How many times can you go out to dinner and a movie? Not that there’s anything wrong with the quintessential date standard, but it gets boring after a while.
If you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you’re probably running out of date ideas. You are still going on dates, right? Even long-term relationships need to go on a date occasionally.
A little creativity and some frugality can enable you to have an amazing and memorable date with your partner. So, for those of you who feel stuck in the “dating rut,” here are some unique and fun date ideas for couples.
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58 Uniquely Fun and Creative Date Ideas For Couples
Outdoor Date Ideas
1. Do a Restaurant Tour
This is one of the best ways to reconnect with your partner. Just pick an area with a bunch of restaurants. Start with cocktails and appetizers at a restaurant with a bar or lounge. Then head somewhere different for the main course and finish up someplace else with fabulous desserts.
2. Attend a Festival in a Neighboring City
Festivals are fun and get even better if you have a partner to accompany you. While visiting a festival with your partner, you won’t only have a great time but will also make beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. This date would surely boost your relationship, especially if you’re in a new relationship.
3. Do Some Stargazing
If the weather is in your favor, this is a great date night idea. Get a book on constellations, aim your telescope at the stars see how many you can pick out. Prefer a more professional venue? Visit a planetarium. Though this idea is simple, it’s known to build strong feelings of attraction, closeness, and love between a couple.
4. Explore the Nearest State Park
Pack a picnic basket and go to your nearest state park. From there, you can hit the trail and go hiking or just have a walk around the park. Once you’re tired, have your lunch, lay down under a tree, and talk about the old days. This date would allow you to spend a little time in nature and refresh the bond between you and your partner.
5. Rent Bikes
There are often organized bike tours or routes already mapped out for you. So just rent bikes and head out on a biking tour of your area. Share a romantic conversation while riding the bikes and encourage each other when paddling becomes tough. Both of you will have a wonderful time and get to explore your hometown in a completely different way.
6. Rent a Boat for the Afternoon
If a sailboat is not your thing, rent a rowboat, paddle boat, or kayak and go boating. Also, pack along some snacks and make music arrangements. This activity will reconnect you to nature as well as with your partner. You will have all the peace and quiet you need and have a beautiful time together.
7. Broaden Your Dinner Horizons
Don’t just go to the same restaurant you usually go to. Choose a new restaurant, someplace neither of you has ever tried. Bonus points if it’s a different ethnic cuisine than you normally eat. These experiences will be more memorable for your partner, and you will discover new places and dishes that you would like to eat again in the future.
8. Up, Up, and Away
Do you want to take your partner on an unforgettable date? Take a hot air balloon ride. Glide over the rooftops, pointing out sights of interest, or just enjoy floating in the air. This would be an extremely memorable and fascinating date for your partner.
9. Visit Your Local Ballpark or Stadium
Get tickets to a professional game or cheer for your hometown favorite. This is something your partner will appreciate if they are a sports fan. Just find some good seats, get some snacks, cheer for your team and enjoy. It will be a memorable and fun date for both of you.
10. Dinner Cruise
There is nothing better than a date on water. Whether you live by the ocean or near a lake, you can easily find dinner cruises. Brunch or moonlight cruises are also another good option. Dates on the cruise are very calm and peaceful and thus allow you to connect to your partner.
11. Drive-In Movie
Another old-school date idea that’s making a comeback of late. There’s something so cozy about watching a movie at the drive-in. Maybe you feel 16 all over again, or maybe it’s just the fogged-up windows.
Whatever the case, you will have a very romantic date night and build thousand of beautiful memories.
12. Go on a Picnic
A tried and true but often overlooked date option. If you like the outdoors, a picnic may be a good cheap date option for you. Pack both of your favorite foods and find somewhere pretty to eat, chat and simply enjoy your surroundings. Just remember to bring the bug spray.
Here are some easy-to-make lunch ideas that also make for the perfect picnic foods.
13. Visit the Aquarium
Aquariums aren’t just for schoolchildren but also an excellent place for a date. Take a leisurely stroll while you survey the sea life. There are plenty of things to point at and talk about in the aquarium, so you won’t get bored and will have a great conversation with your partner.
14. Outdoor Theater
Think Shakespeare in the park. The theater is much more fun and relaxed under the canopy of the sky than in a stuffy theater. In outdoor theatre, you have more privacy. Moreover, you can also pack some snacks with you and have a picnic while watching the theatre.
Indoor Date Ideas
15. Movies With a Twist
Instead of haggling over drama vs. action and settling on a comedy flick to keep the peace, why not leave it up to chance? Close your eyes and pick. Whatever it is, both have to agree to honor the choice, or it’s not fun. Even if the movie doesn’t turn out great, your date will.
There are many benefits to being spontaneous, including feeling happier and forming stronger bonds with people.
16. Cooking Night
No date is complete without food, so why not have a cooking night? Make your favorite dishes together, work as a team on a brand-new recipe, and you will end up having a very cute date. Even if you don’t know how to cook, you can search for recipes online, follow the instructions, and cook a decent dish. A date like this will surely deepen the foundation of your bond.
17. Have an Indoor Picnic
Serve dinner on a picnic blanket in the living room. Open a bottle of wine with some favorite finger foods. An indoor picnic can be even more fun and romantic than a traditional outdoor one. It’s quieter, and no interruptions!
18. Game Night
You don’t have to spend much money to have a good time. Check out your attic and basement, and bring out your old board games. A game night can be a fun way to spend an evening, whether it be in a group situation or by yourselves.
You can also set some stakes ahead of time. The stakes could be anything you want, like something your partner has to do for you if they lose, or it could be something around the house like they have to do all the chores for a week, or perhaps something a little frisky, like they have to undress for you and do as you say.
19. Casino Night Fundraiser
Either visit a casino if you have one or go to a “casino night” fundraiser for a local organization. It’s thrilling and fun. Just don’t spend more than you can afford to lose. While you’re there, you can also enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffets and open bars that casinos offer.
20. Build a Fort and Make Out Inside It
We all built forts in our houses when we were young; now, it’s time to do the same for your partner. Build a cute little fort and make your way inside it. Crawl under it together and make out. This would undoubtedly become one of the most romantic dates you have ever had with your partner.
21. Movie Marathon
Make some popcorn and settle on the sofa with your partner for a relaxing date night. You each get to pick a couple of movies of your choice (no arguments) and watch them one after the other. Even if one movie turns out to be boring, you still have a few others to look forward to.
It is a great way to spend a fun and romantic evening with your partner if you prefer having dates at home. However, the same idea can also be applied in a movie theatre. It’s just that you won’t have as much privacy as you have at home.
Adventurous Date Night Ideas
22. Ghost Tour
If you’re into the supernatural craze storming our country, go on a ghost tour. Many towns now have “haunted houses” open for guided tours. This date will surely get your stress hormones going, but you will have an everlasting memory of this experience in the end.
23. Mystery Trip
Plan a day or an afternoon and take a trip to nowhere. Just get into your car and drive. Stop when you want to eat or get a closer look at something interesting. Wing and have fun, but you might want to bring your smartphone or GPS just in case you get hopelessly lost and can’t find your way home.
24. Try a New Cuisine
Check out new ethnic cuisine, which neither of you has tried. The element of adventure will add some excitement to your date, and, who knows, maybe the two of you will find a new favorite. There are so many benefits to trying something new.
This date is all about discovering a new taste. You will have a great conversation with your partner, comparing the taste of different foods and deciding whether you guys would like to eat them again in the future.
25. Be Tourists for the Day
Sometimes you become so used to your home town or city that you forget what draws tourists to it. Take a day to visit and rediscover your love for your home. Go sightseeing around your city. Stop inside places you often pass but never go into. If all goes to plan, you may even get yelled at by an angry local who has mistaken you for a tourist.
26. Go to the Theater
The theater is a date favorite. It’s a little classier than a movie, and you get to dress up and soak in some culture.
Even if the entertainment isn’t good enough, you will have a fun time enjoying the vibes of theater. So just buy tickets for some comfortable seats where you can have some privacy and take your partner to the theater.
27. Play Games at the Arcade
Visit a local arcade or gaming center. Don’t know where to go? Just ask some local 13-year-olds – they’ll know. Play some arcade games together, and try getting something for your partner from the claw machine. This date idea is packed with fun, especially if you’re a teenage couple.
28. Art Gallery
A trip to the local art gallery is a wonderful date idea. I know this isn’t for everybody, but hear me out. Not only are these things usually free to attend, but they generally also provide you with booze and cheese. Besides, you get to judge all of the pretentious people there. Sounds like a good night to me.
29. Reawaken Your Inner Child
Everyone becomes a child around the people they love. So just stop at the toy store to pick up a few goodies. Try a Frisbee or kite for some outdoor fun. You can also show each other the toys you liked playing with when you were children.
Even as adults, it’s important that we continue to play as it improves our relationships, improves our social skills, and can heal emotional wounds.
30. Look for Treasure
Browse antique stores, flea markets, second-hand shops, or yards. You don’t have to buy; just looking is fun. Visiting antique shops is a great option as it takes you back in time. If your partner is interested in history, they will surely appreciate this date.
31. Amusement Park
Ride roller coasters, eat cotton candy, take your picture in the photo booth, and try carnival games. After everything else, check out the view from the top of the ferris wheel.
This date idea will increase the closeness between you and your partner and make them come out of their comfort zone. Plus, you will be able to avoid boredom and awkwardness and have a great conversation with your partner.
32. Interactive Mystery Dinner
Interactive murder mystery-type dinner shows have become very popular. They are quite different from a regular dine-in which will make it really interesting and memorable for your partner. Good food, lively entertainment, and fun. Overall all a perfect combination.
33. Factory Tour
It sounds lame, but it’s fascinating to see the inside of a local brewery or manufacturing plant. You’ll see things you never imagined. If you’re lucky, you might even get to taste a few things or take them home with you.
Free Date Night Ideas
34. Wine Tasting
Take an organized wine tour, or visit local wineries on your own (or with another couple.) The wine tasting date is all about the free alcohol. So long as you have some way of getting around (or perhaps your significant other is happy to be the designated driver, in which case you should marry them immediately) this can be a fun and cheap way to try some amazing wines whilst taking in the lovely vineyard scenery.
35. Visit a Museum or Iconic Local Sites
Nearly everyone has a museum or several within driving distance. Plan an afternoon wandering around exhibits, visit an iconic local heritage site or a cultural museum if art isn’t your thing. Some are free, if not very affordable. If you’re both history lovers, take some interest in learning new facts.
36. Take in the Sunset
Walk on the beach, sit on a dock, find higher ground, or just choose a quiet spot to soak in the sunset together. While you’re at it, pack some food and turn it into a simple sunset picnic. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sun, surf, and sand with your partner. This idea can be inexpensive if you live near the beach and can boost moods just by being out in nature.
37. Take a Free Class
Taking a class with your partner is a fun way to do something new together without spending any money. Many classes offer the first lesson for free, so check out what your area has to offer. Popular options are fitness classes and cooking classes. Whatever you choose, just make sure it’s something that interests you both; otherwise, you will get bored.
38. Have a D-I-Y Photo Shoot
With a D-I-Y photo shoot, you can commemorate your love and affection for each other. So just set up a tripod (or simply balance your phone on a flat surface) and have fun being silly while taking pictures. You can use props from around your house to make sure you end up with some unforgettable pictures.
39. Make a Time Capsule
One of the most fun date ideas is to make a time capsule together. Gather all the romantic memorabilia from your relationship, such as train tickets, pictures, and notes, and don’t forget to include a note for the person who finds the time capsule!
40. Have a Slumber Party
One of the most romantic date ideas is to have a slumber party with your partner. Bring your duvets and pillows into your living and set up for a night of cozy fun. Fairy lights, snacks, and movies will help you to make this the perfect date. A pillow fight just before going to sleep will take things to the next level.
41. Create a Bucket List Together
Sit down with your partner and write down everything you want to do together, from going on holiday to taking a salsa class together. Doing this is a nonverbal way of telling your partner that you love them and want to plan a future with them. This list will even help you to plan future date ideas!
42. Recreate a Memorable Date
Think of a favorite past date, something that means something special to you as a couple; where you first met, your first date together, where you professed your love or popped the question. Such a date will immediately make your partner realize how much every moment meant to you and that you love them dearly.
43. Go to the Beach
Lie in the sun, take a swim, or skip some rocks. A day at the beach is a fun date. You can even pack along some snacks to turn it into a beach picnic. This date idea is really fun and relaxing, and the best thing about it is that it’s cheap.
Spend some time volunteering at a local shelter, food kitchen, or join a community beautification project. Helping others can be a great way to spend time together and do some good in the process. Such a date would increase affection in the eyes of your partner for you and would make your relationship even stronger.
45. Play Sports
Hit the golf course, tennis court, or ski slope with your partner. This is one of the best ways to get some physical exercise and also have some enjoyable moments with your loved one.
After this date, you will be able to deepen the connection between you and your partner and establish a great bond.
46. Learn a New Activity Together
Take a dance or photography class or learn how to play shuffleboard. The classes can either be physical or online. Just select something that interests you both. Such a date will keep your relationship fresh and fun.
47. Massages & At-Home Spa Night
Regardless of the situation, home massages are wonderful because they’re much cheaper than going to a spa. All you need is a towel and some oil!
In addition, you’ll be massaged by your significant other, which is far less awkward than being with a stranger you’re paying and trying to hide natural bodily functions from. Plus, this can boost the feeling of love and intimacy between a couple. This is one of the most relaxing date ideas you can do for free. Run a bubble bath for you both with candles, or you can even do manicures and pedicures if you both feel skilled enough!
Sporty Date Night Ideas
48. Mini Golf
Mini golf date night is one of the classic date ideas that almost every couple would enjoy. A friendly competition can boost the feelings of love and intimacy in your relationship.
The best thing about this idea is that it’s inexpensive, and no matter what skill level you are at, you will enjoy playing a round of mini golf. Just don’t take this competition too seriously and have fun.
Bowling is an old-school date idea with a casual, relaxed feel. It not only makes a fun date but also makes a great first date. If you usually have an awkward silence on your dates because you have nothing to talk about, then this date idea is perfect. You will be able to refresh your relationship and have a great time playing and talking to each other.
50. Go Skating
Roller-skating is always fun, even if neither of you has ever done it. Tap into your inner child by spending an afternoon making fools of yourselves at the rink and drinking frozen cokes.
Not only will you have a fun time laughing at each other, but it’ll have you both feeling playful again.
51. Extreme Sports
If you and your partner are daring enough, you should go rock climbing, bungee jumping, or sky diving. These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences; the best way to experience them is with your partner.
Another great thing about this idea is that these activities can only be performed in nature, so you would also have plenty of time to connect with nature.
52. Go Horseback Riding
Find a local stable and either take a guided ride, a lesson, or rent horses if you already know how to ride. It is a great way to spend time in nature with your loved ones. Plus, you will learn how to house ride if you don’t know. Giddy Up!
Feel Good Date Night Ideas
53. Take in Amateur Night
Visit a local bar, club, or coffeehouse and watch the amateurs display their talent. If you’re adventurous, get up there and try it yourself. This would be quite a fun and entertaining date for your partner. Plus, you both will be able to get out of your comfort zone and live the night.
54. Engage in Some Friendly Outdoor Competition
This is one of the best things to do with your boyfriend. Grab some water guns at your local dollar store and have a water gun fight. Or you could always opt for water balloons and pelt each other with them.
This is a fun outdoor activity in which you can play hide and seek, run around like kids, and generally have a fun time.
55. Attend a Concert
There is no better way to connect people than music. Live music is always a great way to spend a date. Get tickets to a big-name act, and enjoy a local band in the park or a local club. This is perfect if you want to make things a bit romantic and come out of your comfort zone with your partner.
56. High-School Musical
No, not the movie…attend an actual high-school musical. Most high schools put on an annual musical or play. Tickets are inexpensive, and you might just see some budding actors.
57. Have a Karaoke Night
Everyone has a rockstar hiding inside them. A karaoke night with your partner is a great way to bring out that rockstar and have fun without being too serious. This date will let you both let loose. Try choosing songs for each other to guarantee a silly evening!
58. Amateur Comedy Nights
These are fantastic if you’re planning a fun date. The entry is usually free, or at least quite cheap, and you have a chance to see some hilarious and talented comedians. Even if they happen to bomb out, that’s entertainment in and of itself.
There are many health benefits to laughter, including lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and improving memory.
There are many dating options to choose from, depending on your interests, budget, and location. There’s something for every couple. Remember, whether you’re 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60, dating should be fun! Try something new and make new memories together.
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Date nights encourage communication and let both individuals come out of your comfort zone while building beautiful and everlasting memories together.
Outdoor Date Ideas: playing outdoor sports together, renting a bike, and stargazing will not only get you outdoor in nature, but will have you appreciating nature.
Indoor Date Ideas: massage dates are perfect for rest and relaxation. Revisit your fondest childhood memories like building a fort in your living room or having an indoor picnic.
Feel Good Date Ideas: volunteer at a local charity or attend a comedy show for a great laugh. Both date ideas will have you both feeling good.
Adventurous Date Ideas: try a new cuisine or go on a ghost tour to get the adrenaline going.
Free Date Ideas: plan an at-home spa date, attend a free community class, or visit free museums or iconic local sites.
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