12 Great Date Ideas

It's mating season! Spark a new relationship—or rekindle an old one—with one of these outings

Scoot City Tours.

Scoot City Tours.


Scoot City Tours offers lovers the chance to see Las Vegas like it’s never been seen before. Its three-wheel, two-seat “Scootercars” look as though they came straight out of Tron. Cruise Red Rock Canyon or Downtown this spring as part of a group tour. Your friendly and knowledgeable Scoot City guide points out interesting landmarks along the way. $125 per person for five hours; 699-5700, ScootCityTours.com.

Some of the best dates are ones where you can be active and athletically engaged. Skyzone is an all-in-one option. The facility features multiple matted trampoline floors and experiences, such as foam pits, basketball and aerobics. Whether it’s attempting a double backflip or playing in one of its dodgeball tourneys, Skyzone is guaranteed to bring out the competitive nature in any dater. 30- to 120-minute jumps, $13-$26; 7440 Dean Martin Dr., Suite 201, 560-5900; Skyzone.com/LasVegas.

Zero G. | Zero G. by Steven Boxall/Zero Gravity

Zero G. | Zero G. by Steven Boxall/Zero Gravity

For those seeking an out-of-this-world dating experience, look no further than Zero G, which offers passengers the experience of weightlessness via a ride on a modified Boeing 727 airplane that is flown in parabolic arcs, giving its passengers the ability to float around the cabin as though they are in space. What can be more romantic than holding hands while flying through the air? It worked for Superman. Available March 15 and Aug. 2, $4,950 per person; 888-664-7284, GoZeroG.com.

Dinner and a Show

The obscene banter of Penny Pibbets and the Gazillionaire and the mesmerizing acrobatic acts of Absinthe are a tough act to follow in the realm of absurdity. But we think the two of you should give it a shot. In the very same hotel, Caesars Palace, is what’s left of Guy Savoy’s legendary 1.17-pound black truffle, which the French chef uses in his limited-opportunity (until mid-March) Black Truffle Prestige Menu. If this rare tasting doesn’t blow you away, the bill will. Truffle menu $420 per person; Absinthe tickets start at $99; 731-7110, CaesarsPalace.com.

Feel the need for more substance in your lives? Head Downtown and spice up the night. Recharge your taste buds at Red Mansion, a Hong Kong-style restaurant in the new Downtown Grand. Keep the “international” theme going with a trip to The Smith Center. Special performances in March include the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Dinner for two, $40-60, 719-5100; show tickets, $26-$150, TheSmithCenter.com.

Cirque's O. | Cirque Du Soleil by Veronique Vial

Cirque’s O. | Cirque Du Soleil by Veronique Vial

At Bellagio, the circus goes on all night. Start your evening with the special pre-“O” three-course dinner, and pair it with a sexy cucumber martini—all conceived by chef Brian Massie at Fix Restaurant and Bar. Then see of one of Cirque Du Soleil’s most popular shows in a whole new light, from its new luxury VIP suites. FIX dinner $65 per person. VIP tickets $295, including a bottle of Champagne and truffles or other seasonal delights. 693-7111, Bellagio.com.

With a View



Panevino restaurant, nestled along Sunset Road across from McCarran International Airport, is wonderful inside, but thanks to its signature floor-to-ceiling windows, the stunning views of the busy tarmac and bustling Strip at dusk are what make it truly special. Amid that ambience, enjoy Panevino’s homemade pasta ($19-$30) or short-rib risotto ($30), followed by every woman’s favorite finale: a chocolate soufflé ($10). If you two hit it off, drive across the street and park at the airport runway vista, where you can sit under the stars while checking out the takeoffs and landings—or simply each other. 246 Via Antonio Ave., 222-2400, PanevinoLasVegas.com.

Our version of Central Park is a natural spot for lovebirds, and there are a number of ways to enjoy it. We recommend the 45-minute guided walk of the botanical gardens, where you can bask in the beauty of Cactus Alley or share an appreciation for homegrown ingredients in the herb garden. There are plenty of great picnic spots—such as the trellis of roses—and from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday you can buy lunch from food trucks, including Rika Arepa Express. Tours available 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sat-Sun., admission $9.95, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 822-7700, SpringsPreserve.org.

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One of the most intimate, rarefied spaces in Las Vegas sits on the fourth floor of the Louis Vuitton store in the Shops at Crystals, where—by appointment only—you’ll find Akhob (an Egyptian word meaning “pure water”), a James Turrell-commissioned installation. You and your date can bathe in the work’s monochromatic colors (in a 24-minute cycle) while your personal guide shares insights about the placid, intergalactic-like space. Next, head over to Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd floor to watch the glittering lights of the Strip while sipping tea and enjoying English scones from the tranquil Tea Lounge. Louis Vuitton, 730-3150, LouisVuitton.com; Mandarin Oriental, 888-590-8888, Mandarin-Oriental.com/LasVegas.

James Turrell installation at Louis Vuitton. | James Turrell Installation Courtesy Louis Vuitton

James Turrell installation
at Louis Vuitton. | James Turrell Installation Courtesy Louis Vuitton

Classic Vegas

If it’s old-school Vegas you’re after, then dinner at the Golden Steer Steakhouse, where the Rat Pack were once regulars, is a prime spot. Although the restaurant has changed some over the years, two things have remained: its prime aged beef and the very formal veteran staff. Follow the feast with a Jack Daniel’s “Frank’s way”—two fingers of Jack over four ice cubes, topped with a bit of still water—at the Parlour Bar & Lounge at the historic El Cortez, where you’ll catch The King, Elvis tribute artist John Brooks, who performs 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Golden Steer, 308 W. Sahara Ave., 384-4470, GoldenSteerSteakHouseLasVegas.com; El Cortez, 600 E. Fremont St., ElCortezHotelCasino.com.

What better way to connect on a date than through the tunes of your mutual pasts? All-’90s cover band Empire Records cranks out millennials’ favorite hits with their free, twice-monthly (March 7 and 29) gigs at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel. After the show, walk across the parking lot to the Hard Rock Café, which opened its doors in 1990 and for pretty much the whole decade had lines around the building and a valet full of Ferraris. There you can soak up the café’s rock memorabilia while sharing a Ben & Jerry’s shake. 4455 Paradise Rd., 693-5000, HardRockHotel.com

One of the Valley’s most historic places, Spring Mountain Ranch, offers a uniquely bucolic atmosphere and a day full of rustic stuff to do just 10 minutes outside Las Vegas. The 520-acre ranch is open for exploration, whether as part of a tour or indie activities such as picnicking, nature watching and hiking. The cooler temperatures during the summer make the Ranch a great day trip for couples looking to get to know each other beyond social media. And come May, you can make a night of it, too, when Super Summer Theater begins its season. 6375 Highway 159, Blue Diamond, 875-4141, Parks.NV.gov.

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