Date night in Fort Lauderdale: 5 fun ideas for young couples

When it comes to a strong nightlife scene, Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding beaches are one of the top destination cities not just in the United States, but anywhere in the world. And the South Florida nightlife is as diverse as it is vibrant, offering unique experiences and fun attractions that appeal to many different types of people.

For young couples, the fun on the beach often seems endless. But while the nightclub scene in Miami gets a lot of attention, there are plenty of other experiences to explore that offer a change of pace for young couples going on dates. Here are five, fun date night ideas to consider the next time you hit the town in and around Fort Lauderdale.

1. Bar-hopping across rooftops

Great weather and great views are two of Fort Lauderdale greatest features, so why not combine them by enjoying drinks and dinner on outdoor rooftop bars? The city has plenty of great options to choose from, starting with Rooftop @ 1WLO, Fort Lauderdale’s first official rooftop bar. This rooftop space provides refreshing breezes off the nearby water, and the calm, relaxing vibe makes it a great place to start your evening with food, beverages or both.

From there, hop to any number of bars offering their own unique style and appeal—as long as they’ve got a good view, of course.

2. Entertainment at The Casino at Dania Beach

One of the more diverse entertainment destinations in the city is The Casino at Dania Beach, which has a little bit of everything in a smoke-free environment: 750 slot machines, over 20-table card rooms, music, comedy, fine dining, a simulcast lounge and a sports bar. Located just a short drive from Hollywood Beach, it’s an easy destination that offers a great nightly spread of entertainment.

One of the more diverse entertainment destinations in the city is The Casino at Dania Beach, which has a little bit of everything in a smoke-free environment: 750 slot machines, over 20-table card rooms, music, comedy, fine dining, a simulcast lounge and a sports bar. Located just a short drive from Hollywood Beach, it’s an easy destination that offers a great nightly spread of entertainment.

“The most unique attraction at The Casino at Dania Beach is its live jai-alai matches, which allow spectators to sit down and experience one of the fastest sports on earth,” says a spokesperson for The Casino at Dania Beach. “Admission is free, and matches are played five days a week.”

3. Solve a mystery

Put on your thinking caps and channel your inner super sleuth at Think Escape Games, an imaginative escape room in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Escape games are new concept that has been sweeping the nation in popularity – participants are locked in a mysterious setting and need to use clues found within the room in order to find their way out! Think Escape Games has three scenarios to choose from: a murder mystery in The Study, a science experiment gone wrong in Laboratory 52 or a mob showdown in The Shady Tavern.

4. Burn rubber

For a high-octane date night, try the go kart racing at K1 Speed. Featuring two indoor tracks, K1 offers a racing experience perfect for adrenaline junkies and novice drivers alike.

“K1’s zero emission carts are capable of speeds up to 40mph, so hang on tight,” says a spokesperson for The Casino at Dania Beach. “And be sure to book in advance! Spots can fill up quickly.”

5. Try standup paddleboarding

If you are looking for a truly challenging experience for you and your date, Sunrise Paddleboards may be what you are looking for! Couples of all fitness levels are invited to enjoy this unique and exciting sport that enhances your balance and core. Sunrise Paddleboards offers two hour introductory lessons that are a great way to have fun and stay fit with your significant other.

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