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. Instead of the same-old same-old, creative date ideas are definitely in order.
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 50 creative date ideas that cover all the bases. Dive right in, and plan something unexpected for your next date—we’re betting your partner will certainly appreciate the effort.
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1. 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.
2. Go Birdwatching
Sometimes the most romantic activities involve being outdoors together. Check if your favorite local park offers birdwatching tours, or just hang out in your backyard with binoculars.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Troll for Photobooths
Spend an evening looking for photobooths, and taking fun photos together. The souvenirs from the evening are just a bonus.
6. Take a Boxing Class Together
Not your typical date, get the endorphins flowing taking a boxing class together.
7. 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.
8. Head on a (Mini) Road Trip
Pick a destination about an hour from where you live—it could be anything from a flea market to a restaurant off the beaten path—and just drive.
9. Meet for Drinks at a Local Landmark
From the Eiffel Tower, to the Empire State Building, to the Top of the Space Needle—head to a local landmark and admire the view, while creating your own movie worthy moment.
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10. 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.
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.
12. Volunteer Together
A great first date idea, head anywhere from a soup kitchen to a home for the elderly to volunteer, while getting to know your date.
13. Work on a DIY Project
Look through Pinterest for a project, and then execute it together.
14. Sing Karaoke
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.
15. 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.
16. Go Camping
Borrow equipment from a friend if you don’t have your own, make s’mores over an open fire, and completely unplug from technology. You can even do this in your backyard.
17. Shop for Each Other
Head to a thrift store, set a budget, and pick out outfits for each other!
18. Kiss, Kiss, Kiss
Not for a first date, but if you’re a more seasoned pair, try mastering these 36 kisses: French Kiss, Sniff Kiss, Nip Kiss, Eskimo Kiss, Butterfly Kiss, Basic Kiss, Spiderman Kiss, Flavored Kiss, Vacuum Kiss, Fish Kiss, Tease Kiss, Candy Kiss, Ice Kiss, Firm Kiss, From Behind Kiss, Slow Motion Kiss, Opposite Kiss, Downward Kiss, Tickle Kiss, No Lips Kiss, Blow Kiss, Woodpecker Kiss, Lady and the Tramp Kiss, Shocking Kiss, High Low Kiss, Kiss on the Hand, Kiss on the Cheek, Kiss on the Neck, Kiss on the Fingers, Kiss on the Shoulder, Kiss on the Ear, Kiss on the Back, Kiss on the Navel, Kiss on the Nose, Kiss on the Eyes, Kiss on the Forehead. Not sure what they all mean? Just have fun with it.
19. 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.
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20. Take a Ride on a Ferris Wheel
Countless romantic comedies feature couples falling in love at the top of the Ferris wheel, and with good reason. Plus, there is something so nostalgic and wonderful about heading to a local fair or amusement park on a date.
21. 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.
22. Rent Your “Dream Car”
Take your partner and your dream car you’ve rented on a weekend adventure, even if it’s just driving and exploring.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. Rent a Vespa and Go for a Ride
Sightseeing on the back of a Vespa can be pretty romantic.