The thought of Valentine’s Day often elicits visions of chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, truffles and any sweet treat that let’s your significant other know just how much you care about them.

Everything is fine in moderation, but if you’re looking for a way to help you and your Valentine feel the love without packing on the pounds, check out this round up of events and places you can visit on the day of love this year.

Valentine paddle trip with Pack and Paddle

If you’re in the mood for some adventure this Valentine’s Day Pack & Paddle has you covered with their Valentines Romance Paddle.

Although this excursion is on the pricey side, it does include a meal, wine and live music.

The event guides will leisurely lead paddlers on a trip around Lake Martin and afterwards the group will head back to Pack & Paddle where a meal and glass of wine will be waiting for them.

The meal will include a salad, main course and special dessert served by Pack & Paddle staff.

Local artists will play in the background as couples enjoy spending time with each other and their newfound friends from the paddle.

To register for the event visit


Rock Climbing at Southern Stone Indoor Climbing

What better way to get close to someone then to trust them with your life as they belay you to the ground.

While that may be a bit of an overstatement, it is nice to have someone you trust keeping you anchored at the bottom of the wall you’re trying to scale.

This Valentine’s Day the gym will offer a class on Advanced Climbing, but Climbing Basics Classes are offered at other times throughout the month.

You can snag an all-day climbing pass complete with gear for $20 and of course double the price if you’re treating your significant other to the climb.

The gym offers climbers the ability to take part in Bouldering, Top-Roping and Sport Climbing.

For a description of the various styles of climbing or to fill out your online waiver, visit


Partner Yoga at Down Dog Yoga

Although this class is not exclusively for lovers, the class will consist of partner poses to help you and your partner get in sync.

A study done in 2010 found that nonverbal matching can help partners feel emotionally attuned with each other and subjects also reported feeling more bonded with their partner afterwards.

General Manager Frances Perez said, “We are going to have partner poses but you don’t have to bring a significant other, you could bring a friend, mom or dad. I’m not just promoting it as a Valentines event because I think we should share love every day, not just on Valentine’s Day. It’s a great opportunity to build community and celebrate love, humanity and community.”

Live music will be played during the event; the infra-red lights will be turned to keep the room at a reasonable temperature and everyone who signs up will be automatically entered into a drawing.

You can sign up online at


Take a hike at Chicot State Park or at through Acadiana Park’s nature trails

Since this holiday is designed to help you and your significant other relax, getting away from the hustle and bustle of life and into nature may be just what you need to unwind and reconnect

Acadiana Park is located on the North side of Lafayette and offers six miles of hiking trails in addition to the Acadiana Park Nature Station.

The trails are for foot traffic only, but dogs are allowed.

If you prefer a getaway into nature, consider booking a cabin at Chicot State Park and taking a hike on the trail surrounding Lake Chicot or cycling on the roadways throughout the park.

For more information about the parks visit or


Pick up healthy snacks from Sandra’s Cafe

If you work up an appetite after your workout but want to fuel up the right way check out Sandra’s Café for all your snacking needs.

This little gem is tucked back off Johnston Street, and offers healthy plate lunches as well as sweets made with natural ingredients.

They also sell fresh produce in case you and your date decide to throw together a spontaneous, nutritious dinner.

Whatever Valentine’s activity you choose there are lots of ways to get your blood pumping and avoid a sugar coma during this holiday of love in Acadiana.