date night

While the classic dinner and a movie can be relaxing and a great go-to for those people who love to see the newest and greatest movie releases, doing that as your date every time you go out can get a little tiring. There, however, are tons of activities and events that break the mold of dinner and a movie, let you get to know your spouse and partner a little better, while having fun at the same time. Here are some great alternatives to the movie date night we know (and sometimes love).

Escape Games

These have popped up almost quite literally overnight and grown in popularity not only in our area, but in the national landscape as well and there’s a reason. They’re fun, unique, and great for couples and groups wanting a fun night out. The whole premise of the game is to escape from a locked room using your mind within the given time limit. Locally, try Extreme Escape Games in Cool Springs.

Take a cooking class

A cooking class is a great way to be creative with your significant other. For those who like to cook, check out the McConnell House in downtown Franklin, Williams Sonoma, located in the CoolSprings Galleria and Sur La Table, located in the Hill Center in Brentwood.

Try rock climbing

For the couples who are more actively inclined, rock climbing is a great go-to date night activity that couples can usually do together. Franklin is home to a climbing gym called The Crag, which is open until 10 for those late night dates and fun. If you’ve never been, they offer a welcome pack where you get a class and 3 days of passes for $45.

Enjoy some live music

Music is everywhere – not just Nashville. Of course, Nashville has some great venues like the Ryman Auditorium and Bridgestone, but you can also find local musicians and songwriters performing all over Williamson County, at venues like GRAYS on Main, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor, Nolen’s Place and many more. A great resource to find a list of local music is visitfranklin.com.

Enjoy a night (or day) of Shooting

Going to the shooting range might not be the first thing you think of when you think “date night,” but for those who enjoy hunting or recreational shooting sports, it’s a great alternative to the standard date night. And for those who are not experienced shooters, it’s a great opportunity to learn something new together. Just five miles north of Brentwood, you’ll find Nashville Armory, which features climate controlled pistol and rifle rated bays and a training center offering a wide variety of classes for any skill level lead by certified instructors. Nashville Armory is located at 4290 Kenilwood Drive, Nashville TN 37204. They will open a location in Franklin soon.