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Best Date Spots in Tampa

by Tatiana Torres

There’s no denying that places such as Armature Works and Busch Gardens are amazing for cute dates. But, it is important to note that those are not the only two places in Tampa that are date-worthy. Picking a date spot can be pretty frustrating, especially when you feel like you have been to every single cute date spot Tampa has to offer. With that in mind, here are a few unique, under-the-radar locations that would be great for dates. 

COLOR ME MINE
Situated in Hyde Park Village, Color Me Mine serves as a unique and relaxing experience to enjoy with your partner. This paint-your-own ceramics studio is the perfect place to have fun or unwind with your significant other. Not only is it different than your usual date spot, you also enter an inviting space that helps alleviate stress. Anagha Surendra, a junior psychology major, shares how the studio provides an intimate and fun environment. “Last time I went to Color Me Mine, it was super fun,” said Surendra. “My boyfriend and I chose to paint a panda ceramic with our favorite colors, blue and yellow. We absolutely loved it because it wasn’t like our usual dates, which usually include restaurants or beaches. I will definitely go back.” 

FUN LAN DRIVE-IN THEATER
Calling all movie lovers! The Fun-Lan Drive-In Theater is located close to the heart of Tampa, this theater is perfect for your next date. The Fun-Lan Drive-In Theater has multiple screens and showtimes, so you can pick what’s best for you. There’s also a concession area for snacks and drinks. Admission is seven dollars per person. Some tips are to arrive early to get a good front row parking spot, bring a soft blanket and turn off your car lights. 

LITTLE DONUT HOUSE
For all of the sweet teeth out there, Little Donut House located in Hyde Park Village, is famous for their mini flavorful donuts. Some of their signature donut flavors include maple bacon, fruity pebbles, and cotton candy. They also offer a variety of gourmet sandwiches and bagels. This is a great place to go with your significant other whether you want a morning or an evening treat. 

LOWRY PARCADE AND TAVERN
Lowry Parcade and Tavern is first arcade & tavern and is home to many 80’s and 90’s themed arcade games. This is a great opportunity to bring out your competitive side in a round of their infamous “Nintendo Nights” with your significant other. Keep in mind that until 11 p.m., Lowry Parcade and Tavern welcomes people of all ages. After 11 p.m., they only allow people who are 21 or older. 

SKATE WORLD
Roller skating makes a great, unique date. Skate World in Tampa not only provides roller skating fun but they also offer state of the art sound systems, live DJs, a fully stocked cafe and an arcade with various prizes. Not only will this be a memorable day for your significant other, but it won’t hurt your wallet either. Prices vary by day nevertheless, no matter the day you can enjoy a fun date for under $13.

LASSING PARK
Situated in the old southeast section of Saint Pete, Lassing Park is great for those couples who enjoy taking long, romantic walks, going on a picnic or just sitting by the water to appreciate the beautiful sunset without a lot of commotion around them. It is considered by many a true hidden gem because not a lot of people are aware of this park. 

MABLE RINGLING ROSE GARDEN
Completed in 1913, the state’s oldest continuously operating rose garden offers sculptures and romantic paths. The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida, which is approximately an hour away from Tampa, but this is definitely worth the trip. For more than 100 years, this rose garden has wowed visitors. This Italian style garden features hundreds of varieties of roses. The Mable Ringling Rose Garden staff advises that April is the best time to visit the garden because that is when the greatest number of roses are in bloom. 

DALI OUTDOOR GARDEN
The Dalí Museum avant-garden makes the perfect date spot for art lovers. It is located on the waterfront of Tampa Bay. Between a fountain of youth, the wish tree and the labyrinth, the Dalí museum creates an enchanting and tranquil environment. This is a great way to make new memories that you and your significant other will cherish forever. “The Dali Museum is a great date spot because it is nice to do something different other than eating at a restaurant or watching a movie with your partner,” said Ryan Radke, sophomore allied health major.

“I definitely recommend this museum to other couples who appreciate art and want to avoid going to the same places all the time.” 

WINE AND WOOD
If you are looking for a more sophisticated, low key, and intimate date, Wine and Wood provides a unique wine tasting experience. Not only does it offer a great variety of wines but one can also enjoy flavorful eatery from their wood-fired pizzeria.

VERTICAL VENTURES TAMPA: INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING GYM
If you are interested in more of an active and adventurous date, you should consider going rock climbing at Vertical Ventures Tampa: Indoor Rock Climbing Gym. The best part about it is that you do not have to be a hardcore boulderer, they will help you get your rock climbing skills to the next level especially if it is your first time visiting them. 

Tatiana Torres can be reached at tatiana.torres@spartans.ut.edu

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