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By Chris King, Editor-In-Chief —

Typically Valentine’s Day consists of expensive dates to a nice restaurant or expensive presents, but as a college student, you’re probably balling on a budget. Below I compiled a list of 10 Valentine’s Day dates that would great for those students trying to balance their finances on a budget.


If you have plans on Valentine’s Day and want to celebrate a day early, AMC Theaters offers $5 Ticket Tuesday’s for those that are AMC Stub members. Joining the AMC Stub Club is free and the theatre is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga at 311 Broad St. “The Post”, “The Greatest Showman”, “12 strong” and “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” are just a few movies that are currently out in theaters.

Tennessee Aquarium

Throughout the month of February, the Tennessee Aquarium is offering half priced tickets to college students by showing your college ID. General admission tickets are originally $29.95 but college students only pay $15. The discount also applies to the Aquarium IMAX Theatre which is only $6 for college students.

Ice Cream Show & Art District

For the ice cream lovers out there, The Ice Cream Show offers 10 percent off for college students who present their student ID and pay with cash. The Ice Cream Show offers a wide variety of ice cream, frozen yogurt and milkshakes that range in price from $4-$7. Once you get your tasty treat, you can stroll across the Holmberg Glass Walking Bridge to the Bluff View Art District and enjoy unique sculptures and breathtaking views.

Clumpies & Walnut Street Bridge

Another great place for ice cream is at Clumpies, which is located on the Northshore side of Chattanooga. Clumpies has a great variety of tasty treats at a reasonable price. After you get your ice cream, take a walk on the Walnut Street Bridge, which is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

The Hot Chocolatier & Glen Miller Formal Gardens

Located on the Southside part of Chattanooga, The Hot Chocolatier is the perfect place to get a luxurious hot chocolate for about $3.75-$5. Following your tasty treat, take a stroll across the street to the Chattanooga Choo Choo’s Glenn Miller Formal Gardens where you can play a game of life-sized checkers, take a photo with a rail car or shop inside one at Refinery423 Mercantile.

Chattanooga Zoo

For all the animal lovers, the Chattanooga Zoo is a perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $9.95 but those with a military ID receive free admission.

Picnic in Coolidge Park

Despite the gloomy weather in Chattanooga, a picnic in Coolidge Park is a very scenic date idea for Valentine’s Day. Overlooking the Tennessee River, the Walnut Street Bridge and the Market Street Bridge, Coolidge Park is a perfect place to relax and enjoy each other’s company over a picnic

Stringer’s Ridge

If you’re looking for more of a scenic Valentine’s Day, a hike on Stringer’s Ridge is perfect. Stringer’s Ridge is a leisure hike with trails ranging from easy to technical. The beautiful overlook of the Northshore side of Chattanooga is totally worth the hike.

Sunset Rock

To enjoy a beautiful overlook without the hike, Sunset Rock on Lookout Mountain is the perfect romantic spot. Enjoy a beautiful panoramic overlook of the Tennessee Valley but the overlook closes at sunset so be sure to time the trip just right. Sunset is set for approximately 6:20 p.m.

Warehouse Row & Tupelo Honey

Dinner and shopping is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. Warehouse Row is a unique shopping center that consists of shops like Anthropologie, Lululemon, J. Crew, Onward Reserve, The Cosmetic Market and many more. After shopping, enjoy a nice dinner at Tupelo Honey which is located on the outside of Warehouse Row.

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