Every romance, no matter how young or old, needs a little added kindling once in a while. Going on a special romantic date with the one you love (or the one you like right now but might someday love…) is a great way for the two of you to connect. These special Nebraska date ideas will bring you closer and create some treasured memories.
1. Take a walk through a beautiful garden together.
You could visit the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln, pictured here, or venture out to
some of our other favorites.
It's even better than picking up a bundle of flowers from the grocery store on the way home.
2. Go for a long, leisurely drive in the country.
You don't even need to make a plan - just get into the car and head away from the city or town. Check out some of Nebraska's designated
Scenic Byways here.
3. Visit a gorgeous waterfall.
4. Go take a hike.
5. Head to a lake.
some exceptional lakes.
Choose one near you and plan a day of fun. A canoe ride, a picnic, and then a bonfire, maybe?
6. Get up early and watch the sun rise together over cups of coffee.
There's nothing like greeting a brand new day together.
7. ...Or cuddle up together to watch the sun set.
The sun sets the sky on fire...kind of like what your love does to your hearts, yes?
8. Gaze at the always-romantic stars.
Get away from the light-polluted towns and cities, find a nice secluded spot, and get comfortable with your sweetheart. A nice bottle of wine and a blanket to share will complete the romantic scene.
9. Take in some fine art.
Surrounding yourselves with exceptionally beautiful art can remind you both of the beauty you see in each other. Check out the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, or the Robert Henri Museum in Cozad, to name a few.
10. Watch a drive-in movie (if the time is right).
You can only visit them in the summer, but Nebraska has two operating drive-in theaters: one in Neligh and one in Alliance. Seeing a movie in a theater can be kind of romantic, but it's nothing compared to the coziness of gazing at the silver screen in your car, just the two of you.
11. Go on a horse-drawn carriage ride in Omaha's historic Old Market.
Make your partner feel like a prince or princess by taking them on a fairytale ride through one of Omaha's most picturesque areas. Nighttime rides, especially in the winter when the holiday lights are twinkling, are unforgettably magical.
12. Let your hearts soar on a hot air balloon ride.
Climb aboard a hot air balloon with the one you love and take a one-of-a-kind journey on the wind. There are several hot air balloon ride operators in Nebraska, so you can find one just about wherever you are.
13. Kiss in two states at once.
Stroll across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Omaha hand in hand...and stop in the middle for a romantic kiss while standing half in Nebraska and half in Iowa.
14. Jump on a romantic cruise.
...A riverboat cruise, that is. While you're in downtown Omaha for your walk across the pedestrian bridge, take a detour over to the River City Star for a lovely water tour of the river.
15. Visit a vineyard and linger over a shared bottle.
16. Take an entire weekend to be alone together.
If your relationship is at the "spending the weekend together" stage, stay at one of
Nebraska's many outstanding B & Bs
to get away from it all. Put away the cell phones and other devices and make the whole weekend just about the two of you.
Almost anywhere can be a romantic place when you’re with someone you really care about. What’s your favorite date spot to take your sweetheart? Tell us your best romantic Nebraska date stories in the comments!