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Not a traditionalist? Three alternatives to typical Valentine’s Day dates

Wanting a different kind of Valentine's Day experience for you and yours? Here are three ideas to consider.

CLEVELAND — Valentine’s Day is a time for couples to put aside the rigors of work and another challenges and come together to enjoy each other’s company, but what if the traditional date nights do not hold your interest?

Not one for a quiet night out for a candlelight dinner? Does a trip to the theater to see a movie, musical or concert not intrigue you?

Not to worry.

While there are a myriad of Valentine’s Day events happening in and around Cleveland this weekend, Northeast Ohio has plenty of non-holiday related activities on the schedule that can be enjoyed as well.

Here is a look at three activities for non-traditional Valentine’s Day dates.

Dog Adoption

What better way to show love on Valentine’s Day than opening your home to a new member of the family?

There are dozens of animals (dogs, cats and more exotic pets) looking for their forever homes and area rescues offer a variety of after-work hours (Friday) along with windows for visiting and meeting with potential adoptions on the weekend.

The Cleveland Animal Protective League, Berea Animal Rescue Friends and the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria are just some of the many animal rescues open this weekend and looking to place their animals in loving homes.

Axe Throwing

Looking for a new adventure?

Always wonder what it was like to be a timber sports athlete?

Well, here is your chance.

Class Axe Cleveland Axe Throwing has available spots throughout the weekend, but they are going fast. To book a window, go to clevelandaxethrowing.com. Individual spots are $32 each.

Before entering the throwing arena, all participants must first take a safety course.

Cleveland Golf and Travel Show

Who says golf is just for the boys on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon?

This weekend, the Cleveland Golf and Travel Show comes to the I-X Center next to the airport today and runs through Sunday, February 16.

Once in the show, golfers can visit manufacturers demo ranges, as well as participant in long drive, long putt, Myrtle Beach World AM Hole-in-One, Guess Your Yardage and Golf Darts competitions, along with free PGA instruction.

 Tickets to get into the Cleveland Golf Show and Travel Show cost $12, while children 12 and under are free. The individual activities cost between $5 and $6 per event. Paid admission to the show comes with a complimentary subscription to Golf Magazine.