Where to Go on a Date in Las Vegas This Spring

We’ve got 20 romantic date-night ideas for taking things up a notch in Sin City.

Photo courtesy of Eataly
Photo courtesy of Eataly

Romance can mean many things in Las Vegas, from hooking up at a crowded nightclub to spending time over a quiet meal at one of Sin City's best date-night restaurants. But what if you need a new idea to impress someone special this spring? Don't let the brutal triple-digit heat get you down. There are lots of cool ways for couples to get to know each other a bit better around town. As the season kicks into high gear, check out the following 20 date ideas to help keep you busy, have fun, and take your relationship up a notch.

Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum
Photo courtesy of Rita Deanin Abbey Art Museum

The term "hidden gem" gets tossed around a little too loosely these days, but the Rita Deanin Abbey Museum is a wonderful surprise, hiding in plain sight near Lone Mountain in the Northwest Valley. It's a beautifully built structure next to the late artist and the former University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor's former home. It was built about 40 years ago when there was little more than desert in the area, and dozens of pieces are still on display. The variety is impressive, with paintings, sketches, sculptures, and more all created by one woman over a lifetime. Make sure to step outside, where large format works are displayed near a desert garden. The showstopper is a 40-foot-long semi-circle of polyester resin and fiberglass that looks similar to stained glass and was commissioned by the original Temple Beth Sholom.
Cost: Admission is by appointment only and costs $20, with discounts for seniors and military.

Spritz Tower at La Pizza e La Pasta
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Park MGM
La Pizza e La Pasta, one of two sit-down restaurants inside Eataly, recently introduced a Spritz Tower along with new farm-fresh dishes in time for spring. Choose three from traditional Aperol, Limoncello, Peachello, and Raspicello, with the latter offering the most rewarding surprise. Your trio of full-size Spritzes arrives at the table with a floral tower presentation. Keep them all to yourself or share sips like a flight with someone special while munching on the new Bruschetta Verde with spring veggies and basil pesto instead of tomatoes or Ravioli di Piselli filled with peas, ricotta, Pecorino Romano Fulvi, and lemon butter.
Cost: Spritz Tower is $49. Food prices vary.

Lake Mead Mohave Adventures
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Boulder City
Here's an excellent excuse to take a day trip to Boulder City. Lake Mead Mohave Adventures is launching season 40 of its Hoover Dam Rafting Adventures tours, which have rare security clearance to get within about a quarter mile of the iconic landmark on the Colorado River. The shorter Hoover Dam Postcard Tours are about 90 minutes, zooming around on motorized rafts with up to 20 guests and guides sharing details on the dam's history, how it was built, and other cool nuggets of information about the surrounding landscapes. A longer three-hour Hoover Dam Raft Tour holds up to 80 people, includes lunch, and travels to Willow Beach. Tours are available Thursday-Sunday.
Cost: Tours begin at $69.

Green Valley Ranch
Photo courtesy of Green Valley Ranch

There's something about spring that makes you want to drink outdoors. So head to Green Valley Ranch for Spring at the Terrace, a weekend pop-up cocktail lounge on the patio near the resort's Tuscany-inspired pool deck. Rosé and champagne are the specialties, along with cocktails that skew on the lighter, sweeter side. Ask for the Garden Party, a trio of mini-cocktails served in flower pots. They make for a great photo alongside string lights, fire pits, and cabanas enveloped in drapes for comfort and privacy. Cheese plates, strawberry rhubarb dessert bars, and other small bites are also available.
Cost: Prices vary.

Industrial Corridor
Even a strip club can be a place for romance in Las Vegas. Sapphire now has a Couples Skybox Experience to add a little steam and sizzle to date night. The package includes a round of drinks, chocolates, and an hour inside a private skybox on the second level, overlooking the main floor of the largest gentlemen's club in the world. The window is a two-way mirror. You can see out. Nobody else can see in. Women are allowed to pick a sexy costume to keep as well.
Cost: Packages begin at $1,350, with $350 credited toward champagne or wine and $1,000 used as an entertainment voucher.

Toca Madera
Photo courtesy of Toca Madera

Do brunch together

Multiple Locations
Las Vegas is full of great brunches, and you can add a few more to the list. The newly launched weekend brunch at Toca Madera runs from 11 am to 3 pm Saturdays and Sundays, serving short rib enchiladas with egg, a Tres Leches French Toast, and toast topped with almond butter, banana, and honey (total hangover food) in a sophisticated environment at CityCenter. Sticks Tavern on Water Street in Henderson recently revamped its brunch lineup (available on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm) with an incredible Eggs Benedict, crafted by Chef Jordan Camacho with Benton's smoked country ham and Red-Eye Hollandaise (with coffee used in the recipe). La Mona Rosa lives up to its name (Spanish for "the pink monkey") with a boozy Pink Brunch on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm. Five featured cocktails have their own shade of pink, along with the exclusive Rosa Dulce dessert. In between, you'll enjoy pinole pancakes, chicken enchiladas, and other brunch dishes with a south-of-the-border twist in a dining room inspired by the scenery of Tulum. Laguna Pool House & Kitchen has an engaging new poolside brunch on weekends from 9 am to 2 pm at Palms Place, featuring the best shareable steak and eggs ever: a full bone-in Tomahawk alongside a fluffy 12-egg omelet.
Cost: Prices vary.

The Cosmopolitan
If you're going to take a date to the movies, do it in style. May 22 marks the return of Dive In Movies at the Boulevard Pool rooftop deck at the Cosmopolitan with a screening of the Pixar classic Ratatouille at 8 pm. Dip your toes in the water, order a few theater-inspired snacks, and watch the action unfold on the hotel's 65-foot digital marquee. Return on Monday nights throughout the season to see a mix of recent Hollywood blockbusters, including Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis, and Black Adam, and old favorites, including The Goonies, Grease, and Pulp Fiction.
Cost: Viewings are free for hotel guests, $15 for non-hotel guests, and $10 for locals.

La Neta Cocina
Photo by Mike Kirschbaum, courtesy of La Neta Cocina

La Neta Cocina is taking vibe-dining up a level in Downtown Summerlin with a new Date Night menu, served every Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm. Choose between flautas (braised chicken tinga), shrimp or cauliflower ceviche, or a brussel salad with chili mangos as your appetizer, followed by bone-in short rib, whole pan-fried branzino, or Taquero Mucho (a choice of two between steak, chicken tinga, shrimp, or mushroom pastor, topped with house pickled vegetables, cheese, and guacamole with tortillas) as the main shareable entree. All meals include street corn and mac 'n cheese with Cheetos as the sides and red velvet churros with cream cheese frosting dipping sauce for dessert. Book a reservation online.
Cost: The meal is $100 per couple.

Off the Strip
Football season is over until fall, but Allegiant Stadium continues to welcome guests for private tours of the 65,000-seat venue. The 75-minute experience, offered on weekends when a major event isn't taking place, provides rare access to the stadium with interactive multimedia touches like drone cameras capturing guests as they enter. Check out the Al Davis torch (near the "lanai" window overlooking the Strip), owner's suite, broadcasting booth, and even the Raiders locker room. The tour ends with the option of drinks on the observation deck.
Cost: Tickets are $65.99 or $84.99 with the drink and view.

Fantasy Lab Las Vegas
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The Strip
After proving to be a hit in Mexico City, Fantasy Lab is now in Las Vegas with "Time to Dream'' at the Fashion Show mall. Give yourself at least an hour to roam between seven different rooms, which use lights, mirrors, video, music, set pieces and other effects to reflect a dream-like state. It's hard to explain Fantasy Lab without giving too much away. Rooms may be peaceful with lights dangling in the darkness or ominous like a nightmare. One has a circus theme. Another is best described as "acid trip bedroom." Phones and photos are encouraged and yes, you'll have plenty of time to get that perfect Instagram shot. Fantasy Lab has a bar and lounge that's full of its own whimsical decor and selfie stations. Hang out before or after the tour for a few bites and cocktails, including an Old Fashioned made with Nevada's own Frey Ranch.
Cost: Tickets begin at $42, with discounts for locals, veterans, military, and seniors.

Vetri Cucina LV
Photo by Clint Jenkins, courtesy of Vetri Cucina LV

The Palms
Vetri Cucina is back open after a long closure of more than two years due to a change of ownership at the Palms plus the pandemic. Marc Vetri's restaurant hasn't lost a step in the downtime, staying true to a menu of Italian cuisine that skips heavy sauces in favor of light, crisp ingredients. Housemade pastas are perfect for dates to share, especially the almond tortellini with white truffles or spinach gnocchi in brown butter. Begin any meal with a doughnut-like zeppole, topped with honey and prosciutto di parma cured for 24 months for a rich, buttery flavor. The brown butter-infused Manhattan is exceptional, but it's hard to resist ordering a bottle of Italian wine to share while admiring the panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip from the 56th floor of the Palms. The dining room has the right mix of rustic charm and modern decor, setting a tone that only gets better when the roaming amaro cart pulls up to your table.
Cost: Prices vary.

Flight Club Darts USA
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Alcohol and sharp objects might seem like two things you don't want to mix, but Flight Club finds a way to make it work. The secluded lounge allows visitors to toss darts around in an environment that's more sophisticated and stylish than your average English pub, with digital screens making it easy to keep score. The 16,000-square-foot space is beautifully decorated with Strip views and a 27-seat bar modeled after a vintage carousel. Even the dart boards are made of oak for an old-school touch. The lounge winds around corridors and corners with 20 bays (or "oches") for groups as small as two (for a private date night) and large as 12 (to bring a few friends along). Upgrade the experience with beer buckets, cookie towers, prime beef sliders, and other options off the menu.
Cost: Prices vary.

Clique Bar & Lounge
Photo courtesy of Clique Bar & Lounge

The Cosmopolitan
Clique Bar & Lounge is now preparing cocktails tableside with playful glassware and inventive presentations. A bartender comes to the table with a mixology cart of spirits, liqueurs, house-made juices, and garnishes for a personalized, interactive experience. The Seal It With A Kiss is a colorful mix of Casamigos, Chambord, and lemon with a pine shrub and mint, while Another Day in Paradise mixes Bacardi Superior with orgeat, lime, pineapple vinegar, and bitters with a flaming pineapple on top. Each cocktail is $25, with the same recipes made for everyone at the table–a good way to test if you and your date are on the same page.
Cost: Cocktails are $25.

The Royal Crawl has two self-guided drinking tours to soak in the alcohol while soaking in the sights. The Downtown version at the Fremont Street Experience begins at Overhang and Mega Bar at Circa, continues at Bar Prohibition inside the Golden Gate, then wraps up at Bar Canada and Longbar at The D. The newer Strip crawl takes guests down The LINQ promenade with drinks at I Love Sugar, Chayo, Tilted Kilt, Flour & Barley and AmeriCAN. Go at your own pace while following the Royal Crawl app with a choice of beer, wine, or cocktail at each stop. Each drink earns a digital playing card with a prize for the day's best hand.
Cost: Tickets are $89 and include five drinks. Use code HOLIDAY50 for 50% off at checkout.

Illuminarium Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of Illuminarium Las Vegas

Surround yourself in computer-generated visuals

Multiple Locations
Immersive worlds of projection mapping are a growing trend in Las Vegas. Illuminarium at AREA15 has both "Wild: A Safari Experience," featuring African animals in their natural environments and "Space: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond" depicting a rocket liftoff and visit to the lunar surface with a replica of NASA's Apollo module. Both experiences are enhanced with surrounding high-def scenery, crystal-clear audio, vibrations, scents, and even "footprints" for a truly compelling experience. Disney Animation: Immersive Experience at the Lighthouse ArtSpace inside the Shops at Crystals features your favorite Disney characters, from classics like Peter Pan and the Little Mermaid to contemporary hits like Zootopia and Encanto, in a room surrounded by 360-degree video mapping. In an interactive touch, some images actually move and react to the audience, who are encouraged to wear custom bracelets that light up in sync with the projections.
Cost: Tickets cost $35 for Illuminarium and $39.99 for Disney Animation: Immersive Experience.

If you really want to impress a date, take control of an aircraft and prove you can navigate the skies above Las Vegas—with professional supervision of course. All In Aviation offers experiential flight lessons, beginning at $415 per person (and yes, you can bring a guest). Circle above landmarks like the Hoover Dam or travel to a destination like Zion National Park or Big Bear Lake before returning home. The lesson, conducted by a certified flight instructor, takes place in a Cessna 172 or if you really want to get fancy, a Cirrus SR22, departing from Henderson Executive Airport.
Cost: Lessons begin at $415 per person.

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
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Need a cheap date? Walking through the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Garden is one of the best things you can do for free in Las Vegas. The new spring exhibit, "Giardino Dell’ Amore,” takes inspiration from an Italian countryside with brightly colored flowers and plants crafted into large-scale shapes and designs with a marble gazebo, fish pond, and European-style fountain. A private Garden Table in the exhibit's center can be reserved for couples to share brunch from Sadelle's or dinner from Michael Mina. You can even book a wedding proposal package with champagne and a floral petal display.
Cost: Admission is free. Brunch is $125 per person, and dinner is $349 per person at the Garden Table.

One great photo op deserves another. The Neon Museum, where historic Vegas signs and marquees are preserved and restored, has a portrait hour for guests to bring their own photographer for a professional shoot in the North Gallery. It could be just the thing to celebrate an engagement or take your relationship up a level. If you're looking to simply hang around and absorb the history, that's cool too. The North gallery is also home to Brilliant!, an evening show that brings vintage casino signs back to life with sound, video and immersive projection mapping.
Cost: Tickets begin at $20.

Photo courtesy of AREA15

Off the Strip
The entertainment, dining, and retail space known as AREA15 is a great place to bring a date. Omega Mart, a massive walkable art installation by Meow Wolf that's a trippy spoof of a superstore, is the main attraction. Otherwise, feel free to grab a cocktail at Oddwood, Emporium Arcade Bar, or Liftoff (which elevates guests 130 feet in the air). Ride the Haley's Comet motorized zip-line, play one of eight simulator bays at Five Iron Golf, and check out the Wink World hall of infinite mirrors. Todd English's The Beast is a great restaurant for barbecue, while Lost Spirits is a distillery with a Willy Wonka-style tour and a few fun surprises along the way, including an indulgent multi-course dinner menu that takes guests 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Cost: Prices vary.

 Maverick Helicopters
Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters

The Strip
Maverick Helicopters has a couple of sky-high ways to help plan a perfect night out in Las Vegas. The Savory Bites & Neon Lights Tour begins with a Lip Smacking Foodie Tour food crawl of top Strip restaurants followed by a helicopter ride above the lights of the Strip. The Savor & Soar experience is similar, but features a crawl of the restaurants at Virgin Hotels before taking flight. If you're a couple that prefers mountain scenery, the Neon & Nature tour flies from the Strip to the colorful sandstone cliffs of Red Rock Canyon with a 30-minute break on the ground that includes a champagne toast and panoramic views up on a private 2,900-foot-high vista.
Cost: All-inclusive package is $325 per person.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than nine years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Trivago Magazine, Sophisticated Living, Modern Luxury, Leafly, Las Vegas Magazine, and other publications. His favorite idea for a Las Vegas date is drinks on the back patio with his wife. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.