This post is written by Maggie Mecklenborg, membership services coordinator for Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @MaggieMeck.

February is almost here, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t settle for just a typical dinner. Heat up your relationship with one of these hot Columbus date night ideas that will surely impress your significant other.The Refined Couple – For those who love art, wander down to the new Short North Arts District’s boutique hotel, Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph. Inside the hotel you will find the newest Cameron Mitchell concept, The Guild House, which offers a refined farm-to-table cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients. After dinner walk down to Brandt-Roberts Galleries located at 642 North High Street. This fine art gallery carries both historic paintings as well as works by outstanding present-day artists.

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The Adventurous Couple – If you are an adrenaline junky, venture over to Grand Prix Karting home of the longest indoor karting track in America! Get in the action with your date as you step into an adult Sodi kart reaching speeds up to 30 mph. Or, bust a move with your partner! Dance the night away in at Lincoln Street Salsa Saturdays at Dance Plus in Grandview Heights. No experience is necessary so beginners, intermediate and pros are all welcome! Beginner dance lesson start between 8 and 9 p.m. and the open dancing goes until midnight. dates 1

Intellectual Couple- Start your date off exploring COSI’s 300 interactive exhibits throughout themed exhibition areas.  If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to check out the new Planetarium—the largest in Ohio! The Planetarium features state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection system and 60-foot dome that will transport you to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, to undersea volcanoes and distant lands, and even into the human body. Also, don’t forget about “Progress”, my personal favorite exhibit, where you can travel through time and interact with technology from 1898 and 1962. Once you work up your appetite head over to historic German Village for dinner and drinks at the intimate G. Michaels located on 595 S. Third St. G. Michaels focuses on using local, seasonal food as much as possible and source most of their products from central Ohio growers and producers. After dinner get lost in a book, or a maze of books! Walk down Third Street and finish your night by browsing and the 32 rooms of The Book Loft.