7 Date Night Ideas in Rochester New York

7 Date Night Ideas in Rochester New York

Rochester, NY is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in western New York. Rochester is the seat of Monroe County and the third most populous city in New York state. The metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.1 million people. For those of us that know and love Rochester, we could gush about the beautiful sights of the Finger Lakes, eat all of the dairy and cheeses possible as we are the 4th largest producer of dairy in the US, and boast at Rochester’s numerous cultural institutions. But for those that need more reasons to fall in love with Rochester, check out Rochester Chamber of Commerce’s We #Roc publication of 100 reasons to love Rochester.

One bit of advice that I give all of my clients is to date your partner. I’m often asked for some ideas. So I’ve compiled 7 date night ideas for you and your spouse to check out, hit the town, and fall back in love while exploring the city we love. 

 (photo credit: https://www.eventective.com/rochester-ny/rochester-brainery-644192.html

(photo credit: https://www.eventective.com/rochester-ny/rochester-brainery-644192.html

1. Learn Something New

Explore your passions and get outside of your comfort zone. The Rochester Brainery is a community classroom and event space that allows people to connect through fun, affordable and accessible classes. Learn how to cook, bake, make sushi, craft, and so much more!

2. Venture Back in Time

A romantic-esque date night spot is the High Falls District. Hold hands exploring the cobblestone streets and gaze upon the old mills and factory building of the once busy manufacturing district. Head out for a wine tour with Crush Beer & Wine Tours or grab a bite overlooking the falls at Genesee Brew House

 (photo credit: http://www.rouxparkave.com/

(photo credit: http://www.rouxparkave.com/

3. Romantic Meal

There’s so many good eats in Rochester. There’s something that the French did right with romance. Roux boasts classic French bistro vibes, imaginative and artistic craft cocktails, as well as small batch, organic wines.  

4. Drive-In Fun

Drive a bit south to Avon for a drive in movie at the Vintage Drive In movie theater. Snack on some gourmet snacks like jalapeno poppers, fried pickles, shaved steak plates, and more. 

5. Sense The Love

Head to the Lovin’ Cup for an all encompassing sensory experience. Taste amazing made to order food, see extraordinary, ever changing art installations, listen to music that crosses all genres, touch a multitude of different textures and diversification, and smell the perfectly paired wine and craft beer selections. 

 (photo credit: https://rockventures.net/about-us/

(photo credit: https://rockventures.net/about-us/

6. Dare to be Adventurous 

Live on the wild side. It’s always fun to see your partner out of their element. Rock Ventures is the place to do it! Home to the ultimate fun, Rock Ventures has indoor rock climbing, high ropes, and a team building center; which is great for building a newfound level of trust and love in your relationship. 

7. Explore Your Cultural Side

Artisan Works is the ultimate art and cultural institution in Rochester. Artisan Works is a place where people experience creation and inspiration. Check out their 500,000 item gallery in their collection. 


Did you try one of these date night ideas? I’d love to hear about it!