5 Quirky Date Night Destinations near Journal Square

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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.

Jersey City Archery

Looking to try something completely new for your night out? Why not try some archery? There are several lanes available at Jersey City Archery, a pro shop as well as rentals and lessons available. You and your date can choose to shoot arrows casually or sign-up for a lesson and channel your inner Robin Hood. This date night is both fun and tension-relieving, a great combo at the end of a difficult week.

Tomahawks Axe Throwing

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 Tomahawks Axe Throwing 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.

Midnight Market

Forget your traditional daytime, the local market and step out into the night air of Jersey City for a special treat. As soon as the moon is high and midnight strikes, the Midnight Market comes to life and is the place to be. There are dozens of vendors in lighted booths selling all your favorite fair foods, as well as local crafts and arts. A DJ plays all night long to keep the celebration going as you wander through the shops/stalls and try your hand at a dance battle or compete to see who can find the strangest food.

RPM Raceway

Some friendly competition never hurt anyone. If you’re a couple that loves a bit of adrenaline and are the playful sort who prefer game night over high culture date nights, then check out the professional go-kart racetrack at RPM Raceway. You can also enjoy dozens of classic arcade games, billiards, and virtual reality games. There is something for both of you here and is a great date night for letting go and being goofy.

Puzzle Out Escape Room

Escape Rooms have become popular date night activities because it is outside the typical wheelhouse of date night ideas. At OMEscape, you’ll love solving the puzzles and challenges required to escape and have a chance to choose from several adventures. Try “The Penitentiary” and try to escape one of the most infamous military prisons in history or become a time traveler desperate to save your travel companions in “Room X”. 

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