It’s easy to let the beauty of spring slip away. The smell of budding trees and flowers is amazing, but it doesn’t last forever. This spring, take advantage of the sunny Colorado weather and get out with your significant other. Between picnics, spring hikes and Rockies Games, the options for fun dates are endless. If you’re not feeling creative, sit back, relax and read this list of some possible spring dates to check out with your sweetheart.

Go on an Art Walk

When: First Fridays of every month, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: All seven art districts — RiNo, Santa Fe, Golden Triangle, Tennyson Street, Arts on Belmar, South Pearl and 40 West

The Lowdown: On the First Friday of every month, many galleries in Denver open their doors to the public. There are many events to attend on a date night, including art openings, live music and even sometime free cheese and wine. Standard hours are 6 – 9 p.m. but they vary depending on the place

READ: The Definitive Guide to Denver Art Galleries

Get the Most Out of One of Denver’s Patios

Photo courtesy of Avanti

Get friendly

Where:  The Populist, 3163 Larimer St., Denver

The Lowdown: The Populist emphasizes the idea of community. They have community tables outside surrounded by gorgeous green foliage and adorable hanging lights. This is where you want to go if you’re looking for a friendly environment.

Enjoy your choice of outdoor seating

WhereLinger, 2030 W. 30th Ave., Denver

The Lowdown: Linger has a great view of Denver and a wide variety of seating. Their rooftop is really fun, but if you’re feeling like sitting inside there are tons of windows to give you the feeling of being outside.

Get fancy

Where: Izakaya Den, 1487A S. Pearl St., Denver 

The Lowdown: This is a higher end restaurant, making it great for an anniversary. The overall ambiance is great and the restaurant is filled with modern decorations. Their patio will allow you the one-on-one time you need with your significant other.

Check out the views

Where: Avanti Food and Beverage, 3200 N. Pecos St., Denver

The Lowdown: Check out their covered seating where you can sit on a bench with cozy cushions in their lounge or head to the rooftop deck. There are plenty of seating options here and no matter where you sit you’re going to get an incredible view of the city.

Go for a Bike Ride

Cherry Creek Bike Path. Photo by Roman Tafoya

Where: Cherry Creek Path

The Lowdown: The Cherry Creek Path travels from Downtown Denver and past the Cherry Creek Reservoir. It ends all the way in Castle Rock. This gives you 42 miles of a path to explore on a fun spring date. For a fun twist, rent a tandem bicycle for the day and really see how the partnership is working out.

READ: The Essential Bike Route of Denver’s Parks

Go for a Walk

Alamo Placita Park. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

For the laid-back

Where: Alamo Placita Park, E. 3rd Ave., Denver

The Lowdown: This park is filled with vibrant flowers every spring. A walk through this well-designed park will be romantic and a perfect way to enjoy the warm weather.

For the Dog-Friendly

Where: Stapleton Off-Leash Dog Park, 2002 Spruce St., Denver

The Lowdown: If you two are dog lovers, bring your dog to Stapleton Dog Park or one of the other dog parks in Denver. Then, maybe your dog can enjoy a “date” just like you.

READ: 19 Secret Parks in and Around Denver You Must Check Out

Go for a Picnic

Photo by Caitlin Plante

For the classic tastes

Where: Cheesman Park

The Lowdown: Located in central Denver, Cheesman Park has tons of open space to lay out a blanket and set up a romantic picnic. Grab some local food from the Farmers’ Market (see below) and then head over to the park for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.

For the adventurous tastes

Where: Washington Park

The Lowdown: This beautiful park encompasses two lakes, two flower gardens and tons of open grass to set up a picnic. After eating, toss around a frisbee or simply explore the beauty within Wash Park.

Go to a Sporting Event

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Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rockies on Facebook

WhereCoors Field, 2001 Blake St, Denver

The Lowdown: It’s baseball season! You can’t call yourself a Denverite until you go to a Rockies Game. Whether you love baseball or not, the tickets are cheap and it’s a fun date. Plus Coors Field is a cool stadium that every Coloradan needs to check out at some point. Have you sat in the purple row of seats?

Check out a Local Farmer’s Market

Union Station Farmer’s Market. Photo courtesy of Union Station Farmer’s Market on Facebook.

Where: Cherry Creek

The Lowdown: Open May 5, the Cherry Creek Farmers’ Market will feature tons of local goods. Even if you don’t buy anything, looking at (and sampling) the products is always interesting.

READ: Union Station Farmers Market is Opening Early This Year

Where: Union Station 

The Lowdown: Running May 12 to October 20 this year, the market at Union Station serves as a central Denver location to find local and fresh produce. Plus, you can stop by one of Union Station’s bars after perusing for a drink. 

Eat at a Food Truck

Photo by Aless Amescua

WhereHey PB & J

The Lowdown: Hey PB&J features a wide variety of grilled, gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You can get a sweet, savory or spicy PB&J — like the Blackberry-Jalapeño or the Nutella Banana. This is definitely a unique food truck to check out on your date.

READ: What to Try at Civic Center Eats, According to Food Truck Owners

WhereMile High City Sliders

The Lowdown: At Mile High City Sliders, you can pick your choice from their selection of cheeseburger, specialty or vegetarian slidersWith a motto like “anything slider size” you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to make up your mind about which option to choose.

Go to an Outdoor Concert

Red Rocks. Photo by Ryan Good.

Get on a party bus for:

WhereRed Rocks, 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison

The Lowdown: Red Rocks is a concert venue you definitely want to cross off your bucket list. As one of Colorado’s most famous music venues, there are tons of shows coming up this spring for you to check out.

READ: Staff Picks – Our 27 Most Anticipated Red Rocks Shows of 2018

Stay close to home for

WhereFiddler’s Green, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Englewood

The Lowdown: Cuddle up in the giant field of Fiddler’s Green while watching one of many spring concerts. You can bring a blanket and sit or stand on the grass portion of the venue for the ultimate spring concert experience.

See music for free at

Where: The Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave., Denver

The Lowdown:  Ok, so these shows start in June, but since they begin before the Summer Solstice, we figured it belonged on this list. The Levitt Pavilion believes in supporting their local artists, so this is your opportunity to see some Denver-based musicians play. Still, there will be concerts featuring regional, national and international acts.

READ: Levitt Pavilion Just Announced 50 Free Summer Concerts

Go on a Spring Hike

Photo Courtesy of dayhikesneardenver.com

There are plenty of locations for spring hikes in the Front Range, but some of our top picks are below:

Sunset Loop at White Ranch Park: About 45 minutes from Denver, Sunset Loop is a two-mile trail. This trail is a loop and is moderate in difficulty. 
Mount Sanitas: Located in Boulder, this is a trail that can either be two miles or a little more than three (3.1 to be exact). It is also a loop, and it can range from easy to medium depending on what you’re in the mood for. 
South Valley Park Trail: Located in Littleton, this trail covers two miles and is good for all skill levels. At South Valley Park, you can choose an out-and-back hike or a loop. 
Red Rocks Trail: A 5.8 mile trail in Boulder, Red Rocks trail is a moderate hike. It’s also out-and-back.

Search for Spring Wildflowers

Rocky Mountain National Park via Facebook

Just like with spring hikes, there are plenty of locations to search for spring wildflowers near Denver. But some that are tried and true are listed below:

Gem Lake: Located in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Gem Lake is about three miles. It is an out-and-back type hike and is moderate. Keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant Blanket Flower. 
Chautauqua: This hike is in Boulder and is a little over a mile long. Good for all skill levels, Chautauqua is out-and-back. 
Big Bluestem Trail: About four and a half miles in length, Big Bluestem Trail is located in Boulder. Its style is loop and it is good for all skill levels. 
Deer Creek Canyon: Located in Littleton, this hike is 2.7 miles. It is easy in difficulty and is a loop style hike.

Go to a Drive-In Movie

88 Drive-In Theatre via Facebook.

Where88 Drive-In Theatre, 8780 Rosemary St., Commerce City

The Lowdown: Get ready to get really cozy at this adorable drive-in movie theater. This has the benefit of going out while staying intimate with your date. All you have to do is have a working FM in your car which they stream the audio onto. You have the option to sit in your car or in the trunk. If you have a truck, you can bring lawn chairs and set them up in the bed, but you must keep them out of the aisles. Whatever you do, be sure to bring a blanket to get cuddly with your date.

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Go Stargazing

Stars as seen at Echo Lake. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

If you haven’t been stargazing in Colorado yet, go now and thank us later. Plus, with a date by your side, staring into the great night abyss might feel a little less overwhelming. We suggest holding hands or wrapping yourselves in one sleeping bag or blanket, for ultimate closeness. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your search:

Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Just a 45-minute drive from Denver, check out the insane views from Panoramic Point Scenic Overlook or Aspen Meadows.
Echo Lake: Located near Mt. Evans, this lake is tucked away with gorgeous, open views of the sky.
Berthoud Pass: This is located between Clear Creek Canyon to the upper valley of the Fraser River. The open sky makes for the perfect stargazing spot.

READ: A Mapped Guide on Where to Find the Best Stargazing in Colorado

Visit the Botanic Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens on Facebook

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street, 1007 York St., Denver

The Lowdown: The York Street Botanic Gardens have plants from all over the world. Spring is the best time to soak in the blooming flowers, so what better place to admire them than the Botanic Gardens?

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens on Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton

The Lowdown: This is a plant refuge and working farm, located in southern Jefferson County along the banks of Deer Creek. If you want to see Botanic Gardens and are looking to make a trip out of it, this is your perfect date.

Go Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Photo courtesy of Colorado SUP Sports Facebook Page

Where: Sloan’s Lake 

The Lowdown: Every other Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Sunset Paddle gives you the option to watch the sunset while stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Bring your date to Sloan’s Lake for a romantic date while watching as Denver’s skyline lights up the lake and the sky.

READ: 11 Places to SUP Within an Hour Drive of Denver

Go to a Festival

Photo courtesy of TheBigWonderful Facebook Page

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

When: May 5-6

Where: Civic Center Park

The Lowdown: Enjoy live entertainment and food, drinks, a parade and a green chili cookoff at this free festival.

Check Out Local Vendors at TheBigWonderful

When: May 5-6 in Denver and 19-20 at Stanley Marketplace

Where: Denver and Aurora

The Lowdown: The BigWonderful brings together the best of Colorado. There will be a wide variety of local vending, food, beer and live music. There will also be yoga on Saturday and a dog park. Whatever way you decide to participate, this will be an awesome chance to get out and enjoy the spring weather with your date.

Editor’s note: TheBigWonderful informed us there will not be beach volleyball this year. The entry has been updated accordingly. 

Visit a Vineyard

Photo courtesy of Balistreri Vineyards on Facebook

WhereBalistreri Vineyards, 7424, 1946 E. 66th Ave., Denver

The Lowdown: You can head to the winery for a wine tasting, wine tour or lunch any day of the week between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. This is an amazing opportunity to sip some delicious wine and spend some time with your date while exploring the beauty of this Sicilian-inspired spot.

Where: Bonacquisti Winery2308, 4640 N. Pecos St., Denver

The Lowdown: At Bonacquisti Winery, a place for true wine lovers, you can try out regional and international wines. Every Friday they host Fridays Uncorked from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Fridays Uncorked is free admission with food and wine available for purchase. There is live music, making this a fun date and an awesome opportunity to try out delicious wine.

READ: Weekend Guide to Winery Hopping in Colorado

 

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