Coming up with date ideas is hard, and you know it. Ask your sweetie, and most conversations get stuck in an endless cycle of “I don’t know. What do you want to do?”
We’re better than that, Pittsburgh! We’re an active city now, full of healthy activities for guys, girls, and, yes, couples (…or first-daters, ow owww). So why not spend that time getting out on the rivers, crushing a workout with your equally sweaty gym partner, or even exploring the city?
Before you stay in again, hit up this list for the best active date ideas in Pittsburgh.
Bust out the bikes and hit road, you little love birds. Pittsburgh definitely has your perfect trail. What? You don’t have a bike? That’s okay, you can rent one (or two) from a bike share station. And if you’re not comfortable riding on the road, plan a route that includes protected bike lanes. Better still, sign up for a cycling class to learn the rules of the road.
Some couples won’t be seen exercising together. Other couples thrive on it. The support, competition, and good vibes from running the Burgh together is a great way to become healthier, happier humans. So take a look at some upcoming fitness events and pick a race you both want to do – PGH Marathon, Great Race, even one that runs through the zoo!
What’s the point of these three rivers if you don’t use them? While we’d advise against going for a swim (you might be hit by a coal barge), renting a kayak should be high up on your dating to-do list. Look to Kayak Pittsburgh for your boating needs. Two locations, in the North Shore and North Park, means you have two different adventures to take.
If you’re searching for other ways to enjoy the waterways in and around Pittsburgh, look no further than standup paddleboarding. Finding and maintaining your balance is a fun challenge, one that makes for a heck of a workout too. Cruising around on one of these oversized surfboards is a whole new way to see the city. (…and a secret way to show off).
Flexibility is good for your relationship. You know, it’s all about that give and take. But flexibility is also good for your health (bend, not break). Which is why you should grab your significant other and get to a yoga class. Studios are popping up EVERYWHERE. Better still, stop by Yoga in the Square to practice alongside the Pittsburgh yogi community.
Maybe yoga isn’t for you. That’s okay. Skip the sun salutations and break a sweat with your sweetheart instead at one of the new gyms and fitness studios around town. Nothing says “you care” like giving your date a spot. Remember: the couple that sweats together, stays together.
Here’s an idea you should steal: Plan a surprise day-hike date. Whether it’s a short walk through a park in Pittsburgh, or a longer, more adventurous trek along a hiking trail, there are a ton of outdoor spaces nearby worth exploring.
Upgrade your dance moves and get your heart pumping by signing up for a dance class. For the traditionalists out there, try ballroom dance or a little salsa. And if you need something a little more upbeat, try a hip-hop dance meets bootcamp class. Whip, Nae Nae, or Funky Chicken Dance, you two have got to get down.
Take a walking tour through a new neighborhood or different part of town. If you’re new to Pittsburgh, you’re in for a treat. If you’re old to Pittsburgh, you’ll soon remember why you never left. Get reacquainted with your history at any of our top-notch museums or set out on an art gallery crawl. If you track your steps you’ll be surprised at how much distance you cover while rediscovering Pittsburgh.
Remember when climbing trees was listed among your favorite hobbies? Well, it’s like riding a bike, right? Show off your never-forgotten climbing skills with a little bouldering at The Climbing Wall in East End. Or go for a little thrill by ziplining at Go Ape! in North Park. Hope you’re alright with heights!
You’ve probably realized there are a lot of steps around Pittsburgh. 44,625 if we’re being real. And while that may not sound very romantic, it’s an active way to get your exercise in while discovering some breathtaking views together. We recommend the Church Route on the South Side Slopes. It’ll only take you about an hour, then you can end the date by refueling at Amazing Café.
Batter up! Head to the batting cages to show off your skills (or make to a fool of yourself). Either way, you’ll both have a good time trying your best to hit a homerun. Guys: chicks dig the long ball. Ladies: don’t bring up how much he’s whiffed.
This one should go without saying, but it’s definitely worth repeating. When in doubt, do brunch. And, if you’re in search of a brunch that won’t leave you bloated or put you in a food coma, look no further than this list of healthy brunch spots in Pittsburgh.
This option is sure to impress. Here’s the plan, chef. Hit the farmers market for the freshest ingredients around. Show ’em you know your way around the kitchen and can correctly identify a parsnip. Then, have some healthy(ish) dessert options on hand, just in case.
If you don’t know your way around the kitchen, you could always get out for a bite. Unfortunately, that usually means being healthy is not an option. Not so fast, friend. Good-for-you actually tastes good at these lunch, dinner and even pizza spots.
By the laws of childhood, the friend that had a trampoline in their yard was the coolest. So if you’re looking to make a good impression, you might want to hit the indoor trampoline park. At Flight Trampoline Park in Bridgeville, you can bounce around on any of their 50 trampolines during an Open Jump. Or you bounce to the beat with Club Flight, where the lights go out, lasers come on, and DJ spins hot tracks all night.
If you’re more into showing off your green thumb (or are just a veggie-lover), spend some time in the garden at Churchview Farm near Homestead. This urban farmette allows you to volunteer in their soil in the name of healthy, organic food. And if you plan ahead, you can work towards a CSA share of their produce or sit down for an unforgettable experience at their summer Farm Dinner Series.
Nothing says trust-building like holding your partner in the air with your feet. Yeah. Really. If you two like an adventure in strength, communication, and the trust that “they got you”, you’ll love AcroYoga. It’s a cross between yoga and acrobatics, and one heck of a workout. takeyoga in Allison Park makes it easy for beginners too!
And if you can’t decide which of these awesome ideas to try (we see you, indecisive people), mash ’em all together and take your date to OpenStreetsPGH. It’s part street festival, part fitness class, part food truck round-up, part free-for-all. And yeah, this free-for-all is free. This annual happening (three times this summer) shuts down a three-and-a-half-mile stretch between downtown and Lawrenceville, welcoming you, your date, and all of Pittsburgh to get into the streets and get moving.
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