If you feel like the same old dinner-and-a-movie routine is getting a little stale, then we’ve got just what you’re looking for! Every month, we are going to give you some new, fresh date ideas and locations to shake things up. Summer is the perfect opportunity to try some exciting new date spots right here in Hampton Roads. Whether you’re looking for an active, outdoor date or an inquisitive indoor setting, we have six awesome date ideas to get enjoying some summer fun!
On the Southside
A Day at Ocean Breeze Waterpark
If you’re looking to soak up some rays and enjoy some summer fun, look no farther than Ocean Breeze Waterpark! Located in Virginia Beach, this waterpark features over 30 different rides including 17 water slides, an adventure river, and even a million-gallon wave pool! What’s awesome about this park is they provide free parking, sunscreen, and inner tubes for their guests. Enjoy a one-day stay, or go ahead and buy a season pass so you can come and go all summer long!
Photo Credit: Ocean Breeze Waterpark
Paintball at Chesapeake Sports Park
If you’re an adventurous couple looking to get your heart racing, an active date in Chesapeake may be exactly what you’re looking for! A game of paintball is a fun, creative date that is perfect for summertime. Try a capture the flag style game, freeze-tag, or many other variations of paintball available at Chesapeake Sports Park. They have three wood courses, two urban fields, and one awesome speedball turf and bunkers. You two can work together or join opposite teams to show off your competitive side. After all, all’s fair in love and war!
Try Smartmouth Brewing Company
Grab your significant other and head on over to Smartmouth Brewing Company for a tasty date! This cool brewery is located on the banks of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, and they have nine delicious beers on tap. You can join one of the hourly free tours (starting at 2:15) to see and learn about the production facility. Try some of their award-winning beers in the public tasting room! They’re open Wednesday-Sunday.
Photo Credit: Steven Katz
On The Peninsula
Walk the Noland Trail
Our more outdoorsy couples will love taking an afternoon hike around Noland Trail. This five-mile trail is a favorite among locals for its beautiful scenery. The Lion’s Bridge, guarded by four stone lions, includes a stunning view of the James River. Walk across fourteen bridges and stop by the picnic areas for a yummy snack or light meal. You can walk the whole trail, or take some of the easier paths. Either way, you’ll come across beautiful flora while being serenaded by the local birds.
Photo Credit: The Mariners’ Museum and Park
Visit Bluebird Gap Farm
A family-friendly date, the Bluebird Gap Farm is a favorite among couples and parents alike. This 60-acre farm is the perfect outdoor date spot for animal-loving couples with about 150 different animals; from farm animals to peacocks and waterfowl, you’re sure to notice the beauty of nature! The park also has picnic tables and a charcoal grill available, making it an ideal setting for an afternoon lunch. The best thing about this date spot? It’s absolutely free!
Explore the Virginia Air & Space Center
Hampton is home to the Virginia Air and Space Center, a museum and interactive center featuring exhibits that range from over 100 years of flight! Check out the hands-on space gallery and learn more about the space program, see more than 20 historic aircrafts (and even walk inside one!), and see the “Robot Zoo”! The IMAX theater features movies like “Journey to Space”, “Mysteries of the Unseen World, 3D”, and even “The Martian”! This is an educational, day-long adventure that is sure to be one of your more unique dates and a great time for all.
Have any other awesome summer date spots? Let us know in the comments below!