The 10 Best First Date Locations in Mississippi!

A first date is a big deal. It's a transition from a friendly (if flirtatious) relationship to, hopefully, a serious one. Both parties want to make a good impression without seeming like they're trying to hard. Use our selection of the 10 best first date spots in Mississippi to take some of the pressure off!

1. Enjoy fine dining at Shapley's

For a first date that is both traditional and elegant, visit one of Mississippi's fine dining restaurants. Shapley's has been serving upscale food in an intimate setting for over 30 years. A date here is sure to leave a good impression!

2. Get casual at Keg and Barrel

If you're looking for a place to grab a bite but formal dining isn't your style, consider a fun and funky experience like the one at Keg and Barrel in Hattiesburg.  In addition to their delicious food, there are over 60 beers on tap—that should help you both relax!

3. Cozy up at Iuka Drive-In

Did you know there was still a drive-in movie theater in Mississippi? A night at the movies is always a great date idea, but a drive-in creates a fun, private experience, where no one can hear you if you make fun of the movie together the whole time. (That's how you know it's love!)

4. Get spooky at the Clarksdale Crossroads

There's plenty to get out an explore in the Delta, but if you want to get your date holding your hand a little tighter, why not explore one of Mississippi's spookiest spots? The Clarksdale Crossroads are said to be the spot where blues legend Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his musical talent. 

5. Explore history at Rowan Oak

If your date loves history, literature, or just beautiful architecture, consider a trip to William Faulkner's beloved home Rowan Oak in Oxford. Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844 and is open to visitors year-round. 

6. Catch a show at Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts

The Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts in Meridian opened in 1927, and a trip today feels like you're stepping right back into that silent film era. This ornate theatre is a romantic setting for a date, so check their calendar for upcoming events!

7. Get wild at the Jackson Zoo

If you want a fun, casual date outdoors but you're not looking to get your clothes muddy, take a trip to the Jackson Zoo. The zoo houses over 200 species of animals, including 11 endangered species. They're always adding new exhibits, so if the first date goes well, you'll be able to return for years of fun!

8. Get caffeinated at Cups

The best part of a date is just sitting and getting to know each other. One of the best places to do that is to grab a cup of coffee and a cozy seat at Cups, An Espresso Cafe. Cups has several locations around the Jackson Metro area (and one in Oxford), but their Fondren location is the original, so it's worth checking out.

9. Cool off with Pops Brothers

With miles of white sandy beaches, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers plenty of romantic opportunities. For a fun and original first date that won't break the bank, visit Pops Brothers for an artisan ice pop before heading to the beach. They use fresh ingredients to create unique popsicles in flavors like chai tea, pineapple lemongrass, creamy avocado, and more. 

10. Catch a game at Ole Miss

A football game is a fun, casual way to hang out and get to know each other better without the pressure to make a lot of conversation. Cheer on your team together, or spark a rivalry when you discover he's a lifelong Bulldogs fan and she's an Ole Miss grad. Either way, this will be one fun first date!

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