15+ Fun and unique date night ideas for any budget
If you’ve been cooped up all winter, spring is a great time to put some fun and adventure back into your relationship. Here are 15+ fresh, creative date night ideas for you and your partner to try this month.
Plan a trip
Few things bring people close together like travel does. Even if it’s just a small weekend getaway, planning a trip together will give you a fun adventure to look forward to. Go to your local library or bookstore, or curl up on the sofa and plan a dream getaway together. Already have a place picked out? Make it a theme night and make (or order in) cuisine representative of the place you are visiting.
Be kids again
Life as an adult can be stressful. Time travel back to your childhood and do something together that you always used to love to do. Go miniature golfing. Watch the rain on the porch. Visit your county fair. Play basketball. Paint. Especially if you weren’t childhood sweethearts, having some simple fun together can help strengthen your relationship.
Dine out – but not in a restaurant
Spring and summer are great times to enjoy the light evening hours outside. Make yourselves a great homemade meal or picnic and then take it on the road. Pack it up and dine under the stars in your local park. Get ice cream and drive to a place where you can watch the sunset together.
Volunteering is a great way to bond with your partner while giving back at the same time. What other way is there to try something new, discover your shared values and deepen your gratitude for each other all at the same time? Volunteer at your local animal shelter together, or help clean up a local park.
Be a tourist in your neighborhood
Skip your go-to restaurant tonight. Instead, dress up and have cocktails at a fancy hotel bar. Meet for drinks at an iconic place in your city, or explore a new neighborhood. Go on an Airbnb adventure right in your home town. From underground live music and cooking classes to street art tours, you’re likely to discover something together right in your backyard that you’ve never explored before.
Train for a race
Why not pick a race – either in town or in a fun destination – and train together at night? You can make a ritual of following each training session with a small reward, like dinner out together or drinks and a movie at home. It will keep you both in great shape and give you something fun to look forward to.
Go for a long evening walk
Especially if you’ve both been sitting at desks all week, enjoy a long evening walk together. You’ll work up an appetite and it will make your dinner together that much more rewarding.
Have a game night
Stay in and try some of these classic and new favorites, or head to a bar that has trivia or a pool table. Especially if there is something stressful going on in your lives, a night of pure fun can go a long way.
Take up a hobby together
If you’re in a major rut of doing the same old things every weekend and have been struggling for date night ideas for weeks, you may need more than just one fun date night to get you out of it. Brew beer together. Pick a musical instrument and take lessons together online. Start a garden or create a landscaping plan together.
Take a class
From hands-on cooking demonstrations and classes at Whole Foods to DIY classes at Home Depot, taking classes together has never been more convenient or affordable. Do you live close to a local university or community college? Check to see what continuing education courses they have. From graphic design to Italian, chances are there is one that the two of you would love to take together.
Write a bucket list
Stay in and write a bucket list together. After you have a good list going, take a look at these hacks that will help you achieve the things on your list.
Go camping in your backyard
Set up a blanket or tent in your backyard and go stargazing. Download Pocket Universe, an app that enables you to point your phone at the sky and identify the stars and planets around you. Build a fire pit and roast marshmallows, or throw a few things on the grill and enjoy a rustic dinner outside.
Have a wine tasting night at home
Go to your local wine store and ask the sommelier for recommendations of wines from different regions. Pair it with some great cheese, a big crusty loaf of bread, and The Wine Bible. This classic book will tell you everything you need to know about the regions you are exploring.
Have an unplugged night
Turn off your phones, computers and tablets. Eat by candlelight and enjoy a romantic night at home together without the distractions of day-to-day life. Studies show that a break from technology overload can be an antidote to the way screen time tends to separate us and make us feel disconnected from those who are closest to us.
Have a DIY spa night
Build a fire in your fireplace, put on soft, spa music, and enjoy a DIY spa night at home. Take a bubble bath, put cucumbers on your eyes, or try some of these DIY face masks together. Give each other massages, and fall asleep with some essential oils as the stress from the week seeps away.
Have other date night ideas?
Have other date night ideas to share? We would love to hear them in the comments below!