9 Covid-Friendly Perfect Winter Dates

City Guide, Nightlife, Things to Do


Written by Shannon McNulty

Published on December 1, 2021
Photo courtesy of Hatchets and Hops

The weather in WNY is beginning to turn and if you’re like us, the question we’re asking ourselves is what the heck are we gunna do for fun?

Pre-covid, it was easy to find things to do indoors, despite the never-ending blizzards that Buffalo winters bring. So what now? Thanks to extensive research and an adaptable city, we were able to compile a list of date ideas to do indoors now and when the snow starts falling!

Photo courtesy of Niagara Climbing Center

1. Climb to New Heights at Niagara Climbing Center

Niagara Climbing Center is a full service indoor climbing gym in the Buffalo/Niagara region. They have 5,000 square feet of climbing terrain, 30 Top Rope stations, each 20 feet high and a variety of walls and routes to suit beginner, intermediate, and advanced climbers.


Photo courtesy of The Dome

2. Indoor Golfing at The Dome

Play, shop and eat all indoors at the Dome in Williamsville! Enhance your golf date by grabbing a bite at the Local Grille restaurant located inside The Dome!

Photo courtesy of Buffalo RiverWorks

3. Go Ice Skating at Buffalo RiverWorks

Bring your date, family, or friends out for an open skate session at Buffalo RiverWorks. Enjoy a fun and relaxing time skating on their covered outdoor ice rinks.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo battleground

4. Battle it Out at Buffalo Battleground

If you’re looking for a place to really get the hearts pounding on your date, this place is for you! They have activities ranging from paintball and laser tag to bowling and axe throwing!


Photo courtesy of 42 North Brewing Co.

5. Enjoy Small Town Feels in East Aurora

One of our favorite daytime destinations to explore is the Village of East Aurora. On top of the adorable Main Street vibe there are plenty of small indie shops to keep you busy for hours, plus casual spots to eat and get coffee like Elm Street Bakery and Taste Bistro before posting up for a local brew outside in 42 North Brewery’s cold-weather beer garden.

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Photo courtesy of Hatchets & Hops

6. Get Competitive at Hatchets & Hops

Hatchets & Hops is a sporting venue unique to the region. They operate casual and competitive axe throwing events for social, corporate, collegiate, and league audiences. All of their events are fully staffed with extensively-trained instructors, guiding groups through structured tournaments lasting approximately 2 hours. (21+ only)

Photo courtesy of 500 Pearl

7. Bowl in Style At Spare Lanes

Located inside 500 Pearl on the basement level, enjoy this super cool bowling alley. Stocked with 8 Lanes (4 Lanes per COVID Guidelines), full-bar service and food service, Spare Lanes is a fun yet classy place for date night!

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Photo courtesy of Tappo

8. Eat in an Igloo at Tappo

With 4 packages to choose from, make your date extra romantic (or your girls night extra fun) by enjoying your dinner outside in an igloo!


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Photo courtesy of The Curtis Hotel

9. Go On a “Staycation” at The Curtis Hotel

Need to get away for the night? The Curtis Hotel is now offering a fully stocked staycation package. It includes a one night stay in a luxurious Standard King Room, 3 course dinner and continental breakfast for two at Chez Ami, and more!

This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated.

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Shannon McNulty</a>

Written by Shannon McNulty

Shannon is a recent graduate of St. Bonaventure University where she studied Marketing and Strategic Communications. Fun Fact: she runs a small baking business on the side!

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