8. Go on Green-Wood Cemetery’s “Happily Never After” Tour

Canda Grave at Green-Wood CemeteryPhoto courtesy The Green-Wood Historic Fund

Forget the fancy dinner, Broadway show, and the expensive box of chocolates. Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is offering a “Happily Never After” tour on Valentine’s Day from noon until 2:00 p.m. The tour covers the heartbreaks and complex relationships of many writers, artists, and historical figures. According to the event’s website, “you’ll learn about star-crossed Victorian lovers, Charlotte Canda and Charles Jarrett; Henry Ward Beecher’s scandalous affair with Elizabeth Tilton; the tragic death of Theodore Roosevelt’s wife on Valentine’s Day; and more.”

Green-Wood was founded in 1838 and is a Revolutionary War historic site where the Battle of Long Island was fought. While there, check out the graves of Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Horace Greeley, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and many other influential and figures. Tickets are available on Green-Wood’s website for $25.