Between canceled events and social distancing, it’s likely been a while since you’ve last enjoyed a date night. But whether it’s a special occasion or an infrequent chance for some time without the kids, there are still plenty of safe, fun ways to spend date night in Wichita.
With so many things to do here in the largest city in Kansas, you’ll have a hard time narrowing down your choices. We’re here to help. From casual outings to romantic things to do, here are six Wichita date night ideas.
Downtown Date Night
Impress your date with a night at the state’s only AAA Four Diamond property: Ambassador Hotel Autograph Collection. Step outside into downtown Wichita and you’ll have easy access to public art, dining and entertainment, like Roxy’s Downtown, Cafe Bel Ami, Cana Wine & Cocktails, Blade & Timber and The Room - Wichita or try something new together like Axe to Grind and Sorrel's Jamaican Food. However, you just might opt to stay in, though. The hotel’s Siena Tuscan Steakhouse offers an upscale Italian dining experience, and Dockum is a subterranean, speakeasy-style bar with excellent handcrafted cocktails.
Old Town Tour
Check out several of Wichita’s craft breweries in a fun, safe outing aboard Brew Wagon Tours, Wichita’s only local brew bus tour. They’ll drive, so you both can imbibe while getting a behind-the-scenes look at craft beer. You’ll finish with time to enjoy dinner, so ask for pick-up and drop-off in Old Town. Stroll through the brick-lined streets and stop in local shops like Lucinda’s and Uniquities Home before enjoying upscale cuisine in a casual setting at Larkspur Bistro & Bar, which features one of many great outdoor patios in the city. When you’re ready to call it a night, settle in to a lavish suite at Hotel at Old Town.
Romantic Rendezvous in Bradley Fair
Take a walk along the outdoor shops and restaurants at Bradley Fair. During fall months, enjoy the changing colors of the leaves near the Bradley Fair Lake. Or during the holidays, get swept away on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Wine and dine at Newport Grill, serving contemporary American, or YaYa’s Eurobistro, serving classic, comfortable food – both in elegant settings. End the evening with a wine and chocolate pairing in the lounge at Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates and enjoy a lakeside stay at Hilton Garden Inn – Bradley Fair.
Book a stay along the Arkansas River at either the Hyatt Regency Wichita or the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. Right from the doors of your hotel, you can walk together along the river, north to where you cross the magnificent suspension bridge over the Arkansas River to explore the Keeper of the Plains Plaza. If adventure is what you seek, rent a kayak from Boats & Bikes and see the Keeper and downtown Wichita like you’ve never seen before! From there, make your way to the Delano District where you can find local shops like Bungalow 26 and Hatman Jack’s. Enjoy a couples massage and other therapeutic services at Bohemia Healing Spa before dinner and drinks on the patio at Monarch.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a wetlands habitat at the Pracht Wetlands Park. As you stroll along the elevated boardwalks, be on the lookout for migratory birds, muskrats, frogs and many other wildlife species. The comfort awaiting you at Hampton Inn by Hilton Northwest is just steps away from the park. This modern hotel features spacious rooms and a firepit facing the wetlands park. In the morning, enjoy brunch (and a homemade poptart) at Homegrown Wichita – West before heading even further west for a day of wildlife encounters at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Impress your date with one of the park’s behind-the-scenes experiences like hanging with and feeding sloths or meeting the otters.
Slow down and enjoy a multi-course meal with your beloved. Elderslie Farm serves locally-sourced, five-course, farm-to-table dinners April through December. It’s an elegant country setting just 20 minutes north of Wichita. The menu changes monthly and is carefully planned to showcase the produce of the season. The entire evening provides guests a lovely walk through each season’s bounty. Also just north of Wichita is Grace Hill Winery, where you and your date can enjoy a tasting to sip on local wines.