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 The Barn at Allenberry.

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. 

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 (and Indoor) Adventure

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 while scaling indoor climbing walls at Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg. Afterward, cool down with an ice cream treat at Rakestraw's Ice Cream in downtown Mechanicsburg (open seasonally).

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.