Looking for the perfect date idea for your special someone? Luckily, Indiana is full of romantic destinations that rise above typical dinner and a movie ideas. From overnight stays to quick last minute arrangements, there are so many interesting things you and your significant other can tackle together. If you want to take the love of your life on an unforgettable date night, try these 12 romantic ideas in Indiana.
1. Swing Dancing - Fountain Square Theatre Building (Indianapolis)
If your S.O. loves dancing or trying new things, you can’t go wrong with something as intriguing and fun as swing dancing. The Fountain Square Theatre Building offers lessons for beginners on Friday nights, so you don’t have to have any idea what you’re doing to enjoy this event. Dress up in your favorite 1920s attire to really get into the spirit of things.
2. Cabins and Candlelight (Colfax)
If you and your S.O. have talked about getting away from the world and simply enjoying each other’s company, why not pack up and disappear for a weekend in the woods at the romantic cabins in Colfax? Cabins and Candlelight provides you with a full kitchen, stone fireplace, and oversized whirlpool tub. Slow down and spend all of your time getting to know your S.O. better, without the outside world bothering you.
3. Picnic and Carriage Ride (Nashville)
Plan a special, romantic picnic at gorgeous Brown County State Park for you and your adventure lover. Pack or buy your S.O.’s favorite foods and don’t forget dessert! After you’ve finished dining, enjoy a romantic carriage ride around the historic city of Nashville. As far as dates go, this is pretty low maintenance but really has the wow factor you might be looking for.
4. Shakespeare at Notre Dame (Notre Dame)
Enjoy some of the finest plays in history performed by top notch actors at Notre Dame University. If your S.O. loves theatre or literature, they are bound to fall in love with this date night idea. In the summertime, enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, as well! (You can also enjoy Shakespeare outdoors in nice weather in other parts of the state like Indianapolis and Noblesville).
5. Indianapolis Museum of Art ‘Summer Night Film Series’ (Indianapolis)
What could be more romantic than a classic movie under the stars? We’re taking the traditional movie date and kicking it up a notch. Join other fans outside of the IMA to watch a beloved movie on the big screen on a blanket or chairs. It will put all other movie nights to shame.
6. Clayshire Castle (Bowling Green)
Do you ever wish you could whisk your S.O. away to a romantic medieval castle for the night? Well, at Clayshire Castle, you can! This medieval themed B&B goes all out to help make your stay as memorable as possible, including a large array of medieval costumes for guests to don. Check out their schedule to book your stay during a special event to make the trip even more spectacular.
7. DunesWalk Inn (Chesterton)
If you or your S.O. love the water and sand, visiting the Indiana Dunes is an absolute must for your romantic date. Make a weekend out of it by staying at the highly reviewed DunesWalk Inn in nearby Chesterton. This accommodating inn is right near the dunes, so you can easily go to and fro without the hassle of driving far.
8. Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden (Evansville)
Many Hoosiers have been to the zoos in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, but not everyone is aware of this little gem tucked away in southern Indiana. Home to 700+ animals and open year round, the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden is the perfect date spot to bring any animal lover.
9. Comedy & Improv Shows (Bloomington)
Indiana University is home to a wide variety of comedy and improv groups and venues, such as HoosOnFirst Improv, Awkward Silence Comedy, and Improv(e) Your Life. Look up a show you’d be interested in at the local college and bring your love for a night of dinner, drinks, and laughs. Or, catch a professional show somewhere like The Comedy Attic.
10. French Lick Springs Hotel (French Lick)
If you want the ultimate romantic retreat, it’s hard to do better than the French Lick Springs Hotel. This gorgeous resort captures elements of European art and design and will leave your S.O. speechless. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, visit the nearby French Lick Casino and see how Lady Luck treats the two of you.
11. Melody Inn (Indianapolis)
Not feeling some of the more typical date ideas? The Melody Inn in Indianapolis might be more your scene. This eclectic bar and live music venue offers pool and arcade games, awesome concerts, and their most famous offering, punk rock nights. Check out their events if you’re looking for something slightly different and wild.
12. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic (Fort Wayne)
Are you looking for something slightly more classical and upscale? If you are a music lover who enjoys going to classical concerts, you’ll love what the Fort Wayne Philharmonic has in store for you. Be on the lookout for special events and performances for an extra special date night.
Make your romantic date night extra special with one of these unique and fun-filled ideas for the love of your life. What makes a date special for you?