26 Toronto Date Ideas That Are Not 'Restaurant & A Movie'

Forget the dinner date, there are so many romantic things to do in this city!
26 Toronto Date Ideas That Are Not 'Restaurant & A Movie'
Associate Editor

It's date night, and as you destroy your closet in search of something cute, you may find yourself wondering how on Earth you're going to fit another 3-course meal into your stomach. Or perhaps you and your s/o are sitting on the couch, scrolling through restaurant options and muttering, "been there, been there..." To avoid the very dangerous, "no, you decide," conversation. So, why not forget restaurants altogether and try something new? These Toronto date ideas are fun, romantic ways to explore the city that aren't more candlelit dinners. 

Don't get me wrong, I love food just as much as the next person (maybe even more). I think it's good to change things up once and a while, take your relationship to new heights and have a good time doing something different. Who knows, maybe you'll even learn something new about your s/o, apart from how they like their steak cooked.

Explore Toronto Island On A Tandem Bike

Price: $16 per

Address: Toronto ON M5V 1A1

Why you need to go: Toronto Island Bike Rental offers bicycles built for two. Cutest date ever!


Get Your Game On At Snakes & Lattes

Price: $8 per person

Address: Various locations, find the closest one here

Why you need to go: Indulge in some friendly competition over board games while enjoying drinks and snacks. With thousands of games to choose from, you might be there all night!


Create Some Masterpieces Together At Paint Cabin

Price: Cost varies depending on class

Address: 723 Gerrard St E Toronto, ON M4M 1Y5

Why you need to go: Put your artistic skills to the test! Choose from loads of fun events like 'glow in the dark DJ paint party'.


Have A Romantic Picnic In High Park

Price: free

Address: 1873 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3

Why you need to go: Relax on amid flowers and trees with your one true love while enjoying yummy food fresh from your basket!


Rock 'n Roll At Scooter's Roller Palace

Price: Find price list here

Address: 2105 Royal Windsor Dr Mississauga, ON L5J 1K5

Why you need to go: Take a trip back in time at this retro rollerskating rink! Plus it's the perfect excuse to hold hands - you need to stay upright somehow!


Explore The Night Sky At The University Of Toronto Planetarium

Price: Cost varies depending on event

Address: 50 St. George St.Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H4

Why you need to go: Take a tour of the solar system guided by a live astronomer! This date will definitely give you 'starry eyes'.


Show Some LOVE At The Distillery District

Price: free

Address: 24 Tank House Lane Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Why you need to go: Wander through the historic Distillery District hand-in-hand, and don't forget to snap a picture at the LOVE sign!


Share Some Popcorn At The Royal Cinema

Price: Cost varies based on film

Address: 608 College St Toronto, ON M6G 1B4

Why you need to go: Enjoy an old school flick at this vintage movie theatre, the perfect place for a cute date.


Bond Over Some Insane Thrills At Canada's Wonderland

Price: Ticket information available here

Address: 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive Vaughan, ON L6A 1S6

Why you need to go: I'll be the first to admit I'm not a rollercoaster fan... but hurtling towards the ground in a tiny cart definitely takes your relationship to new 'heights'. Plus you can stare into each other's eyes over funnel cake... super romantic!


Drift Through The Waters In A Paddleboat At The Harbourfront Centre

Price: $10 per person

Address: 235 Queens Quay W Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Why you need to go: Imagine the lagoon scene from the Little Mermaid... but with you and your lover! You can paddle around the beautiful Natrel Pond together while taking in the downtown views.


Spend A Magical Evening At The Winter Garden Theatre

Price: Prices vary depending on show

Address: 189 Yonge St Toronto, ON M5B 1M4

Why you need to go: This historic, vaudeville-era theatre is the last of its kind in the world. This breathtaking space filled with flowers is an incredibly romantic way to spend an evening.


Get A Treat At The Adorable Ice Cream Junction

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Ice cream

Address: 3103 Dundas St W Toronto, ON M6P 1Z9

Why you need to go: This cute, old school ice cream parlour will have you sweet on each other in no time!


Enjoy Food & Games At The Rec Room

Price: Prices vary depending on activity

Address: 255 Bremner Blvd Toronto, ON M5V 3M9

Why you need to go: There's so much to do here! Chow down on some delicious food, have a go at the arcade games, and enjoy live shows!


Up Your Food Game By Taking A Cooking Class

Price: Prices vary depending on class

Address: Various locations

Why you need to go: Step your date night up a notch by learning how to make some delicious meals! PC Cooking School offers many affordable, fun classes.


Wander Across Humber Arch Bridge

Price: free

Address: Martin Goodman Trail Toronto, ON

Why you need to go: Take in the beautiful city views together as you walk across Humber Arch Bridge. What a great place to profess your love!


Hold Each Other Tight At A Haunted Walk

Price: $24 per adult

Address: 56 The Esplanade #305A Toronto, ON M5E 1A6

Why you need to go: Explore the city after dark when ghosts and spirits of the past roam the streets. It's the perfect excuse to hold each other close!


Snuggle Up At A Drive-In Movie

Price: $13 per adult

Address: 2332 Ninth Line, Oakville, ON L6H 7G9

Why you need to go: A Drive-In date is super romantic! Cuddle up in the comfort of your car with blankets, popcorn, and a starry sky above! The 5 Drive-In is not far from the city and a great place to spend your evening.


Taste Some Chocolate At SOMA Chocolatemaker

Price: $25 per person

Address: Various locations

Why you need to go: Everyone knows that chocolate is the most romantic food. Sample some of this fine dessert together at SOMA. They offer special group tastings as well as private ones!


Have A Fairytale Date At Casa Loma

Price: Prices vary depending on event

Address: 1 Austin Terrace Toronto, ON

Why you need to go: Become King and Queen for a day by exploring Casa Loma! There are many events and exhibitions to check out together. The Symphony in the Gardens runs all summer and makes for a magical evening.


Sail Lake Ontario On A Historic Ship

Price: $31 per adult

Address: 235 Queens Quay W Toronto, ON M5J 2B8

Why you need to go: The Tall Ship Kajma cruise will take you and your lover on an hour and a half sail around the lake. You'll definitely be feeling like "king of the world" standing at the front of this traditional ship!


Explore The Ontario Science Centre

Price: Find ticket information here

Address: 770 Don Mills Rd North York, ON M3C 1T3

Why you need to go: Have fun at the exhibitions and be amazed by the IMAX films!


Relax With A Couples Massage

Price: Prices vary depending on service

Address: 18 Elm St Toronto, ON M5G 1G7

Why you need to go: Enjoy a rejuvenating massage side by side or book a longer stay at the spa to enjoy a couple's getaway! Elmwood spa offers a variety of couple's services.


Sip High Tea At The Enchanting Windsor Arms Hotel

Price: Monday - Thursday: $40 per person, Friday - Sunday: $50 per person

Cuisine: Upscale, sandwiches, pastries

Address: 18 St Thomas St Toronto, ON M5S 3E7

Why you need to go: High Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel has been a hot destination for couples since 1927. Why not be extra classy for the afternoon and indulge in some fine delicacies!


Go Berry Picking At Andrew's Scenic Acres

Price: $4.25 per lb of berries

Address: 9365 10 Side Road Milton, ON L9T 2X9

Why you need to go: Enjoy nature while picking out delicious berries on this romantic farmyard outing. Plus, you can make chocoalte covered strawberries later for a super romantic evening!


Put Your Dancing Shoes On At Lula Lounge

Price: Friday & Saturday: $59 per person

Address: 1585 Dundas St W Toronto, ON M6J 1T9

Why you need to go: Learn some new moves at Lula's salsa dancing! Every Friday and Saturday, Lula's offers a 3-course meal and beginner salsa dancing lesson for $59 per person.


Try And Escape From The 'Trapped' Rooms

Price: $28 per person + tax

Address: 116 Dundas St W 2nd Floor Toronto, ON M5G 1C3

Why you need to go: Steal diamonds or escape from serial killers in these exciting escape rooms! Perhaps you'll need to perform a valiant act to save your lover!


Madeline Forsyth
Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Travel Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Toronto, Ontario.