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Top 10 Date Ideas to Surprise Your Honey This Summer

As the temperature rises this summer, fan the flame of your love with a fun and exciting date. In Part 1 of this blog post, we covered places to dine for either morning, afternoon, or night. And now for Part 2, we’re uncovering some of the most romantic date activities.

For a fun twist, plan your date day as a total surprise! Give hints throughout the day to keep your significant other guessing. Enjoy a new adventure together as you explore Colorado Springs arm-in-arm.

Here’s our top 10 list of fun activities for an awesome summer date:


1. Visit a Farmers Market

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2

There’s nothing sweeter than picking your own produce from an open-air market and then preparing a custom picnic or farm-fresh at-home meal. No matter the day of the week, there are plenty of farmer’s markets to choose from in Colorado Springs. From fresh fruits and vegetables to gourmet salsas, olive oils, and pastas, you’ll find the right ingredients for this recipe of romance. Here’s a list of all of the Farmers Markets in Colorado Springs for 2018.


2. Attend a Summertime Festival

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2
Photo Courtesy of Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival | Facebook Page

Enjoy the summer heat at one of our popular outdoor festivals featuring food, drink, and music! There might be a crowd, but you and your babe will feel like you’re the only ones as you walk arm-in-arm enjoying all of the sights, sounds, and people watching. Some festivals are so popular among locals that they sell out – best to plan for your adventure early! Here are a few of our favorite festivals in Colorado Springs including links for ticketing:

July 1-2Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival
July 7Blues Under the Bridge
July 11-14Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo
July 21Springs Beer Fest
July 29 – Fiddles, Vittles, and Vino
August 4Vino & Notes (Woodland Park)
September 1-3Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off


3. Peruse the Denver Botanic Gardens

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2
Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens | Facebook Page

Head about an hour north to experience the serene beauty and captivating landscape of the Denver Botanic Gardens. Your love will grow roots as you meander through the countless paths of exotic flowers, shrubs, and trees. During the summer months, you can relax on the lawn will enjoying an outdoor live concert (they sell out early!). They host other special events as well including a Lavender Festival on July 21. View visiting hours and find out more here.


4. Cheer on the Colorado Rockies

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2
Photo Courtesy of Colorado Rockies

Hear the roar of the crowds, grab a hot dog, and cheer on the home team during a summer night ballgame. Downtown Denver comes alive with everyone focused on having a good time and bringing home the win. Cuddle up – you might get caught on the kiss-cam! View the upcoming schedule here.


5. Play at an Arcade

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2
Photo Courtesy of Supernova

It’s all fun and games at one of these arcades! Tap into your inner child at the famous Penny Arcade located in Manitou Springs. Where else can you play Skeeball, horse racing, and pinball, all in their original glory? The arcade sits adjacent to the historic Manitou Springs Spa building and two mineral springs. For a more adult crowd, head to Supernova located in Downtown Colorado Springs. Grab a libation at the bar and then play vintage video games including Pac-Man, Frogger, and Centipede.


6. Learn Together at a Museum

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2
Photo Courtesy of the American Numismatic Association | Facebook Page

You’ve practiced gazing into each others’ eyes, now gaze at a work of art at one of our acclaimed local museums. Impress your special someone with your intellectual side as you journey back into history, learn about the Wild West, or contemplate abstract art. There are many local museums to choose from, so weave one into your fun (and educational!) date.

UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art – FREE!
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
Colorado Springs Pioneer’s Museum – FREE!
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
ProRodeo Hall of Fame
American Numismatic Association
Manitou Cliff Dwellings


7. Have Fun Horseback Riding

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2
Photo Courtesy of Academy Riding Stables | Facebook Page

Saddle up to for a romantic jaunt through breathtaking mountain scenery. No matter your level of experience, you and your special someone can enjoy a leisure saunter off the beaten path. Explore Garden of the Gods with Academy Riding Stables or see the amazing vistas of the Rocky Mountains with Old Stage Riding Stables. A breath of fresh air might be the ticket for you and your love to connect!


8. Take a Wine or Cheese Making Classes

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2
Photo Courtesy of Wine & Whey | Facebook Page

Create a shared interest with your special someone by taking a class to learn something new. Build your teamwork by engaging in an activity that is both fun and educational. There are a lot of different classes you could take (like art or dance), but we of course are partial to food! Learn how to make goat cheese from The Goat Cheese Lady or head to Denver to take a wine or cheese making class with Wine & Whey.


9. See Who’s More Competitive on Game Night

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2
Photo Courtesy of Geeks Who Drink | Facebook Page

Don’t stay at home for this game night – hit the town for several fun games you can enjoy together or with a group! Team up for trivia at Geeks Who Drink, which is hosted on different nights of the week all throughout the city. Looking for a little more live action? Check out Battlefield Colorado, an outdoor laser tag park located in Downtown Colorado Springs. Or finally, put your brains together to decipher the clues and outplay the clock at The Greatest Escape Games. Make memories and find out who really is the most competitive between you!


10. Hop on a Food Tour (with us!)

Your Guide to Romantic Summertime Dates in Colorado Springs Part 2

Haven’t been on our food tour yet? Now is the time! Be a tourist in your own city by taking a walking food tour of Downtown Colorado Springs. We’ll taste and sip food from five local restaurants. Share in our love affair with food, learn history, and meet with local celebrity chefs. The perfect date activity and dining experience rolled into one! View upcoming dates here.

There are so many fun things to do in Colorado Springs! We’re sure you’ll pick the perfect date activity for you and your loved one.

Cheers, Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team

(So, what’s a food tour, anyway…?)


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