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Unique Date Night Ideas in Erie, PA

My family and I have lived in Erie for almost 9 years now. My husband and I love the area; but honestly don't get out very much. When you have young kids, it's tough to get a date night! My husband and I try to go out at least once a month, just the two of us. Most of the time we'll go to dinner or see a movie. I was prepping for our last date night and realized that I didn't want to just get dinner. I wanted to do something fun and unique!


A family of four laughs together during a studio portrait session with Erie, PA photographer Ashley Stack Photography
All four of my loves!

This led me to wonder what types of different date night activities Erie offers. I know we have plenty of great restaurants, but I wanted to find something different. So if you're looking for your next date night idea, try one from the list below and let me know how it goes!


Attend a Dinner Theater Performance

Enjoy dinner and a show at the Station Dinner Theatre. The dinner theater is open year round and boasts comedies, musicals, and great food!


Take an Art Class

Channel your inner artist and take a class together at Glass Growers Gallery. GGG offers classes in watercolor, polymer clay, and mosaic tiles. If being hands-on isn't your thing, take in a gallery night there instead!


A girl paints on a canvas in Ashley Stack Photography's studio.
Unleash your inner artist with a class at Glass Growers Gallery!

Try an Escape Room

This one is great to do with friends, too! Test your teamwork and problem-solving skills by attempting to escape from one of the several escape rooms available in Erie.


Go on a Ghost Walk

Explore Erie's haunted history by taking a ghost walk with Candlelight Ghost Walks in Girard. Keep in mind that these tours only run May-October. But this would be a great way to get some exercise and take in some local history!


Check out the Local Wineries

Possibly my favorite activity on the list! Indulge in a night of wine and fun by taking a tour at the Mazza Vineyards or Presque Isle Wine Cellars.


Attend a Performance at Schuster Theater

Check out what's on stage at Gannon University's Schuster Theater. My husband and I attended a performance here and the cast was great! It's an intimate theater experience within walking distance of the Flagship City Food Hall (which was FANTASTIC!!)


A couple smiles during a selfie at Schuster Theater on Gannon University's campus.
A selfie from our last date night at Schuster Theater!

Take a Cooking Class

Don't want to go to another restaurant for your date night? Book a cooking class with a personal chef! There are classes for couples, groups, and even families!


A young girl smiles in a kitchen during a photoshoot with Erie, PA photographer Ashley Stack Photography.
Cooking is one of my family's favorite things to do together! So this is definitely on my to-do list for family activities!

Book a Sunset Sail

Take a cruise onboard a sailboat with Your Sailing Adventure! I mean, I can't think of anything more romantic than watching the sunset over the water from your own personal sailboat!


Two girls watch the sunset over Lake Erie during a photoshoot with Ashley Stack Photography at Presque Isle
Erie has some of the most gorgeous sunsets around!

Catch a Show at Kellar's

Check out the schedule for Kellar's Modern Magic and Comedy Club. This one is definitely on my to-do list!


Check out a Festival

Here in Erie we have some AMAZING festivals all summer long! (Being a cantor at St. Patrick's, I'm partial to the Irish festival!) Between the entertainment, games, food, and drinks, you won't be disappointed!


And if you find yourself needing a newborn session 9 months after your date night, I'm your girl!!



I hope this list helps to inspire your next date night! If you're interested in booking a session, contact me anytime! And as always, take care, and smile pretty!

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