When the sun comes out, so do all the lovebirds. Here in Toronto, we’re planning on trying out all the best romantic spring date ideas in the city. Whether you’re in a seasoned relationship or fresh in the game, all of these fabulous outings are sure to be a good time.
Here are 16 romantic spring date ideas to try in Toronto.
We can’t talk about spring date ideas and not bring up the cherry blossoms. Arguably one of the most popular destinations when the weather gets warm, this gorgeous spot is bursting with romance. Of course, you’ll have to keep an eye on the state of COVID-19 this year to ensure the place is actually open.
Where: High Park, 1873 Bloor St W
If we do miss out on the blossoms again, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of fun to be had outdoors. Like at the Toronto Islands! With one ferry ride, you can explore tons of amazing outdoor space, beaches, and more. We recommend timing your trip back into the city with the sunset for some seriously insane views.
Where: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queens Quay W
Speaking of sunsets, nothing is more romantic than an evening watching one at Riverdale Park. This beautiful destination has some of the best skyline views in town. Pack some snacks (or a bottle of wine, we won’t tell) and set in to watch the show.
Where: 550 Broadview Ave
People bond over puppies. It’s just a fact. So if you’re looking to impress that special someone, a dog park might just be the way to go. If you have a dog, that is. Don’t be a weirdo and just watch other people’s pooches. There’s something strange about that. Anyway, it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy a little free serotonin.
Where: Check out our favourites here
For the artsier couples, Kensington Market is a must-hit. The place is loaded with delicious eateries, vintage thrift shops, and all-around good vibes. In a normal year, there’s usually live music a special event. But we’ll settle for whatever COVID-19 safe version is popping right now.
Where: Kensington Market, Toronto
Any art-forward idea is a tour of Toronto’s best street art. There are tons of places you can check out from a safe social distance, so map ’em out and hit them all. You can even snap that perfect Insta pic along the way.
Where: Find our favourite spots here
Of course, when the sun is shining we want to spend every moment soaking it up. This is why a picnic at any of Toronto’s awesome parks is one of our favourite spring date ideas. Tons of Toronto restaurants have picnic boxes available, so you don’t even have to lift a finger in planning this great date.
Where: Check out our favourite picnic boxes here
If you’ve been on TikTok the past few weeks, then you’ve probably come across the “four-course meal challenge.” For those of you unfamiliar, it works by playing four games of Rock, Paper, Scissors where the winner picks the spot to get takeout for each course of a meal. The categories are drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. You and your date are sure to come up with some creative combinations.
Where: Any restaurant in Toronto
Things may be all but shut down in Toronto still, but nearby spots have drive-ins open right now. An evening watching a movie from the safety of your own car is definitely a romantic one. Of course, we can’t in good conscience recommend region hopping, but if you’re reading this from one of the spots where drive-ins are open go on and check ’em out.
Where: 5 Drive-In, 2332 Ninth Line, Oakville
Need out of the city? We don’t blame you. After a year of the pandemic, we could all use a little escape. So head into the woods this spring for a luxury glamping experience with that special someone. You’ll stay in a dome under the stars and listen to the sound of the forest. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
Where: Glen Oro Farm, 2574 10 Line N, Hawkestone, Ontario
Of the days you’re staying home this spring, head online for a virtual date night. The online escape rooms from Casa Loma make for an awesome evening of fun with your special someone. They’ve got live actors exploring the actual halls of the castle, as you try to solve puzzles, mysteries, and the game.
Where: Check it out online
Alright, this one’s basic. But since we’re staying home a ton anyway we might as well include it. This year we’ve learned just how prevalent our favourite streaming platforms are in our lives. Is that a little sad? Maybe. Are we going to continue streaming the amazing content these platforms churn out? Absolutely. The simplest at-home date night is at your fingertips with these great shows.
Where: Check out our favourite new shows and movies here
Into movies but want a date idea that’s a little more creative than our last one? The Hot Docs Film Festival is your answer. You can enjoy tons of amazing documentaries both online and at select theatres this spring. It’s one of the most talked-about film events in the city, so get your tickets ASAP.
One of Toronto’s most popular art exhibits is back in business this season. You and your date can hop in your vehicle and experience the magic that is Immersive Van Gogh. The insane art show has synced up music to really get you involved. Plus, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ve got to see.
Where: Immersive Van Gogh, 1 Yonge St
The same people behind Immersive Van Gogh are also lighting up Toronto with magic this spring. Their new Illusionarium exhibit will bring you large-scale wonder from a physical distance. The 300,000 cubic foot lot is stacked with amazing magicians, holograms, and 3D projections you’ve got to see to believe.
Where: 1 Yonge St
When: Opens Thursday, March 25th
Who said you had to go far to have a little vacation? You can your special someone can get a little R&R at one of Toronto’s many amazing hotels. From the Fairmont Royal York, to The Drake, to Hotel X, to the Broadview Hotel, St Regis, and more. There’s no end to the city spots to book your stay.
Where: One of the many local Toronto hotels
So grab your special someone and try out these awesome spring date ideas in Toronto. Romance in the city never looked so good!