Whether you're looking for fresh ideas or tried and true staples, we've rounded up our top summer date night ideas in Charlotte.
From outdoor adventures to cultural delights, read on for eight summer date night ideas that will have you ready to book a sitter.
1. Romantic Dinner Cruise on Lake Norman
Set sail on a romantic dinner cruise on Lake Norman, just outside of Charlotte. Enjoy a leisurely evening aboard a luxurious yacht while indulging in a lovely meal with your S.O. Gliding across calm waters, take in the breathtaking sunset views and the serenity of the lake.
2. Evening Picnic at Freedom Park
Escape the city's hustle and bustle in the picturesque Freedom Park. Pack a cozy blanket, your favorite snacks, and a bottle of wine, and head to one of the park's tranquil spots. As the sun sets, enjoy the beauty of nature, share laughter and conversation, and revel in the ambiance of the park.
3. U.S. National Whitewater Center Adventure
For an adrenaline-filled and adventurous date, visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Bond with your date over fun activities like whitewater rafting, paddleboarding, or zip-lining. Explore the expansive trails, take a scenic bike ride, or relax on the sandy beach by the Catawba River. This outdoor haven offers an exciting and invigorating experience for couples seeking a thrilling summer date.
4. NoDa Gallery Crawl
Immerse yourselves in Charlotte's vibrant art scene by embarking on a gallery crawl in the NoDa (North Davidson) neighborhood. This eclectic area is filled with art galleries, studios, and colorful murals. Explore the various exhibits and installations and enjoy delicious food and bev at some of the city's best restaurants.
5. Rooftop Bar Hopping in Uptown Charlotte
Experience skyline views on a rooftop bar hopping adventure in Uptown Charlotte. Start at one of the rooftop bars, sipping craft cocktails or local brews, and enjoying panoramic vistas. Move from one venue to another, discovering the unique atmosphere and charm of each spot. Let the city lights and the upbeat ambiance create an unforgettable evening. Check out rooftop options in various neighborhoods here.
6. Outdoor Concert at PNC Music Pavilion
7. Bakery Tour
Not in the mood for dinner and drinks? Try coffee and pastries on a bakery tour. Begin your journey at Amélie's French Bakery, where you'll be transported to a charming Parisian ambiance while savoring pastries and macarons. Next, visit Suarez Bakery, a local institution known for its irresistible doughnuts, cakes, and other baked treats. Continue your tour at Sunflour Baking Company, where you can enjoy freshly baked bread, muffins, and an array of delectable pastries.
8. Brewery Hopping
Start your journey at NoDa Brewing Company, a beloved local hotspot known for its diverse and creative beer offerings. Continue your adventure at Birdsong Brewing Co., a laid-back brewery with a wide selection of flavorful beers. Visit Triple C Brewing Company, a popular destination offering a range of traditional and innovative brews in a vibrant taproom. Don't miss Monday Night Brewing, a newcomer to Charlotte with a reputation for innovative and delicious beers that will delight your taste buds.
Date nights are proven to be important for parents—they tend to make us feel connected, relaxed and able to return to parenting refreshed and with a stronger sense of personal identity.
But don't feel pressured to do date night in a way that's not 'you'! Adventurous and romantic dates are the ticket for some, but going for a drive, a jog, or sitting in peace and not saying anything for a little while are great options, too.