May 19, 2022 - Things to Do

Five Triangle date ideas under $25

A view of the Eno River

Eno River hike. Photo: Zachery Eanes/Axios.

Dating can be expensive, but you don't have to spend a ton of money to have a good time.

  • Whether you're on a first date or have been together for years, here are some ideas under $25.

1. Hike along the Eno River

Take a romantic stroll along the picturesque river that's flanked by lush tree groves. Stop and snap a cute selfie, or hop in and swim when it's hot out.

Best for: Outdoorsy couples.

Cost: Free entrance.

Details: The state park has five scattered access areas around Durham. Plan your route.

2. Stroll through Duke Gardens

Plan a day trip and wander the vibrant grounds dotted with blooming flowers.

Best for: Cottage core couples.

Cost: Free admission, with university parking available for $2 per hour.

Details: The grounds at 420 Anderson St. in Durham are open from 8 am to dusk 365 days a year. Plan your visit.

Flowers in a nature garden
In bloom. Photo: Zachery Eanes/Axios.

3. Root for the Durham Bulls

Grab a beer apiece and cheer on the city's minor league baseball team.

Best for: Sports aficionados.

Cost: Tickets start at $9 per person. Get them here.

Details: The ballpark is located in downtown Durham at 409 Blackwell St.

A hand holds a beer in front of a baseball field
Take me out to the ballgame. Photo: Zachery Eanes/Axios.

4. Plan a romantic picnic

Pack sandwiches or a DIY cheese board and head to the Big Field at Dix Park. Take in skyline views as you dine on the spread.

Best for: Those who romanticize everything.

Cost: Free.

Details: The park is located at 1030 Richardson Dr., with multiple entrances.

5. Grab ice cream at Two Roosters

Stop for a scoop of roasted strawberry and honey or sea salt chip cookie dough ice cream before wandering around Oakwood to look at the fancy houses.

Best for: Couples with a sweet tooth.

Cost: About $5+ for a single.

Details: There are multiple locations around town. Get directions.


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