Today’s post is all about date night ideas to get you “out of the box”… Literally.
There’s no reason that every date night should consist of dinner and a movie. Not to say there is anything wrong with the classic date night run down, but sometimes it’s fun to spice things up and try something new!
While most of these little rendezvouses are based on Denver locations, the same ideas can be implemented in different cities… all you have to do is be creative and don’t worry, I’ll help!
I’ve also linked the most recent Date Night look I sported for you!! You can shop it here, or visit Intrigue Boutique in Denver. (I’m wearing a Medium, so it fits through the torso!)
Fasten your booties, the fun is just about to start! Here’s 10 great date night ideas you’ll want to do this summer::
1) Fun in the Sun
Take a basket of food and a blanket to a pretty park! Some call this a picnic, but we are going to take it one step further. If you’ve known your partner for a while, I implore you grab a few 5 gallon buckets (12 to be exact), two toy basketballs (about 5” in diameter), and a 6 (or 12) pack of beer. You’ll want to fill one of these buckets with water, because you, my dear, are going to be playing bucket pong!!
2) Need for Speed
Another great date night idea is extreme go cart racing! Unser racing is an awesome, out of the norm track located minutes from Downtown Denver. The thrill of the track and the competitive environment is a blast. The experience offers hours of laughs and memories!
3) A Day at the Track
Another great way to get the fun, competitive juices flowing is to hit the local horse races. Although, instead of being on opposite sides, you’ll be cheering for the same team. Take some cash and place a few bets! You’ll have a blast watching all the horses cross the finish line.
4) Pamper Me at the Spa
Yes, I know... Spas are SO EXPENSIVE. So instead of breaking the bank, I'm suggesting you bring the spa home. Spend a few dollars and get the essentials of baby manicures, some bath salts, some fun face masks, a cucumber, and some scented lotion! Before you start your day at home, plan out the flow to "treatments" and have robes ready. Start by filling the bathtub with warm water, you can soak your feet and enjoy a nice glass of champagne while talking. Then, move to the kitchen table for baby manicures. After your feeling relaxed, take turns giving each other hand and shoulder massages! Finally, apply the face masks and cucumbers, while playing some relaxing music, sit back and enjoy :) Head to the shower after for a clean fresh feeling!
If you’re looking to stay local, or want to stick closer to the “norm” the next three suggestions are for you!!
5) A Modern Day Dinner and a Movie
While the cliché of dinner and a movie can be uninviting, a new kind of theater has made its way to Denver! The Alamo Drafthouse is a new take on an old idea… They offer a full service bar and restaurant, all served while you are watching your movie. Not only is the food amazing, but the theaters are small and eclectic, making the entire experience a joy!
6) Tapas and Dessert
Have you been to a restaurant where everything looks so amazing, you can’t help but want to try everything? It’s so hard not to order 6 things... Luckily, some genius came up with the idea of tapas. One of Denver’s top-rated restaurant, Linger, is a tapas style eatery! They offer an amazing selection of shared plates to be enjoyed by the whole table. Trust me, the food is absolutely amazing and you’re guaranteed to leave happy—just make sure you leave room for the ice cream shop next door! Little Man Ice Cream is hand down the best craft ice-cream place in Denver. My personal favorite is the Salted Carmel!
7) A Different Kind of Adventure
Looking for something totally different? One of the coolest dessert spots we’ve found around Denver is a little place called the Inventing Room, located in LoDo. They hand create every dessert to order, specially crafted to smoke with liquid nitrogen. Don’t let the idea scare you… the food is not only a work of art, it’s so tasty! We had a blast mixing and matching our desert choices with some friends recently… most importantly, there wasn’t a single item I didn’t love!
Wanting to do something a bit more physical??
8) Go for a Nature Hike
Getting some fresh air is a sure fire way to enjoy your day! Now bring someone you love along and make it all the more fun. The Flatirons hike, located just outside of Boulder, is one of Andrew’s and mine favorite paths near Denver. Boulder is a short drive from the city and offers a multitude of restaurants and shopping to visit after your workout! If you are visiting for a date, stop by Cantina Laredo for a bite to eat!
9) Staying “In-the-Box”
Sometimes staying “in-the-box” is the most effective way to be creative… literally. If you are looking for a totally different kind of date, you can always check out different athletic boxes! Trying a new class, at a new place, is a great way to break out of the routine and do something healthy as bonding time! Many boxes offer one time passes, for a small fee, to try out a group class or use the facilities! If you fall in love with these types of dates, you can always check out Class Pass, a membership program that allows you to hop gyms and try all of their classes for a small price!
Lastly, this post just wouldn’t be as personal if I didn’t include our favorite date night!
10) Wine/Liquor Tasting
Often times, Andrew and I will venture out and find a new winery or distillery we haven’t tried. We love trying different kinds of wine and spirits! While the actually drinking is fun, probably one of my favorite parts is we act silly and pretend to be snobby/experts while we are tasting. Sometimes we speak in accents or try to guess what foods would pair perfectly with our samples. No matter where we are, it’s always a good time!