Outdoor Date Night Ideas for Winter
As the Boston winter drags on, it can be too easy to experience cabin fever. Yes, we want spring to come – but that doesn’t mean we need to stay indoors until spring comes. These date night ideas are not only romantic; they’ll also get you outside. Just remember to dress warmly enough to stay safe. Here are some ideas.
Have an Outdoor Picnic
Picnics don’t only have to be for the warm weather months. Just pack warm foods in insulated containers and head to your favorite park for a romantic night out. If you don’t feel like cooking, order takeout and pick it up on the way to the park. You may also want to bring special insulated seat covers in case the park bench is covered with snow or ice.
Go Ice Skating
Ice skating is a fun outdoor activity for date night. You can either go to one of the outdoor skating rinks in Boston, such as the Frog Pond, or take your excursion outside of the city. Are your skills less than perfect? Try taking lessons before your big date, or better yet, take the lessons together. Learning how to do something fancy together can be a bonding experience.
Hot Chocolate Date
Drinking hot chocolate at sunrise or sunset is very romantic. This is a great alternative to the outdoor picnic because it doesn’t take as much time and is a better choice if it’s extremely cold out. Just pack the hot chocolate in a thermos and head to your favorite park. You can also do this as part of an after dinner stroll.
Go For a Sleigh Ride
Sleigh rides can turn a cold day into something extra romantic. There are several farms in Massachusetts and New Hampshire which are accessible to Boston and also do sleigh rides on a regular basis. For example, Old Sturbridge Village regularly does sleigh rides. You may need to call these places in advance to reserve a spot.
Have a Sledding Date
Sledding is a satisfying way to enjoy the winter and can definitely make a great date. If you want something close to home, it is possible to sled in Boston Common. Other great sledding locations include Larz Anderson Park in Brookline and Danehy Park in Cambridge. For an extra special date, pack a picnic lunch and hot chocolate in a thermos.
Some of Boston’s best shops are outdoors. You can make a date out of window shopping. Great shopping areas include Faneuil Hall, the Back Bay, and Charles Street. The nice thing about window shopping is that when you get cold, you can always browse inside a boutique to get warm. After you’re done browsing, it can be extra romantic to go out for dinner and maybe even drinks before you head home.
Just because its cold out doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors for date night. These date ideas are fun and can help you beat the winter blues with your sweetheart.