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Category: Couple’s Date Nights

Fun Date Days & Nights

Canoe Rental

Bellbrook Canoe & Kayak Rental

Need to know:

  • seasonal
  • all trips leave promptly at the top of the hour
  • please be in the office checking in at least 20 minutes before the top of the hour
  • 5.2 miles
  • takes about 2-3 hours
  • last trip leaves at 4 p.m.
  • boats must be back by 7 p.m.
  • download rental agreement from their website
  • $$



Fraze Pavilion in Kettering

Need to know:

  • outdoor concerts
  • seasonal
  • $2 Tuesdays
  • $-$$


Cooking Classes

Dorothy Lane Market at Washington Square location in Centerville

Need to know:

  • Classes are at the DLM Culinary Center next to the Washington Square store
  • they have classes specific to couples (or other themes)
  • new classes are posted seasonally
  • classes book up quickly
  • classes start right on time, get there a few minutes early
  • seating is on a first come basis
  • $$$$-$$$$$


Cosmic Bowling

Need to know:

  • Many bowling alleys around Dayton have cosmic or glow bowling
  • Don’t forget to wear socks
  • Bowling alleys have snack bars and alcohol
  • Check the website of the alley you are going to visit to see if they have specials or coupons
  • $$-$$$


Dayton Art Institute

Need to know:

  • Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Opened later on Thursday evenings
  • On Site Bistro for lunch or dinner on Thursday
  • Suggested entry price $8.00 per adult, $5.00 seniors/active military
  • If you are unable to pay full price, donation of what you can pay accepted
  • Special exhibits are an additional charge
  • $$



  • there are many great festivals all over the Dayton region
  • seasonal (April-November)
  • most are free to enter (just a few have entry fees or parking fees)
  • most provide shuttles if parking is a challenge
  • check out the festival websites for complete details
  • Some of our Favs:  Sugar Maple Festival in Bellbrook (April), Yellow Springs Street Fair (June & October), Pow Wow at Sunwatch Indian Village (June), Celtic Festival (July),  Holiday at Home in Kettering (Labor Day Weekend), Concors Festival at Carillon Park (September), Oktoberfest @ Dayton Art Institute (September).
  • Free to $, food and crafts extra


Hike & Ice Cream

Hike at John Bryan State Park then head to Young’s Dairy for ice cream

Need to know:

  • wear sturdy shoes
  • rocks are slippery
  • stairs are steep leading down to the path by water
  • Hike is free, ice cream $


Ice Skating

Downtown at Riverscape-Seasonal

Need to know:

  • End of November thru February
  • Snack Bar on site
  • Skating rink under covered shelter
  • Heated area
  • Skate Rental available or bring your own ice skates
  • Don’t forget heavy socks so you don’t get blisters
  • Don’t forget gloves
  • $-$$


Miniature Golf

Indian Trails in Kettering

Need to know:

  • you have to start the game 1 hour before closing
  • they have a snack bar
  • reduced price for both courses during same visit
  • sign up on their website for coupon/emails
  • $$


Movie Night

Need to know:

  • Danbarry Dollar Saver behind the Dayton Mall $3.00 movies, $1.75 on Tuesdays!
  • Cash only for tickets (there is a bank machine in the lobby)
  • Snacks can be purchased with credit card
  • Cinemark Cinemas at The Greene ($5.50 Wednesdays) 
  • Cool Films at Victoria Theatre (summer)
    • classic movies
    • free popcorn and soda before movie in the lobby (can not be taken into theater)
    • 10 ticket passbook can be purchased for reduced ticket prices
  • $ to $$ (depends on theater, day, and # of snacks)


Nature Hike

Cox Arboretum

Need to know:

  • no pets
  • park closes at dusk
  • lots of walking trails and gardens
  • koi fish in the pond
  • look for turtles in the pond
  • bridge makes a great photo spot
  • climb the Tree Tower
  • Butterfly House (seasonal)
  • restrooms are in the larger Education Center and in the smaller Education Building
  • drink vending machine in Education Center
  • porch swings
  • picnic tables
  • Please be respectful of meetings, wedding ceremonies and receptions occurring on property
  • Free



Cincinnati Zoo

Need to know:

  • park on the street and walk in or pay for parking
  • if you are going to go to the zoo twice in the same year, a membership may be the way to go
  • save by buying tickets on-line, coupon savings thru Kroger stores or AAA membership
  • feed the giraffe
  • Festival of Lights (seasonal November-December 30th)
  • Check the website to see the events, animal encounters and shows available that day
  • $$$


Free=Free per couple

$=Under $10 per couple

$$=Under $20 per couple

$$$=Under $40 per couple

$$$$=Under $80 per couple

$$$$$=Under $150 per couple

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