10 Ideas for a Free Date Night

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1.       Hike the Ohio and Erie Towpath Trail

No matter the season, you and your partner can take a hike along the Ohio and Erie Towpath Trail. The trail runs alongside the Tuscarawas River. You can hop on in Bolivar, Ohio at the Canal Lands Park or at Fort Laurens Museum. This trail takes you all the way to Cleveland! Hike it, bike it, or even horseback ride it.

2.       Canoe or Kayak down the Tuscarawas River

We can’t forget our water trails. The Tuscarawas River has many entry locations, including the new boat ramp on State Route 416 in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Enjoy the day in nature as you and your beloved float on down the river.

3.       Play Disc Golf at Dover Park

Did you know Dover Park has the number one rated Disc Golf course in Ohio? Dover Park has an 18 hole/basket course. The course has baskets ranging from easy to hard play. Check it out and try something new with your date!

4.       Have a Picnic in Tuscora Park

You and your date could also head over to New Philadelphia at Tuscora Park and enjoy a packed picnic. With their new boardwalk right on the pond, equipped with benches and tables—it sets the most perfect date spot.

5.       Explore Geocache Locations

Download the geocache app, and drive around Tuscarawas County searching for geocaches! Bring little mementos to leave behind and sign in the log book once you find the cache. There are geocache trails in Tuscarawas County. One example features a History Loop which takes you all over Tuscarawas County in different historical sites.

6.       Volunteer

Not your typical date idea, but it’s for a good cause. You and your date can spend a few hours volunteering at an event, with an organization, or bringing supplies to a location in need. What a perfect way to do something great with your loved one. Check out our volunteer blog to find out where to volunteer!

7.       Take your Dog to the Atwood Dog Park

Take your date and four-legged child to the dog park at Atwood Lake Park. Don’t forget to bring a ball or frisbee and enjoy a fun date playing with your furbabies.

8.       Field Trip to the Farmers Market

Who doesn’t love a good farmers market? Enjoy a nice date exploring our local farmers market. The Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market is open June through October every Wednesday from 3pm-7pm at the Dover Fairgrounds. Check out local vendors, farmers, and merchants. The farmers market also offers different food trucks and music entertainment every week.

9.       Visit Murals on Ashwood Lane and Take Insta-Worthy Pics

Walk around downtown New Philadelphia and stop by Ashwood Lane and take “Instagram Worthy” pictures of you and your date in front of the larger-than-life murals.

10.   Attend Class at a Local Library

One of the best resources in our community is our public library. They offer a variety of classes and workshops throughout the entire year. Check them out online and find a class and register you and your partner for a fun date night learning something new together.

Let us know some of your favorite date nights ideas! Fill out the form and tell us how you #livetusc!

Diane Lautenschleger