50 Best date ideas in Indianapolis :: GUIDE

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The date night is set. Sitter is secured. Perfect outfit is ready… this is usually the step when we see our theCityMoms members start begging one question of each other: Where should we go for a date?! After years of this q popping up on our member board – and with thanks to guide sponsors Devour Indy! – we realized it’s time to create a quick hit list of the best date ideas in Indianapolis. Like for reals. {BONUS: You don’t have to be a parent to enjoy them!}

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Here’s an ultimate list of the 50 best date ideas in Indianapolis: 

Plan time at an old favorite…

  1. Make reservations at St. Elmo’s in downtown Indy.
  2. Walk around Monument Circle at sunset. Or sunrise. Or anytime.
  3. Catch a movie outdoors – maybe not during the winter but definitely warmer months at the Summer Nights series at Newfields? {Just don’t forget to hit up the Beer Garden!}.
  4. Get sporty at an Indians/Colts/Pacers/Fever/Fuel game.
  5. Stroll along the Canal. Or try a gondola ride.
  6. Get a couples massage. {May we recommend Massage Heights?}
  7. Catch a concert at Old National Centre, The Palladium, Ruoff Home Mortgage Center or your favorite venue.
  8. Do a staycation. Bonus points if it’s at Ironworks Hotel Indy.
  9. Picnic {or winter hike!} at Eagle Creek Park.
  10. Hit the IMAX inside the Indiana State Museum.

Make reservations for…

  1. Devour Indy! This twice-annual restaurant week event is Indy’s only city wide dining experience, with more than 200 restaurants offering three-course, value-priced menus.
  2. The Sticky Toffee Pudding dessert at Late Harvest Kitchen.
  3. The Sun King Spirits food hall-style fun in Carmel.
  4. Anything along Mass Avenue.
  5. One of these up and coming these new restaurants of the greater Indianapolis area in 2019 {thanks Indy Star!}.
  6. Exploring the spots near 16th and College: Cannon Ball Brewery, Festiva, West Fork Whiskey.
  7. A greasy dish at Bub’s Burgers.
  8. One of the elusive Chef’s Night Off dinners around town.
  9. Gallery Pastry Shop. Because macaroons are always in season.
  10. Indulging your international side with a delicious dinner from the restaurants of the International Marketplace {located at 38th and Lafayette Roads}.

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Try something new like…

  1. Duckpin bowling in Fountain Square.
  2. Catch an Indy Eleven game at their new home – Lucas Oil Stadium.
  3. A hot yoga class together {may we reco The Hot Room?}.
  4. Go karting at Speedway Indoor Karting or K1 Speed in Fishers.
  5. Beer and a movie at Flix Brewhouse.
  6. Stargaze at Butler University’s Holcomb Observatory, open Fridays-Saturdays for public tours.
  7. An arcade bar like Tappers in Fountain Square or the soon-to-open One Up of Broad Ripple.
  8. A ride on the 1859 Balloon Voyage at Conner Prairie.
  9. First Friday art gallery openings, exhibits and musical performances scattered around town.
  10. Sit on the back patio of Triton Brewery at Fort Harrison.

Get outdoorsy while…

  1. Hiking at Ritchey Woods of Fishers, Fort Harrison State Park or your favorite trail.
  2. Teeing off at TopGolf.
  3. Shooting archery at Koteewi Archery Range in Noblesville.
  4. Renting kayaks or canoes at Eagle Creek Park Outfitters.
  5. Trying one of the 12 different outdoor experiences at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Sports Legends Experience.
  6. At a local climbing gym like Hoosier Heights.
  7. Doing a stroll on the Monon.
  8. Exploring the 100 Acres Art + Nature Park at Newfields.
  9. Throwing axes at Bad Axe Throwing.
  10. Trying the ziplines and rope obstacle courses at Go Ape Adventures.

Time for date night but need a sitter? Try one of these spots that offer Parents Night Out Programs in Indianapolis 

Or go off the beaten path by…

  1. Pulling up to a drive-in movie at Tibbs or The Skyline Drive-Ins. {summer months only}
  2. A quick farm tour before dinner at Trader’s Point Creamery.
  3. Enjoying a “unique foodie experience for adults” at Conner Prairie Prairie Plates dinner.
  4. Touring the downtown Indy Catacombs under City Market.
  5. Taking in a Naptown Roller Derby bout at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
  6. Walking thru Crown Hill Cemetery {Hot tip: Visit the Riley Memorial on top of the hill for an unmatched view of the Indy skyline.}
  7. Yelping your night away because our friends at Yelp Indy are all-kinds-of-amazing with suggestions.
  8. Scaling the treehouses or sledding hill at Flat Fork Creek Park.
  9. Climbing the 330 stairs at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument for a one-of-a-kind view of downtown Indy.
  10. Catching jazz at the Indy Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox, Slippery Noodle or your favorite music venue.
2019-01-19T19:17:40-05:00January 16th, 2019|
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