Dating is important when getting to know a potential partner, and also for sharing life experiences with them. Fun and unique date ideas set the tone at the beginning, and can help you melt tension and interact with your loved one in a relaxed yet romantic way.
Regular romantic outings will strengthen your bond with each other as you get deeper into a relationship. Dating helps keep the relationship strong, and making a habit of going on daily dates is the perfect way to strengthen your relationship.
Read on for some ideas on growing that spark, and for some creative ways to spend your dates.
1. Camping Date
If you’re somebody who’s on the adventurous side, or better yet have a partner who loves the outdoors, a camping trip might be the perfect way to boost the romance.
The long yet exciting trip to the campsite, the thrill of setting up your tent, and foraging for food to eat can all be great teamwork exercises and will help you get know your partner better.
Don’t forget to cozy up in front of a fire – that’s a surefire way to really heat things up!
2. Arts and Crafts Date
Let your inner child loose for the best way to have some pure, unadulterated fun!
An arts and crafts date is simple. Go to a supply store and load up on card sheets, Sharpie pens, glitters, and all sorts of other cheesy childish stuff. Make a card, collage of all your pictures together, or something you know your beau would enjoy – then exchange your expressions of love with each other.
3. Wildlife Safari Date
If you’re someone who’s fascinated with wildlife, you and your partner should join a tour group going on a wildlife safari. You’ll become so much closer to nature – and the heat, sweat, and wildness will make you fall in love with each other just a little bit more.
4. Spa Date
You both work hard, and you both could probably use a break. What better way to take a well-deserved break than to dedicate an entire day to spa time with your partner?
Sign yourself up for the most luxurious couple’s spa treatment that fits your budget. Relax under the magical hands of a talented masseuse and let them massage the tiredness out of you. Going together makes it much more special!
5. Pool Date
Instead of going to a public (and often unhygienic) pool, go to a beautiful private pool with lots of martinis and a big umbrella to idle under – and enjoy the time spent with your partner in your gorgeous swimsuits.
6. Awards Night Date
Who isn’t a fan of Meryl Streep or of Jennifer Lawrence’s hilarious antics?
If you’re a movie buff yourself, and if your partner loves Hollywood glam, arrange an awards night date so you and your partner can watch the Oscars and feel like you’re walking on the red carpet together.
7. Mystery Movie Date
If you and your partner love guessing who committed the crime before the episode even reaches its first commercial break, a mystery movie date might be a great idea for you.
Choose a mystery movie neither of you knows anything about, get some yummy snacks, and have a heated debate on “who did it” till the plot actually unfolds. Double the fun by placing bets!
8. Shopping Date
Retail therapy is a great form of cardio. Leaping from one store to the next with a boatload of bags tailing us is how we’ve imagined adulthood would’ve been like when we were kids.
Let your inner Carrie Bradshaw loose by taking your beau on a shopping date and buying only what he thinks looks on you.
9. Stargazing Date
Stargazing is a low effort date with great rewards. All you need to do is go up on the roof or the hood of your car, cozy it up with fairy lights, light beer, and even some snacks.
Lay out a blanket and some pillows and surprise your partner with a fun night of whispers, giggles, and stargazing – and watch it turn into a night where you both fall a little bit more in love.
10. Cooking Class Date
If neither of you can cook to save your life, now’s a good chance to learn. Sign up for a cooking class where you can learn the basics of your favorite everyday dishes.
Whether it is pasta or pizza or even just some great salads, cooking will help you see if you have any Gordon Ramsey skills in you – and if you do, it’s a great idea to check out 30 recipes you can make for your boyfriend at home!
Plus, you can find out which one of you cooks better!
11. Sex Workshop Date
This one is for all those who want to want to rekindle the fire, passion, and love in their relationship, starting with the bedroom. A sex workshop is a great way to find out what you like in bed, and what gets your partner going. It’ll help you love your partner in a brand new, more sensual light.
12. Theatre Date
There’s nothing more unconventionally fun than a theatre date! Pick any local play and enjoy yourselves as you get immersed in an experience unlike any other.
If you don’t like it, you can poke fun at the play and laugh your hearts out anyway.
13. Sexy Date
Put all the things you learned in your sex therapy classes to good use. After all, your partner deserves to love your body as much as they love your mind. Go all out and buy some gorgeous lingerie and entrance his senses with a sexy song and a lot of skin.
Bonus points if you wear something he’s been asking you to try out.
14. Mani/Pedi Date
Feel like your partner’s hands and feet look grimy and garden gnome-like?
You could get it done for them. On this mani/pedi date, hire a great manicurist and have her polish and preen over your partner’s paws, and yours!
15. Long Drive Date
You don’t need to have a destination! A long drive date needs to be only one thing—romantic. On this date, the journey is more beautiful than the destination.
All you have to do is watch as your partner shifts gears, holds your hand, and talks till the sun comes up or goes down.
16. Mountain Climbing Date
This one is for the adventurous individuals who love to do something out of the box. If you love the fresh air and like to get your body moving, a mountain climbing experience is sure to get your blood flowing.
Take a walking stick, your sturdiest shoes, and your trusted partner, and climb the mountains of your nearest range.
17. Dance Date
Think you’ve got the moves? Could your partner be the perfect replacement for Patrick Swayze? Then a sexy dance date is a must-try for you and your partner. You don’t even need to dance dirty.
Put on your favorite platform heels and the sexiest red dress you own and send him a memo saying “black-tie event.” Then, dance your heart out to your favorite sexy songs.
18. Drunk Date
We’ve all talked about nights we won’t forget. How about a night you won’t remember?
A drinking game can be so fun when done responsibly. Choose a bar that serves your favorite drinks, and drink till your heart feels heavy. Maybe even have a beer pong competition on the condition that the loser has to get absolutely hammered.
19. Goofy TikTok Date
TikTok is all the rage, and despite what anyone says, it’s here to stay.
On a lazy Sunday, dress up to go out – but don’t go out at all. Stay home with your partner, learn famous TikTok dances, and make goofy videos you can re-watch a thousand times. It’ll be a hilarious secret only the two of you share.
20. Board Game Date
Let the child in you and your partner run free with a board game date. This date serves two purposes: excessive competition and lots of fun!
Buy tons of board games that you loved in the years gone by, like Monopoly, Sequence, Risk, and Snakes and Ladders – all of which are some great games. Choose the one you want to play and have a great time. Make it a little sexy by playing Twister!
21. Zoom Date
If your partner is out of town or you haven’t been able to meet him, a Zoom date is a good way to talk and see him for a while.
You can even eat dinner together while talking and laughing, and maybe even share your screen and watching a movie together. Just make sure to have a strong Internet connection.
22. Bed ‘n’ Breakfast Date
Go on a date where you can sleep in and eat your hearts out – book a date at a cozy BnB away from home for a day. It’s as relaxing as it is fun.
Plus, no need to snooze any alarms, so you can sleep in and cuddle as long as you want.
23. Baking Date
Baking can be messy, fun, and so many romantic things at once. It’s the perfect, low cost, high-on-fun kind of date. Covered in flour, you and your partner can bake a huge cake or an enormous pizza only and eat it all by yourselves.
24. Personality Quiz Date
Want to know more about your silent but sexy partner who struggles to share intimate details of his life? Well, a personality quiz can help. Food and furniture-related quizzes are incredibly cute, and you’ll never get tired of decorating your hypothetical house.
25. Movie Marathon Date
Are you a Potterhead or still have a crush on Robert Pattinson? Or, maybe nothing gets your juices flowing like a good Lord of the Rings marathon.
Whichever series you choose, just remember to make sure you have loads of snacks – and make sure to not give spoilers if any of you haven’t watched them before.
26. Spring Cleaning Date
This may sound boring, but Marie Kondo knew what she was talking about when she asked, “Does this spark joy?”
Clean out your closet and find the things that have been lying around for ages and is of no use to you. Throw away expired items and make space for new ones. A fun spring cleaning game could be trying out old dresses and see if they still fit.
27. The “Never Have I Ever” Date
The premise of the “Never Have I Ever” date is simple: Ask your partner a bunch of questions and see how much more you learn about them. This game can be a little intrusive, but if your partner is game, why not enjoy it?
28. Online Game Date
When it comes to relationships, the only games worth playing are those with a virtual reality and a common goal/enemy. If you’re both gamers, download a fun new game such as Among Us and game your hearts out.
29. Perfume Shopping Date
Everybody wants to smell nice, and how much your partner likes the way you smell can influence how appealing they find you.
Take them perfume shopping with you, and pick out each other’s perfume
30. Sports Game Date
Are the two of you both Yankees fans? Or do you have a team that gives you an adrenaline rush like no other? Whatever the team or sport of your choosing, book tickets with a good view for you and your partner and have the time of your life.
Dress up in jerseys, drink beer, and let your inner sports fan go absolutely wild!
The Bottom Line
Dating allows you to cultivate intimacy, improve communication, show dedication, and build a meaningful history with your partner.
These elements are essential in any successful relationship, whether you’re dating casually or are married. By planning cute dates, you’re telling one another that your relationship is important to you no matter how crazy life gets.