Date Night Ideas: Try Something New and Fun
Tired of the run of the mill dinner and a movie date night? Ready to do something different for a change? In this list of the best date night ideas, we have compiled some fun alternatives to the typical date night.
In this list, we feature date night ideas that range from free to a moderate investment. As you gear up for your next date night, there is sure to be an idea on this list that speaks to you!
Top 25 Date Night Ideas:
Explore by Bike
If you live near a bigger city, there is a probably a bike-share program. Renting a pair of bikes and exploring the city is a fun way to get to know a city (and each other!). Who knows, you may find a little hole in the wall place that becomes your new go-to restaurant as well!
Are you competitive? Do you correct Jeopardy contestants? Then a trivia night at a local bar or coffee shop may be a fun date night idea. Some trivia nights allow teams, while others are individuals only, so make sure your significant other is on board with whatever route you choose.
Whether you are just trying to pick up a new style or have two left feet, taking a dance class can be fun, educational, and romantic. Try taking a dance class where you and your significant other are the only ones in the class for an added boost of romance or with a group if you are looking for a lighter dance class experience.
Enjoy singing popular songs? Get out there and karaoke with your significant other. Local bars and restaurants throughout the week will usually offer open karaoke nights. So regardless of the night of the week with a little bit of research you can be singing your heart out to your favorite songs and enjoying a great night of music with your date.
Pottery Making Class
When you think of pottery making, you might have the iconic Ghost pottery scene pop into your mind, but it is a great date night idea. You will be able to try something new and hopefully make something that you are proud of by the end of the night. Whether it turns out to be a priceless piece of art or not, it will still have been fun to get your hands dirty making pottery with someone you care about.
Painting and Wine
Whether you are a skilled artist or not, you will still have fun trying your hand at painting with your date. Worst case you will be able to relax and enjoy your glass of wine, that doesn’t sound too bad. Some places even allow you to bring your favorite drinks and snacks so it can be a pretty reasonably priced date night. And who knows, maybe you will be so proud of your painting that you want to display it in your home for all to see.
Movie Night Romantic Comedy
Some date nights are best spent just cuddled up on the couch enjoying a good movie. Romantic comedies are usually a good choice because of the great mixture of romance and light mood of the comedy. So if you are looking for a quiet night in with your significant other, checkout out our list of the best romantic comedies that will be sure to help you find the perfect movie for your date night.
Enjoy preparing a tasty dish to eat in the kitchen, or maybe need a little more help in the kitchen? Try a date night that involves a cooking class. You will be able to choose from different courses, appetizers, and desserts. As well as find a type of cooking that intrigues you. Also, in the end, you will get to eat the great meal that you just prepared with your own hands, so it is a win-win!
Fire and S’mores
Depending on the weather, a fire pit and s’mores could be the perfect date night option. There is just something about being around a fire and enjoying conversation. Now add in the delicious combination of a fire touched marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers, and you have the making of a great night. Don’t forget a couple of long sticks or skewers to toast your marshmallows.
You would be surprised at how many different local festivals there are that go on throughout the year. So if you enjoy being around people, playing festival games, and trying out different foods, a festival date may be an excellent option for you. For best results do a little research and then plan in advance your date with the festival that is going to best fit your style.
You don’t always have to pay big bucks to see the big guys in concert to have access to great live music. Most cities have local artists that put on a great show and charge a fraction of the price, if not free of charge. So if you enjoy live music and the atmosphere of a great entertainer, make sure you checkout your local music scene. And who knows, maybe your local artist will make it big time, and you can talk about how you saw them before they became famous.
Whether you are a health nut or not, farmers markets can be a fun time. More of a daytime date, the farmers market can offer all kinds of things. From different produce to great food trucks to unique antique finds, you will be able to spend time exploring with your date. Farmers markets are typically held on specific days throughout the area. So if this sounds like a fun date idea for you, make sure you look up these times and plan in advance to hit up the farmers market.
If you have ever watched reality TV shows like the Amazing Race, you will appreciate a good scavenger hunt. Unfortunately, you most likely won’t be traveling the world to complete your scavenger hunt, but most local scavenger hunts have some pretty cool challenges that will keep you thinking and enjoying the challenge with your date. If you love being active, critical thinking, and a little competition, a scavenger hunt may be the perfect date night choice for you.
Depending on where you live there are going to be some great local breweries. You will be able to take a tour of the brewery to see how everything works, and then also get to try out some of their best brews. Perfect for craft beer lovers, a brewery tour could be a great date night option for you and your significant other.
Stay in and Cook
If you enjoy cooking, why not make it a date. Put on some music and open up a bottle of your favorite drink as you get down in the kitchen preparing dinner together. You will have fun making the dinner and enjoy the food all that much more because you made it with your own hands. For inspiration make sure that you checkout our food category for different recipe lists and our list of the best mixed drink recipes for a fun drink to try out while you prepare dinner.
Play with Puppies
Because who doesn’t like puppies? Whether you are in the market for a puppy or not, you can still go to the pet store and enjoy playing with these cuddly balls of fur. Maybe not an entire date night idea, you will still be able to enjoy an hour or so of puppy playtime before or after grabbing something to eat.
Staring up at a clear night of stars away from the glow of the city can truly be breathtaking. So grab a blanket and head up to a good vantage point away from any lights and enjoy God’s creation. Also, with some cool smartphone apps that help you identify different stars and constellations, you will be able to keep yourself entertained and also maybe learn a thing or two about the stars.
Whether it is professional, college, or high school, a great sporting event can be a lot of fun. The energy of the crowd, the concessions, and of course a well-played game all add to the allure of a great sporting event. So if you and your significant other enjoy sports, checkout some different local or professional sporting events and see if one peaks your interest.
A popular game that has you hunt for hidden objects by way of GPS coordinates posted on a website, geocaching is a fun and free date night idea. Download the app (or look online) first to see how many geocaches are hidden in your area. So get ready to do some fun exploring with your significant other on your next date.
Are you and your significant other wanna be handy people? Are you thinking about tackling a project in the house? Then taking a DIY class together may be the perfect date night idea. Retailers like Lowes and Home Depot usually offer free classes, but boutiques and other local retailers also often provide fun classes as well.
While dinner and a movie may be run of the mill, dinner theater is anything but. Dinner theater offers a chance for the audience to get involved (a murder mystery, anyone?) and usually provides good food. So get into character and see if you can solve the mystery before anyone else on your next date night.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
One of the pricier ideas in this list, a hot air balloon ride makes up for the price with memories to last a lifetime. Pack a picnic dinner for an added boost of romance. The scenic views and time spent together up in the clouds will be memories that last a lifetime.
If you live near a large lake or an ocean, there is probably a dinner cruise near you. Dinner cruises not only provide a great dinner, but they are also a great way to see the area and enjoy the scenery. So step up your next dinner date with a night out on the water enjoying great food, great company, and great views.
Bingo isn’t just for senior citizens – it can be a lot of fun no matter your age. Find a local Bingo hall, and for a small investment you will have entertainment for hours (and who knows, you may recoup your investment!). After being able to call out Bingo a couple of times, you will be all smiles and wanting to come back again.
Open Mic Night
Got a song or a poem that the world needs to hear? Many coffee shops offer open mic night, and if your significant other is not into actually getting behind the mic they can always laugh, er, support you from the audience.
Best Date Night Ideas Conclusion
Date night should be exciting and filled with new things to try and experience together. That is why we decided to come up with a list of date night ideas that will encourage you to try something new, fun, and maybe even a little bit adventurous.
Some of the things on this list are pretty simple, while others involve a little more prep, but all should be a good time if you are willing to give it a go.
Try out some of these date night ideas and then let us know how they went in the comments below.