7 Date Ideas That Will Keep Your Heart Warm All Winter Long

Winter isn’t fun, but it can be a whole lot nicer with someone special to snuggle up against.

Whether you’re casually dating, just starting out in a new relationship, or stepping out with your long-term significant other, dating in the winter can be a bit of a nightmare. It’s cold, you’re pretty limited on types of dates, and it gets dark at like 4:30. Oh, and did we mention, there’s a global pandemic?

But don’t worry. I may be a boring married lady now, but I still remember how to plan a super romantic night out. If you’ve been stuck in a rut or you can’t think of anything to do now that it’s below freezing, have no fear. Here are 7 super sweet date ideas that will keep you warm and toasty this winter.

Take a stroll around the Columbus Museum of Art.


I know what you’re thinking. “Chelsea, you always put the Columbus Museum of Art on date lists.” Guilty. But I won’t apologize. It’s literally one of the best places to plan a beautiful date in the city. You don’t have to worry about the weather outside because you’ll be perfectly comfortable staring at gorgeous art in a climate-controlled setting. Plus, if you’re feeling a little skint, you can check out the museum for free on certain days. Seriously, what’s not to love?


Go ice skating.


If the weather is cooperating, you can always go ice skating outdoors. But since this is Ohio, let’s plan for the inevitable. Ice skating is always fun, even when you’re not great at it. The Chiller is the perfect solution. With public skate times, special events, and even cheap skate (so punny) nights, you can plan this date for next to nothing.


Have cocktails and stream a concert.


Not everyone feels comfortable going out for a drink these days. But that doesn’t mean you can’t support your favorite local spots by ordering some dinner and drinks to-go! Pick your favorite Columbus restaurant, order some take out, and head home for a romantic date night. You can stream concerts online through CD 92.9’s virtual Big Room series, or find an older concert to watch through PromoWest TV.


Enjoy a coffee date


Casual coffee dates are honestly my favorite winter dates. You get to drink something that literally warms you up, plus oversized sweaters and coffee shops are made for each other.


Have a fancy dinner.


You can always pair this one with just about anything else on this list, or you can just go all in on dinner. It doesn’t matter what your date is craving. Somewhere in this food-obsessed city, you will find the perfect place for a romantic meal. Many restaurants are offering indoor dining (with COVID-19 precautions) as well as carry-out options, so it’s really just about what you and your significant other feel comfortable with.


Fun and games should always be invited to the party.


From Ax throwing. to Bowling, there are plenty of ways to get a little competitve on date night. After all, nothing says “bonding” like trying to be better at things than each other.


Forget going out. Plan a staycation instead.


If you wanna enjoy some one-on-one time, but you don’t have the budget to jet off to the beach, you should seriously consider a staycation. Impressive boutique hotels are great ways to experience our city in a way you may not have before. If you’re willing to take a little road trip, you can always head out on one of these amazing romantic getaways.

Get planning that perfect date, y’all.

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