Whether you’re meeting someone new or celebrating an anniversary, Sarasota has plenty of amazing places for a date night. Over the years, the area has attracted some of the top chefs and world-class restaurants. Plus, there’s plenty to see and do before and after you eat. We took the thought out of date night and found some of the best ideas for the perfect Sarasota date night so that you can focus on what’s important – having a great time!
Siesta Key Beach
Any Sarasota date night that involves time at the beach is sure to be a winner! Plan an evening picnic on Siesta Key Beach, which is said to have the whitest and finest sand in the world. Bring all of the essentials: blanket, wine, snacks, music – and just relax. After the sun sets, take a nighttime stroll along the beach while being bathed in moonlight. You can’t get any more romantic than that!
Step up your dinner-and-a-movie date night with CinéBistro, a high-end movie theater where you can watch first-run movies and independent films from the comfort of a luxurious, roomy high-back leather rocking chair or recliner. Enjoy a gourmet meal and specialty cocktails from the bar during the flick or split traditional movie snacks with your date. The theater has reserved seats so you don’t have to race in and grab a seat to get a great view.
Marina Jack II Sightseeing Cruise
Sarasota offers many sightseeing cruises for a sunset dinner outing, and The Marina Jack II is one of the most popular. Docked behind the restaurant of the same name, The Marina Jack II will take you through the intercoastal waters of the gulf and provide amazing views, delicious food, and live entertainment. It’s the perfect Sarasota date night if you’re looking to explore the gulf while enjoying amazing fresh food!
If piecing together clues to solve mind-bending puzzles is your idea of fun, add an escape room to your date night to-do list! At Escape Downtown, you and your date will be locked in an interactive room that requires you to work together to make observations, solve puzzles, and use critical thinking skills to escape. You only have 60 minutes to escape, so embrace the adrenaline rush as you race against the clock! Escape Downtown offers several whimsical themed rooms, including a Romantic Paris Getaway. This would be a great activity for a double date or group date!
Painting with a Twist
Uncork your inner artist with your date at Painting with a Twist! Bring your favorite wine or beer and snacks and join the party. The classes are either two or three hours long and are led by local artists who guide you through the process, regardless of your skill level. Even if you’re not the best painter, you’ll have a blast and will leave with a great piece of art and great memories too!
If the two of you enjoy being active and contending against each other for fun, a visit to Livingston’s may set off a few sparks. The 50,000-square-foot amusement center offers plenty of opportunities for some friendly competition with arcade, billiards, bumper cars, go-karts, and more. You might even earn enough tickets to leave with a cool prize! Fuel up during the evening with pub grub from the restaurant and a drink from the bar.
Van Wezel and the Players Centre
Sarasota is known for its arts community, so if you and your date are into music and the art of acting, a trip to see a local play is a must! Take your date to a play at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Players Centre Community Theater, or the contemporary and intimate, Florida Studio Theatre.
Whatever you do, the most important thing to keep in mind for your Sarasota date night is to have fun! If you want to enjoy Sarasota’s small town charm and big city amenities all year round, drop by for a tour of our brand new luxury apartment home. You can also take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online. Give us a call at (941) 328-2400 to schedule a tour!
Hope to see you soon!
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