9 Best First Date Locations in Delaware

In the First State for a first date? You’re in luck. From sandy beaches to bumper cars to beautiful natural spaces, Delaware has a wealth of options when it comes to making that great first impression. If you’re stressing about the perfect location, worry no more. Here are the best first date locations in the state! 

Delaware State Parks, Multiple locations

Sometimes you have just got to break out of the city limits and return to the peaceful, bucolic forests of nature. With hundreds of acres of pristine marshlands, pastoral fields, and majestic forests, the First State offers state parks like no other. Go for a hike, a walk along coastal beaches, or just sit and watch nature weave its complex web. Whatever your interest, Delaware state parks make the perfect backdrop for your first date.

Delaware 87ers, Wilmington, DE

Did you know that Delaware has its own pro-sports team? The 87ers are the NBA G-league affiliate for the Philadelphia 67ers. Plus, their stadium is located in downtown Wilmington, and you can see them play for half of what a regular season NBA ticket costs. Show your date good time at this professional level competition with plenty of parking and reap your rewards later.

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De La Coeur Cafe, Wilmington, DE

Experience Paris on the streets of downtown Wilmington, where the coffee is gourmet, and the ingredients are local and sustainably farmed. Find fresh-baked pastries and artisanal breads, as well as espressos, lattes, macchiatos, and more at this popular little Parisian-themed favorite. Plus, the fresh-made tartlets, mousses, and eclairs are sure to impress! 

Cinema Arts Theatre, Lewes, DE

Catch Broadway shows, opera, foreign and independent films, and more at this beach area 300-seat theatre and events space. Plus, you’ll find year-round programming and events, a store, gift shop, concession stand, and ticket box office, and know that your membership dues are tax-deductible. Moreover, all events are scheduled with education and cultural enrichment in mind, so you can impress your first date with just how learned and civic-minded you truly are.

Delaware Rock Gym, Bear, DE

If you are the thrill-seeking type, though, you might enjoy taking a first date to this 11,300 square-foot rock-climbing gym. Established in 2007, this climbing facility is air-conditioned, professionally staffed, and offers free Wi-Fi. Plus, changing rooms are, by many accounts, both clean and spacious. 

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Govatos Chocolates, Wilmington, DE

Of course, you also can’t go wrong with chocolate, either, and Govatos has been tempering sweet treats and serving up candy concoctions since 1894. You’ll find dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramels, crisps and chews, chocolate covered cherries, almond bark, truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, and even an onsite restaurant serving up hot options.

Beer, Wine, and Spirits Trail, Multiple locations

This entry on our list should keep you going from your first date until you start living together, as the more than 30 wineries, breweries, and distilleries on this walking or driving trail offer plenty of date options. Plus, whether you are into craft beer or bourbon, a drink or two should move things right along, and you are your date will be laughing and talking with ease in no time at all.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure, Bear, DE

Of course, if you wanted to kick you date up a notch, you could head to Bear to Go Ape. Featuring treetop ropes courses, a zip line, and a 2-3-hour journey through the forest canopy are sure to get the blood pumping and the conversations flowing. Plus, you can’t beat the views from above, so make your first date count.

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Domaine Hudson, Wilmington, DE

Finally, it is always important to end the date at a fancy restaurant, and, luckily for you, every Thursday night at this top-tier eatery featured on The Knot is Date Night, and you can enjoy a three-course meal and a bottle of wine for $95 per couple. The fire is roaring, the wine list is award-winning, and the food is fantastic. What do you have to lose? 

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