6. Name a Roach at the Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo Adopt a RoachPhoto by Julie Larsen Maher courtesy Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo has recently brought back their annual “Name a Roach” program, which allows people to name one of the zoo’s thousands of Madagascar hissing cockroaches for $15. These cockroaches are among the largest species of cockroaches that grow up to 2 or 3 inches. Started in 2011, the Name a Roach program also features roach-scented candles for $30. According to the website, “You don’t always have the right words, but you can still give them goosebumps. Name a Roach for your Valentine, because roaches are forever.”

Also for those 21 and over, the zoo is offering an after-hours event called “Roach Romance” on Valentine’s Day starting at 6:00 p.m. where you can meet the animals up close and learn about laws of attraction in the wild. For those who are “looking for a unique way to spend Valentine’s day that sends shivers down your spine,” the Roach Romance is just for you (wine and chocolate also included).