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24 Pittsburgh Date Ideas That Are Way More Fun Than You'd Think

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24 Pittsburgh Date Ideas That Are Way More Fun Than You'd Think

Need some new date ideas but having a hard time finding something that sounds appealing? We understand, and that is why we have rounded up 24 Pittsburgh dates to do at different times throughout the year that are way more fun than you think. But don't just take our word for it, get out there and put these ideas to the test — and don't leave us hanging in suspense, let us know which ones you and bae had the most fun doing. 

Make a custom candle

Where: The Candle Lab, 4409 Butler St

Shopping for candles and fragrances is fun and all, but making them is even better. At The Candle Lab, you have the choice of browsing their extensive collection of smell-good items or making your very own! As a bonus, you can order a glass of wine to enhance your candle-making date.


Get professional couple photos taken

Where: N/A

You don't need a special occasion to schedule a couple's photo shoot. Not only is it fun and romantic, but you will eternalize a moment together forever. You will never be this young again, and one day you will look back at your pictures together, happy you took them, so get some couple photos taken together doing something you both enjoy.

Note: If you can't afford professional photos, then buy a phone tripod, set the timer and take your own photos! 

Build a stuffy at Build-A-Bear

Where: Multiple locations

Teddy bears have been a symbol of love for years. Well this year, forget buying a generic teddy bear for Valentines Day and instead treat your bae to a Build-A-Bear date. Seriously, there is no age limit for building an adorable cotton-filled cuddle buddy. 


Pick your own produce

Where: Multiple locations

You will not find fun more organic than this. From strawberries in the summer to apples in the fall, going to your local orchard and picking your own produce can a surprisingly entertaining date that will keep you busy for hours. Think of it as a tasty scavenger hunt. 

Get the all-you-can-eat seats for a Pirate's game

Where: PNC Park

Take me out to a ball game, take me out to the game ... blah, blah, you know the rest. This is for all my foodie baseball-loving couples out there! Next time you plan on attending a Pirate's game, book the all-you-can-eat seats and basically stuff yourself full of delicious baseball-game food while rooting for the home team. Cheers to that!


Go on a Just Ducky Tour 

*As of July 2019, these tours have been closed permanently, we suggest you check out a FREE Pittsburgh Walking Tour instead

Where: 125 W Station Square 

Get quackin' on this one of a kind city tour, featuring an amphibious vehicle which takes you sightseeing through Pittsburgh on both land and water. It is a really unique way to explore the city whether you are new to it or a long time resident. 


Spend some time with the homeless pets at the animal shelter

Where: Multiple locations

So you're animal lovers but don't have the time or space to dedicate to a new furry friend — that's okay! Spend a few hours at the local shelter giving some attention to the residents there, they will be thankful you did. 

Take a sunset dinner cruise on the Gateway Clipper

Where: 350 West Station Square Drive

Red skies at night, a sailor's delight. Watch the sunset over the 'Burgh while you sip your wine, eat good food, listen to music, and enjoy the river breeze. I can't think of a better way to end a day.


Rollerblading at Neville Roller Drome

Where: Neville Roller Drome, 5109 Neville Rd

I promise rollerblading is still hip, and an awesome date when you want to do something active together. There are a few rollerblading rinks around, however, Neville Roller Drome is the closest one to center Pittsburgh. 


Watching a movie at the drive-in

Where: Dependable Drive-In, 549 Moon Clinton Rd, Moon

Sometimes the best way to watch a movie is outside cuddled up together at the local drive-in movie theater. We are lucky enough to have one not far from Pittsburgh, which is open for a good portion of the year. So bring your favorite drinks, snacks, and blankets for the best movie night ever. 


Ghost hunt with Ghosts N'At 

Where: Multiple locations

Explore the paranormal together at one of the many haunted locations throughout Pittsburgh. Either take a haunted tour or book an investigation in with local ghost hunting event group, Ghosts N'at. 


Go bowling at the arcade

Where: Games N' At, 2010 Josephine St

Not many people know that we have an arcade, let alone a bowling alley in the arcade. Games N' At is a pretty dope place in general, but if you are ever feeling up to a good old fashion bowling date night then make this your spot of choice, and of course, don't limit yourself just to a competition of bowling. 


Craft your own jewelry together

Where: Crystal Bead Bazaar, 4521 Butler Street

There is no nicer jewelry than the "made with love" kind. From necklaces to earrings, spend some time learning how to craft the perfect one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry together. The Crystal Bead Bazaar offers classes for beginners or walk-ins for those a little more confident in their crafting abilities.


Hang out with exotic animals at the National Aviary

Where: 700 Arch Street

If you don't want to drive all the way to Living Treasures, but you want to have a more hands-on experience than at the Pittsburgh Zoo, check out the National Aviary. For a small fee you can feed the rainbow lorikeets, or for a little more and booked in advance you do an animal encounter with some of their more exotic wildlife — like the sloth and penguins! 


Get competitive with a game of paintball 

Where: Multiple locations

Get down and dirty with a friendly paintball match. This is the only time in your life where it will be completely okay to shoot at your other half — unless you choose to be on the same team of course, but that's no fun. There are several different paintball parks around the city,  click here to see a list. 

Enjoy an exciting dinner with a show

Where: Omni William Penn, 530 William Penn Pl

Mr. Green in the ballroom with the lead pipe! If you and your sweetheart like the occasional game of Clue, you should step it up a notch with a suspenseful dinner murder mystery show at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh and get ready to have a bloody good time. Think you have what it takes to crack the case? 


Take in a show at the orchestra

Where: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 600 Penn Avenue

A concert at the orchestra never sounds fun until you hear they're playing the music from your favorite childhood games and movies, like The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, to name only a short few. 


Get creative with ceramic painting

Where: Multiple locations

Don't just stop at custom candles, spice up your home with some custom ceramics. This is an awesome pastime for any couples into, well, painting — or at least into trying. No need to do anything fancy, the important part is the fun! Again, there are several ceramic studios to choose from, so I will leave that decision up to you; click here to see a list. 

Get pampered at a spa

Where: Multiple locations

Couple's massages, mud baths, a hot tub — doesn't that all just sound like exactly what you need right now? Let's be honest, you both deserve a relaxing day out, so book it in because this is a date that should absolutely not wait! 

Take a couple's cooking class 

Where: Multiple locations

Spice up your relationship with a couple's cooking class. There is something oddly fun about refining your cooking skills together, and who knows, maybe you will learn how to make a new favorite dish. 

Visit a strange museum

Where: Multiple locations

Surprisingly there are a lot of unusual museums around Pittsburgh, including the world's largest bicycle collection museum, Bicycle Heaven, nation's largest pinball collection museum, Pinball Perfection, The Big Mac Museum, Trundle Manor, the Center for PostNatural History, and The Living Dead Museum

Ride the incline

Where: 1220 Grandview Ave

We have one of the most iconic city skylines in the nation, so it's no surprise that people love to see it. If you want to get some impeccable views of the city, the Duquesne Incline awaits. A selfie photo at the top of the incline is definitely warranted. 


Go urban exploring

Once in a while, you need to do something simple, and urban exploring is just that. There are tons of cool places to find around the city, including the hidden caves at the Allegheny Cemetery, fairy gardens at Frick Park, hundreds of mural walls, and much more - but that is where the urban exploration comes in, you never know what you might find by taking the path less traveled. 

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