Toronto date ideas that will wow your +1

February 1, 2024

In the age of modern romance, the classic ‘dinner and a movie’ date has become a cliché, often lacking creativity and the spark of something new. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to explore fresh and exciting dating ideas that can rekindle the flame of passion and connection. In this editorial, we’re thrilled to present a collection of unique and memorable date suggestions that promise to transform your Valentine’s Day from mundane to magical.

Immerse yourself in our planet at Arcadia Earth

Arcadia Earth is not your typical date spot; it’s an extraordinary blend of art, technology and education, making it a perfect destination for couples seeking something unique and meaningful. Imagine walking hand-in-hand through dimly lit, enchanting rooms that feel straight out of a fantasy world. It’s an immersive journey powered by augmented reality, virtual reality and interactive environments, where each step teaches you about sustainability and the urgent need to protect our planet. The blend of cutting-edge technology with vital global themes creates an atmosphere that’s not just romantic, but also intellectually stimulating.

Whether it’s your first date or a special outing with a long-term partner, Arcadia offers a magical setting that encourages deep conversations and shared experiences. The beauty of this self-guided tour is that you can explore at your own pace, diving deep into the installations that interest you the most. And let’s not forget the plethora of selfie opportunities – each corner of Arcadia Earth is a backdrop waiting to capture a memorable moment with your loved one.

As you conclude your journey, the experience doesn’t just end. At the entrance, there’s a thoughtfully curated store with sustainable shopping options, allowing you to take a piece of this transformative experience home. This aspect of Arcadia beautifully ties in with its core message – making sustainable choices in our daily lives. So, if you’re looking for a date idea that’s romantic, enlightening and aligned with the values of a better tomorrow, Arcadia Earth is an unbeatable. If you’re looking for a slightly belated Valentine’s Day soirée, Arcadia is hosting a Night at the Museum: Planet Love event February 15 from 7 – 11 p.m. The Valentine’s Day themed experience will feature love-inspired cocktails, date night treats from local food vendors and a dance-filled night with a DJ setting the perfect vibe. Tickets start at $59.00 and include a complimentary drink.

Dive into the underwater world at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada isn’t just an aquarium; it’s an underwater adventure that makes for a surprisingly romantic and unique date idea. I’ve visited this aquatic wonderland three times now, and each experience feels as magical as the first. There’s something about the serene beauty of aquatic life, with its gentle glides and soothing colours, that creates an incredibly calming and intimate atmosphere – perfect for a date.

Whether you’re breezing through to catch a quick glimpse of the marine life or delving deep into the educational aspects of the ocean, Ripley’s accommodates all paces. You can spend anywhere from a swift 20 minutes to a leisurely 3 hours exploring. And for those looking to add a little rhythm to their visit, the aquarium hosts a jazz night every second Friday of the month. We hope to check it out some day!

The highlights of the aquarium remain to be the mesmerizing exhibits of the giant octopus, the enchanting jellyfish wall, and the thrilling tunnel through the dangerous creatures’ domain where sharks, turtles and sting rays swim above and around you. Halfway through the aquarium path there’s a welcomed break spot complete with a café and restrooms. It’s not just a place to recharge; it offers fun photo opportunities and engaging activities, which are enjoyable even if they’re designed with kids in mind.

In summary, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada offers a date experience that’s both serene and stimulating, educational and entertaining – a truly unique way to spend time with someone special.

Enrich your appreciation for the arts at a TO Live movie

Attending a movie screening with a live symphony orchestra, as hosted by TO Live, is an ingenious twist on the classic movie night date. It’s an elevated, more engaging and culturally enriching experience that adds a touch of glamour and uniqueness to your evening. Having been to three of these events already, with plans to attend more (including Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), I can confidently say each occasion has been nothing short of magical.

What makes these screenings stand out is how they transform familiar movies into captivating new experiences. As someone who often struggles to maintain focus during films, the live symphony adds a layer of fascination that keeps me completely engaged. The orchestral accompaniment is masterfully synchronized with the on-screen action, enhancing every moment without overpowering it. The result is a harmonious blend that feels neither overwhelming nor does it do any injustice to the symphony’s performance.

The atmosphere at these events is otherworldly. You’re not just watching a movie: you’re immersing yourself in a rich audio-visual spectacle. The acoustics, designed specifically for symphonic performances, make the experience even more immersive. Whether it’s the epic journey of ‘Lord of the Rings’ or the heartwarming melodies of ‘Pixar’s Coco’, the live orchestra elevates these beloved films into something truly extraordinary.

For anyone looking to step up their movie night game and create a memorable date experience, I highly recommend checking out TO Live’s offerings. It’s an experience that’s fun, creative and wonderfully different – perfect for a special night out.

Dance & sing your heart out at a dueling pianos event

Dueling Pianos at Stackt market is an electrifying and unique date idea that’s perfect for couples who love music and a lively atmosphere. From my own experience, I can say it’s a night filled with infectious energy and non-stop entertainment. Be prepared to lose your voice the next day, as you won’t be able to resist scream-singing along to every song – “Bohemian Rhapsody” gets me every time!

Dueling the first Friday night of every month at the Blue Moon Brewery at Stackt market, Great Canadian Dueling Pianos performs an event you don’t want to miss. The duo delivers magnetic charm and charisma with their on-stage chemistry and they keep the crowd engaged with humour and song requests. A pro tip for anyone planning to go: arrive at least an hour early to secure a good spot. While seating is limited, the real action is near the stage, where you can stand and immerse yourself fully in the music. Dueling Pianos isn’t just a night out: it’s a memorable experience that tests whether you and your date can let loose and enjoy the moment together. It’s undoubtedly a great choice for a lively, fun-filled date night.

The crowd at Dueling Pianos is a vibrant mix of people, primarily in their 30s and older, all there to unwind and have a great time. The casual, laid-back vibe makes it easy to blend in and enjoy the night. The musicians, with their wide-ranging repertoire from Liszt to Lizzo, ensure there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re serenading each other with Queen classics or dancing and poorly rapping to 50 Cent, it’s a fantastic way to see how your date responds to a fun, high-energy environment.

Photos by Unsplash, and courtesy of each business and their respective PR representatives.


Story by Amy Pigeon

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