29 Romantic Date Ideas In NJ For The Two Of You


Getting a day or night out just the two of you is a treat, but coming up with the date idea is always a toughie—do you do the usual dinner out or try something new? If you’re thinking the latter, we’ve got you covered with a bunch of out-of-the-box ideas for a day or night date, from hitting the sky in a hot air balloon to going on a sunset cruise around the bay. Scroll down for these date day and night ideas in NJ—and you can start booking that sitter now. And if you want to extend your trip, don’t miss your chance to stay in one of these luxe resorts. (featured Photo Credit: Istock/alexeys)

 29 date ideas around New Jersey

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Romance is in the air at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. Photo Credit: Renault Winery

Visit a vineyard or a brewery

Take a tour of the vines or experience a beer flight together. Whether you are team hops or team grapes, visiting a vineyard like Renault Winery or a brewery like Jersey Girl Brewery is always a fun time out. Sip a chardonnay or pinot noir, sample an IPA, or snack on a cheese plate to go with it. Some places even have special tasting events. Prefer innovative cocktails? Visit a distillery in NJ and try some new spirits.

Take a spa daycation

Unwind that stress away by taking a breather at a day spa. Lounge in the Korean baths a Deux at Island Spa & Sauna in Edison, or head to Montclair to experience Bangz Golden Ritual For Two—it includes a gold sugar scrub, scalp and foot massage, and Swedish massage. At SOJO Spa Club in Edgewater, swim in the all-weather outdoor pool with city views, or head down the shore to spend time in a Himalayan Salt Grotto at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, 

Create art together

Get inspired with a creative class that goes a step above the usual paint-and-sip date night ideas. Try your hands at pottery at Mud Clay Studio in Madison or Montclair, take a Wine and Wheel class at The Clay Pot in Spotswood, or turn wood into works of art at any of the Board & Brush studio locations throughout NJ. Whatever creative way you go, you’ll have a special something to take home as a reminder of the fun day or night you had.

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Take date night to new heights with an exhilarating hot air balloon ride.

Go up and away with a hot air balloon ride

Close your eyes and imagine that you can hear the roar of a fire and feel the breeze in your hair as you toast with champagne and take to the skies. If this sounds like a dream, make it a reality by reserving a private hot air balloon ride above the clouds. A romantic flight in a wicker basket is a beautiful way to take in the skies, and if you are lucky, you might even view a colorful sunset up close. Here are places to take a hot air balloon ride where you can fly away.

Sneak away to an adult-only resort trip

If you’re lucky enough to find someone to watch your kids and can get away for a night or two, pack up the car and head for the highway. There are fantastic hotels a short drive away where you can relax by a pool, fill your day full of activities, or hang in with room service. Perfect getaways include Crystal Springs Resort or Ocean Casino Resort. Find the perfect adults-only weekend vacay in our luxe hotel guide.

Have a little friendly competition

Test your skills and set up a friendly game of laser tag to see who can get the highest score, and or team up together and zap the competition. If you want a more vintage feel, challenge your date to some retro arcade games from Donkey Kong to Pac-Man to see who gets the high score.

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Red Bank is full of restaurants and shops that check off all boxes for date ideas in NJ. Photo Credit: Nicole Todd

Go on a day trip in a downtown

Take a trip to explore an NJ town that’s new to you. Tour the sites in historic Morristown, get an urban vibe in Hoboken, take in a performance in Red Bank, or walk among beautiful architecture in Princeton. With each town rich in culture, history, restaurants, and vibrant spaces, there’s plenty to do for a day that goes into an evening date. Historic Smithville is another spot to get in a little getaway any time of the year.

Pack a picnic for two

A romantic picnic in a park can be just the thing for those afternoon dates. Pack a picnic basket with dinner, utensils, plates, wine, and a blanket, and then find your space, whether it’s biking, hiking, or just pulling up the car to the beach. Cozy up and nibble on food while you take in the Garden State scenery and people watch throughout the park.

Unwind in Cape May

Take a Full Moon ride with the Cape May Revolution Rail Co. for a 4-mile trip along The Nature Conservatory’s Garrett Family Preserve. Or unwind among the vines at Willow Creek Winery & Farm, where the 50+ acre estate will transport you to the vineyards of France. While you are there, explore Cape May hotels and restaurants.
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What’s better than a little friendly competition at Starlux Mini Golf in Wildwood for date night ideas in NJ? Photo Credit: Kip Dawkins

Play a nighttime round of mini-golf

Who says mini-golf is just for the kids? Make it a romantic competition by playing it under the lights at one of the many mini-golf spots throughout NJ. If you’re near the shore, take a walk on the boards and end with a round by the ocean and sultry sea air. Or, if it’s a chilly evening, try an indoor mini-golf location underneath the black lights.

Cruise into the sunset

Set sail on a boat on the Atlantic or on the Hudson, and watch the sun go down. If you’re near the shore, hop on board to listen to live music on the three-hour sunset cruise on the Queen Mary. Or see a dolphin or whale on the Royal Miss Belmar. If you’re up North, take a Statue of Liberty sunset cruise aboard the City Cruises departing from Jersey City. No matter which cruise you take, this is for sure—they will all have amazing views.

Head toward the water

Did you know that New Jersey is full of waterfalls? The Garden State has smaller falls like the Speedwell Dam waterfall all the way to the second largest waterfall by volume east of the Mississippi at Paterson Great Falls. If you want to go closer to the shore, see the variety of lighthouses from Sandy Hook to Absecon. And the best part is that you can climb many of the lighthouses for fantastic views.

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Race your date to the finish line at RPM Raceway and get credit for your fun date night ideas. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Rev your engines

For a truly racy take on a date, spend time on the go-kart tracks. Take twists and turns at the multi-level track at RPM Raceway. which has over 3,000 square feet of mega track. RPM also has bowling, virtual reality, and arcade games. Or start your engines at the largest indoor racetrack in the world in Edison at Supercharged Entertainment, complete with indoor karting, a gaming arcade, axe throwing, a drop and twist tower and virtual reality.  

Bowl over your date

There’s nothing like a fun round of bowling to bring out some friendly competition. Lace-up those bowling shoes and get ready to get a strike. Head over to Pinstripes in Paramus, where you can bowl, try some bocce, or dine at the bistro. They can even serve you food and drinks while you bowl.

Fly to new heights

If you are looking for an out-of-the-box idea, why not try iFly Indoor Skydiving? Take flight in a state-of-the-art wind tunnel whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, iFly in Edison is one of those unique date night ideas in NJ.
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Put a show at Ocean Casino Resort on your date night ideas checklist. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Show it up

See a live show at Ocean Casino Resort, a hotel, concert venue, restaurants, and spa all in one place. Or head to NJPAC to see a variety of shows, from jazz music to dance to comedians, for a fun night out. The Prudential Center in Newark also hosts a variety of sports events and live shows, from the New Jersey Devils to live concerts.

Get active together

Find a theme night to skate to your favorite tunes at a roller skating rink in New Jersey (80s night, anyone?) Or, if you want to change your point of view, take a ride down a zipline or see the world from a different angle while rock climbing. Or do your best Dancing With The Stars routines practicing at the Ballroom Dance of NJ or Dance Haddonfield.
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The swan boats in Asbury Park are a nice way to take in some water views. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Head to a town with a rock-and-roll past 

Asbury Park is where Bruce Springsteen made his name, but it’s become a shore hotspot with an eclectic vibe. From peddling a swan boat on the lake to walking on the iconic boardwalk, playing games at the arcade, and riding an electric scooter downtown, you can find plenty for the two of you to do. End the night at one of the gourmet restaurants and an impromptu concert at the Stone Pony (you never know what rock legend might show up). 

Live in luxury

If you are looking to do something lavish with the setup coming to a backyard or beach near you, why not indulge in a luxury picnic? Sit on pillows and blankets while sampling a charcuterie board full of goodies, and all you have to do is sit back and relax. 

Drive-into a date night

Visit a true drive-in theater that will make you feel like you drove back in time. The Delsea Drive-in Movie Theatre originally opened in 1949, and it plays modern movies today. Make it dinner and a movie, with an onsite restaurant delivering yummy treats and snacks (gluten-free options too) to your car, and during the season, they are open every week for date night fun.


Take a spin on the Dream Wheel at American Dream. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Have your dream date

How are these date night ideas? See unparalleled views of the New York City skyline from the American Dream Wheel. Or have modern Italian cuisine with entrees like Linguine Vongole or Veal Scaloppine Milanese at Carpaccio. And, of course, you won’t want to miss shopping in this 3 million-square-foot entertainment complex at American Dream.

Learn together 

Visit a zoo and see the animals or opt for the aquarium if you are feeling aquatic. And who needs a big city when you can take time to visit one of the NJ museums offering world-class art, history, and science to see the world from a different perspective? An art museum that combines history and community, like The Newark Museum of Art, is always a good idea.

Look for amusement

There is no shortage of amusement parks in New Jersey, and the best part is that many are open beyond the summer months. Ride the Ferris wheel with your love, or get your adrenaline pumping on a crazy roller coaster. New Jersey has outdoor amusement parks like Six Flags Great Adventure or boardwalk favorites like Morey’s Piers. 

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In the spring, date ideas in NJ, like Holland Ridge Farms, are the perfect places to visit. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

See the pretty flowers

Walk among the tulips at Holland Ridge Farms or daffodils at Reeves-Reed. Or see lilacs, cherry blossoms or peonies when the spring flowers bloom. Or if nature centers are your thing, Garden and Nature Centers are scattered all over New Jersey, like Deep Cut Gardens in Holmdel, or head out to Pennsylvania to see Longwood Gardens any time of the year. Grounds for Sculpture is another can’t-miss spot where the landscaping and art combine to create the perfect day-date location.

Brunch as a couple

Spend the morning sleeping in (if you are lucky), and then head out to a brunch spot in NJ. From champagne brunch options to cozy cafes, there is no shortage of spots to indulge in breakfast and lunch delights. From Faubourg in Montclair to Kelsey’s in Atlantic City, there is something for every palate.

Pick lavender and pet alpacas

If you are looking for a lazy way to spend an afternoon, visit a lavender farm to pick some aromatic flowers. The best part is that many of these locations have gift shops where you can find everything from lavender lotion to body scrubs. You can also cozy up with some alpacas and interact with these gentle creatures for the afternoon. Many alpaca farms also have gift shops full of alpaca goodies like sweaters, hats, and socks.
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Cross over the bridge to explore The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for a date night idea. Photo Credit: NJ MOM

Go to the city

We are lucky in New Jersey to have not one but two cities close enough to spend the day or overnight at. New York is full of touristy and trendy activities from simple to unique. Or head south to Philadelphia and see the historical to the headline worthy spots. You also won’t want to miss unique things to do in New York, like Edge NYC, and unique activities like Elfreth’s Alley in Philly. The Franklin Institute is also a great idea to see an upcoming exhibit or to sit back and relax in the planetarium.

Head east

There’s nothing like watching the sunset ride over the ocean in the morning—start your day at an NJ beach any time of the year. As it heats up. there are free beaches that you can visit. like The Wildwoods and Cape May Point State Park. And while you are at the shore, the boardwalks are a must-visit spot for some food, sweet desserts or test your luck at the arcade games. If you are looking for adventurous date ideas in NJ, take a whale-watching tour and make some memories you’ll never forget.

Paddle and parasail

For more unusual date ideas in NJ, you won’t want to miss a chance to get out on the water. From paddleboarding on the Hudson River to SUP in the shore towns, it’s a fun way to learn a new skill and try a new watersport. Kayaking and canoeing are classic ideas for getting out on the water for a fun afternoon. Want more excitement? Fly above the clouds with some parasailing and see the ocean from a new view.

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About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.