9 Best First Date Locations in Idaho

Choosing an activity for a first date can be one of the most stressful parts of getting to know someone. As if going on the date and getting to know another person isn’t difficult enough, the pressure to find an enjoyable and memorable spot to see if sparks fly adds an extra layer of stress to an otherwise fun time. Let us be your wing-person. Here are our favorite first date locations in Idaho!  

Take off at the Space Bar, Boise, ID

As far as first dates go, you can’t get much cooler than space. And if you can’t make it all the way out to the great beyond, Space Bar in Boise, Idaho is a pretty close second. This video game bar has tons of vintage-style pinball and video games along with a great drink selection. Perfect for a first night out.

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Enjoy a refined dining experience at 315 Martinis and Tapas

If you think your date would appreciate a more refined experience, consider 315 Martinis and Tapas in Coeur d’Alene. This award-winning restaurant is situated in the Greenbriar Inn and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Enjoy tapas, drinks, and entrees while you get to know one another better by candlelight.

Show off your skate skills at the Roller Dome

Join a long lineage of first daters at one of the original skate rinks at the Roller Dome. Since 1948, love birds have fluttered in and spun around, showing off their skills (or humility for those who come up lacking). Skating is always a great time and this low-pressure environment makes for a perfect first date.

Drive through a portion of Yellowstone National Park

Whether your date has been to Yellowstone a million times or never gotten around to it, a drive through the Idaho portion is a sure-fire win. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including grizzlies and buffalo, and snap a few pictures for keepsakes.

Visit the moon on earth at the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

One of the more unique options on the list, a first date to the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is sure to be a memorable one. According to the park’s website, “Craters of the Moon formed during eight major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 20,000 years ago.” Today, you and your date can explore the craters and talk philosophically about your place in the universe (if that’s your kind of thing).

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Enjoy the latest brews at Portneuf Valley Brewing

Portneuf Valley Brewing is Pocatello’s “first and only brewpub,” according to their website. They’re known for craft beer, live music, community events, and tasty food. Check out their website for upcoming events and plan your date around it. 

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Go to the rodeo

You read that right. You’ll have to time it right, but if you can attend the Caldwell Night Rodeo, you and your date are in for a treat. The rodeo consistently ranks among the top outdoor events in the country, and it’s sure to rank in your own personal list of top first dates.

Go square dancing in the Magic Valley

If you’re like most of us, you might not have square danced lately (or ever). There’s nothing quite like making a fool of yourself on the dancefloor to lighten up the mood. Learn the ropes together or look silly together. Either way, you’re in it together.

Watch the stars at the Whittenberger Planetarium

Few activities are more romantic than star gazing, and in Caldwell, Idaho, the Whittenberger Planetarium makes it easy. The planetarium is open to the public but requires reservations, so make sure you contact them ahead of time. 

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