Sure, you can take your special someone on a classic country wine date, like a fancy dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a wine tasting for two on a gorgeous vineyard. But if you’re looking for a date out of the ordinary that both of you won’t be able to stop talking about, your search is over.
We collect vivid, memorable history ideas across Sonoma County. First up: Santa Rosa. This vibrant city in the heart of the province is ranked among the top 10″Fun places to live in the United Statesby US News & World Report last year. An abundance of arts, dining, and recreational activities—from outdoor excursions to cozy indoor retreats—make this city a great place for any type of romantic date.
Here are 12 fun dates that you can only try in Santa Rosa.
Romance on Ice – Snoopy Home Ice: Dress in layers to get ready for one of the county’s coolest nightlife – Snoopy’s Home Ice. Whether you’re a beginner in need of a guiding hand for your partner on the rink or a skating expert hoping to impress you with your snowboard date, there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal. Public skating sessions are $11, plus $4 skate rentals; Late night ski sessions cost $9, plus ski rentals are $2. check the Evaluation for skiing times. After your ice skating session, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at the rink Warm Puppy Cafeor head across the street to Vietnamese Bistro Kettles To share a large steam bowl of phở and a cocktail.
1667 W Steel Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-546-7147, snoopyshomeice.com
Art and Drinks – Sonoma County Museum: Show your cultured side and take a tour through the sculpture garden and art galleries at the Sonoma County Museum. The Downtown Santa Rosa Museum features various multimedia art exhibits, art classes every second Saturday of the month, and a landscaped sculpture garden perfect for strolling along with your art partner. General admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and the disabled. After your trip to the museum, head to a nearby place drink Café to discuss artwork over a cup of handcrafted coffee or beer.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa, 707-579-1500, Museumsc.org
Food, Fun and Farmers – Santa Rosa Night Market Wednesday: To get your meal, drinks, dancing, and other exciting activities all in one place, take your date to the Wednesday Night Market in downtown Santa Rosa. From 5-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the summer through August, the large community farmer’s market and street fair boasts live concerts (with ample space for dancing), exhibits and entertainers, art and clothing vendors, and of course, dozens of locals. Farmers and food franchises. Plus, there’s a kid’s area with plenty of fun activities for the little ones if you can’t get a babysitter in time for the night. Where else can you stuff your face with Peruvian food and farm-fresh trees while jamming a Tom Petty salute?
Old Court Square, Santa Rosa, 707-246-6741, wednesdaynightmarket.org
Rose Garden Picnics – Luther Burbank House and Gardens: You can buy your date dozens of roses or, better yet, bring it to a lush garden filled with hundreds of them. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens has a wide selection of colorful flowers and plants, from year-round roses and hydrangeas to hand-grown Luther Burbank gardening trees and Shasta daisies. Garden and museum tours are held from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and the gardens are open to roam freely each day until dusk. Tours cost $10 for adults and $8.50 for seniors, college students, and children ages 12-18. If the timing of your visit is just right, head to Juilliard Park across the street after your gardeners enjoy free music as part of the annual party. Live in the Juilliard Concert Seriesfrom 5 to 7 p.m. every Sunday, from July 17 to August 21.
204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-524-5445, lutherburbank.org
Indie darlings – Summerfield Cinemas and East West Cafe: Swap your typical movie and dinner night with an indie movie at Summerfield Cinemas followed by a fresh Mediterranean meal at the nearby East West Café. Summerfield specializes in independent, foreign and foreign films – perfect for eclectic tastes. If you are not full of popcorn, go to East and West Cafe To share a colorful Mediterranean platter and baklava or a vegan chocolate cake for dessert. Bonus: The charming Howarth Park is across the street to walk around and discuss the movie.
551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, 707-525-8909, santarosacinemas.com/summerfield
Walking on the Wild Side – Safari West: If you’re dating an animal lover (animal lover), give them a super fun time at Sonoma’s Serengeti. From antelopes to zebras, the 400-acre Safari West Sanctuary is home to hundreds of animals, and there are plenty of ways to experience Wine Country-style wildlife. You can book a Private safari, such as Winos & Rhinos Safari Adventure, where you and your partner can sip wine while touring the reserve and learning about its amusing animals. Do not forget to reserve a place in the estate Savannah Café For a South African inspired meal, or book a romantic date Overnight stay In a luxury tent or hut.
3115 Porter Creek Rd, Santa Rosa, 707-579-2551, safariwest.com
Be Kids Again – Poppy Bank Epicenter: Relive your childhood with a fun date at the Santa Rosa Center full of exciting activities. The epicenter is home to an arcade, a bowling alley, a trampoline park, a laser tag arena, a virtual reality platform, a 3D interactive theater and even an ax throwing arena. In addition, there are regular weekly Events Such as comedy shows, music shows, bingo, karaoke and drawing nights, all of which can be enjoyed along with a meal from the epicenter. Victory House Sports Bar & Restaurant.
3215 Coffee Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-708-4625, visitepicenter.com
Take to the Sky – Wine Country Balloons: Those with vertigo need not apply, as this incredible history will take you over 1,000 feet in a colorful hot air balloon, with great views of vineyards, pristine pastures, oak forests, and redwood forests. Rest assured that the balloon pilots are highly experienced – chief pilot Scott van der Horst has logged more than 8,000 hours of hot air ballooning, and has personally hosted more than 50,000 passengers. Booked flights cost $275 per person, and other amenities are available for an additional fee, such as a cake for a special occasion or a DVD video dedicated to your blowing experience. Wine Country Balloons also provides transportation to and from the launch and landing sites, which ends at Kaffe Mocha & Grill for a post-flight brunch.
397 Aviation Blvd. , Santa Rosa, 707-538-7359, winecountryballoons.com
Get a play – 6th Street Theatre: Let the talented theater troupe of the 6th Street Playhouse dazzle you and your date with a captivating show at the renovated canneries near historic Railroad Square. The theater house will open this season with its production of the masterful classic romance novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, beginning August 11, followed by an intimate and powerful Broadway cabaret show starting September 15. Ticket prices vary. After the play, you and your buddy can read the tunes while strolling along the Santa Rosa Creek or treat yourselves to a romantic dinner at the nearby French restaurant. no neighbor.
52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa, 707-523-4185, 6thstreetplayhouse.com
Climbing Time – Head Climbing Centers and Sessions: Bring your heart to life with an adventurous rendezvous of rock, rope climbing and other physical activities at two climbing gyms in Santa Rosa. Vertex and Session’s tall rock climbing walls provide the perfect opportunity to support your partner in finding a foothold and advancing their way to the top. Vertex has aerial skills classes (starting in August) for flying through the air with silk bands, and both centers offer yoga classes for a more relaxing workout together. Today’s tickets at Vertex cost $20 for adults, $18 for youth, and $16 for the special early show (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday). Day tickets per session cost $25 for adults, $22 for youth, seniors, and military, and $20 for the special early show (before 4 p.m. Monday through Friday).
Vertex3358a Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-573-1608, climbing; session965 South A St., Santa Rosa, 707-852-1040, sessionclimbing.com
sweeping valentines – city operation mission: Work together, getting closer in the process, to solve puzzles and search for items throughout downtown Santa Rosa using Operation City Quest’s scavenger hunt app. The organization features fun picture-finding games in cities across the country, but only one in Sonoma County, starting at Old Courtyard to search for items within a two-mile radius. There is even something special History copy From a scavenger hunt game, with six additional challenges to connect and learn more about each other. To plan a couple’s scavenger hunt, purchase and redeem tickets on the website (original version is $20 per person and date version is $22 per person), download the app and start searching at the suggested starting location (detailed instructions and game code will be sent to your email).
50 Old Court Square, Santa Rosa, 843-212-6609, Operationcityquest.com
Dance All Night – Monroe Hall: Chase each other’s hearts at this 2,700-square-foot ballroom that has been a place for dancing and social gathering since 1922. Monroe Hall organizes daily events along with rehearsal and dance lessons – from folk dance and jazz sessions to square dancing and strumming. Swing, cha-cha and waltz with your partner into the night in this enchanting and lively hall, learning some impressive new moves along the way. Vaccination is required but masks are optional. Prices range from free to $20 per session, depending on the type of event or class.
1400 West College Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-824-1008, monroe-hall.com