Historic Date Night

Epic food, bygone buildings and the crack of a bat.

Deanna Devey May 1, 2016

Take a trip back in time by visiting Ogden’s Historic 25th Street for a unique and memorable date night. Located within easy walking distance of the Ogden Frontrunner station, 25th Street offers two blocks of shopping, dining, art galleries and night life — all housed in historic turn-of-the-century buildings that tell the story of Ogden’s history as a railroad boom town.

But that’s not all: A short walk away is Lindquist Field, home of the Ogden Raptors and one of the most scenic baseball fields in the country.

“Whether you’re looking for a nice night out or a dinner before heading to the ball game, there’s something for everybody,” says Sara Toliver, president and CEO of Visit Ogden. “It’s such a unique historical setting that it makes for a really different experience you can’t find anywhere else.”

Shop Until You Drop

Start your date night by arriving early to stroll through the eclectic mix of shops and galleries since many close at 6 p.m. or earlier. Shopkeepers will likely greet you with a friendly smile and perhaps a story or two about their business. Outside many entrances, signs detail the history of the buildings.

The Pandemonium Art Gallery includes Salvador Dali-esque paintings. The Timeless Attic takes shoppers back to the 1950s. Another antique shop, 25th Street Treasures, welcomes visitors with the sounds of vinyl records playing and displays of vintage hats and out-of-print games and books.

Mission on 25th offers mission-style lamps and wall hangings. For retro-inspired clothing, visit Endless Indulgence.

Museums and Munchies

Not into shopping? Then check out Union Station where four museums preserve Ogden’s history: the Utah State Railroad Museum, Browning Firearms Museum, Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, and Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. There are also galleries and traveling art exhibits inside the station.

Hungry? Take time to enjoy the local fare. Rovali’s offers Italian food, including its popular cheesy lasagna, while Tona Sushi was voted one of the best ski town restaurants. Be sure to check out the historic and iconic neon Star Noodle dragon sign, which hangs outside Zucca Trattoria.

And don’t forget Roosters, which USA Today lists as one of Utah’s best ski town breweries. Located in a restored 1890s building, Roosters’ brewpub offers drinks, burgers, pizza, salads and more.

“Depending on who you talk to, everybody has their own favorite restaurants and their own story,” Toliver says. “It’s awesome that there isn’t just one anchor; we have so many different opportunities.” Try to catch Ogden’s annual spring restaurant week during which you can try selections from dozens of independently owned restaurants at a discounted price.

With the right timing, you may also experience the First Friday Art Stroll. Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m., the free event has more than 20 venues, including six galleries on 25th Street, and features exhibit openings, artist receptions and live music.

Ogden Raptors

About two blocks from 25th Street is Lindquist Field, which hosts the Ogden Raptors, the Rookie League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. From Friday night fireworks to Hawaiian jerseys, team management focuses on making the games fun and interactive, says Robbie Bullough, Raptors’ director of broadcasting and media relations. In fact, the Raptors have the biggest crowds in the Pioneer League, creating energy and excitement at each game.

The team plays June through September. One of this season’s biggest draws will be the Northwest League/Pioneer League All-Star Game on Aug. 2, possibly a once-in-a-decade experience, Bullough says. Regardless of the game you choose, you’ll experience great mountain views, energetic fans and lots of home runs — all at an affordable price.

“Our attendance record speaks for itself; we’ve led the league in attendance for 19 straight years,” Bullough says. “People love coming and keep coming back.”

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