From a romantic night on the town to an action-packed adventure, your perfect date night is just around the corner. You don’t even have to head to the big city to find it. In fact, there are enough fun date ideas in Maryville TN and throughout Blount County to keep you and your honey busy all year long.
With plenty of indoor and outdoor options to choose from, you’ll be able to plan the perfect night out for any weather.
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Outdoor Date Ideas in Maryville TN & Beyond
1. Drive-in Movie
During the warm weather months, you can cuddle up at the drive-in to watch 2 new release movies for the price of one. Don’t forget to bring your camp chairs so you can sit outside of your car and enjoy the scenic moonlight.
The theater also sells a variety of affordable food including burgers and hot dogs, so you can add a quick dinner to your evening out.
2. Stargazing Along the Foothills Parkway
The Foothills Parkway is the perfect place to view a glittering expanse of stars over the Smoky Mountains. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic dinner to make the experience complete. You can even print these free constellation cards, so you know what to look for.
Outdoorsy couples will enjoy soaking in peace and tranquility on one of our many local hiking trails. With Look Rock Tower, Maryville College Woods, the East Lakeshore Trail System, and Fort Loudon State Park, there are plenty of options to choose from.
4. Concerts in the Park
In late summer, couples can catch a free concert by the brook at Springbrook Park. There will also be a variety of vendors at these events for you to grab a bite to eat.
5. River Tubing
Adventurous couples can choose from several different river tubing companies in Townsend for a relaxing day date idea. Follow your excursion with lunch at Peaceful Side Socia for a yummy farm-to-table meal with craft beer.
6. A Biking Tour
Active couples will love Maryville’s expansive greenway trail that winds through scenic parks and local businesses. Bring your bikes along for a scenic bicycling tour of the town.
Extend the fun by grabbing drinks or a meal at one of the many yummy restaurants located along the greenway.
7. DIY Food Truck Tasting
At the fantastic food truck park in Townsend, you’ll frequently find BBQ, fried chicken, ice cream, and much more. There are usually 3-4 trucks onsite at a time.
To pull off this date idea, just order 1 menu item from each of the trucks and share the smorgasbord with your date.
The park is located right next to the Cades Cove Jeep Outlet and is open seasonally.
Indoor Date Night Ideas in Maryville Tennessee and Blount County
8. Paint Night
Maryville Arts District frequently hosts paint night parties at local businesses. At these events, guests will create fun canvas paintings with step-by-step instructions from a trained artist.
The paint nights most often take place at Twisted Sister Juice bar where you can sip delicious smoothies while you work. These events are typically scheduled for late afternoon, which will leave plenty of time to grab some dinner after your art project is complete.
9. Chef Tasting
The Walnut Kitchen offers an upscale chef-tasting experience complete with a multi-course, off-menu meal, and perfectly paired wines. This restaurant prides itself on using seasonal, local ingredients so the tasting menu changes all the time.
Keep coming back to taste scrumptious new dishes each season.
10. Splatter Painting
One of the most unique offerings in town is the Splatter Vault at Creative Spark Studio. In this groovy room, artists will suit up in ponchos and goggles to sling paint until their masterpiece is complete. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear old clothes and make reservations.
If getting messy isn’t your thing, Creative Spark also offers tons of other arts and crafts fun, like pottery painting, glass fusing, pour painting, and more.
11. Yoga or BINGO With Beer
Tri-Hop Brewery hosts fun events all month long including Yoga & Beer and BINGO & Beer nights. In addition to its fabulous craft beer selection, the brewery also brings in a scrumptious food truck for these special events.
12. Roller Skating
All the cool couples know that this traditional pastime will never go out of style. At Roller Arena Party Zone, you and your date can roll the night away with popular tunes from throughout the decades. There will also be fun games, like limbo, peppered in throughout the night.
13. Pottery Throwing
While Studio 212 primarily offers long-term art classes, on Saturdays they offer pottery-throwing classes without any long-term commitment. For a very affordable price, each person will make between 1-3 handmade ceramic pieces on the pottery wheel.
The classes are scheduled for late afternoon, which will leave you plenty of time to schedule a downtown stroll with dinner.
14. Axe Throwing
Adventurous couples will love tapping into their inner Viking with this fast-paced game of skill. We are so lucky to have Smoky MountainAxe House right here in Alcoa.
15. Beer Tasting
With several local breweries in town, this is a date idea you won’t mind repeating. Black Horse Brewery, Blackberry Farms Brewery, and Round 6 Brewing are just a few of the popular spots offering flights of their own craft-brewed beer.
Several of the breweries also have outdoor yard games and live music to help complete the evening.
16. Get Your Rage On
Rage rooms are a newer concept that is soaring in popularity. At Rocky Top Rage Room, adventurous couples will wear protective gear while they use sledgehammers to beat the tar out of old electronics, bottles, dishes, and more.
If pool tables and pizza are more your style, Bluetick Tavern is the perfect date night restaurant for you. The wood-fired pizza is one of the most popular in town and they have a wide variety of craft beers on tap.
After your meal, you can head upstairs where you’ll find pool tables and darts to help you complete the experience.
For a fun mid-week date idea, grab some drinks and check out the karaoke at Two Doors Down on Broadway. Even if you don’t like to sing, watching others take the stage is always a good time.
19. Cosmic Bowling
This classic date idea is always better when cosmic.
20. Traditional Dinner and Movie
If you are new to town or just considering a move, you may not even realize that Maryville has its own 12-screen movie theater with stadium seating. It’s a great place to catch new releases without having to worry about the weather.