Being young and in love is perhaps one of the most beautiful feelings in the world – everything seems perfect and almost too good to be true.
However, dating when you’re young can be a little hard as well. First off, you don’t have a lot of money and are probably dependent on odd jobs to sustain yourself. Secondly, you don’t have a lot of time.
If you’re in high school or even college, you will always find yourself pressed for time. Juggling work and school isn’t easy, and when you throw in a relationship as well, it’s hard to find time for your partner.
However, making time for the people we love is what life is all about. Thus, we have come up with some fun dates you can go on with your romantic partner without thinking too much about money or having to spend too much time planning everything out.
Keep in mind that everyone’s definition of a good time is different, so make sure you pick a date idea that you and your partner will both love.
Fun Date Ideas for Young Couples
1. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween
When it comes to carving a pumpkin that will rival the Mona Lisa, effective teamwork is a dream come true. Choose a design that is a little more difficult than your standard jack-o’-lantern to give yourself a bit of challenge.
If you enjoy a healthy rivalry, you could even make it a competition to see who can create the best jack-o-lantern.
Continue the date night with a pumpkin-themed cocktail hour – featuring roasted pumpkin seeds and a pumpkin-flavored punch – once you’re done.
2. Go trick-or-treating
Continuing with the spooky theme, go trick-or-treating together this Halloween! Dress up in a couple’s costume (Joker and Harley Quinn, Mr. and Mrs. Addams, or the couple from Grease) and go trick-or-treating in your neighborhood.
Sure, you’ll be surprising some kids and some parents too, but that’s the fun part! And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take your carved pumpkins as a basket and fill them with candy. Laugh and eat your hearts out.
No matter where you live, we are sure that you know a good camping spot. Take your partner with you and spend a romantic night under the stars away from the rest of the world.
Leave your phones at home or in the car, tell ghost stories, gaze at the stars, play cards by flashlight, take pleasure in the lack of interruptions, drink beer, or make love under the stars. You can do anything, as long as you’re together.
4. Catch a local sporting event
If the two of you are sports buffs but don’t want to spend money on expensive seats, then a simple, local game can be a great substitute without compromising the fun.
Sure, you won’t spot any big celebrities, and perhaps the stadium will be mostly empty, but the important thing is to have fun and cozy up while you sip on sodas and eat cheesy nachos.
5. Go bargain hunting
Hunting for bargains should be declared a national sport! If you and your beau are looking for some great things to add to your wardrobe but don’t want to spend a fortune on it, then going bargain hunting is for you.
Look for deals and bargains at TJ Maxx, Target, or some local thrift stores and challenge yourselves to find everything on your lists and stay within your budgets. You will definitely find some great bargains and have fun doing so too!
6. Try learning a new sport or game
We’re sure you are familiar with popular sports like baseball and basketball, but now is the time to learn a sport that neither of you has played before. What do you think about cricket or hockey or even rugby? Or perhaps a new card or board game?
Learn the rules of a new sport or game and check which one of you is better at it. You can even place a small wager on the win. Not only is this a great date idea, but it will also help you see how your partner behaves under pressure.
7. Go to a new restaurant and speak in accents
If you are looking to goof around and have a fun day with your partner, then find a new restaurant to go to. Hold on, there’s a catch. You have to speak in a weird accent for the duration of your date.
You can pick any accent – German, Cockney, French, Australian; it’s entirely up to you.
Make sure you don’t laugh or break character and try to keep a straight face throughout. It will be hilarious trying to order chicken parmesan and coke in a German accent.
8. Splash around a pool
If the summer has been beating down on you or you’ve finally decided to work on your tan, this date idea will work perfectly for you.
Find a local pool, or even better, a rooftop pool at some nearby club that offers a drink service. It might be a little costly, but you can’t put a price tag on the fun and relaxation you will get.
Plus, it’s a great chance to try out that new bikini that has been sitting in the back of your closet.
9. Go skydiving
If you and your partner like the adventurous side of life, there is really nothing better than going skydiving. If one of you is a little more scared than the other, push them (or yourself) to try this crazy new adventure – one that you won’t regret!
10. Decorate your room
This is great if you have a new dorm room, or simply want to spruce up your current crash pad. Ask your partner to help you decorate your room.
If you have the need and the budget, go out and buy your favorite shade of paint for your room and repaint the walls.
You can even buy a new lampshade, new bedspreads, comforters, or maybe even some adorable house plants that will make your room something to post on Pinterest. If money is an issue, hit a thrift store or cut pages out of magazines to make some impressive collages.
11. Learn some history
If you’ve just moved to a new location, or are unfamiliar with your current area, acquainting yourself with its history is always a good idea.
You and your beau can go on a fun trip, hitting up all the museums and historical landmarks in your city. Try to get to know the lesser-known parts and immerse yourself in the history of the area.
You can also visit historical landmarks (if there are any) or go on a bus tour – there are so many possibilities!
12. Play minigolf
If conventional golf doesn’t float your boat, then feeling like giants as you cruise through a miniature golf course might do it for you. This is a great way to spend some time outside and engage in some friendly competition.
13. Find a DIY YouTube tutorial
This one is for those couples who are exhausted from constantly working and just want to sit at home and do something relaxing. After all, not everything fun needs to be elaborate and expensive.
Find an activity on YouTube that you both enjoy – whether it’s step-by-step directions for a portrait, a tutorial on how to make your own photo frame, or a guide on how to do an at-home pedicure – and exercise your arts and crafts talents.
Gift each other the projects you make and think of them as the first gifts in a long line of incredibly wholesome gifts.
14. Go to a local food festival
Food festivals combine two of the best things in the world: food and fun. If the two of you are foodies at heart, then there isn’t a more fun date than going to a local food festival. Roam around together and enjoy sampling the stalls full of food you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t yet.
At food festivals, you can get a lot of small bites for a reasonable price, and they happen all year. Find out if there are any food festivals in your neighborhood and start planning your next date.
15. Go fruit picking
Fruit picking is not only entertaining but also makes for a great backdrop for adorable selfies.
Find a local orchard or garden that offers fruit picking and drive down with a big straw basket. If you are feeling even more adventurous, you can take all that delicious fruit and make some pies or juices.
Plus, you’ll have a reason to get together again and make something with all the fruit you’ve collected.
16. Watch a play at a local theater
If you’re tired of going to the cinema or think that there aren’t any good films currently being shown, then you can always go see a play at the local theater.
You don’t have to go to Broadway to enjoy live performances. Simply purchase tickets to a local performance. You won’t have to worry about spending a fortune because they’re usually inexpensive.
17. Host a karaoke party for your friends
If you’re not scared to get a little silly, create a list of your and your partner’s favorite songs and set up a microphone! You can also invite some of your friends out on this fun at-home karaoke night and arrange some snacks and drinks to go along.
Be a gracious host and keep those drinks flowing so that your friends have the confidence to reach for that microphone and belt their hearts out. Don’t forget to do a duet with your boyfriend and have it recorded by your friends as well.
18. Build a relationship memory box
With a memory box, you can freeze your connection in time! Going through images and memories while constructing it will be a lot of fun, and the box will be even more enjoyable when you open it in a few years!
Try to place some inside jokes and some memorabilia from the precious memories you have made so far. Write the date on which you will open the box and try to see how many things you remember when you do open it again.
19. Go bowling
We know that bowling may seem like a cheesy, cliché date, but there is a certain charm in going old school.
If you want to do something inexpensive, be on your feet, and not be too tired at the end of the activity, then bowling is the perfect thing to do.
With bowling, you get to flaunt your competitive spirit as well as eat fries and chicken wings once you win. Yum!
20. Complete a puzzle together
Get your puzzler on and see just how smart the two of you are by taking the weekend off to do a puzzle together. The more pieces, the more challenging (and fun!) the puzzle will be.
Plus, it’s a great team exercise, as it allows you both to see how well the two of you work together. And if two people can solve an elaborate puzzle together, there really isn’t anything they can’t do.
Dates are a great way for young people to get to know each other better, and they are especially important for couples who have just started dating.
Going on peaceful and relaxing – or even fun and exciting! – dates can help the couple find comfort in each other’s presence and grow closer together.
We have listed some of the great date ideas you can try; however, you can do a million other things. Just remember to have fun and focus on showing the other person just how much they mean to you.