Date Ideas that are Not Just for Valentines Day.
Are you in a new relationship, or have you been in a relationship for years? It doesn’t take long before you run into a natural routine. Adding a little adventure and exploration is always fun, but finding things to do can feel like it takes too much effort. I am completely guilty of feeling this! The dreaded, “what do you want to do, where do you want to eat, what do you want to watch” conversation can seem daunting (again SUPER guilty!). Here at FatWallet, we did a little brainstorming. What would be a great date or things to do that would equal more quality time with your partner? Here are 50 of our favorite relationship building date ideas for year round adventures:
Love Don’t Cost A Thing:
1. Make an indoor picnic for a rainy day. Try some tapas with some nice music without the T.V.
2. Stay in, make a drink, and relax with a marathon of your favorite show. You could even pick a couple of movies you’ve been dying to watch.
3. Watch the sunset. Think of all those cheesy movies you could star in. Honestly, sunsets are brilliant and lovely. Just sit and really watch this majestic sight. You can resume normal lives afterward, but just have one sunset together.
4. Write each other poems and exchange them at the end of the night.
5. Give each other a massage. Scented oil or hot towels are great additions.
6. If there is snow outside, why not go sledding?
7. Take a catnap while listening to a great record.
8. Cuddle and read each other chapters from a book you’re both reading.
9. A night trip to a place with little light pollution, and a pair of binoculars or a telescope. Do a little stargazing, it is quite wonderful.
Comedy, Culture and Drinks
10. In a warm city? Try a movie in the park.
11. Have an open Saturday morning? How about your local farmer’s market? Although often crowded, they are great to plan a romantic dinner.
12. Check out a live band. I love seeing some great local artists and even fun crummy cover bands.
13. Try a wine or beer tasting. Some upscale spirit shops will have events a couple of times a month. This is a good time to learn a bit, and showoff your new knowledge to your friends.
14. Go see a comedy show. Who doesn’t like a few laughs? If it’s completely bad you can laugh at the bombs!
15. Film festivals are usually inexpensive, and you can always find something cool.
16. Look up a local trivia night.
17. Rent a boat. Even if it’s a paddleboat, a couple hours on the water is sure to make a fun memory.
18. Go to an art gallery opening. Even if it’s not your thing, there’s usually free appetizers and drinks
An All Day Getaway
19. One of my favorite things to do when I’m short on time is to go on a bike ride. A ride around the neighborhood will fill you with a sense of adventure, but will also get your heart rate up and give you a boost of energy before…
20. A beer tour. Drink a few of your favorite brews, while learning how they’re made.
21. Cold outside? Go on a romantic snowy-night stroll in a park, and while you are out…
22. Check out that new diner or coffee shop.
23. Volunteer. Sometimes the best way to bring a couple together is by helping others.
24. If you live near a city, Look for free or discount days at museums. It’s a great way to add a little culture to your lives.
Let’s Get Physical
28. Go for a swim. From a refreshing lake to an indoor pool, a swim can release stress and be a whole lot of fun.
26. Go rock climbing, it’s a fun way to solve a puzzle and practice trust.
27. Try a scavenger hunt.
28. Go fly a kite! Seriously, go buy a kite and head down to the beach or park. Even in winter, adding a little nostalgic fun brings out the giddiness in each other.
29. A trip around an outdoor or indoor (ice) skating rink. It’s always cute to relive the fun of childhood.
30. Go bowling! Alleys usually have a cosmic or other themed nights.
31. Like learning new things? Try taking a class together in something you both would like to know more about. You could do thinks like metal working, creative writing, woodworking, special effects makeup, cooking, or pottery.
32. Go to a murder mystery dinner. Live theater and interaction is always a different experience!
33. Go on a road trip. Always wanted to see a cool landmark a couple of hours away? Why not make a day of it? It gives you a couple hours in the car to just talk and sing along to music. Who knows, the drive might be better than the site?
34. Have another first date! I like to mix things up and meet up at a restaurant, and have that first date every once in a while. No talking about home, kids, or work.
35. Learn to dance! Take a salsa, waltz, or swing dancing lesson. Lessons are available everywhere. Take the initiative and make the commitment to try dancing.
36. Visit a record shop and buy each other a new album. Try a new or different artist to mix things up a bit.
37. Take a train ride for a weekend away. Maybe even visit a bed and breakfast.
38. Challenge each other to an “Iron Chef” style appetizer and dessert cooking competition. Even if you can’t cook, it’s fun to be creative. Not to mention, a little competition is always exciting.
39. Rent a room. It’s not always budget friendly, but it can add some spice to your lives.
40. Go to that hole in the wall you have always heard of. The experience of that new place is scary and fun, and if it’s not great you can always have some PB&J.
41. Snacking at a conservatory or greenhouse is a beautiful way to admire some beautiful foliage.
42. Visit the zoo and admire how wonderful the animals are.
The Meat & Potatoes: Romance & Relationship
43. Lunch and a sporting event (local or national). Even if you aren’t into watching sports on T.V. Between the environment, the energy, and a good beer in your hand, it’s always a good time.
44. Have a painting project? Why not buy a bottle of wine (or some beer) and have a fun painting night? Boom, kills two birds with one stone.
45. In the mood for a little bump in the night? What about a haunted tour?
46. Start a small garden. Start with something easy, like herbs and some marigolds.
47. If you want to do a double date, than a game night might be a roll of the dice.
48. Go window-shopping for something fun. The idea of getting some extravagant things is playful and fun.
49. Hit up a festival. There are always different ethnic festivals throughout the year. This is a great way to explore new cultures.
50. Stay up all night and just talk. Talk about wants, regrets, and memories. Talk about where you want to be in 10 years, and make shared goals.
Of course every relationship is different and changes with time. Hopefully this list of date ideas helps rekindle or add to the flame of your relationship fire. So what helps adding to your relationship? What are your favorite memories or date ideas?