When you first start dating, a nice meal and a few drinks is all it really takes. But after a while passes and you get more comfortable, it can be fun to add a little “spark” back into date night.
From foodie date night ideas that involve eating each course at a different restaurant, to outdoorsy ideas for nature enthusiasts, we’ve come up with a list of 30 creative date ideas that cover all the bases.
Plan a Picnic
Whether you’re heading to a park or even just your backyard or fire escape, put down a blanket, get a spread of yummy snacks, a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a lovely, low-cost date.
It’s a bit of a cliché, but completely romantic. Who could resist a date that involves stargazing? To get started download The Night Sky app so you actually know what you are looking at.
Go for a Hot Air Balloon Ride
A classic date that is hard for anyone to resist.
Get a couple’s massage together
Make it a Spa Day with a couples massage. You can’t get any more intimate and romantic in date night ideas than this.
Have a Game Night
Get out your favorite old-time board game (Clue, Monopoly, you name it), and have an old-fashioned game night date.
Binge Watch a Netflix TV Show Together
Pick a show on Netflix that neither have you seen, and watch a few more episodes than you probably should.
Head Ice Skating
You don’t have to an Olympian to have fun on an ice skating date. Finish off the date with hot chocolate.
Make Homemade Pizzas with Wild Toppings
Instead of just any dinner, make homemade pizzas, and don’t be afraid to go wild with the toppings.
While you are on your karaoke date, don’t forget to do a duet. When in doubt, Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” can’t be beat.
Take a Workout Class
Take a spin class, a rowing class, or one of the myriad of trendy boutique workout classes that have popped up just about everywhere in recent years. Couples that sweat together, stay together.
Visit a Museum and See Something Unexpected
Going to a museum is a great date idea. Go see a controversial show, and the conversation will flow easily from there.
Take a Brewery Tour
Learn something and get beer in the process? This is pretty much a foolproof date. To find a tours, start by calling a microbrewery near you and go from there.
Learn to Dance
Find a dance studio that offer sessions for first timers and couples. Looking to do something really special? Consider booking a private lesson to start.
Shop for Each Other
Head to a thrift store, set a budget, and pick out outfits for each other.
Do Something a Little Bad
Skinny dipping, light sidewalk graffiti, doing something you aren’t supposed to be doing can actually bring couples together. Plus, it’s great for a future story.
Recreate the First Date You Ever Had Together
If you went to a movie, rent the same movie. If you went out for dinner, go back to the same restaurant or make the dish that you ate at home.
Go to a Fancy Bar and Dress Up
Get dressed up, go to a fancy bar (hotel bars are an easy choice), and try something off the exotic cocktails list.
Bake a Cake
Or cupcakes, or brownies, or cookies! Any activity that also involves eating makes for a great date.
Take a Hike
Be one with nature on your next date, taking a hike at your favorite nature preserve or hiking path. The more picturesque the spot you choose, the better.
Make s’mores over an open fire, and completely unplug from technology. You can even do this in your backyard.
Go to the Zoo
Stroll through the local zoo admiring everything from the tigers to penguins while getting to know each other.
Have a Friendly Bowling Competition
Dust off those bowling shoes, and have a friendly bowling competition slash date.
Head to the Drive-In
Take some inspiration from Grease and seek out a drive-in (it sure will beat that traditional movie date). Get some popcorn, lean back in your car, and enjoy.
Create Your own Wine Tasting
You don’t have to go somewhere fancy to do a wine tasting as a date, you can do it at home. Ask for recommendations of some bottles to try at your favorite local wine store, and go from there.
Head to a Free Outdoor Concert
A great way to spend a summer afternoon, seek out a free outdoor concert, everything from the symphony to an indie band, and enjoy.
Have a Five Course Dinner at Different Places
Instead of going to one restaurant, pick a bunch of different restaurants to enjoy various courses of your dinner date at.
Play Truth or Dare
Not just for seventh grade parties, an evening of truth or dare makes for a great get-to-know-you date.
Head to the Farm and go Berry Picking
Berry picking is a fun activity, and also one that allows for a lot of talking and getting to know each other time.
Find a Rooftop Pool and Go Swimming
Rooftop pools are popping up everywhere from hotels to sports clubs these days. Luckily, they make for a great date spot.
Do Something Neither of you Have Done Before
Sometimes the best dates involve doing something that neither of you have done before—taking a pottery class, riding in a helicopter, or even just trying a new restaurant.
Dating, whether it’s your 15th or 150th date, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your relationship healthy and long-lasting.
Dating gives you opportunity to nurture intimacy, practice communication, demonstrate commitment and create a meaningful history together.
When you are consistent about having date night together, you are reminding each other that your relationship is a priority no matter how busy life gets.