Planning the perfect date night can be tricky. There are just so many ideas to explore! Luckily, with the insights offered to us by our EliteSingles members’ surveys, we know…
Deciding on date ideas is important, but it can also be nerve-wracking. So we’ve rounded up a collection of our 50 favorite date activities to help you out.
Prioritizing dates is vital for every couple. Whether you’re casually dating or you’re in a long-term relationship, scheduling regular dates with your other half keeps your romance alive.
So, here are 50 of the best date ideas out there.
50 Brilliant Date Ideas
1. Go to a park
It seems simple, but sometimes a walk in the fresh air can lift your spirits.
2. Volunteer together
Simply call a local organization and see if they need extra help.
3. See a drive-thru movie
Drive-thru theatres are making a comeback. Visit your local one and see what’s on!
4. Go to a beer garden
Tons of breweries are offering an outdoor experience at night with space heaters.
5. Go thrift store shopping
Are you and your date shopaholics? Spend the day buying each other thrift store gifts.
6. Go fishing
Fishing is a peaceful activity that offers a ton of downtime, giving you two plenty of time to talk.
7. Share your favorite YouTube videos
If you and your S.O. are quarantined separately, this can be a simple virtual date idea too.
8. Make each other Spotify playlists
Speaking of Zoom dating, this is another great long-distance date activity.
9. Paint pottery together
A cute keepsake and the chance to get creative? Sounds like a win-win!
10. Take a cooking class together
After your class, why not recreate the meal at home?
11. Try a MasterClass together online
If you’re looking for unique online date ideas, this is a winner.
12. Go to the water park
Weather permitting, water parks can be a great day out.
13. Go to a market
Are you both foodies? Visit your local farmer’s market and buy some local produce.
14. Take a hike
Choose a nice and safe path and go on an adventure together.
15. Test drive a car together
Take some scenic routes to make this number extra romantic.
16. Play a video game
Are you and your crush gamers? If so, why not play a two-player game online?
17. Write a song together
This can be a serious activity if you’re both musicians and a goofy activity if you’re not.
18. Go to a dog park
If your date loves animals, then they’ll appreciate this date for sure.
19. Go kayaking
Just make sure to follow all the safety precautions.
20. Take an exercise class together
Working out with your crush can be a great icebreaker!
21. Buy a date box
There are plenty of online subscription services that can mail you fun date ideas.
22. Make travel plans
Even if you can’t go away right now, plan a future trip together.
23. Run together
Avoid getting competitive, choose a scenic route, and enjoy.
24. Go to an amusement park
If your date loves roller coasters, this is an ideal date venue.
25. Think about your best Shark Tank pitch
If you were to create a product together, what would it be?
26. Take a walk on the beach
It’s always nice and calming to hear the sound of the ocean.
27. Video chat together
A classic video chat is a stress-free way to test the waters before organizing date number two.
28. Visit a winery
Visit a winery and learn more about wine and how it’s made.
29. Or, do a wine tasting at home
Even if you can’t differentiate between a merlot and a cabernet sauvignon, you can still have fun pretending.
30. Take photographs in nature
Immersing yourself in nature can be therapeutic and romantic.
31. Write a comedy sketch together
If you both like comedy shows, spend the afternoon writing your own sketches.
32. Have a picnic
As date ideas go, this one is a classic. Take your date to your favorite viewing spot and enjoy a picnic.
33. Make a podcast
Even if you don’t plan on anyone ever hearing it, making a podcast can still be a lot of fun.
34. Form a book club
Choose a book to read, and wait until your date to discuss it.
35. Go to the library
Have you ever been to your local library? Check yours out and get library cards together.
36. Cook for each other
Make each other your favorite dish. If the recipe has a great story behind it, even better.
37. Have a chili cook-off
Find out once and for all who the best chili cook is!
38. Go for a cycle together
Become cycle buddies and compete with each other over time and distance.
39. Open up each other’s high school yearbooks
Who you were in high school shouldn’t reflect who you are now. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself!
40. Go to a diner
Diner food is the best. Order milkshakes with your meals as an extra treat!
41. Play a board game
Board games are a great two-person activity and are one of our favorite date ideas! Just try not to get too competitive.
42. Order each other dinner
Choose what your date will have for dinner and surprise them!
43. Create and eat a charcuterie board together
Fancy meats and cheeses don’t need a special occasion to shine. A standard date is a perfect excuse to break out the charcuterie board.
44. Tell each other a funny childhood memory
Not only will this help you both open up, but it’ll also guarantee some laughs too.
45. Write poetry together
The best thing about poetry is that there are no rules. Just let go and write from the heart.
46. Paint pictures
Much like poetry, painting is very loose with rules. Have fun and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
47. Play a childhood game together
Show your date your competitive streak with some old school games.
48. Tour each other’s college campuses
If you met each other after college, why not visit each other’s schools?
49. Go to the mall
Back when you were a teen, this was probably the best place to hang out. Have you ever tried doing it as an adult?
50. Stay in and build a pillow fort together
Nobody’s too old for this. Plus, it’s a cozy way to spend time together.
So that covers our favorite 50 best date ideas!
Remember, the only bad dates are the ones where you’re not into the person you’re with, and even then, you can still have a good time with them!