Date Night in Gainesville

couple playing shooting games while visiting an amusement parkThe only thing worse than having nothing to do on a Friday night is the pressure of a new date to do it with. Whether you’ve been together a day, a month, or many years, every couple benefits from spicing things up on date night. And lucky for you, Gainesville is a perfect place for couples. To help you find the romance in our city, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite unconventional ways to step out on the town.

For Adventure…

Hit the water. Try a kayaking trip down the Ichetucknee River, or paddleboarding on Lake Santa Fey. A simple google search will show you plenty of options for local rentals. If you’re more of a water admirer than a water enthusiast, enjoy the view at Newnans Lake. Although arrangements might take a little more effort than a dinner reservation, the endorphins that come from fresh air and exercise will be well worth it.

For Connection…

Don’t be afraid to dig deep. Treat your date to a day of rejuvenation at one of Gainesville’s many spas or meditation centers. Although generally the choice of older, more established couples, spa days can be great for relaxing together no matter your commitment level. Especially if your date works in a high stress environment, sharing a day of pampering might be the best way to break down some barriers and get closer, faster.

For Flirty Fun…

Go retro. Take your date to one of Gainesville’s local arcades or fun parks. Glide around the rink at Skate Station Funworks, then head outside for a friendly contest in the batting cages. Or head to Barcade for skee ball and other favorites accompanied by local brews. Dress sporty and be ready to indulge in a little smack talk. If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that witty banter between rivals is a definite recipe for romantic success. 

For Ambiance…

Let nature do the work. Take your date to the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to see magnificent flowers and fauna all arranged for peaceful perusal. If you prefer something a little wilder, head into the deep wilderness of Devil’s Millhopper or take a ride down the Hawthorne Bike Trail. Take a camera along (ideally NOT your camera phone) and have a friendly competition for best photo of the day. Surrounding yourselves with the beauty of nature will take the pressure off conversation and let you enjoy the comfort of simple companionship.

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