5 Active Date Ideas to Get Your Heart Pumping this Valentine's Day


Valentine’s Day means a box of chocolates, a cheesy card, and maybe a bouquet of grocery store flowers, right? Not anymore! We believe Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show the people in your life just how much you care about them. At Happy + Hale we show you love by providing tasty and healthy food every single day! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we encourage you to get creative this year and show the people in your life just how much they mean to you by planning an exciting AND good-for-you date. To celebrate, we’ve partnered with Great Outdoor Provision Co. to round up five adventurous date ideas as a reminder that Valentine’s Day doesn’t always mean dinner for two at a fancy restaurant.


Great Outdoor Provision Co. is a specialty outdoor retailer based in North Carolina. Their shops are filled with gear and clothing for life outside; work and play. We linked a few of our favorite products for each activity listed below to highlight their wide variety of merchandise.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is the perfect balance of adventure, trust, breaking comfort zones, and fun! Plus, you won’t have to worry about the weather ruining your date. The Triangle Rock Club (which has three locations in the Triangle), and Climb @ Blue Ridge (only 20 minutes North of Greenville) are both great places to learn the basics and try your hand at this challenging, yet oh so rewarding sport.


Great Outdoor Provision Co. climbing products:




Explore a *New Local Trail

This may seem like an obvious choice, but with so many beautiful trails in the Triangle, we challenge you to explore a hike you’ve never been on before. Sunset smoothies, lake views, chirping birds, and your best friend...sounds exactly like how we want to spend our Valentine’s Day.

Here are a few of our favorite local hikes…


Sycamore Trail in William B. Umstead State Park

Cox Mountain Trail in Eno River State Park

Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail in Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Durant Nature Preserve

Great Outdoor Provision Co. hiking products:



Group Exercise Class

With so many great fitness options in the Triangle you can’t go wrong with this active date idea. Kick off your date with a high intensity, sweaty workout class, follow it up with a tasty bowl from H+H, and maybe even a massage--now you’re speaking our love language.

Some of our local favorites include…

FlowCorps, FlyWheel, Midtown Yoga, and Core Fitness


Great Outdoor Provision Co. workout gear:



Indoor Trampoline Park

No, trampoline parks are not just for tweens on a Friday night. Nothing sparks true love more than a little healthy competition, so try your hand at a ninja obstacle course or a few rounds of extreme dodgeball. You’ll be laughing so much you’ll forget you’re actually burning hundreds of calories.


Overnight Backpacking Trip

Perhaps the most adventurous date option on the list, an overnight backpacking trip is the perfect opportunity to disconnect and reconnect! Great Outdoor Provision Co. offers a Get Backpacking! program to teach you back country fundamentals, how to be a better backpacker, and introduces you to beautiful trips to start exploring on your own.

Great Outdoor Provision Co. backpacking gear:



Head over to our Instagram page to enter our Valentine’s Day giveaway to win a gift card to Happy + Hale and Great Outdoor Provision Co. so you have no excuses holding you back from planning an amazing date this Valentine’s Day.

Don’t forget to tag us when you post pictures from your perfect, endorphine-filled date so we can share the Happy + Hale love and inspire others to get out and get active!


Photos by Cole Gillespie