When you get to the Waterfront, make sure to take a boat tour of the bay and get out onto the water and or try one of the dinner cruises for a romantic boat ride. It's especially beautiful at sunset. The waterfront also hosts some Halifax's best festivals like the Busker Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival and the Seaport Farmer's Market where there's a chance to get some fresh and local produce and craftworks from Halifax locals. This is the perfect place to explore if you're looking for an artsy and creative date that pays homage to Halifax's history. Watch masters at work and pick up a souvenir yourself at Nova Scotian Crystal which is a glass blowing studio, gallery, and boutique.
If you live in Halifax and you haven't thought up some outdoor date ideas, then you're missing out on some of the best that the city has to offer. A quick drive away from the city are some popular beaches that are especially beautiful in the summertime. The Emera Oval is open year-round and offers free public ice skating in the winter as well as free biking, roller blading, and roller skating. They also offer regular skating and speed skating lessons if you want to get more competitive. Plus they have free helmets and skates available so you don't have to buy your own just for one date. Halifax's Public Gardens is the shining jewel for classic picnic dates and this Victorian Garden is 17-acres of exotic, semi-tropical, trees, shrubs, statues, and fountains. They even have a tea room if you want to take a break from all the walking and get out of the sun. It's one of the more romantic date spots in Halifax.
Day trips can be a great date option for native Halifaxers and Halifax has some great little towns nearby especially Dartmouth which has a cultural and performing arts center and outdoor event plaza for live performances and bands. They also have a weekend farmer's market for the ultimate staycation, shops, marina and Harbourside Park in Alderney Landing. Directly across from Halifax is Dartmouth, a historical town with a rich natural landscape. It's ideal for a picnic and the harbor has lots of cute shops and quaint restaurants with fresh and local ingredients available. It's just a 12-minute ferry ride to this 1700s historic town and it's definitely well worth the trip.
Best Time to Go Out
An ideal time to go out is Wednesdays-Saturdays. The Halifax Planetarium hosts their evenings on Thursdays and they're not the only place in the city that does weekday date night activities with the best time being after 6 pm. Hump Day is a great time to go out on a date because many of Halifax's bars and restaurants have specials on this day to help beat the mid-week slump. If you want to enjoy the parks, the best time to go is on a Sunday morning when most people are having lazy Sundays and staying at home. When it comes to day trips to Dartmouth, Friday afternoons are open and free and you don't have to worry about getting home early since the weekend starts the next day.