10 Dates Ideas in Calgary That Guys Will Love

Whatever his style, there is plenty to experience when you go out in Calgary together. Here are some of our top picks for date night!
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Your man might be romantic, adventurous, fun-loving, or a mix of all those qualities. Whatever his style, there is plenty of date ideas to experience when you go out in Calgary together. Here is the lowdown on some of the best things to see and do for date nights in Calgary. 

Visit The Wild Things At The Calgary Zoo

Head to the zoo and wander around admiring the new baby gorilla, cute but ‘scary’ tigers, elegant giraffes and so much more.

Keep an eye out for their Dinosaurs Awakened exhibit coming June 2022, too! The prehistoric park will be as exciting as it is educational and full of impressive dinosaur displays that even move and make realistic sounds. 

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Bounce Around 

The indoor trampoline park, Flying Squirrel, is a fun place to act a bit silly as you bounce around, jump into massive foam pits and race each other on obstacle courses. Every good city date has a backup plan in case the weather turns terrible so keep this one in mind if The Weather Man tries to ruin your date. On Friday and Saturday nights, from 9 pm to midnight, there is a high-vibes neon dance party with a DJ that is something different. 

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Fine Dining

If you live in Calgary or are visiting this iconic Alberta province, a fine dining experience is a must because the culinary scene is impressive. For many foodies, Calgary is a place they have enjoyed some of the best meals ever. Many say Teatro Ristorante is one of the most romantic dining establishments in the city. Book in advance because everyone wants a table at this intimate Italian restaurant that has to die for ravioli and decadent truffle risotto. Italian chefs do dessert so well and we happen to know the bruleed pineapple is extra special. Bonterra and The Lake House are also fantastic options for a fancy lunch or dinner.

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Be Extreme

Calling all speed demons! The name explains a lot and you can easily imagine what Downhill Karting Calgary is all about. The chairlift ride to the top of the hill is exciting in itself. Then you get to zoom down 1.8 km of track with exhilarating twists and turns that are not for the faint-hearted. Expect to reach high speeds as you put your driving skills to the ultimate test. There are many packages that include at least three rides and as far as dates with a thrill seeker element go, this is one of the best. 

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Escape Rooms

If you’ve never tried an escape room, you are missing out on heaps of fun that also can be a bonding experience. Calgary’s Escape Hour is a cool experience with two people or a bigger group if you want to invite some other couples along for the challenge. New themed rooms are being introduced all the time and you might like to try a couple since how would you decide between the bank heist or Matrix theme? Solve puzzles, break codes, figure out tricky questions and work together to escape before the hour deadline is up. There are a few other escape room companies in Calgary if you find this one is already full.

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Dance The Night Away

Calgary comes alive at night with a happening entertainment and party scene that can tempt you to stay up till the early hours. For something different, try the Cowboys Dance Hall, where you can show off your line dancing skills, listen to county music or play the pokies if you are feeling lucky. It’s a fun place to get your groove on before hitting more of the city’s bars and nightclubs. The Cowboys Music Festival runs from July 7 to 17th with a cool lineup, including the awesome Zac Brown Band.

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Create Art 

Cleverly named Vin Gogh, this art studio combines painting lessons with food and wine, which is a great combo for any couple. Every month, usually in the evening, they have arty classes with themes covering subjects including nature, still life, pets and landscapes. Every time you look at your creative art piece, you will be reminded of this artistic date night. They even offer paint at-home kits, so you can have another chance to create a masterpiece when you get back home. 

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Flying High

Altitude Flight Simulation Center is the place to make your aviation dreams come true. Find out how hard it would be to pilot an airliner or fighter jet in a realistic flight simulator. He will love to experience what trainee pilots do during training and it might even spark a new hobby or career change. An instructor will guide you so you can have an authentic flight that is exciting, educational and unique. Whatever happens, it is a date that will have you and your love with your head in the clouds. 

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Peace, Man

Sometimes walking around the city taking in the free sights can be one of the best times ever. Take a walk across Peace Bridge and fall into conversation about your past, present, or future. The bright red bridge spanning Bow River is fun to walk over and is open to cyclists too. Eye-catching, architecturally interesting (it was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava) and practical for the many city commuters who use it every day, it’s an iconic sight in Calgary. 

Game On

Seriously, what guy doesn’t love arcade games? He will love your thoughtful gesture to take him on a date to The Rec Room, where you can challenge each other to endless games of Pac-Man and Mario Cart between beers. Then you can play some ping pong, shuffleboard or pool before deciding who the champion is. With 50,000-square-feet of fun times at the Deerfoot City game zone, it might be a long date. End the date with dinner at Three10, where you can dine on burgers, hand-crafted pizzas and delicious fish tacos.

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Of course, if you are in town for the Calgary Stampede in July, you can take your cowboy for the ultimate date night. There are many amazing events and festivals all year round, so if you want to impress your guy with a date based on his love of music, the arts, food, or comedy, look around our site for more ideas www.itsdatenight.com ❤️

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