5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Baltimore

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Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

By far the strangest adventure out in Baltimore. In recent years, True Crime documentaries and podcasts have become extremely popular, but the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death have been around since the 1930s. In the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office true crime and art (miniaturized art) are combined in a spooky, quirky manner. There are 18 perfectly proportioned dioramas (made of dollhouse pieces) based on real-life crime scenes. They have been used as teaching materials for years and exploring them makes for a truly unusual date night.

Urban Pirates

Travel back in time and to a fantastical world that will have you and your date feeling like you’ve stepped into Pirates of the Caribbean. Urban Pirates of Baltimore offer hour-long cruises along the coast on a replica pirate ship. On adult cruises (b.y.o.g – “bring your own grog”), you can enjoy singing pirate shanties, playing games, firing water cannons, dancing, and drinking to your heart’s content. 

The ClayGround Studio and Gallery

Sign up for a class at ClayGround Studio & Gallery and try your hand at new styles of art. Whether its pottery, fused glass, or mosaics, you and your date will walk away with something beautiful and have a grand time creating together. Date night at ClayGround can be especially wonderful for couples who are looking to add their own artistic touch to their home. 

Friendship Hot Air Balloon

Take an afternoon or early evening to float among the clouds, as if you are one yourself but you and your date will do so in a basket with a colorful balloon carrying you higher and higher. Friendship Hot Air Balloon company is the most popular in the Baltimore area. A hot air balloon ride is perfect for both romantic date nights and date nights out of the ordinary.

Urban Axes

Axe-throwing has become increasingly popular over the past few years, especially for couples who are tired of classic date nights (dinner and a movie). Axe-throwing is perfect for active couples, those looking for a little competition, and those who want adventure. Any trip to Urban Axes will begin with safety and instructions before getting to the good stuff – throwing an axe at a wooden target and reveling in the satisfying thud when it hits the board. Walk-ins are accepted, but it is usually best to book in advance. Drinks are available for purchase, and you can bring your own snacks.

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