Many say chivalry isn't dead. Well, neither is taking your special someone on an adventurous, roll up your sleeves date. Leave the rose petals behind: Grab a beer, order some barbecue and call it date night. We've nailed down eight of Dallas-Fort Worth's best adventure dates.
Archery at Cinnamon Creek Ranch
Steady hand required for this one. Cinnamon Creek Ranch in Roanoke has the hunting and outdoorsy thing handled, sure, but it ups the ante with the addition of a bow and arrow. Grab from a mixed bag of bows and take target practice in one of two places: inside in the two-month-old facility or outside at one of the many wilderness ranges. Cinnamon Creek even has larger-than-life decoys, from a striking cobra to an elk.
Pro-tip: Every month, the range hosts Couples by the Creek, a great-priced date night for two for $100 that includes bow and arrow rental, a five-course supper and fireside chats.
Cinnamon Creek Ranch: 13794 Old Denton Road, Roanoke
Speaking of hunting, there is a geo-caching community in Dallas-Fort Worth -- but they don't hunt with weapons. Geo-caching involves hunting for hidden objects by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website. This is your chance to get creative and pretend the two of you are adventurers looking for lost treasure. Too over the top? More simply (and less fun), you can just work together to locate the hidden containers, or geocaches, that other fellow adventurers who have played the very same game have left along the way. You can also opt to leave a treasure or find for the next explorer.
- Go to geocaching.com to find your hunting spot.
Drinking on the Fort Worth Ale Trail
This one requires a passport, but perhaps not the one you have in mind. Fort Worth has a collection of nine breweries that make up the Fort Worth Ale Trail. Visiting each one is a grand feat and results in a completed ale trail passport. From a local nanobrewery (Chimera Brewing Company) to a nationally-recognized spot that produces 20,000 plus barrels each year (Rahr & Sons Brewing Company), the trail offers a variety to tickle the fancy of any craft beer lover. Plus, it gives beer nerds an excuse to visit more than one brewery in a day.
Find where to hop on the Fort Worth Ale Trail at fortworth.com/aletrail.
Kayaking on White Rock Lake
Maybe your date loves the excuse to be outdoors, on the water and with a paddle in hand. White Rock Lake is a popular Dallas hotspot for water sports such as paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking. The crew at White Rock Paddle even offers a punch card where you can accrue free one-hour rentals of equipment. Don't have your sea legs? You can stay on dry land and stroll, bike or blade around the 9-mile trail bordering the lake.
- White Rock Paddle Co., 389 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas. $22.99 per hour for two paddleboards, $15.99 per hour for single kayaks and $22.99 per hour for double kayaks. Packages also available.
Dallas-Fort Worth might not be bursting with an uphill landscape ideal for mountain biking. But avid bikers in the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) have scouted out the best trails for off-road biking in Dallas-Fort Worth, and there really are some places to get your tires dirty. Give your date a chance to show off with some slick bike tricks or perhaps even a flirtatious race. From Oak Cliff to Frisco, DORBA has a list of a dozen trails, keeping your biking interests fresh for each month of the year.
Find the list of trails at dorba.org.
Singing karaoke at Fuel City
Fuel City is an obligatory Dallas-Fort Worth stop. Whether you're fueling up your wagon or filling up your belly with tacos, Fuel City is sight: There's a swimming pool next to a car wash next to a menagerie of exotic animals. But those aren't the most seemingly out-of-place flourish the Fuel City team added to the mix. On Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings, you can dazzle fellow taco lovers with the musical stylings of your own voice. Yeah, karaoke at a gas station. You couldn't make this stuff up.
Karaoke is every Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. to about 8 p.m. A DJ spins until midnight both nights. 801 S. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas.
Noshing with your barbecutie
Folks say Dallasites are notorious for making brunch a verb. But if brunching with mimosas and French emulsions of egg yolk isn't your guy's cup of tea, try a barbecue joint with a great whiskey selection. We're talking napkin as a bib, put your hair back, get-after-it barbecue. Where is such a feast? Heim Barbecue in Fort Worth will certainly do the trick. Heim offers more than 160 whiskey varieties from the bar, too. The menu even includes a concoction called a boilermaker, which is beer mixed with a shot of whiskey.
Heim Barbecue is located at 1109 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. Closed Tuesdays. Barbecue is available until they are sold out, so it's best to go closer to the 11 a.m. opening time.
Dallas Karting Complex
Caddo Mills is home to some of the speediest rental go-karts in Texas. Dallas Karting Complex is comprised of 25 acres of racing, with a 0.8-mile track with 17 sharp turns. Talk about an adrenalin-filled date, with karts able to climb up to 90 mph! You'll love the zippy turns and speeding curves on this date, and a friendly race is inevitable once helmets are on and you both are gunning it for the finish line.
Dallas Karting Complex is located at 5025 FM 1565, Caddo Mills.
By KIMBER WESTPHALL/Special Contributor