This is for all the people with mega heart eyes for someone right now. Dating during a pandemic can be a real challenge considering ideas for safe date activities have slimmed down due to COVID-19. If there's one thing we know, it's that love is unstoppable. So, even a pandemic can't take that away from us! Eau Claire has a few tricks up its sleeve with some date ideas that are pandemic-proof and will allow you and your partner to get out for some alone time safely. Alright lovebirds, get those date night outfits ready (and don't forget the masks)!

Having a picnic in River Prairie Park in the social distancing circles

I'll pic(nic) you anyday

Start your date off with a pun like that and you're bound to have one killer date! All jokes aside, River Prairie Park is THE destination for a romantic picnic. They have measured out 6 foot distance for you with their social distancing circles on the lawn. Now all you need to do is pack a blanket and some food! River Prairie is also surrounded by restaurants with some grade-A to-go options. Another perk to this idea is that if you must, you can bring the kids along with you here! They can have some fun too splashing around in the stream or running through the park. So much love here!Guy playing Kubb at the Brewing ProjektPhoto Credit: Travel Wisconsin

Kubb for Two at The Brewing Projekt

Game nights may be exhausted for you and your partner at this point in the year. But, have you played Kubb together yet? Bring out the competitiveness in each other by going head to head in this nordic lawn game! You can set up your pitch in your own backyard, take your set to the Brewing Projekt or bring it to any of Eau Claire's parks. Loser buys dinner

Downtown Farmer's Market in Phoenix Park in the summer

Sprout love at the downtown Eau Claire Farmer's Market

Take a stroll through Eau Claire's downtown Farmer's Market together! You can support your local farmers and pick up the freshest ingredients for the dinner you'll cook at home later. Plus, what's a date without some flowers? Put a big smile on your partner's face and pick out the prettiest bouquet for them and maybe even top it off with a little kiss on the cheek! 

Hammocking between trees in Domer Park

Live. Laugh. Hammock.

Slip away from the rest of the world in a hammock together! What's cooler than social distancing? Social distancing in the trees! Eau Claire has so many scenic spots for you to tie up your portable hammock like River Prairie, Domer Park, or Owen Park. Get nice and cozy together in one hammock or stack two above one another. Ask one another questions, tell each other stories, or simply just be together. Some of the best dates are the ones where peace can be found.

A pair enjoying beers at Lazy Monk Brewery

Beer is better when you drink together

The line above says it all. Grab a brew with your boo! The breweries in Eau Claire are a fantastic date night idea; some may even say beer-tastic.  All of Eau Claire's breweries offer outdoor seating and make social distancing a whole lot easier. Open up a tab, kick back, and cheers your pints to your everlasting love! 

Fish fry served at the Livery in downtown Eau Claire

A Romantic, Candle-Lit Dinner

Some of you couples out there may have this whole "take-out" things down by now. If that's the case and your romantic date night is taking place at home, you have so many restaurants in Eau Claire to choose to order from. If you can't narrow it down, maybe we can help! Burgers from Court N' House Bar and Grill? Pho and egg rolls from Egg Roll-Plus? Pizza from Za 51? Steak from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse? Hopefully that helped... but if not, here's our entire list of restaurants!

A view of a sunset from the top of Mt. Simon

Sunsets and Soulmates

They say sunsets are romantic because they signify the ending of spending the whole day together. One of the best places in Eau Claire to catch them from are from the top of Mt. Simon. After a small hike to the top, you can wrap your arms around each other and watch the sun go down behind the river and the rest of the city. The color of the sky just screams, "Love is in the air!"

Where will love take you and your partner in Eau Claire? Share with us your date night selfies with #CaptureEC because we want to feel the love too!