There’s something magical about a warm summer evening. This time of year calls for couples to spend time strolling along a scenic path or cuddled up on a patio surrounded by freckles of fireflies and watching the sunset. Whether you and your sweetheart are visiting for a special getaway weekend, or you’re locals looking for fresh new date night ideas, there is plenty to do in Clarksville, Tennessee! Read on to explore activity ideas that will get you out in nature, in touch with your craftier sides, and treating yourselves. Choose a plan that fits your style as a couple or mix elements of each for a well-rounded, relaxing, and romantic weekend together.


For The Adventure Couple

a man and woman walk along a riverside pathEnjoy a romantic stroll along the Cumberland Riverwalk.

The natural beauty that can be found all around Clarksville is the perfect backdrop for a day spent with your love. If you and your partner enjoy exploring the outdoors, there are nearly unlimited options for you here. To start, look no further than the Clarksville Greenway, where you’ll follow miles of beautiful trails lined with trees, bluffs, and the Red River. Or opt for scenic river views at the Cumberland Riverwalk.

Other outdoor adventures to plan during your stay include exploring Dunbar Cave State Park**, where you can tour the prehistoric caverns and enjoy a lovely picnic in the surrounding park. And since no summer adventures are complete without hitting the water, we suggest a kayaking trip along the Red River, considered locally to be one of the “best hidden gems for paddlers”. And once again, out-of-town guests are covered here. Just reach out to Run-A-Muck Outfitters and rent a two-person kayak for the day, and you’ll be all set to hit the river together.

Dinner Date Pairing: After a day spent exploring the outdoors, we recommend enjoying a delicious and well-earned Italian dinner to fill yourselves up! Wine and dine together at Yada on Franklin, a stunning spot in the heart of downtown that will have you both smiling from the moment you walk in.


For The Crafty Couple

a man watches a woman paintingPaint something unique at ArtLink.

It is hard to beat the sweetness and nostalgia of coming home from a date night or trip with a souvenir to remember your experience. It’s even better when you create it together by hand, making memories in the process. We recommend stopping byArtlink where you can pick from a variety of workshops including painting, drawing, stained glass design, jewelry making, and more. We also suggest a private pottery lesson at River City Clay - just the thought of drinking your morning coffee together out of mugs you made for each other, how perfect.

Brunch Date Pairing: For this activity, we recommend one of Clarksville’s many wonderful brunch spots before starting your day of crafty fun! Treat yourselves to a specialty latte and brunch at a charming local favorite - The Amsterdam Cafe. Or, if you feel like blending some more physical activity into your day, start at Sanctuary on Main, which is both a cafe and yoga studio, to get in your morning sips and stretches.


For The Luxury Couple

a man and woman stand on a rooftopTake in the gorgeous downtown views at Shelby's Trio.

No getaway is complete without some downtime to relax and indulge together. For the couple that enjoys treating themselves, and each other, to the best experiences, we suggest a day full of pampering yourselves. There are so many great local places to explore for a round of soothing couples massages, facials, pedicures, and more. Check out Eden Day SpaIsabella Sophia, and Lotus Therapy to see which best fits the ideal spa day for you and your love.

If you’re in the mood to add some retail therapy to the mix, then you’re in luck. Clarksville is an antique lover’s dream and is filled with both casual and upscale boutiques. We suggest perusing the best home goods and beauty products at Saint Street and Caledonia Forest or browsing beautiful handmade jewelry at Made by Adelaide.

Dinner Date Pairing: Keep your luxurious day going into the night with a wonderful meal, complemented by a stunning scenic view. For options that strike the perfect balance, we recommend either Liberty Park Grill, which boasts a gorgeous view over the water, or Shelby’s Trio, which features multiple restaurants sharing a rooftop patio space with an equally gorgeous view of downtown Clarksville.


Come, Stay Awhile!

Since many couples will want to experience a bit of everything and fall into more than one category, we always say that the best way to experience Clarksville is to come and stay awhile. After you’ve spent the day making memories together, keep the magic going right down to where you lay your head at night with a stay in one of these unique local Airbnbs.

And don’t miss more hidden gems and date ideas by following Visit Clarksville on TikTok and Instagram.


**At the time of publication, Dunbar Cave State Park's cave tours were closed due to flooding. Please check with the park to ensure tours are operating before arrival.