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10 Date Ideas for that Special Someone

Living in a city like Boston means that there are so many places you could take your significant other for date night, but choosing where to go is not always an easy decision. Being surrounded by museums and restaurants can make the process more stressful than it needs to be and can lead to following the “typical” date protocol. Here are ten date and dinner ideas that stray away from those cookie cutter movie and dinner dates that we’re all sick of:


  1. The New England Aquarium

Although a pretty obvious choice, the New England Aquarium is a beautiful and fun place to take your date for an afternoon of giggles and pictures. There really is nothing cooler than touching a stingray and laughing at penguins- this fun date idea will really project your love for cute animals and make your date swoon with every laugh and candid picture. A little bit on the pricier side, this date idea is $27.95 per person, but if you bring your student ID, you can enjoy a huge discount of $2 making it just $25.95 per person.

  1.   Museum of Science

Everyone is a child at heart, and the Museum of Science is the perfect location to let that wild side run free. With hands on interactive exhibits, lightning shows, a butterfly garden, and an IMAX theatre, the Museum of Science is sure to fill your date with energy and a sense of childlike fun. Admission is $25 per person, but if you plan it right, you can get tickets through the Boston Public Library for free, and if you go within two hours of closing time, the museum will stamp your ticket which will get you in again for free within six months of getting the stamp. As a bonus date idea, the museum also has a planetarium, where you can go to see stars, music and light shows, and view films about our galaxy for only $10. If you want to have a romantic stargazing experience but do not want to experience the cold weather, this is the perfect place for you and your significant other.

  1.   Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

If you are looking to have a date day with a bit of a different approach, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum might just be the right fit. With art, music, and a beautiful indoor and outdoor garden, this place has it all. So get those cameras ready, because there will be candids galore on this relaxing date. For a normal person, admission costs $15 per person, but being the awesome college students that you are, your student ID will get you in for just $5 per person.

  1.   The Mapparium

Located inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library lives the Mapparium. Fairly unknown to most people, the Mapparium is a gorgeous stained glass globe that your significant other will be awed by. For only $6 you can take a tour and see this magnificent place with your two (or four) eyes. Sure to leave smiles on your face and a gasped wow, this date idea is “wicked cheap” and definitely worth a visit.  

  1.  Rock Climbing

Rock Spot Climbing, located in Southie, is a fantastic way to get your exercise in without hitting the gym or missing date night. Rock climbing is an engaging date night that will leave you both sweating and maybe even a little competitive. Usually this would cost $18 per person or $25 with gear BUT with those handy-dandy student IDs you can climb for just $16 per person or $20 with gear. So, if you are looking for an active date, this is definitely the place to be (plus who doesn’t love rock climbing?!).


Now let’s talk food (the best thing to talk about).


  1.  Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

While you and your significant other are over in Southie, stop by Loco Taqueria for some absolutely fire tacos. This may be a shameless plug for a restaurant that one of family members owns, but I promise that you will not be disappointed. With a pretty extensive cocktail, tequila, beer and wine list (for those of you who happen to be of age) and those pretty average priced tacos with above average flavor, you just can’t go wrong. I personally recommend the Baja Fried Fish tacos, they are my go-to and never disappoint. If you are looking to do brunch before your date then have no fear, because there is a brunch menu, too!

  1.  La Famiglia Giorgio’s

If you are already over by the aquarium or the Museum of Science, head over to the North End and check out my favorite restaurant- La Famiglia Giorgio’s. For less than $40, you can both get a huge meal that won’t disappoint and will definitely leave you with leftovers for the next day. My favorite, the eggplant rollatini, is a must try if you like eggplant, and even if you don’t, you might after!

  1. Sushi Kappo

Just a short walk from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is Sushi Kappo. If you have yet to hear about the latest trend in all things sushi, then it’s time to jump on board, because sushi burritos are not only adorably funny but are also a great way to enjoy a light meal at a reasonable price. From what I hear, the Fenway Sushi Burrito is the way to go!

  1.  Flour Bakery + Cafe

A quick five minute walk from the Mapparium is Flour- a great place to stop and grab lunch or a coffee and pastry while you chat with your significant other. This is another reasonably priced option for college kids on a budget who are looking for something tasty to munch on. And what’s better than a cup of coffee and great conversation, right?

  1.  Neighborhoods Coffee & Crepes

Looking for a cute little neighborhood cafe to take your sweetheart? Try Neighborhoods Coffee & Crepes for some cheap pastries and delicious coffee. With plenty of options between savory, sweet, or breakfast, you’ll always find what you’re looking for. Whether it be conversation and coffee or crepes and cackling, Neighborhoods is the place to be.


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