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Looking for date ideas in Northwest Arkansas? There are countless types of date nights that you can enjoy, ranging from simple and low-key to elaborate and adventurous. The type of date night you choose depends on your interests, preferences, and the stage of your relationship.

The idea of date night has never been more popular than it is today.  There are date nights for first dates or long time couples that have been happily married for decades.   We have included a variety of ideas for you to choose from including adventure, art, breweries, dining, and taprooms (they have trivia and bingo nights), downtown areas, specal events, etc.

Dinner and a Movie: A classic choice where you go out to a nice restaurant for dinner and then catch a movie at a theater or at home.

Cooking Together: Spend the evening cooking a special meal together. It can be fun, interactive, and a great way to bond.

Picnic: Pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and head to a park or a scenic spot for a relaxed and enjoyable date.

Outdoor Adventure: Go hiking, walking, biking, camping, watching planes land, or engage in another outdoor activity you both enjoy.

Wine Tasting: Visit a local winery or set up a wine tasting at home to explore different types of wines.

Game Night: Play board games, card games, or video games together for a fun and competitive date.

Date Night - Northwest Arkansas Crystal Bridges

Live Music on the Art Trail at Night Crystal Bridges

Artistic Endeavors: Attend a painting or pottery class, or visit an art gallery or museum.

Live Performance: Attend a live concert, theater show, stand-up comedy, or dance performance.

Stargazing: Find a spot away from city lights to watch the stars and enjoy each other’s company.

Cultural Experience: Explore a cultural festival, attend a cultural event, or try out a new cuisine.

Spa Night: Create a spa-like atmosphere at home with massages, facials, and relaxation.

Volunteer Together: Spend your time together giving back to the community through volunteering.

Escape Room: Test your problem-solving skills by participating in an escape room challenge.

DIY Project: Work on a DIY project together, whether it’s building furniture, crafting, or home improvement.

Dancing: Take a dance class or go to a dancing venue to enjoy some music and movement.

Explore Northwest Arkansas: Act like tourists in your own city, visiting landmarks and trying out new places.

Lake Day: Spend a day at one of the many lakes in Northwest Arkansas, enjoying the sun, water, and relaxation. Sunsets are always a special way to spend a date night!

Date Night - Northwest Beaver Lake Sunset

Beaver Lake Sunset

Candlelit Dinner at Home: Create a romantic atmosphere by cooking a special dinner and setting up a candlelit table at home.

Karaoke Night: Sing your hearts out at a karaoke bar or even at home with a karaoke machine.

Cooking Class: Take a cooking class together to learn how to prepare a new type of cuisine.

Film Marathon: Choose a series of movies or a TV show to binge-watch together.

County Fairs, Art Shows or Craft Fairs:  Spend the day at enjoying local fairs.

Romantic Getaway: Plan a weekend getaway to a cozy cabin, a romantic bed and breakfast, or a nearby scenic destination. 

Scenic Drive: Take a leisurely drive through scenic routes of the Ozarks,  enjoying each other’s company and the views.

Specific Date Ideas For Northwest Arkansas

ADVENTURE

Embarking on adventurous dates ignites sparks like no other! Whether it’s trying a new outdoor activity, exploring hidden gems, or simply stepping out of your comfort zone, the thrill and shared experiences create unforgettable memories. Embrace the excitement and add a dash of adventure to your romantic journey.

ARCHERY
 The Quiver
AGFC J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center

AXE THROWING

Axe House – Ozark Axe House

CLIMBING
Climb Bentonville
Ozark Climbing Gym

CYCLING
  Guided Cycling Tours     OZ Cycling Tours
     Check Out OZ Trails
Rent a Bike or eBike

ESCAPE ROOMS 
The Experience-Escape Rooms

FLYING
Helicopter Ride

NWA Helicopter Rides FLYARH – Springdale
  Flying
Scenic Flights – Thaden Field
 Skydiving
Adventure Skydive Center

HORSEBACK RIDING
Flying Q – Fayetteville
Keels Creek Trail Rides – Eureka Springs
Rogers Equestrian Center – Rogers
Parkerman Stables – Fayetteville

ICE SKATING
Jones Center
Lawrence Park – Downtown Bentonville (Late November – Early Feb)

KAYAKING
Kayaking Spots in Northwest Arkansas & Southwest Missouri

SKATING
Starlight Skatium Skating Rink

SMASH LAB
NWA Smash Lab – Fayetteville

HAUNTED GHOST TOURS 
Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours – Eureka Springs

TRAIN EXCURSIONS
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

ZIP LINE
Eureka Springs Ziplines
Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Unleash your creative spirits with art-filled date nights! Exploring art museums, galleries or trying DIY projects together sparks conversations and ignites shared passions. Brushstrokes of laughter, canvas of imagination – these artistic rendezvous craft not just masterpieces, but beautiful memories that color your journey with love.

DIY events in northwest arkansas

ART

MUSEUMS
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Bentonville (Museum and Trails)
The Momentary – Bentonville
DIY
Art and Soul Studio – Rogers
Community Creative Center – Pottery Nights
Imagine studios – Pottery classes in Rogers
Paint Your Power – Art studio in Rogers
Painting With A Twist
Pinspiration – DIY crafting studio in Bentonville
Hammer & Stain – DIY studio in Gravette

GALLERIES
Art Ventures – (Art Gallery)
Terra Studios – Gallery, art classes and demonstrations outside of Fayetteville

THEATRE
Arkansas Public Theatre
Walton Arts Center

BARS– UNIQUE

Feed and Folly – Fayetteville – modern public house and rooftop ba
Loma – Rooftop BalconyPinpoint – Numerous Pinball machines
Undercroft – Upscale bar in basement of  The Preacher’s Son
The Tower Bar – Inside the Momentary and overlooks City of Bentonville –

BREWERIES 

   20 Breweries & Taprooms in Northwest Arkansas
Black Apple – Springdale
Fox Trail Distillery – Rogers
Ramo d’Olivo – Wine Bar
Sassafras Springs Vineyard and Winery- Springdale
Tontitown Winery

COOKING CLASS

Honeycomb Kitchen – Rogers
Sweet Freedom Cheese – Bentonville

COMEDY

The Grove Comedy Club

DINING

Dining and romance blend like a perfect recipe in the world of dating. From cozy cafes to elegant restaurants, sharing a meal creates an intimate setting for meaningful conversations and stolen glances. Culinary delights and affectionate ambiance enhance connections, making each bite a step closer to hearts entwined.
date ideas couple eating dinner
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FUN

Arcadia Retrograde – Fayetteville
Big Box Karaoke – Fayetteville
Dave & Busters – Rogers
Fast Lane Entertainment – Lowell
Lokomotion Fun Park
Ozark Bowling Lanes – Fayetteville
Top Golf – Rogers
Escape Rooms – The Experience
Sassafrass Springs Winery
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – Eureka Springs

ARCHITECTURE 
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House
Mildred Cooper Chapel
Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs Ar

Thorncrown Chapel – Eureka Springs. Image courtesy Arkansas Tourism

DANCE

Dance With Me Studio by Aura – dance party night
Swing and Line Dancing at Genesis (once a month event)

DOWNTOWNS

Downtown Bentonville (Multiple Events Throughout the Year)
Downtown Eureka Springs (Multiple Events Throughout the Year)
Downtown Fayetteville (First Thursday, Farmer’s Market, First Friday and Other Events)
Downtown Rogers (Art on the Bricks, Farmer’s Market)
Downtown Siloam Springs (Farmers Market)
Downtown Springdale (Multiple Events Throughout the Year)

SPECIAL EVENTS

  Bentonville
Amazeum – Adult Night
Crystal Bridges Art Walk
Momentary – Concerts
  Lowell
Sacred Hollow Farm –
Honeysuckle Hills Farm — Make rings and foraging classes

LIVE MUSIC

Local Live Music in Northwest Arkansas
FORMAT Festival
George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville
Gulley Park summer concert series – Fayetteville
JJ’s Live – Fayetteville
Railyard Live – Rogers
Walmart AMP – Rogers

MOVIE THEATERS

Skylight – First-run & indie films – Bentonville
Malco Razorback Cinema Grill & IMAX
Old Spanish Treasure Cave
Sunset Cinema – Discount Movie Theater – Springdale

ROOFTOP BAR & RESTAURANTS

Dickson Street Pub
Feed and Folly – Fayetteville
Loma – Rogers
Sky Bar at the Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs
The Momentary Tower Bar – Bentonville
The Preacher’s Son- Bentonville

SPORTS

Arkansas Razorbacks – football, basketball, baseball, softball, gymnastics, soccer  and track events
NWA Naturals – at Arvest Park – Springdale

Trivia in Northwest Arkansas

TRIVIA NIGHTS/BINGO

Local Breweries and Tontitown Winery – Check Events in Northwest Arkansas for specific dates

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OUTDOORS

Northwest Arkansas is a nature lovers paradise. There are so many options for great date nights spent outdoors. Something as easy and     watching a sunset, to meandering along art trails or creekside or something much more active such as kayaking or mountain biking.

HIKING
  Black Bass Lake Trail – Eureka Springs
  Devil’s Den – Winslow
  Hobbs State Park – Rogers
  Lake Ann Spillway – Bella Vista
  Lake Leatherwood – Eureka Springs
  Tanyard Creek – Bella Vista

date night idea walking bella vista

Lake Ann Spillway – Bella Vista

LAKES
Beaver Lake – Rogers, Eureka Springs, Garfield and Springdale
Buffalo River – Ponca
Kayak Park – Siloam Springs
Illinois River – Siloam Springs
Float the Buffalo River
Float the Kings River – Eureka Springs
Lake Bentonville
Lakes in Bella Vista
Lake Wedington
Shores Lake

PARKS/TRAILS
Blowing Springs Park – Bella Vista
Botanical Gardens – Fayetteville
Coler Creek  – Bentonville
Crystal Bridges Trails – Bentonville
Compton Gardens – Bentonville
Lake Atalanta Park & Trails
Lake Fayetteville Park

Date Night - Northwest Arkansas Lake Fayetteville

Date Night – Northwest Arkansas Lake Fayetteville – Image courtesy of Arkansas Tourism

Osage Park – Bentonville  Razorback Greenway
Tanyard Creek Nature Trail – Bella Vista
Wilson Park  – Fayetteville

THEATRE

Arkansas Public Theatre
Walton Arts Center