Being a grandpa comes very naturally to many millennials, and honestly I am here for it. More times than not, it is so much more fun to simply sit at home, drink tea or have a beer and just chill out. Going out has become a hassle to many of us, and if you are personally not the old soul, then you sure know people who are.
If you're dating someone who is a total grandpa, but you want to take them out more than stay in, these Toronto date nights (as well as some that are bit of a day trip kind of adventure) that even the most grandpa like mans will enjoy!
Snakes and Lattes
Where: 600 Bloor St W // The Annex
Why you should go: This Toronto date-night comes highly recommended by many. With three locations around the city, they offer a wide selection of lattes, board games and craft beers. It makes a low key date night more fun than your average dinner and a movie!
Where: 2000 Meadowvale Rd // Scarborough
Why you should go: Open year round, this is a sweet date night (well in this case, day). Cozy up to your man as you stroll through the zoo and take in the adorable (or creepy) animals it has to offer. From the pandas to the rhinos, you're sure to spot some of your fave wild animals here. Plus the rainforest portion is the perfect place to take a seat and imagine you've really left the city with bae.
Where: 461 King St W. // Financial District
Why you should go: Ping pong is such an underrated game, and so here comes SPiN to make you truly fall in love with it. Get bae's competitive side to come out in this unique night out date. Grab a couple drinks and challenge each other- who knew going to a bar can actually be something a grandpa like BF would enjoy!
A VIP Movie
Where: Multiple locations
Why you should go: This might seem like a very average date night, but not when you spend the extra money to do it VIP style. The comfy couch seats, drinks and food menu will have you feeling like you never actually left home for a movie night!
Gallery and museum visits
Where: Multiple locations
Why you should go: Nothing says grandpa like BF than taking your man to a museum. Lucky for you, Toronto has so many museums and galleries meaning you will have a wide selection for where you want to visit. Go back in time, or to the future through stunning exhibits that are sure to leave you and bae quite happy with this lowkey date.
Where: Multiple locations
Why you should go: One of my favourite things about this city is that patio season can be year round! Heated patios are such a great gift from the universe when you never want patio season to end. If your bae is a patio season kind of guy (even the most grandpa like BFs are) then check out the cities favourite heated patios.
Picnic at the Toronto Islands
Where: 9 Queens Quay E. // Harbourfront
Why you should go: You can never go wrong with a classic picnic date on the island. Pack some sandwiches, beers or wine, a blanket and boom instant perfect date!
Dinner at Casa Loma
Where: 1 Austin Terrace // Casa Loma
Why you should go: Clubbing might not be your man's thing, but steaks sure would be. Treat yourselves to a fancy dinner in a castle and live out a fairytale for the night.
David Dunlap Observatory
Where: Berwick Cresent // Richmond Hill
Why you should go: Stargazing is perfect for the old soul mans. Romantic, and simple, this date night requires no effort- just some good times with your man.
Junction City Music Hall
Where: 2907 Dundas St W. // Junction
Why you should go: Old school arcade games, wide bee selection and live music- this place screams "I am perfect for a chill date night with your grandpa souled BF".
Friday Night Jazz at Ripley's Aquarium
Where: 288 Bremner Blvd // Entertainment District
Why you should go: Ahhhh Jazz, such beautiful and fun music. Escape with your bae with drinks and jazz music as you stroll under the sea. Check the Ripley's events calendar, but most end of month Friday nights there are a host to live jazz music and is a 19+ event. The mellow music will leave you and bae is a chiller mood than when you came in!
Stroll and shop at the St. Lawrence Market
Where: 93 Front St E. // St. Lawrence
Why you should go: For your man that's all about food, this is a great place to spend a few hours. Hop around the stalls from meats to cheese and create a spontaneous picnic; then go sit down on the benches inside or out and indulge in the foods you have purchased.
Where: 2335 Yonge St // Davisville
Why you should go: Laugh the night away with a night out at Absolute Comedy! Sit back and enjoy as you are treated to hilarious comedians that headline the space everyday.
A Drive In Theatre
Where: 2332 Ninth Line Rd // Oakville
Why you should go: This old school date night is the perfect way to take in a movie. While the location may be a bit farther than you'd want, this drive in has been around for quite sometime and has a lot to offer in terms of good movie selections. Cozy up under the stars in the back of your car, catch a flick and simply enjoy a chill night with bae.
Attend a poetry reading at Free Times cafe
Where: 320 College St // Chinatown
Why you should go: Do something really different to take advantage of the fact that your man is a total grandpa. Poetry reading a very old soul kind of activity, so it is sure to be a hit with bae.
Where: 78 Queens Park Cres W. // Discovery District
Why you should go: U of T's campus has got to be one of my favourite campus'. It's history is rich and intriguing, and this walk around is the perfect way to take it all in. This scenic path is a little oasis in the middle of the city.
Couple's cooking class at Aphrodite Cooks
Where: 201 Weston Rd // Stockyards District
Why you should go: If you suck at cooking and want to treat your man, go take a couple cooking class with him. This is a fun way to get you out of the house, and doing something fun. Cooking together later on will be even more fun when you both can make something new, plus you will also end up meeting other couples that will accompany the old soul persona.
High Tea at the Fairmont Royal York
Where: 100 Front St E. // Financial District
Why you should go: Class it up, and go for high tea! Spoil yourselves a little at Royal York where you can enjoy an assorted array of finger foods and tea that are sure to get a grandpa stamp of approval!
Spa Day at Scandinave Spa
Where: 152 Grey County Rd 21 // Blue Mountain
Why you should go: Unplug and unwind with your s/o at a spa retreat for two. From the pools, baths, couples massages and more, you are sure to connect with bae even more.
Shoe making workshop at Art + Sole Academy
Where: 20 Leslie St // Leslieville
Why should you go: Take a shoe making workshop that will teach you to make footwear of all styles, from Oxfords ($525) and Chelsea boots ($625) to moccasins ($225) and high heels ($475). It's the perfect activity for getting in touch with your old self.
Eco adventures at Scenic Caves
Where: 260 Scenic Caves Rd // Blue Mountain
Why should you go: We are getting a bit outside of Toronto, but who doesn't love a good day trip? This adventure entails a 3-hour guided tour of a Carolinian forest. Along the way, you'll come across a suspension bridge, treetop park, forest zipline and several caves to get lost in.
Great Canadian Midway
Where: 4850 Clifton Hill // Niagara Falls
Why should you go: In Niagara Falls', this massive Clifton Hill location is a facility that features hundreds of arcade games perfect for the old soul. It's like an indoor carnival!
Why should you go: Through Outpost Co. escape and unplug. Amongst luxury tents, this is a camping experience that is taken to the next level. Get in touch with nature while indulging in great food, beautifully-decorated spaces and fun outdoor activities.
The Agawa Canyon Train Tour
Where: 129 Bay St // Sault Ste. Marie
Why should you go: Again, little out of the way from Toronto, but it is a must-do activity. This scenic ride takes you through Ontario's iconic Agawa Canyon. Passengers will get to explore the nearby parks that are actually perfect for day trips, but 3 to 4 night packages are also available.
Algonquin Provincial Park
Where: Ontario 60
Why should you go: Fall is the prettiest season to go hiking, canoeing and simply taking in the nature around you. This is one of the best places to do all of the above, while totally leaving behind civilization. Just you and him!
Secret swim in Lake Superior
Where: 96 Broadway Ave // Wawa
Why should you go: This hidden gem located in Lake Superior is a true treasure that you have to stumble upon. If you're lucky enough to trek out and find it, you'll be getting a lot of privacy as it's almost always not a crowded place.