25 Date Night Ideas East of Nashville

Date night ideas in Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, Tennessee

Why spend your next night out fighting traffic or paying for downtown parking when there are so many things to do right in your own backyard? Couples from Donelson to Watertown looking for a date night close to home are in luck. From foodie favorites to active adventures, here are 25 date night ideas east of Nashville!

  1. Enjoy a classic movie at the historic Capitol Theatre and then take a stroll around Lebanon’s downtown square with ice cream cones from Main Street Mercantile & Creamery.
  2. Get your craft on at AR Workshop. Check out their dinner, date night, and dessert workshop coming up this Valentine’s Day!
  3. Spend a night camping in the wilderness at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
  4. Put your detective hats on and try an Escape Game at Opry Mills.
  5. Catch a trivia night or bring a favorite board game to your local coffee shop. Watch Caliber Coffee Co. and Split Bean Roasting Co. on Facebook for upcoming events.
  6. Spend a night at Opryland Hotel and splash around at the exclusive SoundWaves water park.
  7. Rent a B-Cycle bike and go for a ride down Two Rivers Greenway.
  8. Take Fido to one of the many dog parks in Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, and Lebanon… or if you don’t have a pup of your own, take a tour of Old Friends Dog Sanctuary or volunteer together at Animal Rescue Corps.
  9. Pretend to be tourists for a day in Music Valley at Opryland.
  10. Strengthen your bond with some yoga at The Catio Cat Lounge and maintain the zen vibes while lounging with their adoptable kitties from Nashville Cat Rescue.
  11. Put the fun back into date night at Altitude Trampoline Park or team up on a double date for a little competition at Xtreme Paintball.
  12. Board the General Jackson Showboat and enjoy dinner and a show on the Cumberland River.
  13. Race to the finish line at Cedar Creek Sports Center with a game of putt-putt golf and go-karts.
  14. Let your love grow at Lawrence & Clarke Cacti Co. Choose a new plant together and pot it onsite.
  15. Support community theater and attend a live production by Centerstage Theatre Company, The Larry Keeton Theatre, or Lakewood Theatre Company. Many of our local schools put on great shows as well!
  16. Take a stab at throwing axes at AxeVentures.
  17. Head over to Nadeen’s Hermitage Haven for live music on Friday and Saturday nights and trivia at Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace on Thursdays.
  18. Enjoy lawn games and margaritas in Nectar: Urban Cantina‘s beer garden.
  19. Wind down at Wine Down Nashville with excellent wine choices, bourbon tastings and live music. Watch their Facebook page for events like the popular Dueling Pianos and Off Road Ramblings!
  20. Catch a movie under the stars at Stardust Drive-in or cozy up for a thriller with your boo at Full Moon Cineplex.
  21. See how many murals you can find from Donelson to Lebanon and let’s see your pictures (#LivingLocalNashville)!
  22. Get hands-on with a pottery wheel class at The Clay Lady.
  23. Go old school and strike out at Donelson Bowl.
  24. Join the world’s largest treasure hunt and see how many geocaches you can find nearby.
  25. Skip the games and go straight to dinner. You can always count on Darfon’s and Mo’Cara to provide stellar dining experiences for your special occasions.
About the Author

My wife and I live in Donelson, where we both were raised and graduated from high school (DCA Classes of 1983 and 1984).  Our current home is on the Cumberland River, very close to my childhood home and the former homes of both my McDonald and Rice grandparents.

Our daughter and son are grown now, and our daughter, Stephanie Miller, is my real estate partner.  She lives in Lebanon with her husband and their two children.  While Stephanie and I specialize in the areas of Downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, we have and do serve clients all over Middle Tennessee.

As a Nashville native, I’ve spent a lifetime watching our city evolve, and I am enthusiastic about showcasing it to others and serving their real estate needs.


1997 — 2000   Fleetwood HOA Board Officer

2013 — 2016   Rhythm at Music Row HOA Board Officer

2017   Greater Nashville Realtors: Housing Opportunities & Affordability Committee

2017 — 2018   St. Martin Square HOA Board Officer

2017 — 2019   Brentwood Photography Group Board

2018 — 2019   Senior Ride Nashville


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