Unique Date Nights

When date night arises, we often panic. Whether it is a last minute date or one planned well in advance, make it a unique and unforgettable one. Although there are tons of wonderful restaurants perfect for date night, don’t fall into the norm of a simple dinner date… let us help you think outside the box. Check out some options below to create a fun, romantic and unique date experience!

1. Enroll in a Class Together


Going to class may sound like a chore, but with these classes you will have fun. Learning, laughing, and expanding your creativity together, bringing you closer.

Glass Blowing Class

Located in the heart of downtown Toledo, Gathered Glassblowing Studio is a great way to learn a new art and create a one-of-a-kind glass piece together. Sign up for a public workshop and learn more about each workshop before attending. Plus, with the prime location of the studio, you can enjoy the rest of the downtown scene with events, dinner, and drinks before or after your class. Whether it is a first date or one celebrating years of marriage, this date creates an unforgettable time on the town.

Painting Class with Wine

Whether you majored in art or prefer kids coloring books, a painting class with wine is for all. Create a painted masterpiece with step-by-step instructions from a teacher at Wine & Canvas. Get the creative juices flowing with their full-service bar offering wonderful wines, beer and creative cocktails. View their calendar for locations, that event’s painting, and to register.

Dance Class

Spice things up with a dance lesson at Paulette’s Studio of Dance! Choose either group lessons teaching ballroom, Latin or tango, or a one-on-one private experience, either will provide that unique date you were hoping for. This is an amazing opportunity to learn something new together as a couple — in a fun, carefree and no-judgment environment.

Cooking Class

Get things cooking with a Foodology cooking class. Add some heat to your date with their wide variety of adult-only classes creating dishes, such as fresh pasta, one dish dinner, orsushi. Make sure to register through their calendar because these popular classes fill up quickly!


2. Solve a Mystery


Step into a detective’s shoes for an Escape Game Experience. With different theme choices and multiple rooms in each experience, you and your date will work together to solve murders, mysteries, and supernatural phenomenons. Challenge your knowledge and detective skills to beat the clock and solve the problem. With Escape Game Experience’s convenient location at Fallen Timbers, add a delicious dinner (and drinks) before or after your adventure to complete the date.


3. Admire Beauty Inside or Outside

Northwest Ohio’s beauty is truly remarkable and one that can easily be enjoyed on a date. No matter what the weather, there is plenty of local beauty for you to explore.

For Sunny Days…

Hidden in the city but blooming with colorful and unique plants and flowers, is the Toledo Botanical Garden. With free admission as an added plus, this is a great way to enjoy quality one-on-one time with your significant other, while taking in the impressive scenery. Events, such as arts and music festivals, fill the park on specific summer days, so bring a blanket, pack a lunch, and emerge all your senses on this unique date.

For Rainy Days…

Don’t let the rain or gloomy weather of Ohio stop you from experiencing art and beauty for your date. The Toledo Museum of Art provides exhibits, classes, and a truly awe-inspiring experience. The museum has earned a global reputation for the quality of its collection and innovative educational programs since its founding in 1901. You will find more than 30,000 works of art representing all genres and time periods, in addition to its exciting and ever-changing exhibitions.


4. Attend an Event at the Toledo Zoo


While a visit to the Toledo Zoo makes a wonderful daytime date experience, there are so many events happening at the zoo throughout the year that would make for the perfect date night activity. Simply take a look at their calendar of events to make plans for your romantic night at the zoo. We love is the wine tasting series paired with music and food. A truly memorable night at the zoo!


5. See a Show


Seeing a live show — whether it’s a play, concert or a creative performance — is something truly special. It’s raw, full of emotion, and downright fun for couples, families and groups of friends. Check out the upcoming lineups at some of the best venues around the Toledo area.

Valentine Theatre | Upcoming Events | Toledo

The Stranahan Theater | Upcoming Events | Toledo

Huntington Center | Upcoming Events | Toledo

Promenade Park | Upcoming Events | Toledo

The Village Players Theatre | Upcoming Events | Toledo

Marathon Center for Performing Arts | Findlay

6. Take a Hike


The Toledo area is home to some of the best parks around and depending on your location, there is probably a Toledo Metropark within a few miles for you to explore. Hike the trails, pack a picnic, or learn more about the local natural wonders and animals at any of the parks. There’s a hiking trail suitable for everyone with a wide variance in length, terrain and scenery that accommodates all fitness levels and tolerance. And in colder winter months, these same trails are perfect for snowshoeing or cross country skiing!


7. Brewery Tour / Wine Tasting

Take your drinking up a notch with a behind the scenes complimentary brewery tour at The Black Cloister Brewery. Enjoy delicious food and drinks after learning about the brewing process of their 7 barrel system.

If wine is more your taste, visit the Majestic Oak Winery just outside of Grand Rapids, to sample their wines and local brews while enjoying numerous live bands and events.


8. Play Games


Dave & Buster’s

Take your video game adventure to the next level at Dave & Buster’s. Create friendly competitions on the date with a wide variety of all-aged games. Enjoy the adult-only atmosphere after 11pm on the weekends.


With convenient locations in Toledo and Perrysburg, Reset brings the nostalgic old-school gaming into your date. With over 30 “free-play” classic arcade games and games at the tables, this is a perfect date night ice breaker or friendly competition for spicing up a long-term relationship.

Cedar Point

Just a short drive from the Toledo, Cedar Point provides thrilling adventure to any date. Grab the map because Cedar Point has a wide variety of rides and events, and numerous places to enjoy adult beverages. Plan for a full day date that will be one for the books!


9. Volunteer Together


Make a difference in the community and come together as a couple. Volunteering can give you a sense of meaning and create a connection unlike any other. With lots of opportunities in the Toledo area, you just need to find what is best for you and your date. Consider volunteering at local events such as races and walkathons, cook a meal for families with children in The ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital at Ronald McDonald House, participate in a Friday night food packing for the homeless with Food for Thought, work together building a house with Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, or get out in nature volunteering at one of the Metroparks.


Enjoy Your Date Night!

No matter what unique date night you choose, make it memorable. What date activities do you enjoy for a unique date around the area? Let us know!


Written: Feb 11, 2019

About The Author

Katie Schroeder

Katie Schroeder

Katie is a content specialist for Danberry Realtors. The Home Sweet Toledo blog focuses on community guides + local events, as well as home inspiration + design trends. Enjoy!