Date adventures don’t have to be a thing of the past for Baltimore/Annapolis area parents. There are plenty of ways for Mommy and Daddy to get their groove back.
Out of the box date ideas
Sometimes spending alone time with your spouse requires out-of-the-box thinking. If you want to rekindle the romance or just get out of the house for grown-up fun, check out the list below for 12 great date adventures that won’t break the bank.
Every summer, volunteers have the opportunity to see what it’s like to be an archaeologist and excavate an actual site, through the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory’s Public Archaeology Program. You can dig and screen for artifacts in the field, or wash, label and count objects in the lab. If you don’t want to get dirty you can just watch the work in progress.
Free, but registration is required. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard.
Biking the Cross Island Trail on Kent Island
The Cross Island Trail spans the width of Kent Island from Terrapin Nature Park on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the Kent Narrows. It also connects cyclists to Old Love Point Park and the Chesapeake Exploration Center. The approximately 6-mile rail trail affords natural vistas and opportunities to view wildlife in an environmentally sensitive designed setting. Trail access is free. Open during daylight hours. Parking available at Terrapin Nature Park, Old Love Point Park, Castle Marina Road and the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center plus public clots beneath the Kent Narrows US 50/301 bridge. Find more info and a map at http://www.parksnrec.org/hiker-biker-trails/parks-and-maps/
Get things sizzling by taking a cooking class together in the Whole Foods Market’s Culinary Center. Increase your kitchen confidence in the state-of-the-art Culinary Center. The center’s calendar features both hands-on and demonstration classes with chefs, artisans and growers.
Annapolis Culinary Center at Whole Foods Market
Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, 200 Harker Place, Ste. 100, Annapolis
Unleash your competitive spirit screeching through 27 hairpin turns around the half-mile track in go-karts with 5.5 horsepower Honda engines, but let your spouse win, if you know what’s good for you. Starts at $3 per lap.
Crofton Go-Kart Raceway, Gambrills.
Indoor Rock Climbing
One hour of climbing can burn more than 900 calories, and exercises trust as much as it exercises the body. Earth Treks offers all the equipment and instruction needed for beginners to advanced climbers. Earth Treks Columbia Climbing Center, Columbia.
Monster Mini Golf
Play a round or two in the dark while a disc jockey cues up the tunes. This indoor course features 18 holes of pitch-black putting surfaces lined by neon rails, phosphorescent ghouls and gothic décor by black light. Afternoon/evening $9.99 per person. Columbia East Marketplace, Jessup
Theatre Under the Stars
Almost any summer weekend, you can catch a show under the stars at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. Check the website to confirm dates and purchase tickets. Most weekend nights sell out. Thursdays through Sundays, Late May–Sept. weather permitting. 143 Compromise St., Annapolis
Walking Ghost Tour of Historic Annapolis
Take a lantern-led ghost walk through the historic downtown district on a spine-tingling journey into Annapolis’ dark and troubled history, while meeting some of its more spirited residents and visiting horrific haunted sites. 90- to 120-minute tours. Meets at the Maryland Inn, 12 Church Circle, Annapolis
Wm. B. Tennison Solomons Island cruise
Enjoy a leisurely hour on the Patuxent River with a relaxing sightseeing cruise. Sail Solomons inner harbor, pass underneath the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge and turn back at Point Patience and the Naval Recreation Center. Departures are from the Calvert Marine Museum dock weather permitting. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets must be purchased the day of the cruise at the museum. $7.00 for Adults; $4.00 for children 5-12 years. The one-hour cruise leaves the museum dock at 2 p.m., Wednesday–Sunday May–October. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.
Wine Tasting Picnic
Pack a picnic and head to Fridays Creek Winery for an afternoon of wine tasting. Samples available for a small fee. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Owings
Become a guest crewmember on board the Schooner Woodwind for its Wednesday night races. The Woodwind, featured in the movie “Wedding Crashers,” and sister ship, the Woodwind II, are beautiful, wooden 74-foot schooners that offer great views of Annapolis. Wednesdays, 6:25 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cruises depart from Pusser’s Caribbean Grille Restaurant at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 80 Compromise St., Annapolis
Zip through the treetops on a zip line
Glide through the forest canopy at up to 20 miles an hour on a 330-foot zip line.
$15 per ride at Terrapin Adventures. Or try horseback riding, kayaking, climbing, a giant rope swing, geocaching, nature hikes, and windsurfing. Reservations recommended. Terrapin Adventures, Savage.
By Rose Talbot