Top 5 Date Nights in Fort Collins

While there isn’t a shortage of date ideas and adventures available in Fort Collins, there are a few options that are incredible no matter the season. Whether you’re looking to stay warm on a chilly winter morning or seeking out the sun on a summer evening, we have you covered with these top five picks.

By: Visit Fort Collins
Updated: February 28, 2024

1. Escapade at The Exchange

Enjoy hours of fun at The Exchange in Old Town Fort Collins, an outdoor collective space featuring a variety of indoor restaurants, outdoor patios and more. This location boasts countless things to do all on one block. Grab a rooftop glass of wine from Blanchard Family Wines. Kick back in an Adirondack chair on the turf. For a sampling of everything, we suggest starting with tacos at Vatos Tacos & Tequila, followed by a scoop of ice cream from Old Town Churn and a game of mini-golf at Old Town Putt

2. Hike or Snowshoe in Lory State Park

Lory State Park is just a 25-minute drive from downtown Fort Collins. In the spring and summer, you can hike through the greenery and wildflowers to witness a breathtaking view of Horsetooth Reservoir and the city. Autumn brings rapid-changing foliage to please the eye and crunch underfoot. Come winter, there are areas in the park available for snowshoeing in the snowy wilderness. No matter what season you plan to explore in, ensure that you have a Colorado State Parks pass and check trail conditions before planning your excursion. Adhere to trail etiquette by packing out what you pack in and respecting the wildlife.

3. Speakeasy

If you feel like dressing up and being whisked away to a speakeasy, Ace Gillett’s is calling. This underground lounge is located below the Armstrong Hotel off College Avenue in Old Town Fort Collins. With delectable bites, perfectly poured drinks from the full-service bar and live performers to set the ambiance, you can forget the worries of the world and be transported to a different time in the heart of Fort Collins. Might we recommend ordering the ambassador cocktail and a round of crab cakes?

4. Arcade Adventures

Speaking of subterranean fun, check out Pinball Jones in Old Town Square. Filled with more than 30 pinball machines and nearly 20 arcade games, this well-maintained local hot spot features blast-from-the-past excitement, $5 free-play Mondays, 21+ Fridays and Saturdays evenings, and a lively bar pouring local craft drafts. They’re open seven days a week. Don’t miss the beckoning sign near the corner of College Ave and Mountain Ave, with a staircase leading to the underground location. Compete over a round of skee-ball, show off your pinball skills and improve your teamwork on a multi-player arcade game.

5. Spa Day

There’s nothing like walking into a tranquil spa and exhaling your worries away alongside your sweetheart. Book a couples massage and feel the stress melt off your muscles. The options for high-quality spas in Fort Collins are endless. We highly recommend Amara Massage Therapy & Wellness, Sanctuary Wellness Spa and Recovery Studio + Spa

The City Is Your Oyster

The options for date ideas in Fort Collins don’t end here! Follow @nocodatenights on Instagram to stay in the know of weekly date suggestions and exciting events happening in Northern Colorado.

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