Ottawa has a lot to offer when it comes to getting out and about. That's fortunate, as spending every Friday night sipping wine and eating pasta can get stale quickly. So, if your date nights need a little spice, don't fret because there are plenty of Ottawa date ideas for you to shake things up.

From hidden bars to bucket-list restaurants that would make your mouth water, there are plenty of places to eat and drink with your nearest and dearest, but every so often, don't you want something a bit different?

Whether you're a couple of animal lovers who want to walk with llamas or two adventurers who are dying to explore beautiful caves, there's a little something for everyone in the capital. 

So, next time you're ready for a night out, ditch the usual dinner and drinks for something new and exciting. You never know, you might find your new favourite hobby!

Maple Hill Urban Farm

Price: $40

Address: 200 Moodie Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can meet the adorable farm animals and take the lalpacas (a cross between llama and alpaca, if that wasn't obvious) on a stroll through the farm. It's the perfect date idea for any animal-loving couple. The $40 ticket price covers a group of four, so bring your pals and make this date a double.


Chinese Cooking Studio

Price: Starting at $69

Address: 211 Black Sage Crescent, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Instead of ordering Chinese food and binging Netflix (again), why not learn how to make your own delicious Asian eats? From simple sushi rolls to Szechuan cuisine, there is so much to learn and create together.


Lusk Cave

Price: Parking fees

Address: Trail 54, Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham, QC

Why You Need To Go: If you're up for a quick trip across the bridge, then these caves in Gatineau are the perfect romantic date night destination. You can hike to the caves on 10 kilometres worth of gorgeous trails. It's recommended that you bring extra shoes and pants, as the cave tends to have about a metre or more of water in it.


Orleans Bowling & Striker's Billiards 

Price: $6.50 per person

Address: 885 Taylor Creek Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: There's nothing like a good old-fashioned night of wearing rented shoes and tossing a heavy ball into a pile of pins. On weekends, you can enjoy music, LED lights, and laser lights during Rock N' Bowl.


DeFalco's For Brewers & Winemakers 

Price: Starting at $69

Address: Multiple locations, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If dinner and drinks are your usual M.O. then you can take that idea to the next level and make your very own wine together. Choose from hundreds of styles, mix your own ingredients, then return in a few weeks to bottle it up. 


Flying Squirrel 

Price: Starting at $20

Address: 1901 Cyrville Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can leap from trampoline to trampoline, dive into a giant pit of foam, play games in the arcade and more. This one is for the true kids-at-heart.


Hintonburg Pottery Shop

Price: Prices vary

Address: 1242 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Pretty much everyone knows that iconic scene from Ghost where Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore get up close and personal while making pottery. You can recreate the magic yourselves (though maybe less intimately) at this adorable pottery studio in Hintonberg. 


An Ottawa Redblacks Game

Price: Starting at $38

Address: TD Place, 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Even if you're not a big football or sports fan, there is something fun and exciting about cheering for the hometown team. Soak in the atmosphere, get lost in the occasion, and you could even still get your dinner and drinks fix after the game.


Nepean Point

Price: Free

Address: Behind the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Sometimes, keeping it simple is best for date night. So, why not take a scenic walk to Nepean Point and enjoy the sunset together and take in one of the best views of Ottawa?


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