OK. So you went to the club, tried out your best line, and it actually worked. Now that you’ve got the number, it’s time to show that you’re a fun guy with a little personality... is that even possible? In Las Vegas?! It is if you read our list of actually sweet Sin City date ideas.
You can’t go wrong with the perfect romantic restaurant. But if you really want to impress your date, ask for a seat at the floating pagoda table at Mizumi. You’ll walk down an outdoor path to your own table on the water, where you can enjoy sushi and sashimi with a little privacy while surrounded by the restaurant’s private gardens, koi pond, and waterfall.
Need to break the ice on a first date? You’ll be given parkas, gloves, and boots before entering a room where everything is frozen. Everything... including the walls, bar, seats, and even the glasses carrying your vodka cocktails, making it the perfect place to send shivers up your date’s spine.
Explore nearly two miles of zip lines, spread over four different courses, with views of Lake Mead and the desert landscape along the way. Thick cables mean a smooth ride, and it’s not unusual to spot bighorn sheep, red-tailed hawks, and other wildlife around you. It’s one of the most exhilarating ways to enjoy the beauty of nature (and your date) in the Las Vegas area.
Hit the admittedly cliched, but still totally sweet waterway between the Venetian and the Palazzo on your own authentic gondola. You’ll float underneath bridges and cross under balconies while being serenaded by the dude steering the thing. A great way to unwind and digest all those calories after a long romantic dinner.
Want to take the plunge... but can’t quite go through with it? Indoor skydiving gives you a chance to take flight... just a few feet off the ground thanks to a massive blast of wind from below the floor. A great physical activity for both guys and girls and a great warm-up if your date takes you to even greater heights later on.
Need something sweet for your sweetheart? Take a self-guided tour through the factory and find out exactly how pecan brittle and satin cremes are made. Here’s a hint: lots of sugar. Try a free sample and head outside for a stroll through the Botanical Cactus Garden which is covered in colorful lights during the winter months. You know, when Las Vegas drops to a frigid 65 degrees.
Pretty much every big hotel on the Strip has a fancy spa and one of the best can be found at the Cosmo. And if you happen to be with that special someone, the “Couples Moroccan Journey” treatment is the way to go. Unwind in privacy with an experience that combines an 80-minute Hammam treatment with a 50-minute massage. You’ll both be washed down in volcanic black soap, detoxified in rhassoul clay, hydrated with honey, and soaked in a tub with eucalyptus steam. The only downside is you’ll be so relaxed afterwards, you might not have energy for anything else.
One of the nicer bowling alleys in Las Vegas, and definitely one of the biggest with 72 lanes, Red Rock Lanes offers some traditional bowling fun along with a few modern perks. Up to 12 lanes can be reserved for a private VIP section where you can be as loud as you want, play your choice of music, and yes, order bottle service. There’s also plenty of food and a bunch of other games, like darts, pool, and shuffleboard.
The one shooting range that goes out of its way to welcome women in Las Vegas with a comfortable atmosphere, “Gun Girls” on staff, and a clean, modern facility that emphasizes both style and safety. The “Femme Fatale” package is tailor-made for firing off a little female aggression and could be just the thing to add a little excitement to your relationship.
There’s nothing more stereotypically romantic than flowers, and there isn’t a better floral display than this indoor garden right off the lobby of the Bellagio. The exhibits, made with thousands and thousands of flowers, tend to change with the season and are planned months in advance by a team of nearly 150 people. That’s not all. Just head out the front door and you’re right in front of the Bellagio fountains where water shows take place every 15 or 30 minutes. This one-two punch of romantic time wasting is easily the best free date in Las Vegas. And who doesn’t love something for free?
There are a lot of reasons to check out a strip club in Vegas, but Crazy Horse III is especially good at welcoming couples, with intimate booth seating and some surprisingly good sushi prepared by the in-house Japanese chef. Here’s the good news: the entertainers tend to love having women in the house. At least that’s what we've heard.
If you really want to impress your date with something different, skip the bottle service and go with tea service. Head to the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental and choose from a selection of loose-leaf teas that range from green matcha to ginseng oolong while snacking on sandwiches, pastries, and other small bites. If you need a little more kick to your afternoon, there’s also Champagne and tea cocktails.
Roll a few gutterballs at Brooklyn Bowl, grab a few drinks at Yard House, and buy a treat from the cupcake ATM at Sprinkles. Of course, no date at the LINQ is complete without a ride on the High Roller wheel. You’ll be in the same compartment for about 40 minutes so it’s probably the best way to figure out if you really like this person or not.
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Rob Kachelriess is a writer from Las Vegas, who has never... NEVER... taken a date to the Crazy Horse III. He’s on Twitter: @Kachelriess.