Sure, a nice meal and some drinks usually make a great date, but after a while, that routine starts to get a little stale—and some creative date ideas are definitely in order.But coming up with new date ideas is harder than it seems! That’s why we polled the experts to reveal their favorite date night (and day) ideas for couples.
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.
Have an indoor picnic
“I love to cook a great dinner, open a favorite bottle of wine and lay out a blanket in front of the TV,” Boykin says.
Go to a Street Fair
Because life is sweet when food is cheap. Plus, it’s fun to discover new and interesting types of foods and vendors.
Wine-Tasting Double Date
The one thing wine lovers love more than a good bottle of wine is sharing it with someone else Invite a few friends over and have them sample a variety of wines blind. Cover the labels and make a game of guessing price, varietal, and, if you are real pros, maybe even vintage (good luck with that!). The winner gets to take home the bottle of their choice.
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.
Who cares if you can’t carry a tune? Pick a few favorite songs, and we’ll sure you’ll lower your inhibitions a bit.
Sit by a lake or a river
Feed the ducks, people-watch or gaze at the sunset while drinking coffee.
See a show at a comedy club
“Laughter is the fiber of intimacy,” Greer says. “Laughing together helps people bond.”
Cook something you’ve never tried before
Pick a cuisine you’re not very familiar with or make something from scratch—such as fresh pasta, charcuterie, candy or beer— together, set a table with some candles and a flower and enjoy your meal.
Relive your first date
Go back to the restaurant or coffee shop where you had your first date. Before you go home, consider re-creating your first kiss too
Go to a local fair or festival
How fun is it to play fair games, eat cotton candy and ride a Ferris wheel?
Hike, mini golf, bike, walk the dog or do something else outdoorsy!
“Outdoor activities can all bring out a more playful and easygoing side to your personality,” Boykin says. “The less you have to think about what to say or what to do next, the more fun you’ll have.”
Go horseback riding
You both might get thrown from the horse and then you’ll get to spend time together in a hospital bed. So cute.
Hit a dance club
“Dancing together is a date you’ll be glad you tried,”. It’s not just a good excuse to get closer, it’s also a good way to practice your nonverbal communication with each other. Sometimes you need to let your body do the talking.
If you hate bowling, there are always the pitchers of beer.
Dating, whether it’s your first or 150th date, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your relationship healthy and long-lasting. When you are consistent about having date nights together, you are reminding each other that your relationship is a priority no matter how busy life gets.