Are you ready to try something new and exciting on your next night out? With so mountain adventures and recreation opportunities near, here is a list of 18 great ways to spice up your date night. This list is sorted so it’s easy to find the options to best suit your budget! There is no excuse now.
Easy on the Pocket
Take a hike! No seriously, it’s time to take a hike. The trails throughout the Wasatch range from beginner to expert. Ogden Valley offers enough trails to keep you busy for a long time and is cooler on hot summer nights. Two top picks are Wheeler Creek Trail located in Wheeler Canyon at the top of Ogden Canyon, a 3.5 mile out-and-back next to a year around stream. There are several spots to pull off the trail and and listen to the stream. Don’t miss Ice Box Canyon about 1 mile up for a single track variation, sometimes you can even see deer! The other favorite is the Overlook Trail starting in the lower parking lot at Snowbasin resort. Enter through the gate at the northeast side of the parking lot 2 and head north up the gravel road. This hike is 5.75 miles round trip with 800 feet in elevation gain and is moderate difficulty. Overlooking Ogden and Ogden Valley with a bench to sit on at the end, sit back and take in the breathtaking vistas. Unfamiliar with the area? Check out our area map!
Pack a picnic. Just like in old fashioned rom-coms, picnics are a fun, easy way to get out of the house. Pack dinner, fresh fruit and a beverage of choice and head to Mount Ogden Park, Huntsville Park or any of the many amazing parks in the area. Add it to a hike above, Ogden’s Waterfall canyon or keep it simple in your backyard. It can also be fun to make the meal together before heading out! Make sure to bring a blanket or some chairs to sit on.
Art from the heart. Run to the local arts and crafts store (or Dollar Tree) and grab some creative tools. For example, painting, drawing, coloring, or even clay molding can easily be done at home for a low cost. As a bonus, it will create a memory of that date forever!
Drive until dusk. Scenic drives are abundant in Utah, especially near the mountains. Take a Sunday afternoon and hop on Highway 39 to see the Ogden River Scenic Byway. Begin at the base of Ogden Canyon near Rainbow Gardens, pass the waterfall, and continue on. You can even stop in the middle of the canyon where Indian Trail awaits. With fascinating geology throughout Ogden Canyon and the sparkling green waters of Pineview Reservoir waiting at the top, it’s a sight you certainly won’t want to miss. Fall colors abound heading further east on toward Monte Cristo and the spring flowers on Trappers Loop are absolute musts.
Camp with the critters. Ogden Valley alone has eight unique campsites to choose from. Anderson Cove is located on the south side of Pineview Reservoir right by the water and includes its own beach and boat launch. Other amenities include volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. North Fork Park is a campsite run by Weber County. It’s on the far north side of Ogden Valley and has excellent trails branching off. Take a break from all of the noise and enjoy the peace and serenity offered by the outdoors, then roast some s’mores.
Explore the Ogden Nature Center! This unique setting provides people the opportunity to connect and explore their natural environment right in the heart of Ogden. With 152 acres available to explore displays, walk pathways, enjoy birding and ponds with unique animal habitats. Admission is $5 for those 13 and older and don’t miss special events such as concerts, fun run, bird walks, and nature journaling. Even volunteer to help with the animals and plants and add to your karma account.
Spend $25 on 25th. The history of 25th street dates back to 1869 when the Union Station was officially opened. While it was an important part of the railroad, eventually it became overrun with thieves, gamblers, and gangsters. In 1954 the area was cleaned up and today it is a bustling street with many cafes, restaurants, antique stores, art galleries, and more. For this scenario, both partners take $25 and spend it on food or a little souvenir for their date.
Marvelous museums in Ogden! Ogden is rich in both history and art so there are a variety to choose from. Eccles Dinosaur Park is an exciting collection of prehistoric creatures featuring dinosaurs indigenous to Utah. The Union Station houses museums and galleries specific to railroad history. There are also exhibits featuring firearms, gems and minerals, classical cars, and art. Hill Aerospace Museum displays over 80 military aircraft, missiles, aerospace vehicles, and countless other historical artifacts. The Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden holds yoga, dance, crafts, and visual art classes as well as contemporary artwork exhibits. There’s also an art walk on the first Friday of every month on 25th street where local artists and vendors showcase their work along the street!
Ogden Events. Golden Spike Event Center has events happening all the time! So, hit up a roller derby bout, rodeo, gemstone show, demolition derby, or even a dog training session. Peery’s Egyptian Theatre also has a ton of happenings. It’s a historic performing arts center with live theatre, ballet, music, and film festivals.
Awaken your inner child at the arcade! When’s the last time you showed off your air hockey or ski-ball skills? Bring your date and immerse yourself in some classic fun. Fat Cats in Ogden offers a full arcade complete with laser tag, bumper cars, and bowling. Toad’s Fun Zone offers amenities such as an arcade, mini golf, laser tag, a driving range, go karts, and a batting cage. Fun idea: whoever has the least amount of tickets has to make dinner!
Flock to the fish! Check out Cold Springs Trout Farm, a year-round family owned company that offers unique fishing opportunities for guests. There are seven ponds stocked with Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Tiger trout. The fly fishing pond is a catch and release with water that never freezes because of the constant flow, convenient!
Mosey over to the Movies. Go to the local drive in, Motor-Vu, and experience the latest releases on four giant digital projection movie screens. Since 1947, Coleman’s Motor-Vu Drive in has been providing people with hours of entertainment. The theatre also has a snack bar so you can still enjoy fresh popcorn with your movies. Plus, you get to see two movies for less than the price of one, what a deal!
A Pretty Penny
A is for Amusement! Lagoon Amusement Park is home of the Cannibal roller coaster which happens to have the steepest drops in North America and holds the world record for the tallest beyond-vertical drop on a roller coaster. Get a thrill out of the wild rides and then relax in the cool waters of Lagoon-A-Beach. Pioneer Village is a unique feature that provides a blast to the old west past. In the fall, the park gets all dressed up for the Halloween season and has multiple haunted houses!
Skydive. Need I say more? This once in a lifetime opportunity allows first-time jumpers to experience the beauty of Ogden from 12,000 feet above! The endeavor costs just over $200 for an instruction briefing, 20 minute plane ride, 60 second free-fall (with instructor), 7 minute parachute ride, and a first-jump certificate. You can also upgrade your package to include video and photography work. If jumping out of an airplane isn’t really your thing, don’t worry. iFLY Utah provides the opportunity to skydive in a complete controlled environment, indoors!
Rent for Rec. Borrow some high-quality recreational vehicles! Rent a boat, jet skis, four wheelers, snowmobiles, UTVs, or many other toys. In addition there are wakeboard, waterski, and boat rentals. Locations are available at Pineview, East Canyon, Willard Bay, Starvation, Monte Cristo, and Eden. Reservations can be made here.
Go golfing! There are 8 unique courses just in Ogden City, each with rolling greens and well-groomed fairways. With a variety of courses offering different amenities, it’s easy to find the perfect course for you and your love to relax and drive some golf balls.
Prime-Time Climbs. The Front Climbing Gym in Ogden offers a wide variety of climbing and yoga activities. Day passes are $20 each and equipment rentals are extra. Classes are available for both beginner and advanced climbers as well as $99 month-to-month memberships for couples. If you’d prefer to take your rock climbing adventure outdoors then Weber State University offers guided climbing for groups. American Mountain Guides are trained and certified to take you into the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. A half day (1-5 hours) costs $100 for the first person and is only $75 for each additional guest; a full day (6-9 hours) is $125 for the first person and $100 for additional group members.
Date night(s). Sometimes one night just isn’t enough to satisfy. Therefore, we suggest you make a couples’ vacation out of your date night, come stay with Mountain Luxury Lodging. Our luxury vacation rentals are perfect for romantic getaways. Choose from Lakeside Resort Condominiums to a grandeur vacation home. To top it off, soak in your private hot tub and an in room massage afterwards. With the closest lodging to Pineview Reservoir and Snowbasin Resort, it’s the perfect place to spend the weekend.