The Perfect Summer Date: Beach Bumming, Ice Cream, and Rooftop Drinks

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Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on July 3, 2024
Photo courtesy of Goodale Station on Facebook

If the only thing burning hotter than the temperatures outside is your love life, then kudos to you because it’s been ~HOT~ out there (thanks, 100% humidity).

Our mission here is to keep turning up the thermostat on your life while cooling you down, which is why we designed the perfect date night that seamlessly blends romance and fun with swimming, ice cream, and patio drinking.

So, if you are looking to impress your boo or take your Hinge date on the best first date ever, keep reading for the full itinerary.

Swimming at Alum Creek State Park Beach

3400 Lewis Center Rd, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Rub your eyes all you want, you read that correctly! There is a beach here in Central Ohio, and it’s just north of I-270 in Lewis Center. The beach at Alum Creek State Park is over a half-of-a-mile long and features plenty of areas for sunbathing, sandcastle building, and swimming, all without the fear of shark attacks and jellyfish stings. Seriously… what’s more romantic and spicy than a date at a beach? Plus, there are showers available to rinse off all the sand and sunscreen so you can arrive at our next location looking — and feeling — like a million bucks.

Photo courtesy of Alum Creek State Park on Facebook

Dinner and Gelato at Piazza Pelino

772 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

All that swimming and sunburn makes you quite hungry, doesn’t it? That’s why we’re heading south to Italy the Short North Arts District for our next stop to quell our appetites and cool down with some sandwiches and gelato at Piazza Pelino! All of their ingredients are sourced directly from Italian farmers and everything is made from scratch every single morning, making their focaccia sandwiches and gelato some of the most authentic (and absolutely incredible) Italian cuisine you can get anywhere in the States. Plus, it’s a great low key eatery for some unwinding after a long day in the sun.

Photo courtesy of Piazza Pelino on Instagram

Drinks at Goodale Station

77 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

Is there a more romantic way to cap off a date night than with rooftop drinks and an unobstructed view of downtown Columbus? We’re genuinely asking, because we really don’t think there is! That’s why Goodale Station is the perfect way to cap off the night. You get the romantic views that the Columbus skyline offers, incredible drinks, and the perfect view of a famous Ohio sunset. Don’t be surprised if your partner proposes to you by the end of the night, even if it’s the first date. It’s THAT romantic.

Photo courtesy of Goodale Station on Facebook

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