Top 10 Unforgettable Bucks County Date Night Ideas
You've been here before: You're planning a date that you want to be perfect. Maybe it's a second or third date, maybe it's an anniversary, or maybe it's that Big One where you plan to "pop the question" … Whatever the occasion, you need to find the best venue. You have a long list of things to consider: What does s/he like? What have you done before? How will you get there? Will the weather affect your experience? Is it in your budget? Will the experience truly be unforgettable?
Have no fear: Bucks County is a center for cultural, recreational, and culinary experiences, with dozens of potential locations for your next date night. Here are some of our top picks for a memorable experience.
- Have a Picnic at the Ringing Rocks
Base Cost: Free
The Ringing Rocks County Park in Upper Black Eddy is a great place to picnic with your date. Bring a hammer to investigate the park's namesake and consider seeking out the county's largest waterfall.
- Shop and Dine at Peddler's Village in New Hope, Pa
Base Cost: Free
Peddler's Village is a quaint destination for all ages. Whether you are visiting its shops and restaurants or attending one of its many seasonal festivals, Peddler's Village has that nostalgic quality that makes it perfect for a romantic night out. Once your first date there is successful, take it a step further and make a Peddler's Village trip a holiday or anniversary tradition.
- Experience Natural Beauty at a Nature Center
Base Cost: $10–30
Bucks County has three nature centers to choose from, and all host seasonal activities that will make your date perfect! The Churchville Nature Center has a Butterfly House open throughout the summer. Peace Valley Nature Center hosts earth education opportunities and the Silver Lake Nature Center hosts regular Night Hike Campfires featuring guided after-hours hikes and marshmallow roasts.
- Rent a Boat at Core Creek Park or Peace Valley Park
Base Cost: $15–100
Looking for something to do on a nice summer day? Test your water legs by diving into the Boat Rental programs at Core Creek and Peace Valley Park. At both parks, you can rent rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, single/double kayaks, and sailboats. At Core Creek Park, you can also rent aquacycles and, on select days of the year, participate in flat-water kayaking classes or Full Moon Paddling Tours. Both parks' boat rental programs last from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- Visit the James A. Michener Art Museum
Base Cost: $30-220
The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa, honors the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Doylestown resident. Among its permanent exhibitions are a tribute to Michener's legacy, the Studio Craft Tradition, Bucks County Landscapes, Art Outdoors, Modernist and Contemporary Expressions, and the Nakashima Reading Room. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions worth seeing, as well as art classes and workshops for the artistically-inclined.
- Explore American History at Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
Base Cost: $30–$350
Are you and your date interested in history? Visit Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa, and explore the displays on American craft, trade, and occupation before the Industrial Revolution. At Escape Room, Cocktails at the Castle, or Beer Fest.
- Learn Improv at Bucks County Playhouse
Base Cost: $50–200
There's nowhere better to look for creative ideas than the Bucks County Playhouse. A prime cultural center in New Hope, Pa, the Bucks County Playhouse offers workshops such as Acting for Beginners, Improv, Storytelling, and Tap. If your date gets stage fright, no worries: the Bucks County Playhouse has a rotation of shows. See its musicals, holiday shows, or comedy specials.
- Sample Wine at the Area's Top Wineries and Vineyards
Tasting and Vineyard Tour Base Cost: $10–40; Wine Tour Base Cost: $60–100
For tasting and tours, check out the many vineyards and wineries of Bucks County. Take the Tastings & Tours Bus along the Bucks County Wine Trail for a complete experience of what Bucks County has to offer. Not interested in wine? Check out Bucks County Ice Cream Trail, a journey through all of Bucks County's best local creameries.
- Take a Cooking Class with Chef Jean Pierre
Base Cost: $118–138
Chef Jean Pierre is a unique dining experience where the chef cooks right in front of you. You can take home his recipes to make yourself, or you can join one of his bimonthly classes for a hands-on cooking experience. Schedule your date soon, though, because Chef Jean Pierre is retiring in January 2019. If you're looking for other fun cooking classes, The Kitchen Shoppe in Carlisle, Pa, is another option.
- Take a Hot Air Balloon Tour
Base Cost: $750
Are you looking for a truly uplifting idea? Book a hot air balloon tour with the United States Hot Air Balloon Team. If that's a bit out of your budget, consider attending the Balloon Festival in Lancaster, Pa, or Readington, NJ, when it returns each year.
Of course, just attending one of these great opportunities isn't the only component of making a date unforgettable — making a date truly perfect is up to you. If you've chosen an outdoor venue for your date, make sure you have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Remain flexible and optimistic.
When you want to make your date truly memorable, Bucks County is the place to go. With its rich cultural history, exciting recreational opportunities, and gorgeous natural environment, Bucks County provides that perfect atmosphere for your night out.