It’s always fun to plan a date, but sometimes the weather makes it tricky.
Whether it’s a first date or a night out with your significant other, we have some exciting date ideas that are perfect for cold weather.
Enjoy a fun winter activity indoors by heading to a public skate at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex; enjoy music and lights while ice-skating where the Pittsburgh Penguins practice. Plan ahead to attend a theme night like Star Wars Skate or DJ Skate, or to see the Pens game on the big screen while you skate.
A little friendly competition never fails to entertain. Slip back into the 60s and go bowling at Mars Lanes, complete with manual scorekeeping. For a more modern experience, swing by Family Bowlaway Fun Center, with automated flat screen scoring and glow-in-the-dark bowling equipment. Enjoy dinner and refreshments, as well as other games and entertainment at the 11th Frame Bar & Grille, located inside.
For a unique date, try an escape room. You’ll be challenged to work together- and with a team- to follow clues, decode the puzzle and solve a mystery. This is also a great double date idea. Find Butler’s Great Escape and Mystery Mayhem Escapes right here in Butler County.
Have more than ‘just a drink’ with your date by visiting a winery. Sample award-winning wines at Rustic Acres Winery and Winfield Winery; ranging from drys to sweets, you’ll certainly find one that pleases your palate and can purchase to take home and enjoy.
If you’re looking for great Italian food to pair with your wine, visit Anna Marie’s Winery & Cafe. Sample from a variety of handcrafted wines bottled on site and enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
As fun as dinner is on its own, if you’re looking for a unique atmosphere, head to Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, an entertainment venue in addition to a high-quality restaurant, so you can enjoy live performances while you dine, giving the best of both worlds.
The Harmony Inn, owned and operated by the same folks at North Country Brewing Co., offers speciality food and over 30 beers on tap; complete with haunted sighting photos and stories, this unique spot always offers a friendly environment and a good time.
For more than 'just a meal,' check out a restaurant that offers live entertainment. North Country Brewing Company offers live music on the weekends, with some days reserved for open mic nights. The Double Wide Grill in Mars/Cranberry Twp. hosts Friday Night Karaoke from 9:30-close every week. The Lyndora Hotel hosts Open Mic Nights every Wednesday, and offers a DJ and karaoke on Fridays. Knicker’s Tavern at Conley Resort offers live music every Wednesday.
Breweries are always a great place to enjoy date night. Check out the Butler County Beer Circuit to find a listing of breweries in the area.
Change up movie night by heading to The Strand Theater, where you can catch classic, independent and foreign films, as well as live programs. Be sure to check out their website to see what’s showing and to purchase tickets online.
Paint and sip nights provide the perfect atmosphere to enjoy great company. BYOB to Brushes & Barstools, where you can learn to paint while you sip and take home your very own masterpiece.
Visit the Glass Blowing Center for a truly unique experience, where you can watch the art of glass blowing right before your eyes with free demonstrations. You can even sign up for a class to try yourself.
The North Country Trail, the longest in the National Trails System, stretches 4,600 miles over 7 states. Passing through both Moraine State Park and Jennings Environmental Education Center, this is definitely a unique trail to explore.
Get even more active in the snow with activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. With a little help from mother nature, the Butler-Freeport Trail is a great cross-country skiing destination. Also be sure to check out the parks’ websites to find out which trails are best for snow activities and how to rent equipment.
There are plenty of unique places to visit and things to do in Butler County all year round. With these ideas, we hope you plan the exciting date you’ve been waiting for!