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​20 Unique Date Ideas in Memphis

Whether you’re planning an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, a special celebratory occasion with your special someone or a romantic getaway, these Memphis date ideas are sure to be a great time. 

Pink Palace

Stargaze at the Planetarium

Explore the galaxy with your sweetheart at the AutoZone Dome at The Sharpe Planetarium, which has the Mid-South’s largest projection screen. The spectacular, state-of-the-art, full-dome digital experience will transport you and your beloved to the farthest reaches of the known universe. When you’re finished stargazing, you can gaze into each other’s eyes over a romantic dinner at Char, a nearby fine dining spot.

The Farmer. Photo Credit: Phillip Van Zandt

Overton Square

Get Playful in the Square

Head to the Overton Square Entertainment District for a game of cornhole in the courtyard. After satisfying your sweetie with savory slices from Memphis Pizza Cafe, indulge in some nostalgic treats at Sweet Noshings candy shop, then share some sugar while you explore the Square’s vibrant murals and cool art installations. End your date with an epic romantic duet performance at the Zebra Lounge Piano Bar.

Overton Square. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

Dixon Gardens

Stroll the Gardens

Pack a picnic lunch and head to the The Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Take a leisurely stroll through the exquisitely manicured formal gardens, featuring ornate fountains and sculptures, and explore the dogwoods and wildflowers of the woodland garden. Enjoy your picnic lunch in one of the gardens’ romantic open vistas before heading indoors to tour the beautifully curated art galleries, whose permanent collection includes paintings by the French Impressionists.  

Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Photo Credit: Alex Shansky 

Uncle Buck's Fishbowl

Bowl and Win Everything

Enjoy a bit of friendly competition with a game of bowling at the underwater-themed Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill, located inside Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid. Then ride the world’s tallest freestanding elevator to The Lookout At The Pyramid, a restaurant and bar whose upscale Southern food and incredible 360-degree views of Memphis are sure to wow your date.

Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl at the Pyramid. Photo Credit: Bass Pro 

Huey's

Win the Race

Rev up your engines with a race around the go-kart track at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. After crossing the finish line, head over to Huey’s in Cordova for casual burgers, cold beer and hot blue tunes.

Burgers at Huey's. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

The Orpheum

Get Dramatic

Spend an enchanted evening at The Orpheum, a grand and gilded 1920’s movie palace with Broadway hits and world-class theatrical productions like “Fiddler on the Roof” (March 2019) and “Hamilton" (July 2019). Then enjoy some dramatic dining at The Majestic Grille, a former movie theater turned casual-elegant restaurant where silent films play in the background.

Orpheum Theatre. Photo Credit: Phillip Van Zandt

Memphis Grizzlies playing at FedExForum. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

Cheer on the Hometeam

You and your honey can don your matching Grizz gear while cheering on the city’s pro basketball team at FedEx Forum. If you’re more of a baseball or soccer fan, you lovebirds can root for the Memphis Redbirds or Memphis 901 FC, both of which play at AutoZone Park. All games are just a short walking distance from hidden hotspot Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, where you can impress your date by treating them to the world’s most mouth-watering dry-rubbed ribs.

Memphis Grizzlies. Photo Credit: Joe Murphey/NBAE/Getty Images

River boat at Beale Street Landing

Cruise Along the River at Night

Share a brief romantic getaway by taking a dinner cruise along the Mighty Mississippi with Memphis Riverboats, which includes a Memphis-style barbecue buffet, a cash bar, and dancing to blues and jazz from the live house band.  After dinner, keep the night going with wine tastings at Downtown’s Flight Wine Bar.

Riverboat at Beale Street Landing | Jimmy Ogle 

Shelby Farms

Get Physical at Shelby Farms

Canoe on the lake or ride horses on the forest trails at beautiful Shelby Farms, one of the nation’s largest urban parks. If you really want to show off your stamina, Go Ape offers ziplining, Tarzan swings and suspended obstacles under the enchanting forest canopy. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by Hyde Lake, and be sure to stop by and see the park’s own herd of buffalo.

Go Ape at Shelby Farms. Photo Credit: Allen Gillespie 

Beale Street

Dance the Night Away Downtown

Let loose with a night of dancing. Stroll down world-famous, neon-lit Beale Street and pop into whichever music venue makes you want to groove. Then take the trolley down to Earnestine & Hazel’s, a juke joint with a storied past, greasy “soul burgers” hot off the grill, and one of the best jukeboxes this side of the Mississippi -- just in case you’re up for some more dancing.

Beale Street. Photo Credit: Joshua Brown

Broad Avenue Arts District

Get a Broader View

Explore the boutique shops and art galleries of the Broad Avenue Arts District. Dine on tasty Japanese-inspired dishes at Lucky Cat Ramen, then head to The Cove, a retro nautical-themed bar, for oysters and cocktails. End your night playing vintage arcade games and pinball at the Rec Room.

Broad Avenue Arts District. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

Stax

Make Soul Connections

Bring the one who makes your heart sing to the STAX Museum of American Soul Music, where you can check out Isaac Hayes’ superfly custom-made Cadillac Eldorado and dance along to vintage Soul train episodes playing on screen at the museum’s dance floor. Then replenish your body and soul with classic Southern dishes like fried green tomatoes and catfish sandwiches at the Four Way, a soul food restaurant that’s been feeding locals since 1946.

 

Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Photo Credit: Alex Shansky

Crosstown Concourse

Cross Paths

Take your worldly love to the Crosstown Concourse, the former Sears warehouse that’s been converted into a eclectic, vibrant, mixed-use, vertical urban village. Dine at the Global Cafe, an international food hall where you can taste delicious cuisines from Syria, Nepal and Sudan. Explore the changing exhibits of the art galleries and pop into the Art Bar for a craft cocktail. 

Crosstown Concourse. Photo Credit: Phillip Van Zandt

Botanic Gardens

Grow Better Together

A trip to Memphis Botanic Garden makes for the perfect afternoon date. Explore the 28 specialty gardens together. Then snap a together-shot on the Japanese Garden Bridge, one of the most-photographed sites in the city. Then head over to Acre Restaurant for delectable modern- American cuisine paired with the perfect wine.  

Memphis Botanic Gardens. Photo Credit: Allen Gillespie

Big River Crossing

Meet On the Mississippi

Pack your own lunch or grab-and--go from Central BBQ for an al fresco picnic at Martyrs’ Park on the riverfront. Afterwards, stroll along Big River Crossing, the pedestrian bridge portion of the Harahan Bridge that connects Tennessee to Arkansas and offers spectacular views of the Mighty Mississippi River.

Big River Crossing. Photo Credit: Craig Thompson 

Bar DKDC

Be Cooper-Young Cool

For a late-night date, start off with awesome local music and cool specialty cocktails at Bar DKDC in the city’s hip Cooper-Young District. Then cross the road to Sweet Grass for elegant dishes made from local and seasonal ingredients.

 

Marcella and Her Lovers at Bar DKDC. Photo Credit: Craig Thompson 

Mollie Fontaine's Lounge

Delve Into History

If your beloved loves history, head to Victorian Village for a tour of the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, a beautiful 1800’s French Victorian mansion filled with beautiful things and intriguing stories. Then take your sugar bear for cocktails at Mollie Fontaine Lounge, an antiques-filled Victorian lounge that serves up tapas and cocktails with a side of great live music.

 

Memphis Botanic Garden. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

The Arcade Restaurant

Escape Together

Solve a mystery together at Escape Room in Downtown Memphis. Then refuel with your love at The Arcade, Memphis’ oldest cafe, chock full of nostalgia from all the movies filmed on site, and share one of the tastiest milkshakes in town.

The Arcade Restaurant | Craig Thompson ​

Circuit Playhouse

Enjoy the Show

If a love of theater has brought you together, the Overton Square theater district will bring you even closer. Take your date to a show at Hattiloo, the city’s black repertory theater, or to a production at Playhouse on the Square, with its own resident company of professional actors. For more avant-garde productions, spend an evening at TheatreWorks Memphis. End the night at Bari Ristorante, a romantic, sophisticated Italian spot specializing in Southeastern Italian cuisine. Buon appetito!
 
Circuit Playhouse Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker 

Ballet Memphis

Bond At the Ballet

Admire beautiful dancing and outstanding production from the talented folks of Ballet Memphis at their architecturally beautiful homebase, woven into the fabric of Overton Square. You don’t have to leave the building to enjoy healthy bowls, pitas and other dishes with your date at Mama Gaia Restaurant, Cafe & Bar.

Ballet Memphis Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker​

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