By Julie Pumarejo
Finding the balance between showing your date a good time and saving your money can be hard. Dinner and a movie is a classic, but it can get a little pricey depending on where you go. Grabbing coffee on the other hand is definitely low cost, but it lacks imagination. Luckily for you, New Paltz and the surrounding area have plenty of fun activities for two that are either relatively cheap, or completely free. Here is a list of local date spots that will cost you $12 or less.
I know what you’re thinking. Fresh organic produce and handmade goods are expensive, but I have two words for you: free samples. You and your date can stroll around the booths and tables while sampling baked goods and freshly pressed juices from local farms and businesses. The Kingston Farmers Market is open every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Old Dutch Church on 272 Wall Street and includes produce from local favorites like Maynards Farms, Wright’s Farm and Migliorelli Farm.
If you feel like taking a step back in time, you can take your date to an old school movie at a local drive in. The Hyde Park Drive In on 4114 Albany Post Road shows two back to back feature films a night for $10 a person. The Overlook Drive In on 126 Degarmo Road in Poughkeepsie has the same prices for a double feature, but with the largest screen in the tri-state area.
Whether you are flawlessly skating hand-in-hand or clumsily helping each other up when you fall, roller skating is the perfect bonding experience for you and your sweetheart. It’s $8 for general admission, and only $3 more for rental skates. Roller Magic in Hyde Park is open from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline boost, Roller Magic also has laser tag for $5. You could also go to Wood’n Wheel on 365 9W in Ulster Park. Wood’n Wheel is open on Friday and Saturday nights, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is $12, including skate rentals, and $8 if you bring your own skates. On Sundays, they are open from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the price is $7 if you bring your own skates and $11 if you need rentals.
Indulge your competitive side by testing your date’s knowledge of miscellaneous facts at a local trivia night. McGillicuddy’s on Main Street in New Paltz has a trivia night every Wednesday at 9 p.m., hosted by Hudson Valley Trivia. First place winners receive a gift certificate, all draft beers are discounted, and best of all, it’s free to play.