Shoals offers cheap, enjoyable date venues for UNA students on a budget

by Staff Writer Anna Brown

Dating in college is hard enough with class and homework, but add in the money factor and dating can seem almost impossible.

But, for college students in the Shoals area, there are several enjoyable dating venues that will not break the bank.

For the moviegoer:

Carmike Regency Square Cinema offers discounts throughout the week, allowing couples to catch a movie together any time on a budget. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. each day, tickets are $5.75. On Stimulus Tuesdays, small drinks, popcorn and candy are $2 each.

Once the weather warms and the days last longer, couples can enjoy a night at the movies for $12 at the King’s Drive-In in Russellville. Tickets cost $6 for people over 12 years old, and the drive-in is open March through November. Fridays and Saturdays include a double-feature show beginning at sunset.

For the competitive spirit:

After couples have a meal together, they can also enjoy a little late-night competition at Lauderdale Lanes. The bowling alley offers a discount after 9 p.m. Each game costs $3, and shoe rental is $3 per person.

After three tests and five meetings during the week, students are often too mentally exhausted to workout. As the temperature begins to rise, outside activities sound more appealing. Conveniently, Veterans and McFarland parks have their own disc golf course. Disc golf discs can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods for as low as $9.99

For the music lover:

The Shoals area offers many places to hear great music, including the end. Theater, located on Pine Street, 116 E. Mobile and Pegasus Records at 612 E. Tennessee Street. Pegasus is undergoing a garage revamp but will be up and running soon. Cover charge for these venues ranges from free to $20, depending on the night’s act. These venues include upcoming performers and schedules on their Facebook pages.

For the adventurer:

Diebert Park is a beautiful place to have a picnic, take a walk and explore nature.

McFarland Park, 2 miles from campus, is located on the beautiful Tennessee River. Couples can hang out and enjoy the peaceful river. For those who are really adventurous, they can take a dip in the water.

Those looking for a little more challenge can hike the TVA Reservation in Muscle Shoals. TVA has a paved running/walking trail and miles of hiking trails. Couples are sure to enjoy a day of beautiful scenery and exercise.

For the volunteer:

While we are all in need of love, so are our furry friends. The Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter has volunteer opportunities that include walking and playing with dogs. The only requirement is you fill out a volunteer application. This fun date will literally cost you nothing and will strike a chord with the ladies when you show your soft side, guys.