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Unique Summer Date Nights

Get out of the date night rut with these unique and exciting summer ideas.

Once you become a parent, planning a fun date night (or day) with your significant other can sometimes have its challenges. First there’s actually finding the time and making it a priority. Then you have to find and book a sitter (we’re looking at you, Nanna). And then there’s the age old question of what to do. And while we all know how great (and tempting) it can be to just Netflix and chill, we also know how important it is to come up with unique date nights to keep things feeling new and exciting.

Which is why we’ve gathered some of the best unique summer date night ideas Bucks County has to offer. From paintball to wine trails, we’ve got just what you need to keep your summer date nights hot (and your date days cool!).

Try Something New Together

Few things are more fun than trying something new with someone you love and laughing at all your missteps along the way. In fact sometimes, the worse you are at something the more fun you have. So don’t let anything dissuade you from trying out one of these fun date night experiences. We promise you won’t be sorry.

Get out your dancing shoes– Have a blast learning to dance with a private couples class at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Doylestown, FG Dance Academy in Norristown, or La Luna Dance Studio in Bristol. Two left feet? No problem. We promise, no one will laugh at you–well, at least not the instructors. And if you end up really cutting a rug, consider joining one of their weekly classes where they cover a range of different styles.

Step out of your comfort zone– Bucks County offers plenty of outdoor fun for thrill-seeking couples. Push yourself (and your partner) to new heights at TreeTrails Adventures in Trevose, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. There’s paintball with Crusader Paintball in Langhorne and Outdoor Xtreme in Hatfield, and for rainy days, there’s Jumpin’ GellyBall of Bucks County , an indoor venue at the Oxford Valley Mall. They use GellyBall Blasters which shoot a softer ball made of gel so you don’t have to worry about any post-paintball black and blues. 

Been there done that? Take it up a notch with the Aerial Adventure Park at Hellericks Farm—an experience that is sure to challenge you and your loved one both physically and mentally. Not a fan of heights? They have a good old fashioned obstacle course as well as goat yoga to keep you grounded in more ways than one.  

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Try a couple’s cooking classConquering Cuisine, Shelley’s Table and Ash Chase Culinary all offer unique culinary experiences under the instruction of world-class chefs. For all the carb-lovers out there, definitely check out Vituperio Artisan Breads & Studios. Their class selection ranges from pizza to croissants and all the delicious, bready-goodness in between. 

How about axe throwing?! – Enjoy a little friendly competition with a night of axe throwing at one of these great locations. Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Bristol is a small-ish local spot with 12 throwing pits and giant games. Similarly, Bury the Hatchet offers an exciting experience in all of their several locations including Bensalem, Horsham, and Philadelphia.  Both venues are BYO food and beverage so be sure to plan ahead. This is an especially fun idea for double dates and groups.

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Get creative (and probably messy)– Check out one of the classes and workshops offered at one of Bucks County’s many crafty, diy venues. Some of our favorites are Makers Off Main, Board and Brush, and Painting with a Twist.

Don’t mind getting a little messier? Look no further than a Splatter date at Pinspiration Montgomeryville. Packages include one large or two small canvases with private Splatter Room; a glow upgrade for two, chocolates for two and two glasses of champagne. Have a blast and bring home a masterpiece when you’re done!

Photo Courtesy of Pinspiration

Be a Foodie for the Day

Don’t let the rolling hills and scenic roads fool you. Bucks County is not without its fine dining. From the beautiful, waterfront views of the Black Bass Hotel to the dazzlingly modern Honey in Doylestown, Bucks County has an endless supply of exciting locations for your next special night out. 

If you’re in the mood for something a little more low-key, be sure to check out our roundup of Bucks County’s comfort food hot spots and our list of the best local cafes around.

Photo Courtesy of Rose Bank Winery

More of a wine connoisseur than a foodie? Then a trip to one or more of the wonderful, family-owned vineyards on the Bucks County Wine Trail is an absolute must. Their website makes it easy to plan everything from a date night out to a whole weekend away. 

Not really into wine, how about a local, craft beer? There are 22 breweries just waiting to be visited along the Bucks County Ale Trail! From established brewpubs along the creek, to start-up companies concocting craft beers with unique ingredients. You can follow the trail with their digital passport or print out a map from their website. 

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Did you know that Bucks County has over 7000 acres of Parkland? Well, they do! Enjoy a day of hiking, picnicking, or boating at one of the many state parks for a casual, summer escape. For something a little different, consider taking a tour of one of Bucks County’s many incredible gardens. The Americas Garden Capital Passport  makes it easy with their exclusive guide full of need-to-know information and must-visit experiences. Nature centers like Peace Valley Nature Center and Bowman’s Wildflower Preserve offer the best of both worlds with both formal gardens and tours, as well as rambling, wild, trails for self-guided strolls and hikes.

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For the more adventurous couples, a trip down to the Delaware has everything you need. Bucks County River Country has been providing tubing, canoeing, and rafting excursions for over 55 years and everyone agrees that they’re great at what they do, so you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

See the Sights

Bucks County’s heritage is deeply routed in its landscape, and to make the most of that they offer quite a few self-directed tours. From their covered bridge tour, to The Heritage Conservatory Barn Voyage Upper and Central Bucks Barn Tours, you and your loved one will have plenty of time to unwind and take in all the beauty that is summer time in Bucks County. 

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If you don’t mind driving a bit further, consider a night or day out in Philadelphia. With its robust theatre scene, a plethora of upscale spas, and summer beer gardens galore, there’s no limit to the fun you can have.  While you’re there, be sure to check out Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia. They check all the date-night boxes with bowling, live music, and delicious food all in one.

Shop and Play

Experience exceptional shopping, dining, and fun at Peddler’s Village, Bucks County’s charming, colonial-style village in the heart of Lahaska. Their events calendar is always jam-packed with fun entertainment like their Comedy in the Village show, Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery, Food Truck Thursdays, and weekend festivals. 

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For even more “grown-up” fun, try Parx Casino in Bensalem. Featuring over 150,000 square feet of gaming, a variety of shopping and dining options, and their brand new Xcite Center—home to some of the hottest acts in show business, you’ll have plenty of date night options to choose from. 

Need a few more ideas? Check out our Bucks County Summer Concert Lineup and our Beat The Heat list of the best places to cool off for some great, date night options. 

Feature Photo Courtesy of Rosebank Winery

Editor for Bucks County Parent. Email tips to christine@familyfocus.org.