Date Night Ideas: Get Outside and Move

Date nights were hard enough to come by before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now finding an available sitter, who responsibly socially distances, plus designating the time and money for a date night seem like an impossible luxury. Even if you manage to overcome those hurdles, what do you do? Where do you go? Most typical date night places are closed, bars are breeding grounds for coronavirus, and restaurants continue to close indoor seating due to employees contracting COVID-19. 

But Toledoans are never deterred. When faced with an obstacle, we simply think outside of the box and devise a solution. For the perfect date night away from the kids, try one of these active and socially-distanced options: 

University Parks Trail
University Parks Trail.

Bike along the University/Parks Trail and stop for a meal.

Sylvania River Trail
Sylvania River Trail.

Dinner and drinks after a stroll on The Sylvania River Trail.

    • Stroll down the scenic Sylvania river trail, just south of downtown Sylvania, that runs along Ten Mile Creek from Main Street, passes through the SOMO district, and ends up near the Burger King on Monroe Street.
Inside the Five, Sylvania brewery & restaurant
Inside the Five, Sylvania brewery & restaurant


  • River trail access and parking are available at Root Learning near the Wingate Hotel on Main Street. The trail is ¾ mile one way. 



Riverside Park Perrysburg
Riverside Park Perrysburg.

Dinner and scenic river views at Perrysburg Riverside Park.

  • Park in downtown Perrysburg and cross Front Street to take a short walk to reach the seated area built for gazing upon the natural beauty of the Maumee River. Lounge chairs allow you to sit together comfortably while watching the wonder before you.
  • Stop for dinner before or after Riverside Park at the plethora of restaurants available in downtown Perrysburg, most of which include outdoor seating, such as Swig, Stella’s Restaurant and Bar, and Zingo’s Mediterranean


Erin Schoen Marsh
Erin Schoen Marsh
Erin is a writer/editor, yoga teacher, and mama to two little ones.

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