Ready for ten fun and affordable dates in Hamilton County? Even if you don’t live in the area, use these ideas for inspiration! Half of them are $20 or less and could even be fun family “dates”.
1. A Sweet Break
Stop by Rise ‘n Roll in Fishers and grab a couple of their decadent donuts and some fresh coffee. Then head over to Ritchie Woods for an alfresco treat and walk. Although this date lends itself to an early morning date, it also could be a fun afternoon adventure – just be prepared for a smaller donut selection. Cost $7 for two donuts and two cups of coffee.
2. Happy Hour Sushi
Chiba in Westfield is the BEST place to enjoy sushi and drinks, especially on Wednesday nights. It might be a little cold in February, but you can bet we’ll be there on the first warm Wednesday in March. There is plenty of outdoor seating and Chiba has quite a few space heaters as well as blankets to help take the chill off.
On Wednesday nights from 4 until closing, you can partake in happy hour sushi prices as well as drink specials. It’s always a wonderful night out and if you stick to the happy hour menu, very affordable! $50ish for 3 happy hour sushi rolls, 2 bowls of miso soup, and 2 cocktails.
3. Coffee and Window Shopping
Grab a warm Chai Tea Latte or delicious Zebra Mocha at Noble Coffee & Tea and stroll downtown Noblesville. Noblesville is set up on a traditional square with a gorgeous courthouse and shops on three sides. Don’t forget to travel down the side streets as there are plenty of places to explore there too! With a wide variety of unique shops, you’ll be able to window shop for hours! $10 for two coffee drinks + tip.
4. Pizza in the Park
One of my favorite low-key dates is to grab a slice of pizza from Greek’s Pizzeria in Carmel (it’s one of the few places in the area you can buy pizza by the slice) and a couple of sodas and head over to a hidden gem, the Kawachinagano Japanese Gardens. If it’s too cold to eat outside, munch on your pizza in the car and then bundle up for a walk around the park. It’s peaceful and beautiful! Two slices of cheese pizza with two fountain drinks + tip = $11.
5. Step Back in Time at Conner Prairie
If you have a free weekend day, a few hours spent at Conner Prairie is always a good time. Conner Prairie is a living history museum located in Fishers, Indiana. Many schools in the area visit for field trips, and it is a place I took our kids often when they were younger.
There is a large outdoor component that is perfect for exploring on a warmer day. Be sure to check the hours as they change regularly, as do what parts of the grounds are open, but regardless of how much of it you can explore, it’s definitely worth a visit. Tickets range from $9 to $18 per person, so total cost $18 – $36.
6. Wine & Cheese at Urban Vines
One of our favorite pre-COVID dates was to head over to Urban Vines or another local winery for a wine tasting. Although that isn’t currently an option, you can definitely still enjoy Urban Vines. Grab a glass of your favorite wine (or beer!), create your own charcuterie board, and find a secluded spot.
From Igloos (rent ahead) to picnic tables to fire pits, there are plenty of places to nibble your snacks and sip on your wine. Definitely bring a deck of cards and play a few hands of gin rummy while you chill! Two glasses of wine, charcuterie board (price varies based upon what you order) = $35ish
7. A Picnic at the Lake
A fun way to spend a winter evening is by enjoying a car picnic by Morse Lake. If the day has been sunny, try to time your visit to enjoy a sunset. Pick up a few kinds of cheese, some fruit, and a fresh baguette at Fresh Market or Fresh Thyme, grab a drink from home, and enjoy the view.
Even if it’s freezing cold outside you can stay warm and cozy in your car. A fun addition is this heated blanket I picked up at Christmas – you plug it in your car and it’s amazing for keeping you toasty! Snacks from the grocery and a drink from home = $20 or less easily!
8. Try a Craft Cocktail
Last year we visited 1205 Distillery North in Westfield on their opening day and have been a fan ever since! They make amazing craft cocktails using local ingredients. Delicious! The cocktail menu changes seasonally, so it’s fun to try something new each time you visit.
Often you can enjoy live music too! If the weather is decent, there is a nice outside patio with tables, heat lamps, and firepits, so grab a cocktail and head outside by the fire to relax. Two cocktails + tip $22ish
9. Tee off at Top Golf
We are lucky enough to have a Top Golf in Fishers, and it’s a fantastic winter outing. You’ll have your own heated bay and can order food and drinks (or not) while you practice your golf swing. It’s a pay-by-the-hour situation, and can get pretty pricey if you visit on a weekend or evening, BUT if your schedule allows you can visit in the morning for a lot less.
Often they run deals too where bays are half price or $20 an hour – just keep checking the site to see what’s happening. So, if you wait for a deal you can easily play for an hour and order a few sodas for less than $30!
10. Relax and Reconnect at a Cafe
Noblesville has a new cafe, Bica Cafe, which we’ve visited several times and really enjoyed. In addition to delicious high-quality coffee, they offer a case full of Portuguese and Italian-inspired sweet treats as well as lunch and brunch items.
For this fun & affordable date, grab two Bica’s (or another drink if you prefer) and a few of the slightly sweet cookies to go with your drink called a biscoito, and then sit outside on the patio and people watch. Two Bica’s and biscoito + tip $8.
So which date is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts and what YOU plan on doing for dates this spring!
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