If you are looking for a little bit of inspiration for some quality time with your significant other, look no further than our list of date night ideas. Whether it’s a romantic evening or something a bit more casual and fun, your time spent together will be memorable.

Romantic Date Nights

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Pick out some nostalgic candy at Georgie Lou's Retro Candy and strap on your dancing shoes for a night of swing dancing at The Green Door Dance Studio or cozy up in the car as you watch a movie at Cumberland Drive-In.

Take a Cruise: Board the Pride of the Susquehanna for a sunset dinner cruise along the scenic shores of the Susquehanna River. This is by far the best view of the Harrisburg skyline! 

Lover's Lane: Lace your fingers together for a walk around scenic Children's Lake before settling in for a candlelit dinner at historic Boiling Springs Tavern.

Classic Romance: Enjoy a steak and seafood meal at 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion before catching a show at the art-deco Carlisle Theatre. Finish with a Nutella-filled crepe at Helena's Chocolate Cafe & Creperie for a European flair. 

A Romantic Rendezvous: Impress your date with fine dining at THEA in Mechanicsburg followed by a performance at Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg.

Just Playing Around

Batter Up: Long summer nights call for the all-American date — beers served deck side at Duke's Bar & Grill followed by a Harrisburg Senators' home game on City Island. 

Show-Off: Show off your artistic talents and paint your very own masterpiece at aMuse Uncorked, then stroll down the street and share a bottle of wine at SpringGate.

Tee Off: Engage in some friendly competition with a game of mini-golf on one of two courses at Carlisle Sports Emporium. Whether you go for the castle or the western theme is up to you. The perk of this date? The loser buys ice cream at a downtown Carlisle staple, Massey's Frozen Custard!

Outdoor Adventure

Mountainside Sports: This is sure to be a date you won't forget! Spend the day zipping down the picturesque mountainside on zip lines, skies or a snowboard and enjoying the natural beauty of the Valley at Roundtop Mountain Resort. End the day with food and live music at Roundtop's Fireside Pub & Grill.

Enjoy the View: A short hike will reward you and your date with an inspiring view of the Valley from a rock outcropping at Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch. Pack a romantic lunch to enjoy at the picnic area. Please follow Leave No Trace practices!

Reach New Heights: Build up a sweat scaling indoor climbing walls at The Cave in New Cumberland. Afterward, cool down with an ice cream treat and take in the retro ‘50s vibe at Hanna’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

Explore the Shore: Explore nature as you paddle along in a kayak or canoe on beach-front Laurel Lake in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Stop at Twirly Top for a nostalgic dinner and classic ice cream treat!

Plan a Weekend Easy Getaway

Cumberland Valley has a variety of hotels for any price and budget, but if you want to really impress combine one of these date night ideas with an overnight stay at one of our B&Bs.


  • Carlisle House is listed in the Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America. You will love their freshly-baked savory quiches and fine English teas.
  • The Smith-Steiner is located in a turn-of-the-century house that recently underwent a three-year renovation. You will feel pampered by the luxurious accommodations, designer furnishings, and thoughtful amenities.

Boiling Springs

  • An overnight reservation at one of Allenberry Resort’s charming cottages promises a night of relaxation for discerning travelers. You get the benefits of an intimate setting while enjoying the amenities of a world-class resort.


  • Your cares will melt away as you find serenity, comfort, and pampering — plus historical Colonial charm — at 30 Timber Road B&B.