Westminster date ideas

Pretty Boy Reservoir is a date location. (Molly Sherman / McDaniel Free Press).

At first glance, it can seem tough to find something to do in Westminster, but there are plenty of great ideas for the taking.

If you are looking for some alternative food options beyond yet another Glar date, there’s just about every chain restaurant from Chipotle to Starbucks off of 140, all in about a 10-minute driving range from campus.

Hoping for something a little more unique? There’s actually quite a few hidden gems throughout Westminster. Baugher’s is a fun place to get a home-style meal and do some shopping in the farmer’s market. A McDaniel favorite is Hoffman’s ice cream, that you can hit up on your way back from Morgan’s Run.

On a budget? Katana is a sushi place in a nearby shopping center that even takes McDaniel Bucks. The well-known JeannieBird is right on Main Street and is great for a superb bite to eat and a study date. Take an iced tea “complicated” next time you go with the option of a noodle straw—a great conversation starter. 

Have an urge for some adventure? The Westminster and neighboring areas are chalk full of nature spots. Hashawha is a 15-minute drive, Morgan’s Run is 20 minutes, and Pretty Boy Reservoir is 30 minutes away. Go to check out the trees, water features, and wildlife while getting some light exercise. You can enjoy the quiet or talk about all of the sights!

For a closer wildlife experience, Baugher’s Orchard has a place where you can watch and pet goats, cows, sheep, and more! You could also consider making a day of volunteering at the Maryland Horse Rescue or Carroll County Humane Society to engage in some outreach efforts during your date. 

For some more classic date ideas, there is bowling in Taneytown, a movie theatre on Main Street and in a nearby mall, and the Carroll County Farm Museum. For some big date ideas, you might want to visit Towson for the new trend of ax throwing or visit D.C. for a wider array of museum and site seeing (McDaniel offers a shuttle to Baltimore and D.C. metro stops, if you don’t have a car).

When in doubt, just stroll around the beautiful campus. There is so much more to see than meets the eye and there are endless paths to venture down.