A collection of colorful Valentine's Day cards
Courtesy of South Street Seaport Museum

Love is in the air in New York City as Valentine’s Day approaches. This weekend, there are tons of exciting events to celebrate with the ones you love. Here, we bring you 10 alternative and unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in NYC. From making Valentines like a 19th-century sailor to visiting the most romantic landmarks in the city, choose which adventure you love best!

1. Name a Roach

Roses are red and violets are blue, how would feel about a roach named after you? This year the Bronx Zoo has brought back its unique dedication service of Name a Roach. “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,” their website advertises. Now, whether you want to do this for someone you love, or an ex, is up to you.

The program allows you to name one of the zoo’s thousands of Madagascar hissing cockroaches for $15. The recipient will receive a digital certificate, or you can purchase a bundle that includes a roach tumbler, a tote bag, and even a virtual meet and greet with a real-life roach. Also for those 21 and over, the zoo is hosting an after-hours event called “Roach Romance” on Saturday, February 11th at 6:00 p.m. where you can meet the animals up close and taste sustainably grown chocolates paired with wine.