Whether you’re trying to keep it low-key or you’re hoping to break the bank pulling out all the stops, there’s a date idea for you in Toronto. This city can be pretty expensive, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend all your money every time you go out. From those showstoppers like sunset SUP on Toronto Island and trendy cooking classes in Little Italy to the more moderate options like pick up games of laser tag or drop-in pottery making at the Gardiner, take a look at this list of unique date ideas in Toronto that will suit any budget.
#1 – Get out of your comfort zone with improv at The Social Capital
If you’re not one of those people that quakes at the idea of talking in front of a crowd, try a beginner class at The Social Capital for $5. You’ll both let loose and have a great time. This improv club is located on the Danforth, so you’ll have plenty of options for a nightcap afterward.
This date idea costs: $5 each
#2 – Play laser tag together
Laser tag makes a great date—and not only because it’s easy on the wallet. A single game is only $9 and affords lots of chances to goof off and have a good time. There are Laser Quest venues all over the GTA, from Toronto to Brampton, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Whitby, and Oakville.
This date idea costs: $9+ each
#3 – Spend a day rock climbing at Boulderz Climbing Centre
If you like to be active, go on a rock climbing date at Boulderz Climbing Centre in the Junction. Work together to tackle tricky routes and support each other by taking turns belaying. A day pass (not including rentals) is $14, but if you’re completely new to climbing you can also look into their intro classes which start at $35.
This date idea costs: $14 each
#4 – Get your adrenaline pumping at Formula Kartways
Go-karts are ideal for those who have a need for speed—and great for couples that like to get competitive. At Formula Kartways in Brampton you can enjoy a drop-in race for only $22—and you don’t need to be really good at go-karts to have an awesome time.
#5 – Try axe throwing together
Axe throwing is insanely fun—and it can also be super expensive. But did you know that BATL offers drop-in axe throwing sessions across the GTA for only $20 an hour? Switch up date night by letting loose in the axe throwing lanes. You can find BATL at the Port Lands, Galleria Mall, and Yorkdale, as well as in Pickering.
This date idea costs: $20 each
#6 – Race each other at Pursuit OCR
Couples who like to get competitive will enjoy Pursuit OCR’s large obstacle course gym. Basically recess for grown-ups, Pursuit OCR is a fun and colorful arena that allows you to experiment with all kinds of movement. Best of all—take the challenge and race your date through the course. A day pass is only $20.
This date idea costs: $20 each
#7 – Escape the room at Trapped
At Trapped you and your date can enjoy being locked inside a room together for 60 minutes. Though of course the goal is to eventually escape! Trapped has three rooms available, each at $22 per player.
This date idea costs: $22 each
#8 – Get dressed up for a tour of Toronto’s hotel bars
There’s something so sauve about hotel bars—and something super romantic about Toronto’s enivable collection of old hotel bars. Make it a night to remember on Toronto Food Tour’s most stylish of drink tours, the Tour of Hotel Bars, for $149. You’ll visit four hotels, and enjoy stellar cocktails and tasty appetizers.
This date idea costs: $149 each
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