Dating is something we all do. But coming up with creative and romantic date ideas while on a millennial budget can be a little bit difficult. That’s why we did all the hard work for you and found nine date ideas around Calgary that are $15 or under. Some of these ideas are literally cheaper than a Netflix subscription. Now, you have no excuse to not ask out that cutie at work.
Calgary is a gorgeous city and there is so much to do with your date. The problem is that a lot of it costs money, and unfortunately, times are tight.
But dating shouldn't be something you have to save up for. All you need is a little imagination, a positive attitude, and at least $15 in the bank.
For all you students out there or adults on a budget, we came up with nine amazing date ideas around Calgary that are literally so cheap, you'll wish you had known about them sooner. You may want to bookmark this article because it could be a lifesaver. If anything, these nine suggestions are even great things to do solo.
Now go have fun exploring the city with your date. And it’s okay, you can thank us later.
Hexagon Board Game Cafe
Price: $2.50 per person per hour
Address: 1140 Kensington Rd NW #200
Why You Need To Go: First dates can be a bit awkward so you may want to keep busy. Hexagon Board Game Cafe will be the perfect place to do just that. For just $2.50 per hour, per person, you can pick from a variety of board games to keep you and your date entertained.
Visit Crescent Heights Hill
Address: Along Crescent Road Northwest off Centre Street North
Why You Need To Go: What’s more romantic than checking out the city skyline at night? This date is totally free and all you’ll need is a car. Drive up to Crescent Heights to the McHugh Buff lookout. If you want, stop by and pick up a snack or two to complement your scenic view.
Canyon Meadows Cinemas
Price: $5 per person
Address: 13226 Macleod Trail #110
Why You Need To Go: For just $5 per person, you can watch a movie at Canyon Meadows Cinemas. They always have different movies playing which means you and your date will have a wide variety to pick from. Just be sure to check their website for showtimes.
Play Pinball At Pin-Bar
When: Every Sunday
Address: 501 17 Ave SW
Why You Need To Go: This pinball-centred bar is seriously epic. On Sundays, you can legit play as much pinball as you want for only $10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a totally fun date idea and you will come in under budget!
When: Every Sunday
Address: 341 10 Ave SW
Why You Need To Go: You read that right, free bowling! On Sundays from 5 p.m. until closing, bowling is totally free at National Bowl. This is the perfect opportunity to turn your date into friendly competition. Perhaps the loser picks the next date spot?
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Price: $20 per car
Address: 210 Avenue W, Hwy 22 S
Why You Need To Go: We know, we know, it’s $5 over budget. But you have to admit that it’s a pretty romantic date! Your $20 entry fee per car goes towards the educational programs at the observatory so it's worth it. When you enter, you can stargaze with your new lover and learn about the universe together. Now that’s a first date to remember.
Attend A Dance Class
Price: $8 per person
When: Every Friday night
Address: 3304 33 St NW
Why You Need To Go: Every Friday night, Alberta Dancesport holds a wicked dance party from 9:15 p.m. to midnight. The resident DJ will let you dance until you just can’t dance no more. And for only $8 per person, it’s a lot cheaper than going to the club and a lot more intimate.
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Address: 2425 Ninth Ave SE
Why You Need To Go: This completely free activity will allow you and your date to walk around a paved path looking for migratory birds. For over 80 years, 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, and 347 species of plants have been known to frequent the area. Make it a game and see who can name the most.
Lucky Putt Mini Golf
Price: $9 per person
Address: 3851 Manchester Rd SE #107
Why You Need To Go: This massive warehouse was converted into a giant mini-golf course with two food trucks. The entire course is adorable and actually spells out “Get Lucky.” Challenge your date to a friendly competition. Loser has to buy $5 at Taiko Canteen.
There you have it. The nine most romantic and epic date ideas to do around Calgary for $15 or less. It's time to put yourself out there!