For many couples, date night is a sacred tradition. Blocking off your calendars, finding a sitter for the kids, and taking time to get away from everyday stresses is vital to the health of any relationship. However, COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult for many couples to get out. Now that there’s a light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, maybe it’s time to plan some fun, unique experiences for you and your significant other to enjoy together.
Luckily, you won’t have to travel far to have a memorable date night. Richmond offers lots of unique destinations that are perfect for couples of all ages and at all stages. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a night on the town, there’s something here for you. Here are 8 unique date night ideas located right here in Richmond.
Live Music at Chenault Vineyards
2284 Barnes Mill Rd
Dinner, drinks, and a show is part of the quintessential date night experience. Find all three at Chenault Vineyards! Saturday nights at 7:00, you and your significant other can visit the vineyard for local wines and a full bar, dinner from one of Richmond’s premier local food trucks, and top tier entertainment from local musicians. Recent acts to grace the Chenault stage include Alex Williams, James Reed, Derek Isaacs, the Jenkins Twins, and more.
If concerts aren’t your jam, Chenault Vineyards also offers more interactive experiences. Try our Friday night trivia weekly from 6-8. Or, watch for special events our recent Murder Mystery dinner or Barrel Head Crafting Class. Follow the Chenault Vineyards Facebook page and stay up to date on concerts and other events.
Alpaca Vinyasa Yoga at River Hill Ranch
680 River Hill Dr.
Looking for a truly unique and adventurous experience? Try Alpaca Vinyasa Yoga at River Hill Ranch. Following the footsteps of the goat yoga trend, these relaxing, one-hour yoga sessions are held in a scenic pasture alongside fluffy, cute, and curious alpacas. At only $13 per person, Alpaca Vinyasa might be the most affordable date you’ve had in a long time. And you don’t have to be a master yogi to enjoy the class – all skill levels are welcome! For couples with children, childcare is available at a cost of $3.00 per child.
Classes run on Saturdays from May to October at varying times. For a morning course, visit any time in June through September. For an evening course, try May or October. Book your Alpaca Vinyasa experience today.
Horseback Riding at Deer Run Stables
2001 River Circle
Jona: (615) 268-9960
Brittany: (859) 492-5803
What could be more romantic than a private trail ride through scenic Daniel Boone country? At Deer Run Stables, you and your significant other can slip away from the every day for a playful, relaxing date with Kentucky’s favorite animals. Your 1-hour trail rides take place at 11:00, 12:30, 1:30, or 2:30 on any day of the week but Thursday from March through October. Book your experience today.
Picnicking and Hiking at Camp Catalpa
2200 Catalpa Loop Rd
Get outdoors with your loved one at Camp Catalpa. Our 2-mile hiking loop runs through the forest and past Lake Reba, the perfect setting to get to know one another. And how many of your favorite rom-coms feature a dreamy outdoor picnic? Reserve the picnic shelter and add lunch to your nature date! Camp Catalpa is also a certified Bird Sanctuary, so see how many species you can spot together. If you feel like getting playful, check out the playground or the 18-hole disc-golf course. For shelter rental and other information, visit richmond.ky.us/camp-catalpa-park.
Dinner and Drinks at Dreaming Creek Brewery
109 E Irvine St.
Drink local for your next date night at Dreaming Creek Brewery. You and your significant other can choose from a menu of 19 craft beers– ranging from Pilsners to stouts to IPAs and everything in between– or a wine or cocktail. The relaxed, casual environment is the perfect setting to get to know each other, and you can choose indoor or outdoor seating.
While Dreaming Creek does not serve food, the brewery often hosts local food trucks, so grabbing dinner with your drinks is often an option. Also, be on the lookout for fun events like trivia and live music. Follow the Dreaming Creek Brewery Facebook page for more information on events.
Kayaking at Lake Reba
299 Lake Reba Dr.
For the adventurous, nature-loving couple, the open lake awaits! Starting in May, you and your significant other can rent a kayak and paddle along Lake Reba. Explore the calm waters and observe local wildlife with your loved one. Then, make a day of it– enjoy a picnic under one of the shelters or take advantage of Lake Reba’s other recreational facilities. Kayak rentals are open from 10 am to 5 pm. Request your appointment on the Lake Reba Adventure Facebook page.
Bowling and Games at Galaxy Bowling
1025 Amberley Way
Nothing says lowkey and laid back like a date at the bowling alley. You and your significant other can rent some shoes, grab one of 32 lanes, and get your bowl on at Galaxy Bowling. If you’re looking at a group or double date, Galaxy is a great place for that, too – you pay per lane and per hour rather than per person. Also, check out the snack bar for all your favorites, or the arcade for some classic gaming fun. Learn more at galaxybowling.com.
Dinner and Karaoke at Champions Bar and Grill
1025 Amberley Way
If bowling isn’t your speed, don’t write off Galaxy just yet. Cut loose with dinner and karaoke at Champions Bar and Grill. Located inside Galaxy Bowling Center, Champions is your home for all your entertainment needs. Try karaoke Monday through Thursday nights starting at 8 pm. Or if you’d rather watch a performance than star in one, check out the Champions live music scene Friday and Saturday nights. For sports lovers and early birds, you can watch your favorite game with your favorite drink and an angus burger on one of the restaurant’s 10 HDTVs. Learn more at galaxybowling.com/Champions.