8 Romantic First-Date Ideas for Colorado Singles

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Colorado singles, you’re in luck. With its sweeping mountain views, craft brews, and adventure sport scene, Colorado is one of the most fun and romantic states in the nation. Forget dinner and a movie. Imagine joining your date on a whitewater adventure or a leisurely hike and picnic.

Thrill seeking Colorado singles will love to boulder in the summer and hit the slopes in the winter. If you’re looking for a scenic drive, the Million Dollar Highway is not for the faint of heart. Stop at the top of Molas pass after nightfall for a breathtaking view of the stars.

If you (or your date!) are more reserved, you might prefer fishing or taking a dip in a local hot spring. Tour a ghost town or take a peek into an abandoned mine. Afterward, you can enjoy the local flavors in one of many tiny mountain towns.

If you’re not the outdoorsy type, not to worry. The state also offers a fair share of urban date night opportunities for Colorado singles.

How will you ever choose? Not to worry, we’re here to make online dating simple for you. Let us help you plan a first date that you’ll never forget.

Colorado singles’ favorite dates

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No two people are quite alike, but we’ve found that Colorado singles tend to crave adventure and quality time in the outdoors. I’m a flat-lander, born and raised, but I spent some of the happiest months of my life camping, hiking, and goofing off in the Colorado mountains with my family. I get you.

The great news is, planning a date for Colorado singles is almost too easy. Adventure sports make great first dates because the physical activity helps distract you from your nerves. Not to mention, stepping outside your comfort zone is a great way to bond with someone new. The list of outdoor activities that you can try in Colorado goes on and on. Here are a few to pique your interest:

  • Mountain Biking
  • Geocaching
  • Camping
  • Zip Lining
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tobogganing
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Alpine Sliding

For Colorado singles, there’s more to a first date than a candlelit dinner. Romance means being active together in the beauty of God’s creation. There’s nothing quite as enchanting as that.

The best first dates in Colorado

Need more ideas? I could go on and on! Below is a list of some of the best first-date opportunities for Colorado singles.

Each of these date ideas is low pressure, engaging, and allows you to interact naturally with your date. There’s something for everyone on this list, from art aficionados to cinephiles to adrenaline junkies. Take a peek at these ideas and then get started planning your best first-date yet.

1. Swing dancing at mercury cafe

Swing dancing at mercury cafe

The Mercury Cafe is a hub of arts, food, and community in Denver. Offering locally sourced and fair trade food and beverages, this gem features more than just dining. Everyone from beginners to experts can participate in an evening dance lesson and then hit the floor with their date.

Try the Lindy Hop, the Jitterbug, the Shim Sham, or the Charleston for a vintage take on dinner and dancing. For a more modern feel, try West Coast Swing; a revamped version of traditional swing dancing, paired with contemporary pop, rap and Top 40 tunes.

The Mercury Cafe also offers poetry readings, blues music and dancing, and tango classes. It’s as affordable way for Colorado singles to get moving, experience the arts, and have a memorable night. Don’t worry about your two left feet. It’s all about learning together and enjoying each other’s company.

2. Indoor skiing at Snobahn

For an indoor ski and snowboarding experience which is more accessible and more affordable than the mountain slopes, Colorado singles should try Snobahn . Revolving, snow-like slopes allow for endless skiing without the chill. It’s like a snowy treadmill.

Each 30 minute session includes lessons from a qualified instructor in front of a mirror, so you can focus on correct form. Equipment is available at no extra cost. Yes, you read that right. You don’t have to pay for your equipment.

After your session, you can hit the bar and lounge area to refuel and chat over cocktails. It’s a unique and memorable experience that’s the perfect mix between activity and leisure time.

3. Game night at the 1 Up

Game night at the 1 Up

Gamers, rejoice! Denver is a haven for gaming of all kinds. The 1 Up is an old school arcade and bar with two locations in the Mile High city. Bring your quarters and try out a wide range of pinball games and 80’s classic video games. Stop by during happy hour and snag a deal on refreshments.

Another great place to face off against your date is Punchbowl Social. With two locations in Denver, PBS offers craft cocktails, from-scratch meals, virtual reality gaming, group games like shuffleboard and Jenga, and karaoke.

For Colorado singles, there’s no better way to break the ice than with a little friendly competition. Game on!

4. Letterboxing


Ahoy, Colorado Singles. Letterboxing is a fun and romantic way to embark on a real life treasure hunt with your date. Start by choosing a stamp to represent your adventure. You can purchase one or create one yourself. Then follow the clues to discover a waterproof treasure chest hidden in plain sight in your local area. Stamp the log and use the letterbox stamp to mark your own notebook.

Letterboxing is a unique way to make memories, collect souvenirs, and spend time outdoors, all for free.

5. Strolling through the galleries at MCA Denver

Strolling through the galleries at MCA Denver

At the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, you don’t have to worry about understanding the art. The art understands you. Attend a gallery tour led by local comedians or learn art appreciation via Art Fitness classes.

For a goofy date night, try Black Sheep Fridays. You can express your creativity in silly ways by participating in the slinky olympics, creating a sweater in honor of Fred Rogers, or facing off against your partner in a country versus rap karaoke battle.

Thanks to the Octopus Initiative, you can even apply to take home a locally commissioned piece of art and live with it in your home for up to 10 months. It’s like a library for art, and Colorado singles couldn’t love it any more.

6. Bad Axe Throwing

Bad Axe Throwing

How about a little catharsis for your date night? Bad Axe Throwing has locations in Denver and Colorado Springs, and believe it or not, they’ll teach you how to lob weapons across the room.

Pack a picnic, stash your beverages in the mini fridge when you get there, and blast tunes while you compete with your partner to see who can hit that bulls-eye.

7. Drive-in movies

Drive-in movies

Pack up some blankets, load up on snacks and cuddle up close for a double feature. If you get tired of the movies, Colorado singles can take a stroll, stargaze, or simply chat.

A vintage drive-in movie is the perfect backdrop for a creative and memorable first date.

8. Rock climbing

Rock climbing

There’s a good chance that Colorado singles can find a place to rock climb, regardless of location or weather conditions. Outdoor locations allow you to experience the refreshing effects of the mountains while you climb, while indoor climbing gyms allow you to scale the walls in safety without having to worry about weather or gear.

Rock climbing is the ultimate bonding experience because it challenges you to depend on each other to reach a difficult goal. Plus, it’s great exercise. Try it and see.

First dates for Colorado singles are known for being adventure-packed and adrenaline rich, but there’s something for everyone in this great state. If you’re ready to give online dating a try and to start planning your next first-date, stop in to CatholicSingles. We have someone we’d like you to meet.