By Michelle Reese

Has it been a while since you and your partner went on a date? Maybe … March? If you've been stuck in the house the past few months, you might be spending more time together than ever. But it's still important to set some time aside to actually have fun together as a couple! While things are certainly different this summer, it's still possible to plan a proper date experience. Here are some ideas of things to do and places to go around Bucks County. It might be a pandemic, but Romance is still alive in 2020!

Enjoy Moonlit (or Sunlit) Dining

After so many meals at home, just having a night off from kitchen duty is enough to make any couple giddy. If you’re looking to Wow your date with a memorable summertime meal, Bucks County has a slew of fun restaurants.

Hint: The Riegelsville Inn, our 2020 Happening List Winner for Outdoor Dining, offers a variety of outdoor seating options, including canal side. For more suggestions, take a look at THIS article about al fresco dining in Bucks County.

Take a Stroll

Bucks County has plenty of charming towns and destinations that are perfect for leisurely, hand-holding strolls. People watch or window gaze along the main streets of Bristol Borough, New Hope, or Doylestown Borough, all popular favorites for Best Main Street, according to Bucks Happening List voters.

Tip: Peddler's Village is another beautiful spot for taking a walk, doing a little shopping and grabbing a bite to eat. They're now open, offering both indoor and outdoor dining throughout the Village.

Get Adventurous

Put some of the thrill back in your relationship by getting a little out of your comfort zone. Book a Date Night at Hellerick's Family Farm in Doylestown and try zip lines, climbing exercises and a 30-foot free fall leap. Bucks County River Country, a Happening List Finalist, is another option if tubing down the Delaware is more your speed.

Go Wine Tasting

Spend an afternoon or evening sipping wine at one of Bucks County’s wineries. (Or, if you’re feeling ambitious and can arrange transportation, you can visit the entire Bucks County Wine Trail in one day!)

Tip: Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery in Perkasie (our 2020 Happening List Winner for Winery) hosts live entertainment Friday through Sunday.

Visit a Brewery

If beer is your beverage of choice, Bucks County has a number of unique venues offering interesting flavors and great craft brews.

Tip: You'll want to check out our 2020 Happening List Winner for Brewery, Newtown Brewing Company, on Facebook to view their current specials and events such as food truck visits and trivia.

The Inn at Bowman's Hill

Get Away (For the Night!)

For many people, the only time you spend a night away from home is when you're traveling or going to an event like a wedding. But there's really something special about getting away from the daily routines of home life, even if you're staying somewhere nearby.

Tip: The Inn at Bowman's Hill is a 2020 Happening List Winner for Most Romantic and Bed & Breakfast. With only 8 luxurious rooms and suites, it's the perfect choice for a secluded getaway.

The Washington House Hotel & Restaurant is another great option. Recently reopened with all new health precautions in place, the 2020 Happening List Winner for Best Hotel offers indoor and outdoor dining. Please note that the Sellersville Theater located next door (and our 2020 Happening List Winner for Live Music Venue) is still closed for live events.

Live Music

Put on your dancing shoes and belt out some tunes. Live music is a fun way to add energy to a date night. While large concerts have all been cancelled for 2020, you can still find opportunities to enjoy smaller events throughout the summer.

Tip: Univest Performance Center in Quakertown, a 2020 Happening List Finalist for Live Music Venue, is offering free concerts in the park on select Sundays in August.

Get Outside

Bucks County is beautiful – get outside and enjoy it! Stroll along the Delaware River Canal, take a boat ride in New Hope, bring a picnic lunch to a local park, or golf at a public golf course.

Tip: Bowman's Wildflower Preserve, a 2020 Happening List for Nature Spot, is located right outside downtown New Hope. Visit in the afternoon, and then enjoy dinner at a nearby spot on Main Street.

Escape to the Movies

You won’t be holding hands in a big theater anytime soon, but there are still ways to get cozy and watch a movie on the big screen. Snuggle up in the bed of your truck or in the backseat of your car and enjoy a drive-in movie presented by Mid-Atlantic Event Group in Bucks County, ACME Screening Room in Lambertville or Shankweiler Drive-In in Orefield.

Mercer Museum (photo by Michelle Reese)

Explore a Museum

After a few months of binge-watching Netflix (Tiger King craze, anyone?), you might be craving a little intellectual stimulation.

Hint: Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle (Happening List Finalists) have all recently reopened. They'll all located in Doylestown, so you could even make a day out of museum hopping and then get dinner at a local spot like Honey, a Happening List Finalist for Most Romantic.

Challenge Yourselves

If you’re a couple that loves a challenge, then an escape room or murder mystery offer ways to get creative and put your puzzle solving skills to the test.

Hint: Doylestown Escape Room offers completely private escape rooms for groups ranging from 2-8 people, so you can book one just for the two of you or some close friends/family. In addition, Peddler's Village just announced a new alternative to their popular Murder Mystery Dinners. Called, Murder by Gaslight, these walking tours with a murderous twist will be offered on Saturday nights.

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