(Tom Dodge photo)

Planning, I'm told, is the key to romancing your sweetest on Valentine's Day. Though I've never had a Valentine's date, I'm not one of those envious spoil sports opposed to love. For those who love dating and outdoor adventure, check out Valentine Venture on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Columbus Zoo.

By participating in this event, you support the zoo's ADOPT an animal program. The event costs $70 per person for members, $75 per person for non-members. Tickets include parking, admission, appetizers, drinks, dinner, a special tour and an ADOPT package with framed animal portrait, certificate and other goodies. Pre-registration is required.

What: Valentine Venture When: 1:30-6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14 Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell [Event page]