Get ready to heat things up this summer in Hamilton.

The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and there are plenty of fun and romantic things to do. Check out our list of 10 summer date ideas that are sure to keep the spark alive.

1. Cheers to summer nights.

Nothing says summer romance like a winery visit with a side of nostalgia.

Stop 1: Ridge Road Estate Winery has a great wine selection and beautiful views to set the stage for the perfect date.

Stop 2: Starlite Drive-In will bring back all the nostalgic feels of young love with a night at the movies outside.

2. Explore the Waterfront

Head down to the waterfront for a piece of history, a roller rink, and tasty treats.

Stop 1: HMCS Haida is known as Canada’s most fightingest ship and full of history to explore. Check out their summer programming for great events.

Stop 2: Roller Skating at Pier 8 has summer fun and romance written all over it, along with great views of the waterfront sunset.

Bonus tip: Stop by Hutch’s to grab your sweetie a sweet ice cream treat.

3. Chasing Waterfalls

Enjoy some iconic summer experiences with a waterfall and a flight of craft beer.

Stop 1: Tiffany Falls is what waterfall dreams are made of, with forested trails and a great viewing deck to snap a selfie.

Stop 2: Brewers Blackbird serves up delicious eats and refreshing pints. With a beautiful patio, it’s sure to land bonus points with your special someone.

4. Hit the Summer Streets

With the summer nights as the backdrop, come explore the local arts, food, and drink scene.

Stop 1: Art Crawl on James Street North has a different vibe in the summer. With parts of the street closed to foot traffic, it’s the best place to wander and explore.

Stop 2: Martello is known for its massive back patio with colourful murals, handcrafted drinks, and food. It’s a great spot to end your night.

5. Explore the Outdoors

Stop 1: Dundas Valley Conservation Area is filled with beautiful trails for you to hike your hearts out while enjoying the views.

Stop 2: Namu Restaurant serves up Korean comfort food with a twist for a delicious and memorable meal.

6. Dinner and a Show

Take a classic date night and give it a twist with dinner and a show… under the stars.

Stop 1: CIMA Entoeca specializes in modern Italian dishes, artisan pizza, and hand-crafted cocktails for a great start to the night.

Stop 2: RBG Music in the Garden gives the stage to artists from all genres, with the beautiful botanical gardens and the summer night as the backdrop.

7. Cheer on the Hometown Team

Keep the energy high all date long and cheer on the hometown team.

Stop 1: Hambrgr is famous for their specialty burgers and you’ll know why once you take a bite. Splurge and split one of their milkshakes.

Stop 2: Hamilton Tiger-Cats always bring the heat on game day, making it a great way to spend the night outside and maybe sneak in a high-five or two.

8. Sit Back and Enjoy the View

Enjoy a date filled with great company, great views, and of course a sunset.

Stop 1: Limani at Fifty is one of the best spots to sit back, relax, and enjoy dinner with a beautiful view overlooking the marina.

Stop 2: Fifty Point Conservation Area has everything you need to stroll with that special someone including trails, beach front, and pretty views.

9. Summer Nights at the Museum

Plan an unforgettable night with dinner and a castle tour at golden hour.

Stop 1: Victoria’s Steak & Seafood combines exceptional food and a beautiful setting for a night your special someone won’t forget.

Stop 2: Dundurn Castle brings all the romantic vibes with their extended summer hours, making it a no-brainer for date night.

10. Pizza and picnic with a view

Plan a night to remember with world class pizza and views from the top of the city.

Stop 1: Cowabunga Pizza will impress any date with their cheese pizza, named the best in the world. If you ask us, everything they make is delicious.

Stop 2: Sam Lawrence Park sets the stage for any date night, with panoramic views of the city, beautiful gardens, and plenty of green space to set up your picnic blanket.

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