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Indy's Top Romantic Date Ideas

These Fun and Creative Outings will Delight Your Date!


Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, Valentine's Day or another special occasion, finding the perfect date spot can be a challenge. Even in a city like Indianapolis, it can sometimes be a challenge to think outside of the box and do something different. Here are a few ideas to aid you in your quest. Be sure to also consider our list of Top Romantic Restaurants when planning as well.

Dance the Night Away

Nothing is spicier than Latin dancing. Turn up the heat with your partner as you learn how to salsa dance. IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio, located downtown, provides lessons for beginners to advanced skill levels. Before you know it, you'll be lighting up the dance floor with your own special moves. Well, maybe not. But you're sure to enjoy a romantic evening out with that someone special. In addition, IntoSalsa hosts various Latin dance parties throughout the city. Check out their website for their event calendar.

IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio
363 N. Illinois St. Ste. 202
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Enjoy the Visual Arts

The Indianapolis Museum of Art features one of the most famous sculptures in the city. The famous LOVE sculpture was ranked by USA Today as one of the top ten locations for marriage proposals. Enjoy the large indoor museum or stroll through the beautiful outdoor gardens. The newest addition to the museum includes the 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. The park includes art work, situated throughout its wooded area and 35-acre lake. Best of all, admission to the Museum, Lilly House and 100 acres is free.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Go Swingin'

If you like to dance, but aren't quite into the spicy Latin dancing, you might enjoy the playful art of swing dancing. Every Friday night The Fountain Square Theatre dance floor is jumping and wailing to a live band. If you've never swing danced before or need a refresher, Lessons are held at 7:30 p.m. to 8?30 p.m. The dance begins at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m.Admission $12 at 7:30 p.m. or $10 at 8:30 p.m.

Fountain Square Theatre
1105 Prospect Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Go Ice Skating

There's something old-fashioned and romantic about gliding across the ice, holding hands with your loved one. Even if you aren't the steadiest on your feet, you'll find plenty of reasons to warm up together, snuggling over a mug of hot chocolate afterwards. The Indiana World Skating Academy offers public ice skating at various times and days throughout the week.

The Forum
9022 East 126th Street
Fishers, IN 46038

Take a Carriage Ride

For an ultra romantic twist to your date, take a memorable trip through downtown Indianapolis in a horse-drawn carriage. Beautiful during the holidays and lovely on a warm summer night, the carriage ride is almost always a perfect ending to a date. See the historic sites while cuddling in the back of an old-fashioned carriage. Perfect for special evenings such as Valentine's Day, proms and other special events.

Yellow Rose Carriages
1327 North Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Blue Ribbon Carriages
1311 South Drover Street
Indianapolis, IN 46221

Hear Live Music

Spend an evening with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and enjoy music ranging from classical to popular tunes. Their varied schedule and guest musicians provide the perfect backdrop for a date with a music lover. Especially romantic, in the summer, the ISO performs Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie. Enjoy beautiful music, snuggled up on a blanket, underneath the stars.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
32 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Tour a Winery

If you and your date are wine enthusiasts, you may enjoy a tour of local wineries. Sample some of your favorite wines and tour the grounds, when possible. If you are interested in making a day of it, consider taking the Indy Wine Trail tour, tour the seven award-winning wineries located within minutes of downtown Indy. The wineries include Buck Creek Winery, Cedar Creek Winery, Chateau Thomas Winery, Easley Winery, Mallow Run Winery, New Day Meadery and Simmons Winery.

Take a Painting Class

Get creative on your date and take a painting class with that special someone. Wine and Canvas offers a unique evening out while honing your artistic abilities. Enjoy the class while sipping your favorite cocktails. The best part? When the date is over, you'll have a new piece of art for your place!

Wine and Canvas
3969 E 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240

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