s the Palisades Center in West Nyack — 845-348-1000; Just make sure to get home before curfew.

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