Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Date night is always a difficult one in my house. I love going out to dinner at my wife and my “spot”. But we all know that after doing the same thing date night after date night can get boring. It makes what should be a great time turn into more of the same. I decided to come up with some new date night ideas in Southwest Florida. There are some simple ideas like just changing the restaurant that you go to. But I wanted to give some date night ideas in Southwest Florida that are a little out of the box. I’ve been married coming up on ten years. Doing something new actually creates new conversations and experiences for you and your partner.

I’m doing the list on new date night ideas for couples who are looking for something new. But if your in a new relationship I think most of these ideas still apply. Last month my wife and I were looking to do something without the kids. Something most parents can relate to. My wife works in the school system, so she is at home with the kids all summer… doing kid stuff. She was looking to have some fun in addition to splitting a bottle of wine over a nice dinner. We went to our first escape room. Since then we have done a few of the ideas on this list since then. Here are some date night ideas in Southwest Florida to shake up date night.

  • 1. Escape Room

    Date Night Ideas in Southwest Florida Escape Room

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    I’ve done it and it was a blast! I did it with just my wife, but we’ve talked a couple times since our first escape room about how much fun it would be with another couple. Most of them are just an hour and a really fun activity before going out to dinner. Here is Tropic Escape Room’s website. They have different levels of difficulty depending how challenging you want to make it.

    Tropic Escape Room | Bonita Springs | Indoor Fun | Can you escape?

    Bonita Springs' newest Escape Room. Join in the craze and beat the clock! Do you have what it takes? Escape the room at Tropic Escape Room!

  • 2. Dream Car Road Trip

    Date Night Ideas in Southwest Florida Rental a Car

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    We live in paradise. Use that! If one of you enjoy driving this could be an all day event. You can rent your favorite sports car and take a drive up and down the beaches or turn it into a trip to Miami or the Florida Keys.

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  • 3. Cooking Class

    Date Night Ideas in Southwest Florida Cooking Class

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    This is one that can be done at home using YouTube or going to an actual cooking class. The cooking class is a bigger bill, but very doable for a date night. This is fun for couples where one does a majority of the cooking. The non-cooker of the couple will probably open themselves up to some criticism, but it’s all in good fun.

    Kitchen Social Cooking Classes | Fort Myers, FL

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  • 4. Find a New Restaurant

    Date Night Ideas in Southwest Florida Restaurant

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    This is a NEW restaurant. I say a really cool video where a couple flipped a coin at each intersection- heads they turn right, tails they go left. They counted each restaurant they passed until the 20th one. You have to go to the 20th restaurant. You’re trying something new and having a spontaneous time.

  • The Edison Home Lights

    The Edison Home in Fort Myers is often overlooked by locals. Especially during the holiday season. Taking a tour of the home at sunset, then walking through the garden with the holiday lights surrounding you is very romantic. Plus you’re just a minute or two away from all the bars in Downton Fort Myers.

  • 6. Go Parasailing

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    I have lived in Southwest Florida for 32 years and have never gone parasailing. SO I don’t know for sure that this is a great date idea, but it sure looks like a blast! I know the water quality isn’t great off Fort Myers Beach, but it would still be really cool to see the island from a new vantage point.

    https://www.paradiseparasail.com/

  • 7. Airboat Tour

    Best Date Night Ideas in Southwest Florida Airboat

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    The Florida Everglades are one of the best parks in the country. There are a ton of options if you want to take a tour of the Everglades and get close to some of the wildlife in South Florida.

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  • 8. Go Fishing

    Date Night Ideas in Southwest Florida go fishing

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    We’ve got some great fishing year round in Southwest Florida. And there are a ton of options depending what you want to do. You can hire a salt water guide to go deep drop or fish in the back bay. We’re also just an hour or so away from Lake Okeechobee and some great fresh water fishing. If your not an angler I would go out and hire a guide. Let your spouse blame the guide if they don’t catch the biggest fish. You can also go shelling if you’re not into fishing.

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    Book a southwest Florida, freshwater fishing trip with Capt. Debbie Hanson. From bass to bluegill she loves to share the local fishery!

  • 9. Sunset Cruise

    Date Night Ideas for Southwest Florida

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    There are a ton of options up and down our coastline for sunset boating options. On Fort Myers Beach the Ft. Myers Princess offers great trips, in Naples has the Naples Princess, and in Naples there is a unique option. Gondola rides are offered at La Gondola.

    La Gondola Naples

    La Gondola offers private boat trips through the heart of Naples, FL on authentic Venetian Gondolas. A perfect complement to your romantic evening, client outing, special occasion, or just because. Things to do in Naples & Bonita Springs | Boat Tours | Private Charters | Romant

    Fort Myers Princess, Dolphin Boat Tours, Sunset Cruises, Sightseeing Tour boat, Fort Myers Beach FL

    Fort Myers Princess offers Daily Dolphin Boat Tours, Sunset Tours, and charters, sailing from Fort Myers Beach toward Sanibel & Captiva Islands.

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  • 10. Axe Throwing

    Best Date Night Ideas in Southwest Florida

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    Axe throwing is a great time. But if your relationship is a little bit rocky right now, this might not be the one for you and your partner. There are a bunch of options around town. But I know TJ’s is a great option.

    The Hatchet Experience - TJ's Hatchet Hangout | Cape Coral

    If you're looking for a unique hang out, go to TJ's Hatchet Hangout. Our axe bar offers a memorable, cool way to blow off steam and have a great time.

  • 11. Cabbage Key

    Go have the cheeseburger in paradise- the real one that Jimmy Buffet wrote about. The island is only accessible via boat, so invite a friend who has one, or charter a boat out there. It is one of the hidden gems of Southwest Florida.

  • 12. Warm mineral Springs in Punta Gorda

    I’ll be honest here- I never knew about this. Apparently the springs is at 85 degrees year round. I know we have great beaches that most of the country is jealous of, but this is an aquatic adventure that is far from the norm in Southwest Florida.

  • 13. Murder Mystery Train

    I did this with a group of couple friends for a birthday party before going to Downtown Fort Myers for the night. It was a fun time. The actors didn’t take themselves too seriously and kept everything light and enjoyable. There was a 2 drink minimum while on board, so use them appropriately. This was a good time and something I would do again.

    Murder Mystery Dinner Train | Fort Myers Dinner Train | SemGulf.com

    Murder Mystery Dinner Train delights guests with live murder mysteries alongside five-course meals on a moving train in South Florida.

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