Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do especially in a smaller city like Ottawa but there's so much going on that make great Ottawa date ideas for you and your partner. This list has got the newest and best Ottawa date spots and even some old favorites. Impress your date by reading this list and discovering some new places to try and fun things to do in this beautiful city.
It's no surprise that Ottawa's most popular date ideas are exploring their many museums, galleries, and historical landmarks. Ottawa is a city that is rich in history and it also helps that so many of their historical landmarks are surrounded by beautiful gardens and green parks. Parliament Hill is a great spot for some of the best Ottawa date ideas because there's always something going on. Whether it's the Sound and Light show, which is absolutely free and bilingual and involves watching images projected onto the side of the Parliament buildings, or telling each other a secret message at Ottawa's famous whispering wall, Ottawa's historical landmarks are one of the best fun and easy date ideas out there.
If you haven't seen it yet, the changing of the guard happens in the summer every day at 10 am on Parliament Hill and is a pretty neat thing to see when you're exploring Canada's parliament. You can also explore some of Ottawa's architectural gems and historical buildings during Doors Open which takes place over two days in early June where you can get access to some of Ottawa's famous historical buildings for free. It's a great idea for couples who enjoy walking and exploring their home city and getting a sneak peek into some famous architecture and buildings. Ottawa has a great selection of museums that have special discounts and pop-up exhibits which means that there's always something new to see.
For no pressure Ottawa date ideas, the National Gallery of Canada has the largest comprehensive collection of Canadian art with a special exhibit of Inuit Art which is a great idea for artists and creative types. Plus, the gallery has free admission on Thursdays between 5-8pm. Are you on a budget? The Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, and Canada Science and Technology Museum have free admission every day between 4-5pm. If you love science and want something more modern, The Canada Science and Technology Museum is very interactive and you'll get a chance to pull levers, push buttons, and learn about marine and land transportation, communications technology, space exploration, and computer technology. It's a great chance to see some of the history of Canada and its influence in the world but also to learn something new together.
If you're not sure what to do, why not try exploring some of Ottawa's neighborhoods? ByWard Market is a historic district with tons of trendy food and shopping available. The shops are eclectic local boutiques, as well as an outdoor market that has fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, and work from local artists. It's got a great vibe and some great Ottawa date spots to check out if you're a fan of cycling as the neighborhood is cyclist-friendly. All of Ottawa is LGBT+-friendly and inclusive but The Village on Bank Street is the city's gay-friendly neighborhood. It's a great place for great LGBT+ bars and clubs with a bustling nightlife scene with many gay-owned and gay-operated businesses. The bars, restaurants, and boutiques are local and visiting this district supports the community and one of Ottawa's friendliest neighborhoods.
The perfect neighborhood for young 20-30 somethings and students is The Glebe. Its location, near Carleton University, makes it a trendy hangout spot. The streets are filled with color from the street art on the sides of buildings and also the people and buildings. It's home to Mayfair Theatre, a historic building that still shows movies including a monthly showing of The Room, and a watching a terrible movie together is one of the best date ideas to have. You can also check out some of the local eats, like Kettleman's, or any of the shops as well. There's always something new to see and discover at The Glebe. It's also home to the largest garage sale in Canada, the Great Glebe Garage Sale which is one of the neatest Ottawa date ideas where you can score some great deals and fun items for your home.
Movie dates are popular Ottawa date ideas and there's tons of small cinemas to watch classic and independent movies including bilingual ones as well. If you're looking for a different take on a typical movie date, Cineplex Landsdowne's theatres have plush and reclining seats, a full bar and dinner menu which is delivered to your seat by servers. It's a great place to watch a summer blockbuster or just indulge on date night. If you're looking for a classic outdoor movie theatre, look no further than Centretown movies. Admission is pay-what-you-can but get there quick because there's no reserved seating but with a chance to view movies under the night sky in Dundonald Park, it's a small price to pay. If movies aren't your favorite thing, bowling dates have gotten more popular especially Walkley Bowling Centre's Rock 'n Bowl. It's the place to find glow-in-the-dark bowling and it also has a fully-licensed bar so you can grab a drink while you bowl.
Typically date nights are Thursdays-Saturdays, but Ottawa has tons to do on Sunday afternoons and you can even save a few bucks too. Rock 'n Bowl runs on Thursday-Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons. Many of Ottawa's museums and art galleries have free admission on Thursdays and most local bars and restaurants are going to be pretty empty on a Thursday night making it a great place for an intimate date with your significant other. If you're looking to book a class or make a reservation, weekdays are your best bet because they're going to be less busy so if you don't mind being a little tired at work at the next day; it's a great time to go out. If not, Fridays and Saturdays are great options for date nights and there are tons to do all around the city.
If you're going to be dating in Ottawa, chances are that you'll be doing a lot of walking around and there are plenty of small neighborhoods and districts where you can enjoy yourselves. But if you want to see the best Ottawa date spots then InstantHookups has got you covered. If you're interested in some awesome date ideas and some more information on some favorites, check out our list below.
If these aren't quite cutting it, you can always check InstantHookups for more different date spots or maybe even create your own perfect date by combining some of the places we've suggested. There's also plenty of events and festivals that are excellent Ottawa Date Spots or make your own scavenger hunt and see some of Ottawa's street art, old businesses, and interesting architecture. Whatever you choose, you're sure to have a good time.
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