In the days of mindlessly swiping away on Tinder, you really want to stand out from the crowd. What better way to get someone’s attention then going to one of these unique date spots? After all, anyone can go to dinner and a movie.
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VISIT A BOARD GAME CAFE
Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? No better way to see what kind of person someone is than during a game of Uno. Remember: confidence is key, so even if you lose, keep on smiling.
CHECK OUT THE MOST HAUNTED SPOT IN TOWN
Toronto’s Don Jail is said to be the most haunted place in the city. Paranormal activity has been reported by many visitors over the years. Even if you and your date are both skeptics, the Don Jail is full of history, so it’s bound to create good conversation.
ENJOY A COMEDY SHOW
If your date has a funny bone, then look no further. Second City has many different events happening all summer long, and they’ve been in business for over 50 years. They even offer classes, for those who have comedic skills they want to show off.
VISIT THE ARCHERY DISTRICT
If you watched The Hunger Games and wished you were Katniss (but without the dystopian nightmare), you can live your dreams at Toronto’s Archery District. Here you and your date can learn how to use a bow and arrow, play archery tag, and even use the virtual reality simulator for the most immersive experience possible.
DINE IN THE DARK
At O.Noir, you and your date will truly have a unique experience. Choose one of the menu items, or opt for a surprise choice from the chef. You eat in a completely pitch black room, so all of your senses are heightened. It tends to get very busy, so many sure you have a reservation made in advance.
CHECK OUT A CAT CAFE
If you and your date are animal-lovers, check out Toronto’s Meow Cat Cafe. The friendly cats are everywhere once you walk in. Unlike other cat cafes, none of these animals are adoptable. But who doesn’t love having a cute animal curled up by their feet while they sip some tea?
STUDY SKULLS AND FOSSILS
If you and your date have a knack for the bizarre, check out The Prehistoria Natural History Centre and Skull Store Oddity Shop. By booking an appointment at the centre, you can check out real animal skeletons, taxidermy, and even human bones. But don’t worry, all items are legally and ethically sourced.
READ RARE BOOKS
The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library right here in Toronto has the largest collection of publicly available rare books in Canada. There’s over half a million books to browse through, many from the 1400’s. There’s even an ancient Babylonian cuneiform tablet dating back to 1789 B.C.
ATTEND AN ART BATTLE
Art Battles are held in cities all across the country. Even if you aren’t an artist yourself, you and your date can come see a handful of artists battle it out on the centre stage to see who can create their masterpiece the fastest. The audience then votes for who goes to the next round, competing at the regional or national level.
VISIT A MUSEUM
Toronto has dozens of museums all across the city, all specializing in different areas. The Royal Ontario Museum is known for its natural history and world cultures. Spadina House gives visitors a look one family’s Toronto-life during the early 1900’s. Toronto’s Design Exchange shows design history across multiple disciplines, such as fashion, furniture, and architecture.
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