Don't just settle for a card and a box of chocolates this Valentine's Day. There are so many things to do in New Jersey to make this year's holiday a romantic and memorable one. Whether you're planning an exciting first date or searching for the perfect romantic getaway, there's something sweet for everyone right here in the Garden State. Here's your guide to dazzling date ideas for a special Valentine's Day in New Jersey!


1. Luxuriate in Atlantic City

If you haven't "Done AC" in recent years, then you are certainly missing out. Atlantic City has grown tremendously, offering remarkable experiences from some of the best spas, restaurants, shopping, hotels, entertainment and of course exciting casinos around. We recommend the Pool at Harrah's Resort for a unique indoor oasis, a relaxing spa at Borgata, any of the amazing restaurants at Tropicana, or an atmospheric dining experience at Chelsea Prime located in the city's beautiful boutique hotel, The Chelsea.


2. Stay the night at a beautiful Bed & Breakfast

Did you know that New Jersey is packed with lovely award-winning inns and cottages throughout the state? In North Jersey, we recommend one of Inn Traveler Magazine's Top Ten in the US Bed & Breakfast places, Whistling Swann Inn Bed & Breakfast of Stanhope, NJ. For Central Jerseyans, the beautifully quaint The Woolvertom Inn of Stockton offers a romantic package that includes all the Valentine's Day necessities: roses, chocolate, champagne, dinner, a massage, and more! If you live in South Jersey or are able to take the trip, look no further than gorgeous and romantic Cape May for all your Bed & Breakfast desires. With picturesque scenery all around, Cape May has wide range of Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inns - check them out here.


3. Bask in the views on a Romantic Cruise

Take your Valentine on a landmark tour full of breathtaking views of the New York City skyline on the Spirit of New Jersey cruise! Spend the evening aboard the festive Spirit and you and your sweetheart can enjoy great food, entertainment, dancing, amazing views and strolls beneath the stars. No need to worry about February's cold temperatures either, the Spirit has warm and lovely climate-controlled decks, creating the perfect ambiance to make the holiday special for you and your Valentine.


4. Soar the sky on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Feeling adventurous in 2013? Sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet with New Jersey's oldest and most experienced hot air balloon company, Have Balloon Will Travel of Phillipsburg. Experience the open air and great views from high above the farmlands of Warren and Hunterdon counties and the Delaware River on a romantic ride with your Valentine.


5. Explore the excitement of Ballroom Dancing



Whether you're starting a new romance or re-kindling an existing relationship, getting close on the dance floor is a great way to spend Valentine's Day. If you aren't sure where to go, check out one of New Jersey's highly recommended Fred Astaire Dance studio locations. Dance your way to love while learning some of the most romantic Ballroom and Latin dances, just like those performed on the TV hit, Dancing with the Stars!


Of course there's always dinner and a movie, wine tasting, or a visit to one of New Jersey's many great attractions if you are planning a date for Valentine's Day. What places would you recommend for a great date in the Garden State? Comment with your answers below!