School is back in session, and that means it’s time to get back to regularly scheduled routines. Packing lunches, carpool, and yes, even date nights! Date night is crucial no matter how busy the calendar is; it’s important to take a little bit of time out each week for each other and have some fun away from the kiddos. If you’re looking for something to do instead of your same old dinner-and-a-movie kind of evening, then explore the city for something new. From peaceful picnics to kayaking the Intracoastal, these activities are the perfect way to shake up your schedule.
Pack a picnic
We know it’s hard to start packing those lunches again now that school is back in session, but while you’re at it, why not just pack one more? Grab a few of you and your partner’s favorite things and head for a picnic. Spend a day or evening out in nature and enjoy the bustle of our town from a distance. If you don’t feel like cooking or packing your meal yourself then grab a to-go order from your favorite spot around town. Pack up some pre-made goodies from Diane’s or grab a bottle of wine from Carrera Wine Cellar and enjoy it on the beach or by the fort for some fun people watching and time well spent.
Make the climb to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
If you’re feeling active on date night, then why not take a climb to the top of the lighthouse for a date that gets you moving, and gives you a great view! You’ve probably been too busy lately to truly appreciate our city from this angle, and even if you’ve been to the top before, nothing is quite like this view. Be sure to check out the lighthouse website for special events like their Sunset Moonrise Tours for an evening with your loved one, a glass of bubbly, and a stunning view of the city.
Get in touch with your inner child for a round of mini-golf – dinner on the loser!
Date night is more fun when you let loose and do things that make you smile, so why not spend an evening playing put-put for a little healthy competition? Enjoy 18 rounds of thoughtless activity at Fiesta Falls and get back into the swing of date nights. Afterward, go for a walk on the beach, or grab dinner or dessert at one of the many restaurants located nearby.
Wander through the rose garden at Washington Oaks State Park
If you’re able to spend the day together, why not take a drive up to Washington Oaks Park for a date spent in nature. This gives you the chance to hike nature trails, walk the beach, visit the rose garden, and much more. Enjoy the beautiful sights that the state park has to offer, pack a picnic to enjoy, and be sure to keep your eye out for dolphins while you walk by the water!
Test out your adventurous side with a zipline at The Alligator Farm!
Visiting The Alligator Farm is always a fun-filled activity, but if you’ve never taken the opportunity to zipline over the zoo, then now is the perfect opportunity. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your regular date routine, then this is it! The ziplining adventure lets you soar above the park, with a view of live alligators, crocodiles, and much more right at your feet. A thrilling date night that’s sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
Get your tastebuds tingling with a tasting at the Distillery or the Winery
Looking for a fun date that’s a bit more than just grabbing any old after-dinner drink? Head on over to the St. Augustine Distillery or the San Sebastian Winery for a fun, hands-on tasting tour of all the great drinks in our town! You can spend the evening tasting the best of what St. Augustine has to offer and experiencing the creation process. These tours don’t require a reservation, and they’re free! Plus – free drinks.
Have a progressive dinner date
Sometimes, a classic dinner date and night on the town is all we need. So enjoy the best of both worlds with a progressive night out. This will give you the chance to visit all your favorite spots in town for each course. Start your evening by grabbing some tapas or appetizers, before heading out to dinner, and grab after-dinner drinks before ending your night with something sweet. It’s like getting four dates in one!
Slow down on the water with a sunset kayak tour
St. Augustine is home to more than just beautiful beaches. We also happened to have some stunning waterways. If you make the drive a little ways down A1A to Marineland, you’ll find Ripple Effect Eco Tours, a local kayak and boat tour company. Their sunset kayak tour will take as few as two people, so grab your SO and explore the Intracoastal in the peaceful evening air. Learn about the local environment from a knowledgable guide as you watch the ever-deepening colors of the sky.
Dance the night away at a local concert
An evening out on the town is always nice, but an evening with live music and a reason to dance? Even better! Lucky for us, there are always countless bands playing around town which make for the perfect evening agenda, so next time you’re looking for something to do for date night, check out a local concert! Always check to see who’s coming to The Amp, and make sure you keep an eye out for free events that take place at venues such as The Colonial Oak Music Park, Stogies, and Prohibition Kitchen.
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