50 Date Night Ideas You Can Put Into Practice This Week

50 Date Night Ideas You Can Put Into Practice This Week

The best relationships are the ones that can be strengthened with a bit of creativity and effort. And what better way to get creative than by doing something different, like going on a date? Below is 50 date night ideas you can put into practice this week.

The following list has romantic date ideas you could do together as a couple. Some of them require minimal planning, while others might take more time or money. But all of them will help make your relationship more robust and more fulfilling!

1. Take a Class Together

Enroll yourselves in a beginner’s pottery class, art history seminar, or ballroom dancing lesson. You’ll learn something new while spending time together and doing an activity you enjoy.

2. Walk On the Beach, Hand in Hand.

Walking together along a stretch of sand is an often overlooked yet beautiful and straightforward date idea. You’ll get some time alone with your partner without spending money or going far away from home. Just make sure to bring enough snacks and water as you can’t exactly stop for lunch or dinner on the beach.

3. Cook a Meal Together

There’s nothing more intimate than cooking for someone you love! It usually means you’ll both end up covered in food, but it’s a fun activity that can double as dinner if you don’t feel like eating out or ordering fast food. (Make sure to clean up afterward.)

4. Go For a Walk at Night

If you both live in a city with lots of street lights, there’s no better place to be than walking around when there’s almost no one else on the streets! Whether it’s just you two or with a group of friends, take advantage of this free opportunity to appreciate your surroundings, get exercise and enjoy the time spent together.

5. Go Grocery Shopping Together

It’s not usually on most people’s list of romantic date ideas, but it doesn’t have to be! Instead of just wandering around a mall or sitting in front of the TV, go shopping with your partner for a change!  In addition to being a lot of fun, this is also a great way to save money and get some exercise.

6. Get Flowers Just for the Heck Out of It

The best dates don’t always require you to spend gobs of money or book expensive reservations. Sometimes, all you need to do is grab a bunch of flowers from your neighbor’s garden!

7. Go Stargazing

On a clear night, bring your favorite snacks and drinks to the sidewalk in front of your house and look up at the stars. You can get even fancier by setting up a telescope or binoculars!

8. Bake Something Together

It doesn’t matter if you’re not very good at it. The point is to do something together that involves sugar, flour, and lots of butter!

9. Have a "romantic dinner for two" in bed

It’s not very comfortable, but it does make for an exciting way to eat those leftover chicken wings you have stored in the fridge.

10. Play Tourist in Your City

You and your partner probably know every nook and cranny of where you live, but have you ever thought about the city through each other’s eyes? Get different maps and explore together. Makeup stories for the buildings, monuments, or parks you visit.

11. Plan a Picnic for Later in the Week

If you’re going to make an effort to cook something delicious for dinner, why not extend that effort into the next day or two by picking up all the leftovers and enjoying them somewhere outdoors? Let’s get you move on to the other parts of the 50 date night ideas you can put into practice this week.

12. Go On a Scavenger Hunt

This is one of those activities you can do together when you have some free time but feel active. Create a list of things to find around your neighborhood (e.g., a dozen red balloons, six yellow flowers, etc.) and hide them somewhere! Whoever finds an item first gets to pick the next clue.

13. Play a Game of Tennis or Badminton

You don’t need tons of space or any special equipment, which is why this date idea is perfect for anyone in the city!

14. Go On a Bird-Watching Expedition

If you’re both interested in birds and nature, pack up some snacks and binoculars and spend a couple of hours at your local park identifying different species. It can also be an excellent excuse to try out that fancy new camera your partner gave you for Christmas!

15. Go Bowling

There are a surprising number of bowling lanes in the U.S., with some as close as 20 minutes away from big cities like New York and Los Angeles. It’s not exactly the most romantic activity, but it is fun and relatively inexpensive. Make a deal where the loser has to pick up the next pizza, at least that way, and you get a free lunch out of it!

16. Have an Indoor Picnic

If you’re too far from home or the weather isn’t quite suitable for outdoor activities, try setting up your indoor picnic inside your house. Set up some balloons and streamers as decorations, have a couple of plates of finger foods, and enjoy!

17. Go to a Weird Movie Together

There are tons of strange movies out there, so find one that you like and invite your partner to see it with you. It’s more interesting than the latest Hollywood blockbuster any day!

18. Dress Up as a Couple From History

Grab some old clothes from your closet (or a costume store) and dress up as an old-fashioned couple. It’s good quality time together, and you’ll have a great story to tell your friends!

19. Go On a “Date Night” at Home

If you’re too tired or lazy to go out for the evening, change into some nice clothes, pop some popcorn and curl up on the couch to watch a movie together. And if you’re feeling extra romantic, you can even make an effort and light some candles!

20. Have a "movie date" at home

If the weather is terrible outside or you don’t feel like going out somewhere (or dealing with other people), set up the couch with a bunch of pillows, blankets, and some snacks and watch a movie together.

21. Identify Constellations

If the sky is clear, go outside and try to find constellations together. It’s almost like doing a puzzle! And you can lay down under a blanket on your lawn and stare at the stars while you do it.

22. Check Out Some Live Music

Find a local band you can see together! Concerts of all different kinds (rock, hip-hop, bluegrass, etc.) happen every night in tons of cities across the U.S. Every town will have at least one small club that has concerts on the weekends, and every popular band will play nearby!

23. Go Window Shopping

If you’re in an area with many interesting stores, go on a little bit of a “date” to walk around and look at all the products together. Just because you don’t have any money doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!

24. Go to a Restaurant Where You Have to Put On Bibs

Spending time eating together is one of the most romantic things two people can do. (In fact, 12% of married couples cited eating out as their favorite date night activity!) But sometimes, it’s just so much easier to stay at home. That’s why this date is a fun compromise; you don’t have to dress up or pay for a sitter, but you still get the benefit of eating out together!

25. Go to a New Restaurant

Suppose you and your partner love trying new things (food or otherwise), head over to a new restaurant, and check it out together. If you’re feeling adventurous, try finding a place that serves food from another culture; there’s always the chance that you’ll get to experiment with some weird stuff!

26. Go On a Shopping Spree

If you’re not too old yet, go have some fun looking at cute outfits together. Grab lunch, enjoy the weather and shop around until you find something perfect for one another! Or if neither of you is into that, go to a mall and walk around for free while you window shop.

27. Go Hang Out at the Mall

Suppose you’re bored or need something different to do together, head over to the mall! You can walk around and check out all the stores, enjoy a hot pretzel from the food court, watch some people and maybe even spot a celebrity.

28. Go Out for Ice Cream

Another part of the 50 date night ideas you can put into practice this week is go to an ice cream shop. This is one of the more stereotypical date activities, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun! Grab an ice cream cone and enjoy a nice walk together in the sunshine (or rain, or snow).

29. Go For a Walk Around Your Town

Grab one of those foldable strollers and hit the streets! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can find all the parks and museums in your neighborhood. Or go out to a nearby coffee shop and walk around the block for an hour or so.

30. Play Mini-Golf

Putt-putt golf is a classic date idea that never gets old. It’s cheap, easy to do and loads of fun! And unlike most other sports, you don’t need any special equipment. You walk in and play.

31. Go Out for a Run

Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house and have an active, outdoor date together! If your town has a nearby park with a running track around it, this is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. If you don’t have a garden nearby, grab some shoes and run around your neighborhood for an hour or so; it’ll give you a chance to catch up with each other!

32. Go Horseback Riding

Riding side by side has always been an iconic image of romance, so why not try this classic date? If you’re close to a stable, you can go out and take a romantic horseback ride together. And if that seems like too much work, there are always options for horseback riding through the city! Just be sure to wear helmets (and make sure they fit correctly).

33. Go On a Mini Road Trip

There’s nothing wrong with going on a short trip to have fun. If you’re feeling adventurous, pack up in the car and visit one of your favorite cities for the weekend! For more 50 date night ideas you can put into practice this week, scroll down!

34. See a Play

Most cities have some theater that does cheap plays or improv nights. If you’re in a big city, there’s easily one nearby that you can visit for a fun night out together!

35. Go to a Fancy Restaurant

If you’re looking for something more expensive, find someplace that offers great food and ambiance; this is sure to be memorable! And don’t worry about being too dressed up. Just have fun and enjoy a nice dinner together.

36. Go to the Beach

The classic date, right? The beach is awesome because you don’t really need much equipment or supplies to go there. Just pack some sunscreen and towels and head out with your lover! It’s a great way to spend a day together. (If you want to stay close to home.

37. Go to the Park

If you’re into the outdoors, this is a perfect way to spend some time together! Find one with lots of places to sit and relax, then kick back and hang out in nature for a while. It’s sure to be relaxing, probably because it reminds you of being at camp as kids.

38. Record Shopping

Please find your nearest used CD and vinyl shop and go check it out together. It’s fun to look for old music because there are so many surprises! You might find some of your favorite songs, or you might even discover an artist you’ve never heard before.

39. Go Thrifting

Another activity with a lot of random finds that won’t cost much, if anything. If you happen to be in a large city, there are usually thrift stores everywhere. It’s always fun looking through all the random items and trying to find something worth buying.

40. Play Ping Pong

If you’re looking for a competitive date idea, this is perfect! Hit up a ping pong bar and get in some games. Ping pong is always lots of fun, even if you’re not the best at it, mainly because it’s free to play and there aren’t any real winners or losers.

41. Go Hiking

Whether you’re looking for free things to do or not, hiking is fun to do with a partner. It’ll give you a chance to explore your surroundings and connect as you go through the trails together.

42. Visit Another Part of Town

So many cities have more than one great area; find someplace else in the city you haven’t seen yet! You might discover a new favorite beach, park, restaurant, or cafe.

43. Go to a Museum

If you’re looking for a fun activity that’s educational too, museums are great! You can learn about everything from history to art to science all while spending time with your partner. Some places even offer free days once a month where admission is cheap, so check your local museum for these!

44. See a Comedy Show

Another competitive date idea finds someplace that does live stand-up comedy and watches it together. It’s always fun to spend time laughing with each other, and you’ll be looking forward to more nights like this!

45. Watch the Sunset

This can be a bit cliché, but honestly, who cares? It’s fun to watch the sunset together and reflect on your favorite moments during the day.

46. Go Window Shopping

If you’re into the whole dating thing, this is a classic date idea. Find a scenic route through town and see if any places catch your eye. You might be surprised by some of the things you decide to try out together after taking this kind of trip!

47. Go to a Hotel

I know this sounds like something you only do when getting married, but it’s enjoyable! Going to a hotel with your partner is inexpensive, and if you can get a deal on something fancy, even better! Make sure that the room has an incredible view, so you have someplace pretty to look at.

48. Go Wine Tasting

A classy way to spend a day together if you want something that feels romantic. Find a vineyard close by, sample some wines, and get the inside scoop on how they’re made!

49. Go to an Art Gallery

I know this sounds like something you only do when getting married, but it’s enjoyable! Going to a hotel with your partner is inexpensive, and if you can get a deal on something fancy, even better! Make sure that the room has an incredible view, so you have someplace pretty to look at.

50. Go to a Juice Bar

I’m a big fan of healthy eating, and juicing is one of my favorite ways to get natural, antioxidant-filled fruits and veggies into my system! Going with your partner can be fun to try something new together that you wouldn’t normally do alone.

Well, that’s the end of 50 date night ideas you can put into practice this week! I hope you enjoyed this list and found some fun new things to do with your partner. Remember, keep these in mind no matter who you’re going out with or your relationship status! A lot of these are great for a first date or even a second date.

By Rosa Norris

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