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7 Perfect Plans for Date Night in the Shoals

Whether it’s your first date or your thousandth, these local date night ideas can fit into any budget and are sure to set sparks flying.

Bowling at The Boiler Room


Located in the basement of the Stricklin Hotel in downtown Florence, this bowling joint allows you to knock some pins while enjoying live music and craft cocktails. But the entertainment doesn’t stop there: The novelty bar also offers its guests skeeball, foosball, shuffleboard, and darts. Nothing says romance like a friendly game of competition! With its lively but cozy atmosphere, this fun spot is hard to leave at the end of the night. Before you go, be sure to order from their menu that only offers tasty fare from Big Bad Breakfast upstairs.


Catch a show at Ritz Theatre


Built in 1927, this Art Deco theatre is the perfect place to experience local history and art simultaneously. The theatre frequently stages locally produced and directed dramas, cabarets, and comedies throughout the year, but definitely do not miss its annual SummerStock. In July, the Ritz treats audiences to a locally produced, directed, and acted musical — from West Side Story to Les Miserables. After the show, may we suggest slow dancing in the street beneath the lights of the marquee a la Noah and Allie from The Notebook?


Play games at Wildwood Tavern


Craving some nostalgia? Look no further than the arcade room at the Wildwood Tavern in downtown Florence. Cozy up with your other half and a craft beer (or cool craft cocktail) while playing classic games like Pacman, Mortal Kombat, pinball, and so much more. If all the gaming makes you hungry, this eclectic pub has you covered in the snack department, offering treats like specialty flatbreads and out-there hotdogs. 


See the Spring Park Light and Water Show


This novelty show is a great budget-friendly option because it is completely free! Every night from mid-March through December, Spring Park in downtown Tuscumbia offers a grand display of beautiful lights and dancing waters soaring 150 feet into the air set to music from Alabama artists. Grab a bite to eat at any of Tuscumbia’s delicious eateries then head to the park in time for the show — or better yet, bring a blanket and snacks to enjoy a nighttime picnic with a spectacular view. 


Enjoy dinner with a view at 360 Grille


Pull out all the stops for date night by heading with your honey to this revolving restaurant located at the very top of the 300-foot Renaissance Tower. True to its name, this upscale restaurant rotates a complete 360 degrees as you eat, offering diners a panoramic view of the Shoals area including the Tennessee River below. Indulge in decadent steak and artisan wines while taking in the stunning views. Book your reservations just before sunset for a truly special evening.


Get into virtual reality at Birdy’s

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Virtual reality games, virtual golf, corn hole, scrumptious food and cocktails, and live music — what more could you ask for a playful, light-hearted date night? Birdy’s is the place to go when you truly want to unwind and have fun together. Challenge your date to a virtual reality game, then cool off with one of Birdy’s specialty cocktails while listening to live music from local artists. 


Eat burgers in a cave at Rattlesnake Saloon


There's no other dining experience in the Shoals quite like that at Rattlesnake Saloon. Located in a rock cave underneath a waterfall, this restaurant is great for diners with a sense of adventure. Chow down on traditional American fare (the burgers are famous) while listening to live music and the soothing sounds of the waterfall. If you are really brave, come for karaoke night on Thursdays, where you and your date can perform a duet.