When you’re planning a trip with your significant other, incorporating romance into your itinerary is challenging when you’re visiting somewhere you’ve never been before. Instead of panicking over which restaurants are best and what attractions are most affordable, focus on your partner’s preferred activities and interests. Once you have an idea of what they would like to do during their vacation, it becomes easier to plan out each day while keeping a few romantic options in mind. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to the most romantic things to do in Denver that will be memorable for both you and your partner.
Create Your Own Secret Garden
Visiting the Denver Botanic Garden is a must, especially when you’re seeking romantic activities to enjoy with the person you love. Set aside an entire day for you and your sweetheart and enjoy the beauty of this picturesque location. Sprawled across 23 acres, this space combines themed gardens with art collections and natural history exhibits. Whether your partner is interested in nature, history, or culture, they’ll be overjoyed at the prospect of spending the day exploring everything the garden has to offer.
Plan a trip to visit Denver during the summer months, as the Botanic Garden holds live concerts in the warm evening hours. Schedules are posted in advance, so be sure to check the list of upcoming performers and book your vacation around a concert you and your significant other will enjoy. After you’ve determined which concert you plan to attend, the rest of the day falls neatly into place. Pack a picnic lunch with local sandwiches and desserts and head to the Botanic Garden for a day of romantic adventure. Spend time looking at the hundreds of plant species found in the gardens before making your way through the changing art collections and science exhibits. You’ll feel enthusiastic and intellectual as you learn more about the world around you, and the experience gives you plenty to talk about when the two of you sit down to your lunch in the park.
After enjoying your picnic and the fresh air and warm Denver sunshine, tuck yourself away into one of the tranquil spots hidden throughout the Botanic Garden for extended conversation time. This will allow you to check in with your partner and enjoy some peace and quiet before the concert begins later in the evening. Be sure to pack a light sweater for the cooler temperatures that accompany nighttime concerts. There’s nothing quite as romantic as bundling up with your loved one while enjoying some music under the bright stars overhead!
The Classic Date … with a Twist
You may have spent the better part of your flights to Denver talking about all kinds of romantic date ideas for the two of you. Dinner and a movie have been the classic date combination for decades, and usually within good reason. The pairing of entertainment and cuisine allows for conversation and contemplation as you’ll have time to yourself to review the events of the night during the movie portion of the evening. To change things up a bit when you’re in Denver, treat your significant other to a night out in the Denver Theatre District. The possibilities are endless, as the two of you can purchase tickets to a Broadway show, the ballet, or the symphony, depending on your preferences. Buy your show tickets in advance to ensure you get the best seats possible and to ease the burden of figuring things out on a whim. Each theater is conveniently located within the span of 16 blocks, so you’ll head to the same area regardless of which show you choose to see.
Located in the Denver Theatre District are the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, the Denver Center for Performing Arts, and the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to the Colorado ballet, which is renowned for its elegant performances. Before the show starts, book a reservation at the popular Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar situated across from the Theatre District. Corner Office offers a range of food and beverage options, including delectable desserts and cappuccinos for something sweet at the end of your meal. As a romantic bonus: Sticky notes are provided for guests to leave love notes on the bathroom walls. Come up with a few ideas with your partner to commemorate your trip.
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It Takes Two to Tango
Spice up your Friday night with tango classes at Mercury Café. Accommodating of beginners and trained dancers, these classes begin around 7 p.m. and go on for several hours. Bring comfortable clothes and your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening of romance with your partner. The experience is unique, and it will allow the two of you to connect with one another while learning something new. If you really enjoy your tango lessons, look for a local dance studio back home where you can continue classes once you’ve returned from your trip to Denver.
Following the tango classes, Mercury Café holds tango performances from local professionals between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. After your lesson has finished, pick a table and order yourselves some dinner before the performances begin. Refuel and settle in with your sweetheart while you take in the exciting atmosphere.
One of the easiest romantic date ideas to plan during your time in Denver is a night out at Denver’s historic Chamberlin Observatory. The observatory offers public nights throughout the year that are posted via electronic schedule, which makes it easy for you to determine the day you want to attend. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the observatory offers informative multi-media astronomy presentations for visitors to enjoy. Following the conclusion of the presentations, visitors are treated to telescopic viewings of the moon, stars, and infinite galaxies. Perfect for those who are planning on a budget, admittance to the Chamberlin Observatory only costs $4 per person.
If you happen to have bad luck and the sky is cloudy during your visit, the observatory proceeds with scheduled presentations accompanied by a tour of the observatory in lieu of star gazing. Either way, you and your partner will love the experience of sitting in the darkened theater while you learn about the cosmos.
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