Picking a spot for a first date isn’t easy. There’s a fine balance of choosing something that allows for enough talking so that you can get to know your date, tempered with an activity that allows for a break in the conversation before an awkward silence takes over. Lucky for you we’ve compiled a list of tried and true date locations in Halifax, Nova Scotia so that you can just focus on having a good time.
5. The Discovery Centre
It’s true what Bill Nye always said: Science Rules! Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, the Discovery Centre caters to kids of all ages. Take your date to check out the featured exhibit, which in the past has included everything from the physics of skateboarding with Tony Hawk, to ‘Grossology’. The Bubble Room is a perennial favourite where you can take turns seeing who has the best technique when it comes to creating the biggest bubble. Then enjoy some bubbly across the street at Obladee Wine Bar.
4. Putting Edge
There’s nothing like some healthy competition, except crushing your date at glow in the dark mini golf. The Putting Edge in Bayers Lake is a fun 18-hole glow in the dark course that has classic layouts, and some require you to make tricky shots just to keep you on your toes. Congratulate your date on their great putting skills, and try to only fist pump your victories in private.
3. Emera Oval
Built to accommodate speed skating for the Canada Winter Games in February 2011, the Emera Oval has become a Halifax favourite. Located on the Halifax North Common, the Oval accommodates ice skating in the winter, as well as inline skating in the summer. The Emera Oval opened for the 2014 – 2015 winter season on December 18th, you can find the schedule here.
Don’t have your own skates (either ice or inline)? Don’t worry! Just bring your government issued ID and you’ll be able to rent them on site! Make sure to warm up afterwards with some local coffee or hot chocolate (Both Java Blend and Lion and Bright are only short walks away!).
2. Dartmouth Ferry + Two if by Sea
If it’s not part of your daily commute, taking the Dartmouth ferry on a nice day can be a lovely treat. Stroll the waterfront and hop on the ferry for the short trip over to Alderney Landing, enjoying the views of Halifax from the top deck. Once you arrive in the city of lakes, make your way up Ochterloney Street to Two if by Sea café (or TIBS as it is commonly called). Their croissants are legendary, and they make a mean latte.
1. Museum of Natural History
Being smart is sexy. Show off your interest in the world around you by taking your date on a trip to the Museum of Natural History. Located on Summer Street, the museum hosts a collection of permanent exhibits, including the newly opened Sable Island display, as well as a rotating roster of visiting attractions. Similar to the Discovery Centre, the museum features interactive areas – perfect for breaking the ice and getting your hands dirty. And if you think you’ve got a dinosaur fan 1: you’ve picked an
awesome date and 2: check out the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit running from January 30th – May 24th and then schedule another date to see the next Jurassic Park movie when it comes out on June 12th.