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The Ultimate Date Guide for Dayton {150+ Ideas for Every Budget}


As a relationship evolves oftentimes so do our “Date Nights.” From the high of romantic & adventurous that could compare to any episode of The Bachelor, to stuck-in-a-rut & cheap…or even worse, non existent! Don’t worry…you have company no matter where on that evolution scale you may reside.


What makes the Miami Valley so very (am I going to say it? I am.) #DaytonAwesome is our history. Our location. Our industries. Our people. Our talent. More than just a list of Dayton restaurants and movie theaters, our comprehensive guide offers 200+ ideas for every budget. Think you’ve run out of Dayton date night ideas? Think again!

As you enjoy a night out…be sure to capture the moment #DMBdatenight

Adventure Seekers

Aviation Experts

Animals Lovers

Art Aficionados


Comedy Connoisseurs

Club Hoppers

Enjoy drinks and live music at Dayton’s favorite clubs & Venues:


  • Part 3D printing lab, part electronic maker space, and part café – you & your date can create (and drinking) at Proto Build Bar
  • Get a sitter, some cold drinks, and tackle a DIY home project you’ve been putting off (maybe paint your master bedroom or stain the deck?)
  • Spruce up your landscaping
  • Take an upholstery class and give your old furniture a fresh look
  • Attend a free DIY workshop at Home Depot

Double Daters

Festival Fans

Mark your calendars and plan to attend one of Dayton’s fantastic annual festivals:



  • Pitch a tent and have your own backyard camp-out
  • Put the kids to bed and cook fancy dinner just for the two of you
  • Have a picnic by the fireplace
  • Play video games
  • Plan an 80s/90s movie marathon
  • Outside-In Dinner & A Movie :: Grab your favorite takeout and a rental from Redbox

Hopeless Romantics

  • Get a couples massage at Harmony Farms
  • Take a private ballroom dancing class together at Always Ballroom or Arthur Murray
  • Enjoy a free at the Greene (November & December only)
  • Catch fireflies & go stargazing
  • Rent a limo for a night and tour the city
  • Re-create your first date (and take photos this time!)
  • Draft a joint Bucket List to tackle as a couple

Kids at Heart

  • Play games and act like a kids at Scene 75
  • Shoot your date in a game of Laser Tag
  • Get high at Sky Zone and bounce your way to fun
  • Bundle up & go ice skating at Riverscape
  • Ruin your dinner with candy and chocolate from Ester Price

Lifelong Learners

Movie Fanatics

  • Grab a drink & see an indie film at The Neon downtown or The Little Art Theater in Yellow Springs (Check out Little Art’s events including Dinner & a Show)
  • Visit the Imax Theatre at the USAF Museum
  • Enjoy a double or triple feature at the Dixie Twin Drive-In
  • Have a movie marathon at home (80s comedies, childhood faves, films based on your favorite books, etc.)

Music Devotees

  • Visit the Dayton Opera to hear works by Puccini, Verdi, Copland, Floyd & Sung
  • Tune your ears to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra where Neal Gittleman has a jam-packed 2015-2016 season filled with classics & special events

Nature Lovers 


Penny Pinchers

 Science Geeks

Sports Nuts

  • Cheer at a high school or college game
  • Head to a Dayton Dragon’s Game to see the areas best AAA team
  • Take in a soccer game with the Dayton Dutch Lions
  • Cheer on the UD Hockey Team 
  • Enjoy a good walk spoiled at one of Dayton’s public golf courses
  • Get a sitter and host a kid-free tailgate
  • Check out one of the many Disc Golf courses in the Dayton area
  • Check out the newest craze – Foot Golf – at Rolandia or KittyHawk

Sugar Addicts

Skip dinner and go out for dessert! Here are our top picks for the following:

Theater Enthusiasts

Attend a local professional production offered by one of these fantastic organizations:

Use the hashtag #DMBdatenight when you’re out to show us your favorite Dayton date night spots!

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