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Don’t Put a Freeze on Fun this Winter - Enjoy an Inexpensive Date Night!

Written by Marisa Spano  |  04. March 2015

It might be freezing outside, but there is something romantic about taking on the cold weather with a significant other. Make the best of a chilly situation and get together with your other half for some fun. You can relax about the expense because we have some fun & frugal date ideas that your special someone is sure to love. 
 
The fun ranges from ice skating at the park, to baking together in the comfort of your home, and taking the time to explore the Island together. Best of all, these entertaining date ideas are all easy on the wallet! Be prepared to get rid of those cold-weather blues, and start heading out for some fun with that special someone! 
 
These dates are bound to get you out of your regular cold weather routine:
 
Enjoy an Afternoon of Skating
This is a romantic and inexpensive idea for the two of you to take advantage of what the cold weather has to offer.  If you're a good skater, you may even impress your darling  with a few tricks. Not a great skater? This could also be a cute way to learn something together. 
 
Here are a few of our favorite rinks: 
 
Twin Rinks at Eisenhower Park
200 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-441-0070
Admission: $11 Adults,  $7 Seniors/Military, $4 Skate Rental 
 
Iceland
3345 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
516-746-1100
Admission: $9 Adults, $4 Skate Rental
 
The Rinx
660 Terry Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-232-3222
Admission: Weekdays: $ 10.50 Adults, $4.50 Seniors 
Weekends: $11.50 Adults, $5.50 Seniors 
 
Superior Ice Rink
270 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754 
631-269-3900
Admission: $8 Adults,  $11 Friday Night,  $5 Seniors, $3 Skate Rental 
 
Looking for a Rink Closer to your area? No problem! Find more Indoor Ice Rinks here
 
Dive Into Fun at a Local Aquarium!
Escape the cold with a trip to an indoor aquarium and take your sweetheart for a little educational date. Taking a tour of all of the different exotic and tropical creatures an aquarium provides can really make you and your hunny forget how cold it actually is. 
 
Check out these aquariums for the perfect date: 
 
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 New York 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
631-692-6768
Admission: $6 Adults, $4 People over 65
 
Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631- 208-9200
Admission: $10 Adults $8 People over 62 
 
Get Brainy on a Bookstore Adventure
Try a bookstore date with your beau. It’s a great place to explore through cookbooks, novels, and even music. This can be a great way to find books loaded with new ideas for the two of you to discover and try together. 
 
Here are a few great bookstores to explore: 
 
Book Revue
313 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743 
631-271-1442
 
Dead End Books
210 West Old Country Road 
Hicksville, NY 11801 
516-942-8340
 
Dolphin Book Shop
941 Port Washington Boulevard
Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-2650
 
Best Bargain Books
14 East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777 
631-331-3349
 
Looking for a bookstore closer to you? Find more bookstores here!

Catch a Matinee Movie Screening
Lots of Long Island theaters offer special discounts for Matinee Screenings, Students, Seniors, and other Special Occassions. Find out when you can catch a flick with friends or a date, and save some cash by enjoying a movie during off peak hours!
 
Enjoy a Hike at a Local Park
During the off season, you can park at Long Island's NYS Parks for free - why not take advantage of this and enjoy some free fun? Walks on the beach, flying kites, going for a hike - there's plenty of great fun to be had at Long Island's parks!
 
Fun Ways to Turn the Every Day Into a Romantic Experience at Home
There's plenty of inexpensive ways to have fun right at home - just pick a hobby or activity you and your partner love, and get to it! Whether it's baking, enjoying a night at home playing board games, or watching movies - there's something for everyone! 
 
Bake Cookies Together
Baking cookies is relatively inexpensive and most times you already have all the ingredients you will need hidden in your cupboards. Scan the internet and look for some tasty new cookie recipes.  
 
Make Your Favorite Pizzas at Home!
Similarly to baking cookies, pizza ingredients are pretty cheap and make a simple date night idea. Take a quick trip to your supermarket and the two of you can put together some delicious pizza with any added and creative toppings. 
 
Enjoy a Night in with a Movie Right at Home!
Save the movie ticket money for better use and have a movie marathon night right in your living room. This is a great way to snuggle up to your sweetie in a comfortable and intimate setting. 
 
These a just some of the great ideas for inexpensive dates and with a little creativity, you can have fun all season long without too much money leaving your pocket. 
 
What are some of your Favorite Frugal Winter Date Ideas? 
Let Us Know in the Comments Below!

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