Great Date Nights

It’s that rare occasion, a trifecta of sorts: the babysitter is booked, the evening is reserved and your schedule is cleared for an official date night. It’s on the calendar, and it’s happening. But what is the best way to utilize this precious time away from your kids? Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a little romance, a culinary experience or a money-saving good time, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the best spots in Dayton to woo your main squeeze.

Adventurous Dates:Become “two” with nature

Bike the Great Miami River Trail

A ride on the Great Miami River Trail offers a variety of day date activities for those looking to explore the downtown area of Dayton. Starting at the south end of Franklin, this bike trail will take cyclists north through Miamisburg and into downtown, where couples can stop to visit a museum or just rest at a local eatery. For those hoping to explore a more natural setting, the GMR trail also makes its way through the forested Crains Run Park and the Tipp Nature Center.

Camp at Taylorsville Metropark

An overnight in the great outdoors is the perfect date for couples looking to share an adventure together. Reserve a campsite at Taylorsville Metropark, grab a tent and cozy up to the campfire at night. During the day, pack a picnic for two, hike the Great Miami River Recreation Trail, or even take a gentle canoe ride out on the river. Reconnect over the beautiful sights and sounds of Taylorsville.

Romantic Dates: Fueling the passion

Salar Restaurant

Salar Restaurant oozes romance. The ambiance sets the tone for an intimate dinner comprised of handcrafted cocktails and main courses inspired by countries all over the world. Gnosh on gluten-free dishes such as Cebiche or share one of their many artisanal pizzas. Take in the views of the Historic Oregon District from the large windows in their main dining area and fully engage in the cultured atmosphere together.

Tea at Central Perc European Cafe

Grab a passport for lunch at Central Perc European Café where high tea options make for a very romantic day date. From finger sandwiches to scones with butter and jam, Central Perc offers couples a European retreat on a very local level.

Foodie Dates: Dayton culinary coolness

2nd Street Market

“Food Crawl” the 2nd Street Market on a morning date and explore the sights, sounds and plentiful food options available at this local farmer’s market. Snack on a crepe from Crepe Boheme or sip an organic espresso from Caffeine as you fill your market bag with fresh fruit and produce. Round out the “food crawl” date with lunch at Azra’s Mediterranean for a gyro and then share an ice pop from Sweet P’s.

Millrace Restaurant

With its cozy locale and countrified cooking, Millrace Restaurant is a charming date night option. Located inside the Clifton Mill, date nighters can listen to the sounds of the old mill as they enjoy fresh whole grain breads, pies and cookies. Breakfast is served all day, which means homemade pancakes are a definite dinnertime option.

Affordable Dates:Fun on a budget

Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute is an inexpensive and creative date night option. With a suggested donation fee, the DAI makes art affordable for couples looking to engage in cultured discussions over paintings and sculptures. Make sure to visit the American Impressionism exhibit, which will be available from May 7-31.


Release endorphins together on a date night at a local Dayton YMCA facility. Although a monthly membership fee is required to join, the YMCA offers multiple classes and exercise options to keep couples in shape together. Free on-site babysitting is also available, making this kind of date accessible for all parties involved. Plan your own date night today!

From adventurous encounters to romantic dinners, Dayton provides plenty of interesting options for you and your special someone.

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