Are you sick of the same old “dinner and a movie” for date night? Well then, it’s time to switch things up. With a little bit of creativity there are plenty of awesome date ideas in Brevard that won’t require you to break the bank. Here’s our guide on how to have a memorable and fun date night in Brevard. Goodbye, dinner and a movie. Hello, epic date night.
Watch the Rocket Launches at the Exploration Tower
The state-of-the-art Exploration Tower, in Port Canaveral, is the perfect spot to watch the rockets soar into space. The 7th floor outdoor observation deck offers never-before-seen panoramic views of the rocket launches and Port Canaveral. Enhance your viewing experience even more with the Exploration Tower’s high-end telescopes. After watching the rocket launch, take your date over to one of the waterfront bars in Port Canaveral for a few drinks. Tickets for the launch viewings are usually $15.
Bioluminescent Night Kayaking Tours
If you’ve never seen the Indian River Lagoon light up with Bioluminescence, you’re doing summer in Florida wrong. In the hot summer months, the river comes alive with Bioluminescence: every movement in the river produces breathtaking blue and green colors of glowing light. The speeding fish underwater create a light show. As you glide through the river on your kayak, you’ll be emitting a glowing light of your own as your paddle strokes the water. Bioluminescent kayak tours will create a romantic evening you’ll never forget. For more, check out www.adayawaykayaktours.com.
Escape Cocoa Beach
Rated in No. 1 fun thing to do in Cocoa Beach on TripAdvisor.com, Escape Cocoa Beach is the perfect place to go for date night. Work together with your date to solve puzzles, crack codes and find hidden treasures before the clock runs out. Each room at Escape Cocoa Beach offers a different adventure: Jail Break, Rocket Science and 2325 Tremont St. The main goal is to escape the room under an hour. Think you and your date can beat the clock?
Brewery Tours at Florida Beer Company
Are you and your date beer lovers? If so, then you’ll love the brewery tours and tastings at Florida Beer Company, in Cape Canaveral. Pay $10 and get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery and a flight of four craft beer samples. Ten dollars for a flight and a tour of their state-of-the-art brewery? Score! Brewery tours and tastings at Florida Beer Company are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar in the Eau Gallie Arts District
It can sometimes be difficult getting your date to tell you where they actually want to eat. Well, say goodbye to the 30-minute back-and-forth of “where do you want to eat?” “I don’t care.” The Food Truck Bazaar in the Eau Gallie Arts District has countless food trucks who are serving different, delicious gourmet items, ethnic specialties, desserts and so much more. Every fourth Sunday, ten plus food trucks fill EGAD on the southern end of Highland Avenue from 5-8 p.m. There are scattered high-top tables on Highland Ave. for you to enjoy your meal. Don’t want to eat at the place your date suggests? No worries, order from a different food truck! Now this is date night made simple. No tickets are required.
Gregory’s Upstairs Comedy Club
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, head over to Gregory’s Upstairs Comedy Club for a night full of laughing and cold drinks. Known for being one of Brevard County’s best comedy clubs on the Space Coast for the past two decades, Gregory’s features comedians who have been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, The Late Show, Showtime and more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for dinner, or enjoy Gregory’s late-night dinner menu after 8 p.m. If you’re just in the mood for drinks, there’s a full liquor bar, great selection of beer and wine and an extensive martini menu. Comedy shows start at 9 p.m. Purchase tickets online (usually $12) or at the door on the night of the event.
Painting with a Twist
Unleash your creative side with Painting with a Twist, in downtown Melbourne. Bring your own snack, wine or beer and enjoy an evening of painting with your date. Don’t worry if you’re not the next Picasso; Painting with a Twist has a team of talented artists who guide you step by step through the night’s featured painting. Painting with a Twist provides the acrylic paint, brushes and a 16×20 canvas, so all you have to worry about is bringing whatever beer or wine you want to sip on. Feel free to also bring your favorite light snack. When class is done, your artwork will be ready to hang!
When the season is right, Brevard County has a wide-variety of farms where you can go and pick your own blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes, grapes and other fresh fruits and veggies. You could end up leaving with baskets full of delicious goodies. There’s nothing like enjoying the outdoors with that special someone. Check out Avalon Hydroponics Farm in Melbourne, Holland Family Farm, Sledd’s U-Pick Strawberries, Williams Blueberry Farm and Meadors Blueberry Farm in Mims, River House Vineyard in Palm Bay and The Farm at Rockledge Gardens in Rockledge. For more on berry picking in Brevard, head over to www.pickyourown.org/FLeastcentral
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By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer