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Memorable Date - Lakeland Date Ideas

Earn some extra brownie points by planning an entertaining and memorable date with help from our list of unique Lakeland date ideas! Explore Lakeland with your partner in crime and enjoy a date filled with fun activities, tasty food, and new experiences.

Catch A Film - Lakeland Date Ideas, Cheap Stuff To Do In Tampa Bay

Catch a Film

Catching a movie is a tried and true date idea that’s been around for ages. Add a romantic throwback and Grease-inspired spin to it by making it a drive-in movie date! Silvermoon Drive-In offers a fun and romantic drive-in theater. They serve your classic movie snacks like popcorn, pizzas, and nachos and screen a range of films spanning from new releases to classics.

Drive-ins provide a more intimate date experience! You get to stay in (or around) the comforts of your car, bring your own snacks and drinks, and cuddle under a cozy blanket from home. Plus, tickets sell for only $7, if you’re 10 and above!

📍 4100 New Tampa Hwy, Lakeland, FL 33815

Take A Wildlife Safari - Lakeland Date Ideas

Take a Wildlife Safari

Get wild on your date in Lakeland with a wildlife safari! At the Safari Wilderness Ranch, knowledgeable tour guides will take you on an excursion through 260 acres housing various beautiful wildlife. Witness a herd of Grant Zebras gallop under the sun’s spotlight, learn about the largest Asian antelope, marvel at the Barasingha’s eloquent antlers, and meet other marvelous creatures.

Their safari trucks offer an open-air, canopy-shaded ride with plenty of room and good viewing spots. Safari Wilderness also offers other wildlife tours, including a camel expedition, kayak safari, and sunset safari!

Monday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am–5:00pm

📍 10850 Moore Rd, Lakeland, FL 33809

Have An Artsy Day - Lakeland Date Ideas

Have an Artsy Day

Surround yourself with stunning artwork while visiting the Polk Museum of Art! Hold hands and wander through hallways filled with masterpieces. The Polk Museum of Art showcases various art pieces, ranging from oil paintings to chalk drawings.

Polk Museum also highlights artwork that shines a light on African, Asian, and European cultures. The best part? Admission is free!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 10:00am–4:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–4:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–4:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–4:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–4:00pm
Sunday | 1:00pm–5:00pm

📍 800 E. Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Explore Florida Southern College'S Campus And Hollis Gardens - Lakeland Date Ideas

Explore Florida Southern College's Campus and Hollis Gardens

Take your date on a romantic stroll across campus and admire giant fountains, lushes lawns, lakeside views, and colorful blooming flowers at Florida Southern College. Princeton Review ranks Florida Southern College’s Campus as “the Nation’s Most Beautiful Campus,” and we agree! 

For another beautiful hot spot to explore, check out Hollis Gardens! From large botanical displays to various displays of public art, the gardens overflow with gorgeous scenery to take in.

Florida Southern College Location 

Monday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | Closed

📍 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801

Hollis Gardens Location 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–4:00pm
Saturday |10:00am–4:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–6:00pm

📍 614 E. Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Hit The (Mini) Golf Course - Lakeland Date Ideas

Hit the (Mini) Golf Course

Aim, swing, shoot, and score with a friendly game of mini-golf! This classic date activity provides ample entertainment for an afternoon of fun. The Family Fun Center offers an Adventure Course consisting of challenging terrains, beautiful scenery, and lots of quirky holes to explore. Their course welcomes all types of golfers, from pros to beginners.

For a more unique date experience, head on over to the Back Nine! Here, you can enjoy a game of VR golf in their simulation studio. Swing towards a big screen and traverse a projected life-like course without feeling rushed (from the group behind you) or standing in the simmering sun.

Family Fun Center Location 

Monday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–12:00am
Saturday | 10:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–9:00pm

📍 4825 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813

Back Nine Location 

Monday | 12:00pm–9:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–9:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

📍 7331 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809

Get Outside - Lakeland Date Ideas

Get Outside

Savor Florida’s tropical climate with an outdoor date! Rent kayaks at Lake Crago from their recreation center, or schedule a kayak tour through various channels, lakes, and islands around town with Lakeland Kayak Tours.

Soak up a healthy dose of vitamin D, refresh with a breath of fresh air, unwind with the tunes of nature, and relish good company while exploring the outdoors. Plan a memorable date outing by making the most of Florida’s sunshine!  

Have A Picnic At Lake Mirror - Lakeland Date Ideas

Have a Picnic at Lake Mirror

Pack a picnic, layout by the lake, and cherish each other’s company with a romantic picnic date! With your picnic basket in tow, head to the The joinery to grab lunch or dinner. Then admire the breathtaking views of Lake Mirror paired with a tasty feast!

The Joinery serves an array of food options, providing a delicious fit for everyone! And Mirror Lake offers lots of ideal picnic spots and shimmering waters that capture the colors of the sunset in the evening.

Joinery Location 

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

📍 640 E. Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Lake Mirror Location

📍121 S. Lake Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Test Your Skills At An Escape Room - Lakeland Date Ideas

Test Your Skills at an Escape Room

Show off your sleuthing skills by cracking the code to an Escape Room. Escape Rooms make for engaging, entertaining, and memorable dates… if you escape!

Lakeland Escape Room transports you to fantasy realms, cartel hideouts, horror movies, and back in time, among many more fantastical destinations. Escapology brings to life various stories, taking you on adventures through history, shootouts, thriller expresses, and lost cities!

Lakeland Escape Room Location 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:30am–12:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–8:00pm

📍 308 E. Pine St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Escapology Location 

Monday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–11:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–11:00pm

📍 210 E. Pine St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Get Crafty At Picassoz' Art Cafe - Lakeland Date Ideas

Get Crafty at Picassoz' Art Cafe

Let your creative juices flow with a pottery painting date! Picassoz’ Art Café provides a diverse collection of pottery to paint, ranging from eclectic mugs to unicorn table décor.

Choose each other’s pieces for a fun challenge, paint pieces to give to one another, or create a piece of your choice to keep as memorabilia of your date. You can enjoy pottery painting in many ways. Picassoz’ also offers mosaic crafts!  

Monday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–8:00pm

📍 4632 Cleveland Heights, Lakeland, FL 33813

Have a Game Night

Turn date night into a fun games night with the best rec rooms in town! Feel nostalgic with throwback arcade games at the Galaxy Bar. From pinball to streetfighter arcade games, Galaxy will have you starstruck with their collection of classic arcade machines!  

Rec Room provides a one-stop-shop for endless entertainment, offering a full bar, skeeball, golf simulators, high-end consoles, and arcade games, among many more. For an action-packed date, make your way to the Family Fun Center! They’ve got plenty of activities to explore, ranging from mini-golf to laser mazes!  

Galaxy Bar Location 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Wednesday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Thursday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Friday | 4:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–2:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–12:00am

📍 5153 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809

Rec Room Location 

Monday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Tuesday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Wednesday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Thursday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Friday | 4:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–2:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–12:00am

📍 202 N. Massachusetts Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Family Fun Center Location 

Monday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–12:00am
Saturday | 10:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–9:00pm

📍 4825 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813

Go Mural Hunting - Lakeland Date Ideas

Go Mural Hunting

Love a good adventure? So do we! Plan a fun (and free) mural hunting exploration for your next date. Dazzling murals brighten the streets of Lakeland, adding color and art all around town. Set up an exciting date challenge with your partner and hunt down various murals!

Don’t forget to snap your discoveries for the memories and the gram! Get a head start and find some murals on our Instagram-Worthy Spots in Lakeland.

Throw Axe'S At Ax-Caliber - Lakeland Date Ideas

Throw Axe's at Ax-Caliber

Axe your date out on a memorable outing with this unique date idea. Flash your strength while having fun by throwing axe’s at Ax-Caliber! Whether you’re an axe-throwing pro or a lousy aimer, you’re bound to have fun at Ax- Caliber.

Along with being an axe-throwing range, Ax-Caliber also doubles as a coffee house! Their menu offers delicious drinks, tasty bites, and alcoholic beverages.

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 2:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 2:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–11:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–11:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–11:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–7:00pm

📍 204 E. Orange St. Suite 102, Lakeland, FL 33801

Have a Skate Day

Skate straight into your date’s heart with a skate day! Skate on ice or wheels – maybe both – with your date by your side for an amusing date out. Even if you end up spending most of the time on the ground or gripping on the railings, skating makes for a fun and entertaining activity to endure.

Soar across the ice at Lakeland Ice Arena. This ice skating rink offers year-round public skating over the weekends! For a disco skate combo, head on over to Skate World! They’ve got a groovy rink, catching tunes, and cheap prices.

Lakeland Ice Arena Location 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | Closed
Friday | 2:00pm–3:30pm
Saturday | 2:30pm–4:00pm & 6:00pm–7:30pm
Sunday | 2:30pm–4:00pm 

📍 3395 W. Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33815

Skate World Location 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 6:00pm–8:00pm
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 6:00pm–8:00pm
Friday | 7:00pm–10:30pm
Saturday | 7:00pm–10:30pm
Sunday | 2:00pm–5:00pm 

📍 911 N. Lake Parker Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Take A Cooking Class - Lakeland Date Ideas

Take a Cooking Class

Whip up a tasty dish with your date by taking a cooking class! Create, eat, drink, and have fun while curating splendid meals to share. Publix Apron’s Cooking School hosts hands-on cooking classes, ranging from seafood soirees to global gourmet classes. Plus, their cooking sessions come with wine to make it extra romantic!

Learn new recipes and make unique platters with classes from What’s Cooking Lakeland! They offer specialty classes that’ll teach you about creating four-course meals, butterfly brunches, food ornaments, and seasonal specials.

Publix Apron’s Cooking School Location 

Monday | 7:00am–8:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am–8:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am–8:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am–8:00pm
Friday | 7:00am–8:00pm
Saturday | 7:00am–8:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am–8:00pm

📍 4730 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33813

What’s Cooking Lakeland Location 

Monday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am–9:00pm

📍 6935 S. Carter Rd #6, Lakeland, FL 33813

Lakeland date ideas and More

Plan a memorable date with these unique Lakeland date ideas! From axe throwing to cooking classes, Lakeland offers plenty of entertaining activities to experience with your date. Make lasting impressions and memorable shared moments on your next date.

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Serafina Besecker

Serafina Besecker

Serafina is a blogger and author for UNATION's Stuff to Do City Guides. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, download the UNATION app, follow us on social, and subscribe to our weekly email!
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