Date night is scheduled, but you don’t want to do the same old boring dinner and a movie routine. Madison, Wisconsin has so much to offer when it comes to going out with your sweetie. From beautiful scenery to romantic dining, here are some unique date ideas in Madison, Wisconsin that you’re sure to fall in love with!
Stop and Smell the Roses
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is not only rated one of the most inspiring gardens in North America, it’s also the #1 attraction in Madison on TripAdvisor.com. This is a perfect place to see some gorgeous perennials with your significant other, no matter the weather. With indoor and outdoor gardens, you’ll be able to explore and have some beautiful photo opportunities! Olbrich features several gardens including a sunken garden, perennials, roses, rocks, herbs, wildflowers, and a tropical conservatory.
Pass the Mustard, Please
Planning your date around condiments doesn’t sound normal, but it sure tops the list of unique date ideas in the Madison, Wisconsin area! Located in Middleton, the National Mustard Museum is a perfect place to learn, taste, and shop for your favorite sandwich topping. Dubbed the “Condimental Divide”, the triumphant piece in the museum is the display of more than 5,566 jars, bottles, and tubes from every U.S. state and more than 70 countries. Learn cooking tips that you can use when you return home with your darling. Find your favorite mustard with non-stop tastings from wasabi to chocolate (yes, chocolate!) mustards. Laugh with the staff as they perform Shakespearian mustard soliloquies and mustard-themed parodies. Take home some of your favorite varieties of mustard and souvenir gifts. This is the perfect unique date for you and your honey (mustard).
Revisit Your Childhood
Have a bite to eat and witness the animated displays at Ella’s Deli. From a working, full-sized 1927 carousel to model trains chugging through glass table tops, there is something mesmerizing in every corner of Ella’s. Flying superheroes hang from the ceiling. Decorations hang from wires or pop out of trap doors. The young at heart love Ella’s just as much as children do, and it’s a unique way to connect with your love and reminisce about your own childhood toys and memories. Not to be outdone by the decor, the food is off-the-charts at Ella’s! Try the world famous french fried pickles as an appetizer to one of Ella’s outstanding deli sandwiches or Roundhouse Burgers, filled with deli pastrami and corned beef bits. Yum! Finish off your visit with dessert from iced coffee drinks to dozens of sundaes and fresh baked desserts. If you are going on a group date (or just REALLY hungry), try The One! The Only! Sparkled Kazoo, a 32 scoop sundae! Try out Ella’s for unique food and fun on your next date.
A Night at the Museum
Take in some culture at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. MMoCA Nights are held throughout the year to coincide with exhibition openings, film screenings, and other special events. Talk about culture, have some free hors d’oeuvres (included with the $10 admission or free for members), and have a drink at the cash bar. Check out the latest offerings at the museum, often accompanied with music and always with unique fun! Take in a film at the MMoCA Cinema, where you’ll screen critically acclaimed films from festivals like Cannes and Sundance. Not a night owl? The museum is open with fresh, contemporary exhibits during the day as well. After touring the museum, have a bite at Fresco, the museum’s rooftop restaurant.
Discover Buried Treasure
If you’re looking for something truly unique to do on a date night, check out National Natural Landmark, Cave of the Mounds, in Blue Mounds (just 25 miles West of Madison). Daily tours are available of the historic cave, but for a perfect date night, check out Cave After Dark! These events are made for romance with various themes of music, dining, and cocktails (one free drink per reservation) inside the cave. Events sell out fast, but you can book online to reserve a spot. Tickets are only $25 plus tax per person. Hiking and biking trails also make Cave of the Mounds a special day date destination as well!
There’s no way to get in a dating rut with all the unique date ideas in Madison, Wisconsin! Enjoy an experience with your sweetie that you’ll never forget!