In this post, I’m giving some fun date ideas for when you’re living in a college town! Constantly coming up with new things to do when you’re stuck in one place for months can be challenging, so I’m going to share some of the things my boyfriend and I like to do when he comes to visit! Keep reading to find out my top 5 date ideas!
The first activity we always like to do is go hiking. If you go to university in the mountains like I do, there are plenty of beautiful trails to choose from! A hiking date works well for a first date or for couples who have been together for a while. You’re doing something active, but consistently have changing scenery, so there’s always something to talk about! Plus, when you get to the top, you have a gorgeous view (of both the mountains and your date!). If you go to school in or near the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, I recommend the High Knob Fire Tower trail or going to Humpback Rocks! If you go to High Knob, definitely check out Switzer Lake on your way – you won’t regret it!
My second activity is going downtown! Unless you go to a very, very small school, your town or city probably has a pretty established downtown nearby. In the downtown by my college, we have restaurants, places to take art classes, and tons of cool shops! This is the perfect date opportunity because it’s a very laid back atmosphere and you can spend as long (or as little) time as you want there! In Harrisonburg, VA, where my school is, we have a couple antique shops that we always love checking out every now and then!
The next date idea that I have for you is to check out a different college campus. We’re so used to our own campuses that sometimes it feels worn out when we’re trying to find new things to do, so why not go somewhere where everything is brand new? With Charlottesville only being an hour away from James Madison, my boyfriend and I have gone to the University of Virginia campus on a weekend and spent the day pretending we were students there! It was fun to experience the different culture that they have there and get a taste of what it would be like to attend another college!
Something my boyfriend and I have wanted to do for a while now is go to a drive-in movie! We haven’t gotten the chance to go, but we are so exited for when we finally do. Depending on where you go to school, you might not have one close, but the two I know of that are relatively close to JMU are the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, VA and Hull’s Drive-in in Lexington, VA. With movie tickets being so expensive, this is a nice (and cheaper) alternative to sitting in a normal movie theater!
My last date idea for this post is going on a picnic. It sounds so simple, but with spending half of the year trudging through the snow and rain, when a nice day comes along, you have to take advantage of it! Grab a blanket, some take-out, and your special someone and head to a good lookout spot! It’s a nice getaway from studying AND you get to spend good time together!
Thanks for reading about my college date ideas, I hope you got something out of it! Be sure to check back for another blog post, coming soon!