4 Kinds of Date Nights to Enjoy in Peoria, IL
Date night ideas Peoria 

In Peoria, Illinois, there are plenty of things to do: shops to enjoy, movies to watch and places to explore. When it comes to choosing what to do for date night, however, the oh-so-important task of planning the evening can be a bit nerve-wracking. Coincidentally, we’ve been there before and are here to help. Indeed, there are plenty of different kinds of dates to go on while in the River City. Here are four date night ideas Peoria has to offer:

The Foodie

In nearly every metropolitan area, there are a few hidden restaurant gems that serve as the perfect spot for a date night. And in Peoria, there is no shortage of delicious restaurants to impress your honey with. The amount of different genres alone is impressive: whiskey bars, barbecue, Vietnamese and plenty of Irish fare--the list goes on and on. It may almost seem daunting; but with our suggestions, it doesn’t have to be.

On our date nights, we like to break it down into sections of town. Find an area that has a lot to choose from and you can't go wrong. From Peoria Heights, to the Riverfront and the Warehouse District, once you choose an area of town, branch out and see it! Have an appetizer and drinks one place; eat the main course at another. Find dessert down the street and have after-dinner libations at yet another! Not only does this scream like it took forever to plan (it doesn’t!) it’s a fun way to ensure that the date doesn’t go stale.

The Do It Yourselfer

For this date, we have to toot our own horn a bit (toot toot), Crafted DIY Studio & Bar is the place to be if you're a DIYer!

Perhaps one of the most rewarding ways to spend an evening is by creating a project together. While our other date ideas all have conversation and personal growth in them they are lacking one thing: lasting evidence of your time spent together. At Crafted, not only will you have a fun experience, but you get to take something home that you made with your own two hands! We offer a variety of projects so you can both find something that piques your interest. Enjoy a craft cocktail or beer and dive into a totally new and unique date. Once you have your completed project, you’ll have created more than just a macrame piece or leather item. In fact, you’ll have plenty of conversation, good laughs and drinks to think back on as well! To book your next date night, click here.

The Adventurer

If your date has a bit of adventurer inside of them, Peoria has no limit of natural wonders in it and close by to wow them. By going on a hike for a date, you'll fit in both a workout and a chance to bond all at the same time. We think this one is great for first dates and seasoned relationships alike. Spending time outside at the Forest Park Nature Center, Rocky Glen Park or Laura Bradley Park is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon together. 

The Thinker

If you’ve spent some time in your relationship with your partner, you know that dinner and a movie is fun but it may not spark as much joy as it did in the first few dates. For this date idea, we focus on connecting by learning something new together. Visit the Riverfront Museum or take a Peoria Historical Society Tour, and you’ll have a new topic to think on and talk about for the rest of the evening. Then, after the trip, stop by and have a beverage in the Warehouse District.

Happy Couple at Crafted
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