DATE NIGHT IDEAS!

This page is here to dig you out of your date night rut! Beyond our Married Up Date Night you need to be having regular weekly date nights! They can be simple and free, but but they are important to sustain your marriage! Dating made you want to get married, and to keep that feeling alive – you continue!

In order to keep the dating sparks flying our list of 130+ date ideas (many with twists!) might help you find something to do you’ve not done or not done in a long time!

They start in random order, but will begin to sort and filter as you click on the categories below!

Let these jump-start ideas get the juices flowing to think up your own! Have fun, kids!

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Multiple categories highlighted at the same time is like saying “and” to both. (ie: “free” and “spicy”) 

candlelight date night
CUT THE POWER
candlelight date night

CUT THE POWER

Why not try an evening at home as if the power went out. Nothing electronic, including phones allowed. Candlelight only… find something to do… a card or board game, sit and talk… Taking away the electricity we’re so used to could be enough of a switcharoo to spark something fresh in the new circumstances.

Why not try an evening at home as if the... (cont'd)

Attend An Open Mic Night
Attend An Open Mic Night
Attend An Open Mic Night

Attend An Open Mic Night

Go to an open mic night to see the charm of local talent. Let off steam, take in live music, and you might even be moved to join the stage. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to support artists and make memories that will last a lifetime with your partner.

Go to an open mic night to see the charm... (cont'd)

hot air balloon ride date idea
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
hot air balloon ride date idea

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

See the world from a whole new perspective together! Being high in the sky together will be an exhilarating experience! A quick search online and you should be able to find a company that does balloon rides within a day trip, but this will take some planning in advance of course!

See the world from a whole new perspective together! Being... (cont'd)

Couples tower game date night idea
Couples Tower Game
Couples tower game date night idea

Couples Tower Game

Pick up this Couples Tower Game and make that the center of a fun and flirty at-home date night! Jenga with a flirty twist! Each block has a flirty or fun challenge to do with your spouse that will get you interacting and having fun in ways you probly would not do otherwise! Who knows where it all leads beyond having a blast and making a fun memory together.

Pick up this Couples Tower Game and make that the... (cont'd)

Moonlit Beach Picnic
Moonlit Beach Picnic 
Moonlit Beach Picnic

Moonlit Beach Picnic 

Lay out a blanket on a remote beach that is lit by the moon. Put together a basket full of your favorite treats, like sparkling wine and rich foods. Watch the moon make a way through the water as the waves calm you down. Enjoy tasty treats and sneaky kisses while looking at the beautiful stars. This picnic on the beach under the moonlight is a lovely getaway for two.

Lay out a blanket on a remote beach that is... (cont'd)

Farmers Market
FARMERS MARKET
Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET

Depending on your town’s farmers market, the can be interesting or even fun. Why not try something you’ve never tried? Sample a few wares… grab a bite or a drink from a food truck… Maybe pick up a few things to bring home and cook a meal together.

Depending on your town’s farmers market, the can be interesting... (cont'd)

Helicopter Ride
Helicopter Ride 
Helicopter Ride

Helicopter Ride 

You might only get to ride in a helicopter once in your life. It can be an exciting and beautiful experience. You can enjoy the scenery and the thrill of flying in a helicopter whether you choose a tour or a solo ride. You and your partner can do something unique and memorable together. It can be a fun way to celebrate a special event or just spend time together.

You might only get to ride in a helicopter once... (cont'd)

Codenames Duet
CODENAMES DUET
Codenames Duet

CODENAMES DUET

While the original Codenames is great (and there IS actually a way to play it as a two person co-op) – Codenames Duet is designed specifically for two people and might be a part of the fun in-house date night you’re looking for! As with any game, mix in some snacks and light music and you’re off to the races!

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Paint Each Other
PAINT EACH OTHER
Paint Each Other

PAINT EACH OTHER

Have you seen this trend on socials? There have been some hilarious results. This could be a lot of fun! You sit across from each other and paint a portrait of your spouse. When you’re both done, you show each other your results! There are painting classes you can do as a date night as well, but painting each other you could do at home with a simple kit like this one!

Have you seen this trend on socials? There have been... (cont'd)

Adult hide and seek date idea
PLAY HIDE AND SEEK
Adult hide and seek date idea

PLAY HIDE AND SEEK

It doesn’t just have to be for kids! Why not try it together? Spice it up by adding darkness and or subtracting some or all clothing. When you find each other, make it a happy reunion each time!

It doesn’t just have to be for kids! Why not... (cont'd)

Take a Floral Arrangement Class
Take a Floral Arrangement Class
Take a Floral Arrangement Class

Take a Floral Arrangement Class

Take a class on how to arrange flowers for a fun and creative date night. You can learn how to make beautiful bouquets together and then take your work home. Getting your hands dirty is a fun way to spend time and learn something new at the same time. You can also keep the flowers as a lovely memory of the night.

Take a class on how to arrange flowers for a... (cont'd)

Target Date Night Challenge
Target Challenge
Target Date Night Challenge

Target Challenge

Go to Target with your spouse (or any store of your choosing) Your mission is to part ways for a bit at the store and each of you complete the shopping list below as mystery gifts for each other. (Set a quick time limit because you don’t want to spend all night apart shopping!) Then surprise each other with your gifts, go home and enjoy them together, hanging out. The list:

  1. Their favorite snack
  2. Their favorite drink
  3. Something in their favorite color
  4. Something they need
  5. Something that reminds you of them
  6. Something you want them to try
  7. Something for the house they will be happy about
  8. BONUS: A movie you can go home and watch together

Go to Target with your spouse (or any store of... (cont'd)

Explore a New Neighborhood
Explore a New Neighborhood 
Explore a New Neighborhood

Explore a New Neighborhood 

Take a day to check out a new area of your city or a nearby town. Walk around the neighborhood, check out the shops and cafes, and look for secret gems. Try new foods, look at the street art, and learn about the history and culture of the place. This spontaneous and exciting date will help you see your surroundings in a new way and make new memories.

Take a day to check out a new area of... (cont'd)

arcade date night idea
ARCADE
arcade date night idea

ARCADE

Why not kick it old-school with some Pac-Man and Pop-A-Shot? Compete for high scores, maybe win tickets and get goofy prizes. There are plenty of establishment now that are giant arcades for adults like Dave and Busters. Be kids again for one night!

Why not kick it old-school with some Pac-Man and Pop-A-Shot?... (cont'd)

Couples Tattoo date night idea
COUPLES TATTOO
Couples Tattoo date night idea

COUPLES TATTOO

Another permanent declaration of your love! This could be as small and simple as a tiny heart or initials somewhere to something big and grandiose! Under the wedding band? Ankle? Wrist? Up to you! But not your average date night for most!

Another permanent declaration of your love! This could be as... (cont'd)

Drive in Movie
DRIVE IN MOVIE
Drive in Movie

DRIVE IN MOVIE

Unfortunately these are a being breed these days, but if there is still one in operation near you, why not catch a flick together in public but in private? The opportunity to do both at the same time can be a lot of fun. The snacks, the fresh air, the change of pace, the nostalgia… While you’re at it why not make out like those windows only work looking out!

Unfortunately these are a being breed these days, but if... (cont'd)

Couples Hand cast kit
HAND CAST KIT
Couples Hand cast kit

HAND CAST KIT

Here’s an interesting one! Pick up this couples hand-casting kit with everything you need to make an exact cast/replica of you two holding hands! Turn the experience into a fun date night and then you’ll also have your couples hand cast forever!

Here’s an interesting one! Pick up this couples hand-casting kit... (cont'd)

Sunset Sailing
Sunset Sailing 
Sunset Sailing

Sunset Sailing 

For a romantic and lovely experience, go sunset sailing on a boat or yacht. Plan a single or group sailing excursion and savor the sunset’s splendor across the sea. To set a comfortable place on the deck, pack a picnic, some beverages, and a blanket. A romantic and unforgettable date is created by the tranquilly and tranquility of sailing as well as by the breathtaking views. It’s a lovely and personal approach to finish the day.

For a romantic and lovely experience, go sunset sailing on... (cont'd)

Couple Laughing During Comedy Show
COMEDY SHOW
Couple Laughing During Comedy Show

COMEDY SHOW

This can be a bit tricky based on your individual tastes and your tolerance level for colorful language etc. We have been to some comedy shows we wanted to crawl under a rock and others we’ve left. But a good one can be such a breath of fresh air.

Conversely, if you’re not sure, there are plenty of great comedy specials on streaming services that are generally clean like Nate Bargatze, Jim Gaffigan and Brian Regan, as well as Youtube where you can find sources like DryBar Comedy or Crown Comedy specials and clips!

Laughing together at home with some popcorn can be great breath of fresh air. Laughter is healing (which is why we try and have a lot of it at our marriage date night events as well!)

This can be a bit tricky based on your individual... (cont'd)

Movie Marathon
Movie Marathon 
Movie Marathon

Movie Marathon 

At home, have a movie marathon night with a theme or series. Select a filmmaker, genre, or movie series you both enjoy and schedule multiple films to view consecutively. Get popcorn, sweets, and your preferred movie munchies ready. Set aside blankets and pillows to create a comfortable viewing space. This laid-back and engaging date lets you explore a universe of stories, discuss comments, and savor unbroken time with one other.

At home, have a movie marathon night with a theme... (cont'd)

Food Truck Festival
Food Truck Festival
Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival

To savor a range of cuisines and tastes, head to a food truck festival or food park. Wander from one truck to another tasting many foods and sharing your favorites. It’s a laid-back and pleasant dating choice because of the informal and energetic environment. Take advantage of live music, entertainment, and shared opportunity to taste new foods. Foodies will find ideal fit for this gastronomic journey, which provides a distinctive dining experience outside of conventional restaurant environment.

To savor a range of cuisines and tastes, head to... (cont'd)

Visit a Farm
Visit a Farm 
Visit a Farm

Visit a Farm 

Visit a nearby farm to learn and have fun at the same time. Do things like feeding animals, picking fruits and veggies, or learning about how to farm in a way that doesn’t harm the environment. There are also tours, workshops, and farm-to-table dining events at many farms. You can get to know wildlife, support local farmers, and eat fresh, organic food on this immersive and interactive date.

Visit a nearby farm to learn and have fun at... (cont'd)

Make Hot Chocolate
Make Hot Chocolate 
Make Hot Chocolate

Make Hot Chocolate 

Together It’s possible to have a sweet and easy date night. Making hot chocolate from scratch is a great way to spend time with your partner. Add cocoa powder to hot milk and top with marshmallows for extra comfort. It’s a cute way to spend time with each other and enjoy a nice treat. Find recipes to try with a simple search online!

Together It’s possible to have a sweet and easy date... (cont'd)

Potluck dinner with friends group date
Potluck Dinner with Friends
Potluck dinner with friends group date

Potluck Dinner with Friends

Friends should bring a fresh dish to a potluck dinner you’re having. With decorations, music, and a variety of seating choices, make the area feel festive and welcoming. A variety of tasty foods, telling stories, and catching up with friends. Connecting with others, enjoying home-cooked food, and making the evening fun and lively are all benefits of this group activity. For good times, good food, and good people, it’s the perfect mixture without the pressure or expense of feeding everyone yourself.

Friends should bring a fresh dish to a potluck dinner... (cont'd)

Rent electric scooters for a date night
Electric Scooters
Rent electric scooters for a date night

Electric Scooters

Many cities these days have electric scooters you can rent by the hour or mile. They are a super-fun way to zip around a city together, seeing the sights, stopping to shop or for a treat whenever you want. Take it as fast or as slow as want and feel the wind and the rush together as you experience a nearby city in a completely new way!

Many cities these days have electric scooters you can rent... (cont'd)

CANOEING Kayaking Date Day Trip
KAYAKING
CANOEING Kayaking Date Day Trip

KAYAKING

If this is outside of your normal, it can be exhilarating and fun. Depending on where you live, finding a place you can rent a kayak or canoe might not be that hard, or it could require a day trip. (So combine it with a picnic!) The teamwork required for a shared vessel will ‘force’ you to work together!

If this is outside of your normal, it can be... (cont'd)

apple or berry picking date night idea
APPLE OR BERRY PICKING
apple or berry picking date night idea

APPLE OR BERRY PICKING

A seasonal idea that can be fun, healthy, and yummy! Whether its apples, strawberries, blueberries, cherries etc. depending on where you live and the time of year many farms have “you-pick” options. It’s exercise, fresh air, and you get healthy food too! BONUS: Why not bake something together afterwards with what you picked!

A seasonal idea that can be fun, healthy, and yummy!... (cont'd)

order each other food
Order Each Other’s Meal
order each other food

Order Each Other’s Meal

A fun and different way to spice up a date is to order each other’s food. You and your partner each order a meal for the other person without telling them what you picked. When the food comes, you can each eat something different and see how well you know how the other person likes their food.

A fun and different way to spice up a date... (cont'd)

Botanical Gardens
BOTANICAL GARDENS
Botanical Gardens

BOTANICAL GARDENS

A romantic stroll through beautiful flowers! Maybe combine this with a picnic too? Hold hands, take a stroll, smell the roses, talk about your feelings, do it all! :) Your wife will love it!

A romantic stroll through beautiful flowers! Maybe combine this with... (cont'd)

Couple in a Zoo
ZOO / AQUARIUM
Couple in a Zoo

ZOO / AQUARIUM

Why not visit a zoo or aquarium? Or how about the kind of safari you drive through if one exists near you? You don’t have to be an animal lover to find interesting things there! Simply putting the two of you in a new and interesting environment gives you opportunities for people watching, and of course in this case animal-watching. Find creative ways to make it fun, like “which one of your extended family does that animal remind you of?” :)

Why not visit a zoo or aquarium? Or how about... (cont'd)

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