If you’re looking for something different this Valentine’s Day, look no further. We’ve compiled 10 distinctively non-traditional Valentine’s Day activities across the Southeast that will stimulate your intellect and senses; with or without a partner.
1. See the latest art-science exhibit at Art.Science.Gallery
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Where: Austin, Texas
When: January 17 through February 28. Open until 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day
For the well-rounded techie who has an appreciation for art with a dose of science and design, Austin’s Art. Science. Gallery is the place to go for “art-science fusion of all kinds.” Their latest exhibit titled Ins & Outs looks at the interaction of micro and macro elements in our universe.
If you missed the opening reception on January 17, you still have a chance to see original works by Austin-based design studio CogDut along with special guest artists.
2. Test your skills at a hackathon
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Where: Miami, FL
When: Friday, February 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Join the South Florida Emerging Technology group for their 2015 Kick Off Session to learn more about “new and emerging technologies from wearables, internet of everything and beyond.” Visit the group’s Meetup page for the full agenda and location details.
3. Immerse yourself in the history of radio technology and electronics
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Where: Asheville, N.C.
When: Friday, February 13, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s campus for a tour of the Southern Appalachian Radio Museum.
4. Enjoy an evening stargazing at Tampa, Fla.’s Museum of Science and Industry
Where: Tampa, Fla.
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015. Two showings: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Saunders Planetarium’s state-of-the-art star projector — the GOTO Space Simulator Chronos projection system– can recreate the night sky from any time in less than 20 seconds from the past, present, and future from anywhere on the planet!
5. Fall in love with a new brew at a free beer tasting
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Where: Durham, N.C.
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
6. Indulge your inner Trekkie, discover the real United Federation of Planets
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Where: Atlanta, Ga.
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Find out where Spock’s home planet Vulcan is located! Learn where the real stars and objects mentioned in the Star Trek series are located in an interactive afternoon at the Fernbank Science Center produced by the Atlanta Astronomy Club and organized by the Atlanta Science Tavern.
7. Grok about the future of FinTech
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Where: Nashville, Tenn.
When: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 11:30 am
Rub shoulders with tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at a panel discussion on the future of the FinTech industry by the Venture Nashville Connections.
8. Skip the crowds; order new American cuisine take-out with a molecular twist
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Where: 5 Loaves 2 Fish Mobile Kitchen, Jacksonville, Fla.
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015, lunch order service: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days for restaurants across the country. Why not enjoy contemporary American cuisine from the comfort of your home or even the beach? The 5 Loaves 2 Fish Mobile Kitchen is a food truck featuring classic American dishes with regional influences. The menu changes daily but the food truck offers online ordering wherein the web menu is synced with the daily menu offered at the truck. Online orders can be picked up and enjoyed onsite or at home.
9. Become a better smartphone photographer
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Where: Raleigh, N.C.
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Book a photo workshop with Triangle Glides for a 90-minute walking tour designed to teach the technical and creative fundamentals of taking great photos on your smartphone.
10. Take a day hike with some of the coolest gadgets on the market
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Where: Chattanooga, Tenn.
When: Parks open until dusk
The great outdoors can feel even greater with the help of fun, ultra-portable gear. Check out some of these high-tech tools and toys before taking the short, six-mile drive to beautiful Lookout Mountain Conservancy.
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