I met some mom friends recently for coffee and I asked them about ‘date night’. Based on their facial expressions, I could tell that I had touched on a sensitive topic.
Each started sharing their date night woes:
“We can never find a sitter on a Saturday night.”
“There are no good movies out right now.”
“I can’t stay up that late.”
“It is just way too expensive.”
And, of course, “There is nothing fun to do in this town.”
I totally channeled my inner Cher and let out an intense “As if !” (Yes, I was a huge “Clueless” fan back in the day.) There is SO much to do in Toledo for a date night or even a date day – getting together with your significant other doesn’t have to be at night. It doesn’t have to be on a Saturday. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Let’s start thinking outside the dinner-and-a-movie date night box, trying things outside our comfort zones. Trying new things together not only helps to add a thrill to the date but can also rekindle that spark!
To encourage out-of-the-box thinking, here is a list of places to go and things to do for your next date.
Heat things up at Gathered Glassblowing Studio
What better way to enjoy your date in the Glass City than by making your own awesome creations out of glass? Sign up for a public workshop today, no experience is necessary. Step-by-step instructions are provided and you get to take home an awesome glass masterpiece!
Also, on the 3rd Thursday of every month, the studio has Hot Glass, Cold Beer, and Cool Music Night, in conjunction with the 3rd Thursday Art Loop.
$40+ | 23 N. Huron St.
419-262-5501 | gatheredglass.com
Find Cupid’s Arrow at AJ Archery
Channel your inner Merida (from “Brave”) at AJ Archery Range. Learn safety & range rules, basic shooting instruction, and target shooting from Coach AJ Berning-Matell, a certified USA Archery Level 3-NTS coach. Date night sessions are two hours and cost $30 per couple. Call to set up your date night today!
$30| 425 Jefferson Ave. | 2nd floor
419-474-1103 | ajarchery.com
Rev your engines at Sportway
Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Brace yourself for a date night jammed pack full of fun! Start your engines with the go-karts, take three adrenaline-inducing laps around the course, then let your competitive side out a bit as you challenge your date to a round of miniature golf. Finally, end the date practicing your swings in the batting cage.
$20 | 5950 Angola Rd.
419-867-1006 | sportwayinc.com
Enjoy kayaking, biking, and more at Toledo Metroparks
This is the perfect outdoor date on a dime! Get outside together and enjoy all the beauty around you at one of Toledo’s amazing Metroparks. There is a nice variety of things to do when you visit including, paddle boating ($5 at Pearson Park), fishing, hiking, biking, stand-up paddle boards, kayaking (Farnsworth Park $10-$25). And don’t forget to pack a romantic picnic.
Free | metroparkstoledo.com
Enjoy a relaxing, stress-free day on the river together. River Lures Kayaking takes care of everything, life jacket, paddle, and get this–if you bring your bicycle, staff members will transport it down to you after your kayak trip. They pick up the kayaks and then you and your love can pedal back up the beautiful towpath toward Grand Rapids and meet back at the store.
Kayaking: $10+ | At the Farnsworth Metropark
8505 S. River Rd. | Waterville
419-832-0989 | riverlureskayaking.com
Play detective on a Murder Mystery Dinner Train
This is a one-of-a-kind date night that is sure to be a memorable experience! Who did it? Enjoy fine dining while participating in a humorous table-side murder mystery, on a train! (Rated PG-13 of course)
$69+ | 301 E. Adrian St. | Blissfield, MI
1-888- 467-2451 | murdermysterytrain.com
Spread your wings at the Wheeler Butterfly House
Talk about romantic: you and your love can observe more than 1,000 butterflies fluttering around to classical music. The experience that might lower your cortisol levels and re-ignite that spark. Feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy on the grounds.
$9 | 11455 Obee Rd. | Whitehouse
419-877-2733 | wheelerfarms.com
Discover new flavors with Cooking Classes at Dégagé Jazz Café
Calling all foodies! Chef Mike Lambert, native Toledoan, shares his farm-to-table passion with monthly cooking classes, seasonal menu, locally grown-and-sourced produce, meats, and dairy.
$55+ | 301 River Rd. | Maumee | 419-794-8205
Spend a romantic night away at Belamere Suites
Get a babysitter, bribe a friend, beg Grandma and Grandpa…. do whatever you need to do to enjoy a night away at this boutique hotel. Tripadvisor ranked Belamere Suites as one of the 10th Most Romantic Hotels in the United States, and we’re inclined to agree— jacuzzi suites, pools, wine baskets, luxurious accommodations, and plenty of rose petals make this stylish get-a-way the perfect place to relax.
Prices range | 12200 Williams Rd. | Perrysburg
419-874-2233 | belameresuites.com