Some might think of Valentine’s Day as cliché, but whether or not you think it’s corny, it is an opportunity to show your special someone how much you care about them. If you’re looking for something outside of the stereotypical activity, Wichita has plenty of ways to create your own unique experience any time of year.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re here to help you impress your sweetheart with offbeat and safe date night ideas to keep the fun alive.
Fun & Games
Battle it out on the pickleball court at Chicken N Pickle. The sprawling entertainment venue and restaurant concept offers indoor and outdoor fun with plenty of space to social distance, a delicious menu and huge drink selection. Additionally, they've set up a temporary ice rink where visitors can try their hand at curling, ice hockey, or join an open skate.
For multi-player fun and delicious food, take your special someone to Dave & Buster's. With hundreds of arcade games and a full menu of food and drinks, you and your significant other will have the time of your lives.
Experiment with your artsy side with several different cultural options in Wichita. From frolicking at the Wichita Art Museum or browsing a free gallery at Mark Arts or Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum, learn a new appreciation for others’ artistic abilities. The current exhibit, “Putting on the Glitz: Art Deco Fashion,” is drawn from their own collection and that of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum and celebrates fashion from the 1920s and 1930s.
You can also foster your own creativity at places like Board and Brush, CityArts or Paint the Towne, a paint and drink studio offering regular classes. Learn from a professional and leave with your own masterpiece. Browse the selection or blow your own art glass at Infinity Art Glass and Karg Art Glass. Or, zoom through downtown via Bike Share ICT or an electric scooter and pose together for selfies at Wichita’s many public art installations.
Hit the Bullseye
Maybe you’re ready to get a little rough and tumble on your date, if so, head to Blade & Timber or Axe to Grind where the competition heats up with axe throwing for you and your love. Rent a lane for just the two of you or make it a group date. Bring your own food, enjoy some cold beer and have a blast at this unique bar in Wichita.
If firearms are more your style, take your sweetie to Range 54, where you both can get in some target practice. The climate-controlled range is perfect any time of year for a fun, safe shooting experience. At Rainier Firearm Academy, you'll pair up and complete a variety of drills, like active shooter and low light. The winning couple receives bragging rights and a prize.
Hunt for Hidden Treasures
Who doesn’t like a good bargain on old items? Antique shopping is a popular activity and can serve as a unique date option. Head to Paramount Antique Mall or Generations Antiques & Artisans before your date to pick up the perfect gift for your significant other, or take them with you to hunt for hidden treasures. Make a game of it and look for the most valuable item at the lowest price.
While not antique, local retail shops in Wichita offer hours of fun shopping for hand-made and hand-crafted items. Find pieces for your love nest at Uniquities Home and Urban Interiors. Get your hands on products to pamper your sweetie at Bungalow 26 and Zeep. Treat your date to excusive Wichita items at Aida Stenholm, Hatman Jack’s, The Health Connection, The Spice Merchant & Company, Lucinda’s, Standard Issue Co. and The Workroom.
Learn to overcome challenges together at Bliss Climbing and Fitness, as the two of you scale a 38-foot top rope and lead climbing wall or 16-foot bouldering wall. Try your luck at novice or advanced routes. A day pass is $19 per person.
See how well you work together by trying your hand at one of several obstacles at The Room. Work against the clock by solving problems and decoding puzzles to try to escape the room. Each room has a different theme and a one-hour time limit. All rooms are private and tickets are $25 a person. More escape room can be found inside The Alley Indoor Entertainment at Escapology. Any of their five rooms can be reserved for heart-pounding fun. Reservations can be made for $30 per person.
Feel Like a Kid Again
Take your darling to a place of fun and games at Exploration Place, where you’ll be able to partake in hands-on educational museum exhibits. Stop by Design Build Fly, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at the airplane manufacturing industry, or see if you could hack it as a survival expert as you make your way through their traveling exhibit, Survival – Are you Prepared. Other area attractions like Botanica Wichita and Sedgwick County Zoo are just as fun for adults as they are for kids. Go down memory lane at The Original Pizza Hut Museum. Additionally, Tanganyika Wildlife Park as Winter Animal Experiences to treat your date to one-of-a-kind animal encounters.
Catch a Ride
Hop on the brew wagon with your love and enjoy Wichita’s only Brew Wagon Tours for a custom ride to local breweries. For as low as $59, you and your date will experience a three-hour tour, which includes transportation, a flight of beers at each stop and a behind-the-scenes tour of the brewing process. Plus, the wagon is equipped with a cooler for any of your own brews you want to bring. Must be 21 years old with a valid ID to participate.
What is Valentine’s Day without chocolate and other delicious sweets? If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, make sure to stop by local shops Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates (Bradley Fair, New Market Square and Old Town, The Farris Wheel and Nifty Nut House for a scrumptious selection of fine chocolates, fancy candies, gourmet nut mixes and more. At Cocoa Dolce, you and your date can create a custom box of chocolates or try some delicious dessert wines while having a relaxing day at Wichita’s only chocolate lounge. At the downtown location, watch as chocolate is being made. If photo opps are your thing, the Nifty Nut House is the perfect backdrop. Whether you pose together in front of the mural on the building’s façade or inside in the popular squirrel cutout, you’ll be making fun memories together.
If you are one for the more traditional date nights and still want to plan something sweet and romantic for your lover, Wichita has plenty of options for you as well. Check out our list of fine dining restaurants to find the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. Many upscale restaurants also have cozy outdoor patios for safe and romantic dining.
For a unique dining experience, surprise your date by renting a garden igloo at Nortons Brewing Co. to cozy up in. For $25, you can have the igloo all to yourself for an hour and a half. The brewery also has several heaters in their large outdoor beer garden.
Another cozy outdoor space to safely spend time together is Revolutsia, where you’ll find foods of all kinds and unique local shops. You and your date can try cheese and toast boards at Fleur De Vin and authentic German fare and imported beer from Prost. For dessert, treat your taste buds to Bundt cakes and cupcakes from Monica’s Bundt Cake. Order your food and snuggle up by Revolutsia’s fire pit to dine outdoors while staying warm next to the glow of the flames.
If you are more traditional, try these other date night ideas. Check back soon for our 2022 Valentine’s Day planning guide.