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11 Places to Fall in Love in Hamilton
Travel like a local.
Insider takes on the best of the city – by Amanda Stancati
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like planning a road-trip.
Follow your heart to Hamilton for a romantic getaway full of adventures sure to bring you even closer together.
We know the quickest way to someone’s heart is through food and you’ll find lots to choose from here in Hamilton.
For a great mix of classic restaurants and newer, trendier spots, check out our guide to romantic restaurants in Hamilton. And if you’re spending the night, you’ll love our many brunch options the next morning. Thank us later.
As you may have heard, Hamilton is the Waterfall Capital of the World. Bundle up and hike our many snowy trails to these natural wonders for a view. If you really want to add some adventure, consider ice climbing at Tiffany Falls (conditions permitting).
Wander the region’s largest and oldest art gallery hand in hand. Fall in love with Art Gallery of Hamilton exhibits like the current Building Cultural Legacies, exploring Hamilton’s visual arts history or the one of a kind Bruegel-Bosch Bus permanent installation in the gallery’s sunny atrium, sure to keep you both enthralled.
Time your date night on the second Friday of the month (which conveniently falls on Feb. 14 this year) to catch Hamilton’s famous Art Crawl on James Street North. Galleries, shops, bars and restaurants stay open late, plus outdoor vendors and music draw crowds to the street.
Set the scene for romance with a sunset state at Pier 8’s outdoor rink, a popular spot for winter fun. Warm up with a hot chocolate inside William’s Fresh Cafe and stroll along Hamilton’s historic industrial harbour for pretty waterfront views (cue hand-holding).
Make your date feel like royalty with a trip to a castle. Dundurn Castle National Historic Site is the former home of Sir Allan MacNab. Book a hands-on experience in their kitchen or enjoy a tour of the 40-room villa. (Hamilton’s own version of Downton Abbey).
Plan a perfect games night in Hamilton. Have fun exploring the brand new Escape Manor, home to axe throwing, escape rooms and cozy lounges complete with board games, snacks and cocktails. Or head to a board game cafe like Gameopolis or Mancala Monk.
CHEERS TO LOVE
Add some liquid courage to your date night with a stop at West Avenue Cider House ‘where country tradition meets big city lights’. Cozy up with a glass of cider and a cheese plate and watch the snow falling out in the apple orchard.