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Paris, France still claims the title “City of Love,” but we’d like to think that romance can be found aplenty in Hattiesburg! Newly abuzz with the energy of returning college students and the young at heart, we’re here to bring you some fresh date ideas unique to the Hub City, sure to amaze your longtime love—or a new interest you’re hoping to impress.


Work it out: HBURG is just the place for a bit of active fun, especially when you’re with your sweetie!  Treat your date to an evening that will have you both flipping out! Try a Friday night at Planet Gymnastics’ Open Gym where you can tumble your way into their heart. Still not tired? Spend an hour or so at Updown Trampoline Park, where you can bounce, dodge, and even try your skills on their “Ninja Warrior” course. Slide into something a little more old school at Extreme Skate Zone as you hold hands and make laps around the floor in your roller-skates. Love the outdoors? Bike or hike in a lush green setting down The Longleaf Trace with plenty of stops along the way. It’s just the spot for a leisurely stroll or 10K ride. Ready for more? You can conquer your fears at the Hburg Zoo’s High Ropes Adventure Course, or cool off at one of our nearby canoeing locations like Little Black Creek, Seminary Canoe Rental, or Red Wolf Wilderness Adventure.


Get competitive: Fall in HBURG means making new friends and reuniting with old ones. You won’t regret turning your special night out into a group outing! The outdoorsy couple who is always up for a little competition will love scoring goals at Tatum Park or dodging paintball shots at Eagle Action Sportz. The losing team has to buy ice cream for everyone, and we recommend a Snappy Turtle from Bop’s. Prefer the air-conditioning to the great outdoors? Grab your magnifying glass and follow clues at College Town Escape Rooms in one of their timed escape scenarios, or channel your inner spy at Laser Mania. For competitive fun that’s a little less heart pounding, bring your friends along as you bowl for a strike and enjoy a pitcher of suds at Hub Lanes, or score trivia points at The Thirsty Hippo or The Porter. All’s fair in love and war, right?


Put a spin on an old classic: The old “dinner and a movie” date doesn’t have to be your predictable, regular ole date night. Spice up this Friday go-to with a new spin on an old classic, and try one of these fun options. Make it a day date: HBURG is a brunch-lover’s dream. Whether you’re soaking up cool vibes at T-Bones’ Jazz Brunch or sipping bottomless mimosas at Cotton Blues, forget dinner plans and dine during the day! A day date leaves plenty of time to see a movie at one of Hattiesburg’s two theaters, Grand Theatre 18 and Southwest Theaters Turtle Creek 9. Looking for more? Try a creative venue: The Thirsty Hippo hosts Monday Movie Nights each week, playing old favorites on the big screen, and they even have free popcorn! Check out Little Dog Cinema, a company that shows films outdoors on a large, inflatable screen for special occasions. Want some alone time with your sweetheart? Little Dog can be booked for private events, like a romantic movie night under the stars.  


Get inspired, laugh a lot, and have a great time in HBURG! Craft some fun and spark some romance! HAPPY DATING!