When you love someone, you want to spend every moment with them, enjoy the little things in life together, and be there for them.
Almost every couple enjoys going on dates and wants to make them memorable experiences, but many people are don’t know which types of dates can actually help them fall in love with their partner over and over again.
These amazing, unconventional date ideas will get you out of your normal routine and also allow you to get to know each other better. Keep reading to find out more.
First Date Ideas
It’s fine to keep things simple on your first date. If you want to feel more relaxed, take your date to one of your favorite spots.
For first dates, here are some perfect date ideas:
1. Meet up at an old-school coffee shop.
Many coffee shops are good places to go on a first date. Intimate or even cheerful conversation is encouraged in this setting.
A relaxed environment is exactly what you need to get to know the other person better on a first date.
2. Make a dinner reservation.
This may seem to like a typical first-date, however it’s popular for a reason.
Dinner dates are ideal because they provide the perfect atmosphere for conversation, with plenty of eye contact. You’ll be able to share your experiences and what your life looks like, while enjoying a nice meal – so it’s a total win-win situation.
3. Do something out of the box.
Get together for a fun activity, such as enrolling in a cooking or art class together. This is especially enjoyable if it’s you or your date’s first time attending such a class. It will provide you a unique bonding experience to share on your first date.
4. Visit a winery or vineyard for a wine tasting.
If you’re uncomfortable making small talk, this activity should be perfect for you. Wine drinking and other related events have built-in conversation starters. If all goes well, you’ll schedule another date and begin planning your second.
5. Take them to a movie with bad reviews.
It might sound odd, but take your partner to a low-budget movie or one with over-the-top bad reviews. This get your courtship off to a fun, very humorous start, and you’ll see right off the bat whether they take life too seriously or not.
Second Dates Idea
A well-thought-out second date will demonstrate to the other person that you really want to spend more time with them.
A great second date should be a follow-up to a successful first date, so come up with ideas that revolve around your shared interests. Here are some suggestions to help you plan the date:
6. Enjoy a picnic in the park.
One of the most gorgeous, wholesome, and intimate ideas for a date is a park-side picnic. Sit on the benches, laugh, eat, and share memories from a time long-forgotten.
This is a timeless, safe, and friendly date idea that will facilitate more conversation. You can even prepare a basket of food items to impress your newfound love interest.
7. Volunteer in a nearby animal shelter.
Just imagine: you, your newest beau, and the cutest dogs in the world – the perfect combination of the sweetest things.
If you know your date is an animal lover, this is an excellent option to consider. It’s one-of-a-kind, and it’ll show your date your compassionate side.
8. Go on a food tour or try some foreign cuisine.
This is a fantastic idea for foodies or anyone who loves eating in general! Look around your city for the best restaurants, and create a food tour.
Sample street snacks, street food fairs, and other specialty cuisines for a casual, low-cost date that also satisfies your taste buds.
9. Attend a fun festival.
You don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy yourself at a Comic-Con or a renaissance fair. The novelty of such an encounter would undoubtedly add to your enjoyment.
Before you go, stop at a grocery store and stock up on snacks and beverages to ensure that you have food to eat when you arrive at your destination, and don’t forget to take lots of pictures to remember the moment!
10. Go shopping at a flea market.
Check out the nearest thrift shops and flea markets for bargains. You’ll be surprised by how enjoyable this kind of date can be. Artisan bazaars often have unique pieces for sale.
If the date is going well, buy them something off the rails as an adorable gesture of affection.
Dates to Add Flavor to Your Long-Term Relationship
Even if you have been in a steady relationship for a couple of years, planning new and special dates every now and then will make your relationship more enjoyable and will show your partner how much you enjoy spending time with them.
It’ll also give your partner the impression that you enjoy doing fun things together. Here are some date suggestions for you:
11. Try out a new eatery.
If you’ve memorized the menu at your favorite restaurant, it’s time to check out a new one. Pretend you’re restaurant reviewers, and pick apart the food instead of your partner.
You just might fall in love with a new food spot that both of you can say was made just for the two of you.
12. Pretend to be a tourist in your hometown.
When was the last time you made use of the sights that everybody wants to see when they come to town? Getting to know your city from a fresh perspective has an old-school charm, and is packed with romance you just shouldn’t miss!
Spend an afternoon or evening visiting famous attractions or must-see sights, and you’ll fall in love with your hometown and your partner all over again.
13. Make a new recipe that you’ll both enjoy.
Surprise your partner by doing something you might rarely do, and cook up a fancy meal. In fact, its worth going the whole nine yards with candles, a sexy dress, and dedicated attention.
Even if you’re not a great chef, attempting a new recipe can be a lot of fun – especially if you do it together – not to mention the fact that you get to eat the results of your efforts.
14. Take a walk.
If the weather is warm, there’s nothing more romantic than bringing some al fresco food and drinks, spreading them out on a blanket, and taking in the scenery.
Taking a nice walk together is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get fresh air, and really appreciate each other’s company.
15. Take a trip to the beach.
Picture this: the sun, the sand, the surf, and a lot of skin. It’ll be hard to imagine a more perfect way to spend the day together.
16. Take a dance class.
We know what you’re thinking right now. Dance class for the two of us? No thanks!
Taking a dance class can be a really fun date, especially if you haven’t danced before. When you bust a move at the next reception or gathering, you’ll be the star of the dance floor. Dancing also brings a romantic sense of closeness, so you won’t regret it!
17. Volunteer together.
Let your philanthropic side loose and give back to the community together as a couple. Sign up to volunteer at a soup kitchen, collect books for orphanages, or volunteer at another local project to help others, and see how hot your partner will seem to you when you see him helping others.
18. Go through old photographs.
This type of date can unlock so many new memories for the two of you while revisiting some old ones.
Prepare for an aww-fest by pulling out old childhood photo albums of the two of you. You’ll learn new things about your sweetie and end up loving them even more as you share stories from your childhood experiences and awkward adolescent years.
19. Visit a museum.
.If you’re both history buffs (and even if you aren’t!), a museum is a great adventure to go on. It’s especially great to visit your local museum if you haven’t been there since your last class field trip.
You’ll learn lots, while having your beau by your side as you do.
20. Make a reservation for dessert.
Even if you’re full, there is always room for dessert! Split a dessert and eat till your hearts and stomachs are full. What better way to get your hearts pumping with romantic talk and cupcakes?
21. Take over the jukebox at a local bar.
Taking charge of the jukebox at a local bar will ensure you have groove-worthy music all night. Sing along if you like and rock the dance floor – you’ll be surprised by how much fun you’ll have together!
22. Attend a stand-up comedy performance.
Laughter releases endorphins – and comedy shows are also less expensive than other types of live entertainment. Plus, you’ll have lots of fun talking and laughing about the show on your way home.
23. Attempt a new exercise routine together.
If you normally prefer free weights, give Zumba a try. Giving a new class a try with your partner is less daunting, and if you don’t want to pay for one, you can use an app instead. You’ll have tons of fun!
Inexpensive Date Ideas
You don’t have to spend too much money on really amazing and memorable dates. What matters most is that you spend quality time with the person you love and create wonderful memories. There are plenty of inexpensive ideas to try out, whether it’s your first or fiftieth date.
24. Stay at home and watch movies.
This might seem simple, but the intimacy and romance of enjoying something together are undeniable. Prepare some snacks in the kitchen before watching, or other low-cost takeout options, like pizza.
This can be particularly entertaining if you and your date both enjoy the same television shows or movies. Netflix and chill, anyone?
25. Spend some time in the fresh air.
Spend a morning or afternoon outside is both inexpensive and enjoyable. Spend time watching people pass by or searching for local wildlife that gathers around lakes and parks. You can also spend the day at the shore, which is always fun and romantic.
26. Go fruit/vegetable picking.
There’s possibly something edible growing out there, depending on the season. Pick whatever you want: apples, cherries, tomatoes, grapes, pumpkins, etc.
It’s a photo-worthy outing for the holidays, and you’ll create memorable moments.
27. Take a stroll in a new neighborhood.
For a free and exclusive date, drive or walk to a new neighborhood and see its newest developments. Rate the houses on a scale of 1-10 and make up wild stories about the people who live there.
28. Plan a surprise date night for your partner.
This is something that many happy couples do from time to time. Plan a fun but meaningful date for your partner, and your efforts will undoubtedly be rewarded. Take an early day off from work and whisk your partner away to an intimate rooftop date for two, or try some of these 30 recipes you can make for your boyfriend at home.
29. Try starting a garden together.
You can try something even more meaningful with your partner if you’re already in a stable long-term relationship. Start a garden with your partner. You can make a cactus farm, grow herbs, or even grow a small banana tree in your backyard.
This is a sweet and adorable activity that you can do for a short or long period of time.
30. Go on a double date.
It’s more fun to go on a double date with your best friend and their partner. It’ll create a relaxed and fun atmosphere where you’ll be able to celebrate your love and speak to other couples.
When you spend time with another couple, you’ll learn a lot about yourself as a couple as well.
Dating helps you to deepen your relationship while also learning more about each other. The lessons you’ve learned will also help you communicate more effectively. Dates will illustrate your devotion to each other – and can lead to a long term relationship.
Enjoy the moment, whether you’re on a romantic or a casual date. Dates, after all, are supposed to put you closer together. Before going on a date, make sure you have everything planned out – but most importantly, don’t forget to have fun.