There’s so many things to do in Raleigh, no matter what your interests are. If you’re looking to spark or reignite the romance in your life, New Home Inc. has date night ideas in Raleigh NC.
Love is in the air
Are you thinking about a date night in Raleigh that’s like a romantic movie moment? Take your special person for a leisurely, hand-in-hand stroll through the Raleigh Rose Garden and take in the fragrance of 1,200 roses. For a wide variety, visit the Juniper Level Botanical Garden, or the exquisite garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Once you’ve fed your sense of smell, take your date night in Raleigh to new heights at the rooftop location of the Skye Tower Restaurant & Bar or 10th & Terrace. Fine dining, exquisite view, and, of course, very special company.
Here’s an idea that will create a memorable date night in Raleigh. Plan a romantic picnic. Southern Picnics can do all the work, including a picnic basket, champagne flutes, floral arrangements, antique decor, and more!
Playtime for pairs
Is your idea of a great date night filled with activity? Plan some sporting fun at these Raleigh venues.
Have you experienced an escape room? Get up close and personal on your date night (shared with others) at The Tower Escapes.
How about something truly uplifting? If you haven’t tried indoor skydiving, you’re in for a truly memorable date night in Raleigh at ParacleteXP.
Feel like swinging on your date night in Raleigh? How about a round at the Lochmere Golf Club, followed by a finale at the 19th Hole pub? If you want golf on a smaller scale, visit the ParTee Shack where you can choose from three mini golf courses or test your skill on the simulator. Or perfect your swing by hitting a few buckets on the range at the Drive Shack.
Paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking can be so relaxing—a perfect idea for date night! Lake Johnson, Jordan Lake, and Lake Raleigh are popular venues for water sports in Raleigh.
Are you and your date into hiking or biking? Take your pick of 104 miles of greenway trails. Including the Walnut Creek Trail, Rocky Branch Trail, American Tobacco Trail, and the Neuse River Greenway Trail. Biking the Art to Heart Trail takes you along 6 miles between the North Carolina Museum of Art and Downtown Raleigh.
Brunch, lunch, dinner & dessert
Turn your date night into a day date, beginning with Sunday brunch or breakfast. Any of the best brunch spots in Raleigh will get your date off to a great start. Or grab a stack of unbeatable blueberry pancakes at Barry’s Cafe. The goal of this joy-filled eatery is to make sure each guest leaves feeling happier than when they came in. Sounds like a date essential!
A visit to the Transfer Co. Food Hall, located in the Historic Coach Garage and Shops, should be on your itinerary. The many vendors here present an array of international food choices, wines, craft brews, and cocktails. The melange of local eateries and food retailers at the Morgan Street Food Hall will also satisfy any appetite.
Maybe take a short side trip to Europe—or something very much like it—without leaving the city. The many restaurants of Lafayette Village in North Raleigh give you a taste of European cuisine, or visit Jolie, a French bistro extraordinaire.
For something elegant, plan to dine at the Second Empire Restaurant or Herons, one of 64 restaurants to receive a Forbes Five-Star rating. You’ll also enjoy legendary culinary excellence at Crawford and Son.
The Heirloom Brewshop delivers a different experience for coffee or tea, and sake, too. Pair your beverage of choice with items from a menu inspired by cuisine from Laos, Thailand, and Japan, like Slow-Roasted Kurobuta, Lao Sausage Biscuit, Taiwanese Pineapple Honey Toast, and Mochi Donuts.
Here’s a thought for date night in Raleigh: Skip the meal and go straight for dessert. Lucettegrace is an authentic patisserie with confections worthy of ignoring your diet. Or scoop up homemade ice cream at Two Roosters Ice Cream, which even offers non-dairy options. Check out some truly unique flavors, like Earl Grey Lemon Cookie Dough, Roasted Strawberry & Honey, GIrl Scout Mint, and Coffee Bourbon. At FRESH Local Ice Cream, you can pick from “Everyday Flavors” that are anything but (Madagascar Vanilla, Midnight Brownie Crunch, Kona Coffee, and Salty Caramel Fudge) or one of the monthly specials.
Cap off your date night dining with a little libation. Whiskey Kitchen serves from a menu of more than 300 whiskies, plus cocktails, beer, and wine. Step into Watts & Ward or The Merchant and step back to the 1920s Prohibition era. Or take your date to the Killjoy Cocktail Bar, Pelagic Beer & Wine, or Dram & Draught.
The Lynnwood Grill & Brewing Concern is concerned about your thirst and entertainment, like weekly trivia and their own craft beers with names like “Kiss My Irish Stout”. Lonerider Brewing Company, brews up beer and ranch water. Here are more choices among the best breweries in Raleigh.
Theaters, inside and out
Going to the movies is always a good choice for a date night in Raleigh. And you can take it outside. The Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, a drive-in movie theater, is open on the weekends. Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park and Raleigh Little Theatre in the Raleigh Rose Garden present movies under the stars.
Cozy up to Carolina culture
The city’s diverse array of museums provide date night ideas in Raleigh. The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Raleigh, one of many free things to do in Raleigh, features inspiring works in both permanent and traveling exhibits. There’s so much to experience at the North Carolina Museum of History, like a replica of a 1920s drugstore—soda fountain and all—and 150,000 artifacts representing 600 years of North Carolina’s history.
At the City of Raleigh Museum, you and your date can explore the history of Raleigh and what makes it so special.
Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park occupies 164 acres outside the North Carolina Museum of Art. Spend a day at this venue, first wandering the park and seeing the outdoor sculptures, contemporary gardens, terraced pond, and miles of trails. Then head inside to view the NCMA’s stunning exhibits and take a break at the East Cafe and Patio.
Raleigh is well known for a different art form. More than 100 murals grace the walls of buildings around the city. Turn your date night into an art tour of these murals, including stops at the Black & White Coffee and Videri Chocolate Factory in the Warehouse District, Trophy Brewing on Morgan Street, and The Dogwood Bar & Eatery on Glenwood South. After enjoying the outside artistry, go sinde for a little refreshment.
While you’re touring the city in search of murals, plan to spend time at the Warehouse District— 6 blocks of nightlife venues, restaurants, shops, and galleries.
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