It's Springtime in Newark! The weather is warm, date nights are hot and romance is in bloom! What's that you say? You don't associate Brick City with passion, romance and enchantment?
Well clearly you've been looking for love in all the wrong places. Whether you're single and looking for amour or coupled up and wanting to ignite a spark, Newark is the perfect place to light the flame. Check out these unique and out-of-the-box date ideas that will inspire love and romance in any relationship.
Find Your Groove with Jazz in the Garden
Thurs, July 10 - August 7, 12:15 -1:45 pm
49 Washington Street, Newark
Think you're too busy for romance? Sneak away during your lunch hour to enjoy live jazz in a gorgeous garden setting at the Newark Museum.
At just $3 for an all-star lineup of jazz greats in the Museum's award-winning Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, one of the best date deals in the city.
Retreat to a Couples Getaway at Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel
1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth
Nothing says romance like champagne, strawberries and a late check out! The Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel has you covered with a couples getaway package fit for royalty. Your stay includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, breakfast for two in restaurant or room service, and a 3 pm checkout.
Fireworks will happen when NJSO performs at Branch Brook Park
Friday, June 27, 7:30 pm
Picture it: snuggling on a blanket with your sweetie and watching fireworks while classical music plays as your personal soundtrack.
Sound right up your alley? Grab a blanket, take advantage of Essex County's free summer music concert series on June 27 and enjoy the resident orchestra of NJPAC al fresco in beautiful Branch Brook Park.
Spark a flame at GlassRoots
10 Bleeker Street, Newark
Remember that scene from "Ghost"? Creating something beautiful together can be quite the aphrodisiac.Try your hand at glass making at GlassRoots hot shop on Bleeker Street. Using a 2000 degree torch may just spark the flame!
Sip and Smoke
9 Central Avenue, Newark If your idea of a sexy evening includes hookah, belly dancers and electronic dance music, Nujoom Hookah is definitely for you. Visit on a Saturday night, choose your preferred fresh fruit flavored hookah and don't forget to BYOB! Are cigars more your speed? Plan a night out at Jiminez Tobacco, 31 Liberty St or 6One9 Cigar Lounge, 285 South Orange Ave, Newark.
Reach for the Stars at the Planetarium
Newark Museum 49 Washington Street, Newark
Why see a movie when you can visit distant galaxies and soar to the edge of the Universe? The Solar System is at your fingertips when you visit New Jersey's oldest Planetarium. Located at the Newark Museum, be sure to tour the galleries while you're there.
Set sail on a Riverfront Boat Tour
June through September
Ahoy Newark! Be a part of the river's revival by taking a romantic boat tour along 7 miles of Newark's riverfront. After your tour, take a walk along the 800-foot-long orange boardwalk built from recycled plastic planks. Since orange is used in color therapy to induce hunger, your final stop should be the Ironbound!
Lauren Craig, also known as InaWordFab, is the Glambassador of all things fashion, art and entertainment in Newark. When she isn't busy practicing law or watching reality television, Lauren is devoted to inspiring others to live their most fab and fulfilling life...and world peace. Visit inawordfab.com for more and be sure to follow her life in the fab lane @inawordfab on Twitter and Instagram.