There’s more to dating than crowded bars or Netflix nights at home! Sure, that’s fine for some couples, but if you’re from Arkansas, you know there are a lot of us who don’t settle for the average night at home or out at the local watering hole. When you get tired of the usual date, try these alternatives to the normal restaurants or locales you regularly frequent- you just may find your new favorite spot and create magnificent memories!
10. Spend Time Out In The Woods
Arkansas has 52 state parks to fascinate and entertain families as well as couples! Whether you're hiking trails at Petit Jean, Devil's Den, or walking hand in hand around Hot Springs National Park, you're bound to find a romantic setting for a cute selfie with your significant other!
9. Discover The Enchantment of A Hibachi Grill
There are several Japanese steakhouses across the Natural State where you and your date can sit around the hibachi and enjoy the show! From Benihana & Kobe Steakhouse in Little Rock to Osaka Steakhouse in Hot Springs and Sashimi in Maumelle, there are a wealth of options when it comes to this specialty dining instead of the regular restaurant experience!
8. Lace Up A Pair Of Ice Skates
If you're somewhat coordinated or brave enough to make an attempt, you can lace up your skates and get to the Arkansas Skatium in Little Rock or to The Jones Center in Fort Smith to have a fun night out on the ice with your date!
7. Go Apple Picking
If you're not into sitting around and watching TV with your date, get active and go pick a barrel-full of apples together! Arkansas has a great number of pick your own farms (including Vanzant Fruit Farms in Lowell) with apples and pumpkins now looking almost as lovely as the autumn weather!
6. Get Out To A Carnival, Festival, or Fair
Fall is an excellent time of year for taking a date out on the town, because there's always a county fair, carnival, or local festival going on around Arkansas from September through the rest of the season. If you want to go all out, save up a few dollars for the Arkansas State Fair midway and win something crazy and memorable on your date!
5. Go To A Drive-In Movie
If you absolutely feel the necessity to see a good popcorn flick while out on a date - you know a trip to a drive-in movie never goes out of style! Whether it's Fayetteville's 112 Drive-In, the Stone Drive-In Theatre in Mountain View, or the Kenda Drive-In (located in Marshall), there's still a chance for romance during a date at a drive-in theater!
4. Check Out Why People Love Dinner Theater
Enjoy a grand performance on stage instead of the typical dinner-and-a-movie date! Arkansas has dinner theater locations such as the Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocohontas or Murry's Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock where you and your date can have live entertainment during your meal.
3. Ride A Duck Out On The Lake
The National Park Duck Tours in Hot Springs will take you and your date on an entertaining and informative hour and a half tour that takes you over both land and water through the Spa City's beautiful and historic downtown on to scenic Lake Hamilton and then back downtown.
2. Get Fancy With A Riverboat Cruise
The Arkansas Mark Twain, docked on the north shore of the Arkansas River in North Little Rock, offers group and private riverboat charters for enjoying a formal dinner date on board or cuddling with your sweetheart on the top deck while floating on the river. Reservations are available on weekdays from 11am to 5pm and on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5.
1. Take Your Date To Dinner On A Plane That Never Leaves The Ground
Located in Walnut Ridge, the Parachute Inn allows couples to dine in a redesigned Southwest Airlines Boeing 737. Featuring a restored interior to give diners a feel of the original Southwest interior, the restaurant itself serves classic Southern surf and turf entrees.
Some of you have tried these unique date ideas for yourself – how was your experience? Share a comment below about how much you love these out-of-the-box date night locales or what quirky and fun things around Arkansas you’ve found while out with your significant other!