Some might think of Valentine’s Day as cliché, but whether or not you think it’s corny, it is an opportunity to show your special someone how much you care about them. And what better place than Wichita, the Heart of the Country?

If you’re looking for something outside of the stereotypical activities, Kansas’ largest city, Wichita, has plenty of ways to create your own unique experience any time of year. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re here to help you impress your sweetheart with offbeat date night ideas to keep the fun alive.

Enjoy Fun & Games

Battle it out on the pickleball court at Chicken N Pickle. The sprawling entertainment venue and restaurant concept offers indoor and outdoor fun with plenty of space to social distance, a delicious menu, and a huge drink selection. Additionally, they've set up a temporary ice rink where patrons can try their hand at curling, ice hockey or join an open skate.

For multi-player fun and delicious food, take your special someone to Dave & Buster's. With hundreds of arcade games and a full menu of food and drinks, you and your significant other will have the time of your lives.

Newly-opened Topgolf Wichita offers climate-controlled hitting bays for you and your date to take aim and swing at outfield targets. Plus, the entertainment venue has TVs throughout for a sports bar atmosphere. You can rent clubs or bring your own, so swing by Sticks 96 Golf to find clubs suited to your specific needs.

Blow off some steam at Let’s Smash, a smash house specifically designed for making as much of a mess as you want.

Chicken N Pickle - Wichita

Play pickleball, grab a healthy bite to eat or challenge your friends to lawn games like battleship… Read More

Dave & Buster's

At Dave & Buster's you can play hundreds of the hottest new arcade games in our Million Dollar… Read More

Topgolf Wichita

Welcome to Topgolf Wichita, the premier entertainment destination in Wichita, KS. Enjoy our… Read More

Sticks 96 Golf

Golf retail that specializes in custom fittings and club repair. Read More

Let's Smash

Delano's only smash house - We offer rage room activities, splatter parties, and fruit smash… Read More

Get Creative

Experiment with your artsy side with several different cultural options in Wichita. From frolicking at the Wichita Art Museum or browsing a free gallery at Envision Art Gallery and Engagement CenterMark Arts or Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum, learn a new appreciation for others’ artistic abilities.

You can also foster your own creativity at places like CityArts or Paint the Towne, a paint and drink studio offering regular classes. Learn from a professional and leave with your own masterpiece. Browse the selection or blow your own art glass at Infinity Art Glass and Karg Art Glass. Create your own terrarium at GROW Giesen Plant Shop and capture the perfect picture together at The Selfie Spot on Douglas.

Or, zoom through downtown via Bike Share ICT or an electric scooter and pose together for selfies at Wichita’s many public art installations.

Wichita Art Museum

Located west of downtown Wichita in the Museums on the River District, the Wichita Art Museum… Read More

Envision Arts Gallery

Nation's First Art Gallery Made By and For Artists Who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Our mission… Read More

Mark Arts

Mark Arts is a vibrant regional arts hub that provides opportunities to appreciate and create art in… Read More

Ulrich Museum of Art-Wichita State University

TODAY'S ART MATTERS. As the region's source for modern and contemporary art, the Ulrich Museum of… Read More

CityArts

​CityArts offers people of all ages and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to participate in… Read More

Paint the Towne

All ages are welcome in this guided painting experience. Paint the Towne provides everything you… Read More

Infinity Art Glass

See handblown glass sculptures, sinks, lights, paperweights and vessels. Watch glassblowing… Read More

Karg Art Glass

Watch hand-blown art glass in a picturesque cedar and stone building in the heart of Kechi. Browse… Read More

GROW Giesen Plant Shop

Experience Wichita's boutique plant shop. Unique plants, pots, planty accessories, locally made… Read More

The Selfie Spot on Douglas

Self-Serve photo playground. 12+selfie booths with different themes. Just bring a cell phone or… Read More

Hit the Bullseye

Maybe you’re ready to get a little rough and tumble on your date, if so, head to Blade & TimberAxe to Grind , or Kiss My Axe! Throwing where the competition heats up with axe throwing for you and your love. Rent a lane for just the two of you, or make it a group date. Bring your own food, enjoy some cold beer, and have a blast at this unique bar in Wichita.

If firearms are more your style, take your sweetie to Range 54, where you both can get in some target practice. The climate-controlled range is perfect any time of year for fun, safe shooting experience. At Rainier Firearms Academy they hold Date Night Gun Fight date nights on a regular basis. Find all the best tactical gear at 5.11 Tactical.

Blade & Timber

Axe throwing is perfect for family, friends, corporate groups, team-building, celebrating special… Read More

Axe to Grind

Axe To Grind is the ideal spot for group outings or a night out on the town. It is an Urban Axe… Read More

Kiss My Axe! Throwing

We are a new entertainment bar in Old Town. We host parties of any type and fundraisers. Clean… Read More

Rainier Arms Firearms Academy

Rainier Arms Firearm Academy is Wichita's largest gun range and training center, covering over… Read More

Hunt for Hidden Treasures

Who doesn’t like a good bargain on old items? Antique shopping is a popular activity and can serve as a unique date option. Browse a curated collection of estate home furnishings from around the world at The Vault Collection. Find high-quality, vintage clothing at Dead Center Vintage. Head to Paramount Antique Mall or Generations Antiques & Artisans before your date to pick up the perfect gift for your significant other, or take them with you to hunt for hidden treasures. Make a game of it and look for the most valuable item at the lowest price.

While not antique, local retail shops in Wichita offer hours of fun shopping for handmade and handcrafted items. Find the perfect date night outfit at Aspen Boutique. Purchase pieces for your love nest at Uniquities Home. Get your hands on products to pamper your sweetie at Bungalow 26. Treat your date to exclusive Wichita items at Aida StenholmHatman Jack’sThe Health ConnectionThe Loud CicadaThe Spice Merchant & CompanyLucinda’s , and The Workroom.

The Vault Collection

The Vault Collection is a store with a curated collection of estate home furnishings from around the… Read More

Dead Center Vintage

A vintage clothing shop located in the heart of Downtown Wichita for all genders, sizes, and ages. Read More

Paramount Antique Mall

At Paramount Antique Mall, you will find antiques, vintage, furniture, glassware, primitives… Read More

Generations of Wichita

The midtown source for the Wichita flag swag and souvenirs. Antiques & Artisans - re-purposed… Read More

Aspen Boutique

Aspen Boutique has been serving the Wichita area for 35+ years. Aspen is a one-of-a-kind specialty… Read More

Hatman Jack's

Hatman Jack's is the third largest hat shop in the country. Selection includes dress hats, westerns… Read More

Aida Stenholm

Aida Stenholm’s designs handmade bags, accessories, and custom shoes. Her custom shoes are… Read More

The Health Connection

We are an alternative medicine and holistic healing store. We carry a wide variety of cbd product… Read More

The Loud Cicada

Located in Revolutsia. Come check out all our prints, postcards, stickers, guest artists, toys… Read More

The Spice Merchant & Company

Opening its doors in 1980, this family-owned store has been around for nearly four decades. As… Read More

Lucinda's

An incredible selection of cheeky, off-the-wall gifts, distinctive clothing and shoes, gorgeous… Read More

The Workroom

One of the biggest retailers of #FlagSwag, The Workroom specializes in local art, artisan… Read More

Climb Mountains

Learn to overcome challenges together at Bliss Climbing and Fitness, as the two of you scale a 38-foot top rope and lead climbing wall or 16-foot bouldering wall. Try your luck at novice or advanced routes. A day pass is $19 per person. 

After you’ve worked up a sweat, head to Delano for a refreshing smoothie at Fartleks and stay for dinner in the charming neighborhood.

Bliss Climbing and Fitness

DISCOVER ROCK CLIMBING REJECT MEDIOCRITY EMBRACE YOUR ADVENTURE! Experience Rock Climbing in Wichita… Read More

Fartleks

Fartleks is conveniently located in Delano and provides running shoes, clothes and accessories. They… Read More

Feel Like a Kid Again

Take your darling to a place of fun and games at Exploration Place, where you’ll be able to partake in hands-on educational museum exhibits. Stop by Design Build Fly, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at the airplane manufacturing industry, or check out their latest traveling exhibit.

Other area attractions like The Enchanted MermaidBotanica Wichita , and Sedgwick County Zoo are just as fun for adults as they are for kids. Go down memory lane at The Original Pizza Hut Museum. Additionally, Tanganyika Wildlife Park has Winter Animal Experiences to treat your date to one-of-a-kind animal encounters.

Exploration Place

Welcome to the state’s premier science center – Exploration Place! Parked along the… Read More

Botanica Wichita

Since opening in 1987 with four gardens and a horticultural library, Botanica Wichita has added more… Read More

Sedgwick County Zoo

Come face to face with the wildest animals from around the world. Get to know the gorillas and… Read More

The Original Pizza Hut Museum

In 1958, two brothers - one a recent graduate of Wichita University, another a freshman at WU… Read More

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Tanganyika Wildlife Park was named the most interactive wildlife park in the Midwest for a reason… Read More

Catch a Ride

Hop on the brew wagon with your love and enjoy Wichita’s only Brew Wagon Tours for a custom ride to local breweries. You and your date will experience a three-hour tour, which includes transportation, a flight of beers at each stop, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the brewing process. Plus, the wagon is equipped with a cooler for any of your own brews you want to bring. Must be 21 years old with a valid ID to participate.

Wichita Breweries

hen it comes to craft beer and wineries, Wichita knows how to brew. The booming brewery scene has… Read More

Eat Sweet Treats

What is Valentine’s Day without chocolate and other delicious sweets in the Heart of the Country? If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, make sure to stop by local shops Bakesale Treat Parlor, Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates (eastwest , and downtown), and Nifty Nut House for a scrumptious selection of fine chocolates, fancy candies, gourmet nut mixes and more. At Cocoa Dolce, you and your date can create a custom box of chocolates or try some delicious dessert wines while having a relaxing day at Wichita’s only chocolate lounge. At the downtown location, watch as chocolate is being made. If photo ops are your thing, the Nifty Nut House is the perfect backdrop. Whether you pose together in front of the mural on the building’s façade or inside in the popular squirrel cutout, you’ll be making fun memories together.

Another fun and delightfully sweet option to try is the tableside s’mores at Wine Dive + Kitchen.

Have a romantic movie night at home planned? Swing by Kernel’s Popcorn Express or one of The Popcorner’s two locations (east and west) for dozens of unique popcorn varieties, decadent fudge, and other sweet treats to enjoy together. Or swing by one of three Andy’s Frozen Custard locations (College Hilleast, and west) to end the night with fresh frozen custard.

Bakesale Treat Parlor

Bakesale Treat Parlor is a premium dessert and bakery featuring classic favorites and unexpected… Read More

Nifty Nut House

The Nifty Nut House is a Wichita tradition that has offered tremendous value, selection and service… Read More

Wine Dive + Kitchen

Nestled in trendy College Hill is the relaxed ambience of Wine Dive. Feed your appetite with brunch… Read More

Dine Locally

If you are one for the more traditional date nights and still want to plan something sweet and romantic for your lover, Wichita has plenty of options for you as well. Check out our list of fine dining restaurants to find the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. Many upscale restaurants also have cozy outdoor patios for romantic dining.

For a unique dining experience, surprise your date by renting a garden igloo at Nortons Brewing Co. The brewery also has several heaters in its large outdoor beer garden. Additionally, you can rent igloos at all three Ziggy’s Pizza locations (Clifton Squarenortheast , and west).

Another cozy outdoor space to spend time together is Revolutsia, where you’ll find foods of all kinds and unique local shops. You and your date can try cheese and toast boards at Fleur De Vin and authentic German fare and imported beer from Prost. For dessert, treat your taste buds to Bundt cakes and cupcakes from Monica’s Bundt Cake. Order your food and snuggle up by Revolutsia’s fire pit to dine outdoors while staying warm next to the glow of the flames.

If you are more traditional, try these other date night ideas. If you really want to step up your Valentine’s Day game this year, make sure to check out Visit Wichita’s Great Wichita Valentine Getaway.

Nortons Brewing Co.

The Nortons invite you to their Brewery for a drinking, dining, and entertainment experience like… Read More

Revolutsia

By definition, Revolutsia is “a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing… Read More

Prost

Head to Prost for the best German food in Wichita! This urban bier garten serves authentic German… Read More

Monica's Bundt Cake

Locally owned bakery providing fresh made from scratch desserts and cakes to Wichita and the… Read More

Wichita

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