As college students, dating can be a difficult task. We’re broke, we’re busy, we’re tired, and it’s pretty hard to woo a potential companion by taking them to the dining hall. It seems like there is a lack of options, especially to people that are unfamiliar with the Rochester area. However, if you do a little digging, you’ll find that there are actually tons of activities around Rochester that are not only unique and memorable but also quite affordable (shout out student discounts)! Try out any of these options and I promise that you’ll make a better impression than if you were to just settle with watching a movie in your dorm.
Laser Shows at the Planetarium
If you’re a fan of good music, science, and $6 dollar student tickets, then you’d be crazy not to check this out. Every Saturday night, the Rochester Museum & Science Center offers two different laser light shows that are set to music. This month (October) there is an 8:15 p.m Beatles show, followed by a 9:30 p.m one that is set to 70’s music. The shows change each month, but they’re all listed on the website. You can also head up to the observation deck before or after to look at space through their super cool telescopes. Pretty much the coolest date ever in my opinion.
The Little Theatre
This tiny little movie theatre, located on East Avenue in the city, is an interesting option for several reasons. First of all, it’s adorable. Remember when Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams go on that double date to the movie theatre and end up laying/dancing on the street? Well, this theatre is reminiscent of the one in the movie, which is a huge win. The theatre also offers both independent and mainstream movies, and Sunday through Thursday students are admitted for only $6, which is much less than if you were to go to a regular shmegular movie theater. For more information and a list of what movies are currently playing, visit https://thelittle.org/.
Corbett’s Glen is a nature park that is only about 10 minutes away from campus. The trail isn’t too long, but it’s entirely free, well marked, and quite pretty. I think it makes for a great date for those reasons. Along the trail, there is a waterfall and a glen that you can enter if you’d like, but as we move into fall it’s probably best to avoid hypothermia and stay along the trail. I’d also suggest that you wear sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty, as the trail can get a little bit muddy.
It’s rare that a good art museum is within the budget of a typical college student. The Memorial Art Gallery has a fantastic array of exhibits, which include pieces created by well-known artists like Monet, Rembrandt, and Georgia O’Keeffe. If you decide to venture here, you’ll find yourself in the neighborhood of the arts, which is surrounded by tons of groovy coffee shops that you can check out afterward. If you don’t feel like spending the $6 on tickets into the gallery, the sculpture park outside of the gallery is pretty awesome within itself.
The Eastman House
You’re in Rochester, New York, so you owe it to yourself (and to your date) to get schooled on one of this city’s proud accomplishments: Kodak. This museum was formerly the mansion of George Eastman, the founder of Kodak and inventor of film cameras. This is the oldest museum in the world dedicated to photography. It’s free to go there to look around at the garden, $6 (with a student ID) to access the museum and take a tour, and $4 (student price) to check out a film in their unique theatre. This is an awesome date and it might just teach you something.
Rochester is a city that may seem dull at times, but it really does have a ton to offer. These date ideas are evidence of just that. Instead of settling for the basic dinner and a movie combination the next time you venture out on a date, consider one of these unique options instead.