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Ignite Your Love Life: 112+ Date Ideas That Dazzle

Sometimes we just need a little inspiration.

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So you’ve been tasked with planning a date… and you don’t want to just suggest a nearby bar, again. Here’s our massive list of date ideas—out of two hundred and thirty-one ideas, there must be something that sounds fun, right? Some of these date ideas will be better for a fourth or fifth date, others are perfectly fine for a first or second date. We’ve broken down the ideas into sections by theme—find out what your date likes to do any pick accordingly! You can print out this list, give it to your date, and have them circle what they’d like to do. Do the same for yourself, and then compare lists to find an option 🙂

Performances and Events

  1. See a movie or play.
  2. Go to a comedy show or open mic night.
  3. Go to a concert of a band you really love.
  4. Go to a concert of a band neither of you have heard of, or that’s completely out of your realm of musical taste.
  5. Go to a sporting event and cheer on your favorite team.
  6. Go to a sporting event of an obscure sport you don’t know anything about.
  7. Dress up and go to something fancy, like a symphony.
  8. See a play or musical.
  9. See a blockbuster hit movie.
  10. See a foreign film or art house movie.
  11. Go to an improv show.
  12. Go to a magic show or illusionist performance.
  13. See a ballet or dance performance.
  14. Go to a circus performance.
  15. Go to an opera or classical music concert.
  16. Attend a live music performance at a small venue.
  17. Attend a local dance or music festival.
  18. Attend a local fair or carnival.
  19. Attend a poetry reading or book signing.
  20. Go to an experimental theater performance.

Romantic Date Ideas

  1. Go on a horse-drawn carriage ride.
  2. Have a picnic in a botanical garden.
  3. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  4. Have a bonfire and stargaze.
  5. Have a sunset wine picnic.
  6. Go on a weekend getaway to a nearby city.
  7. Take a scenic boat or ferry ride.
  8. Take a scenic train ride.
  9. Take a scenic drive.
  10. Surprise your date and take them to something you know they love.
  11. Take a long walk on the beach.

Date Ideas for Creative Souls

  1. Write a story or poem together.
  2. Play music together, even if you’re not experts.
  3. Take a photo class together and go on a photo walk.
  4. Have a DIY paint and sip night.
  5. Go to a paint night or pottery class and be creative together.
  6. Take a glass blowing class together and create your own unique glassware.
  7. Take a blacksmithing class together and learn how to forge metal.
  8. Take a dance class together, such as salsa, tango, or ballroom dancing.
  9. Take a singing class together and learn how to harmonize.
  10. Go on a photography excursion.
  11. Take an improv comedy class together and learn how to make each other laugh.
  12. Have a photo shoot in a scenic location.
  13. Go to a craft fair and get inspired, then try to make something together.
  14. Film a silly video together.
  15. Go to a thrift store, set a budget, and make something out of what you find.
  16. Having a sewing day—try to repair and make clothes.

Date Ideas for Foodies and Chefs

  1. Go on a food truck tasting adventure.
  2. Have a themed dinner night at home.
  3. Attend a cooking or mixology workshop.
  4. Have a DIY pizza or sushi night at home.
  5. Go on a brewery or winery tour.
  6. Go to a cooking demonstration or food festival.
  7. Create a tasting of your favorite foods.
  8. Go to a wine tasting or brewery tour.
  9. Go to a farmer’s market.
  10. Make a sampler dish, for example, 6 different types of tea, or 7 different types of chocolate, and have a blind taste test.
  11. Try a new restaurant in your area and pretend to be food critics.
  12. Go to a restaurant and try a cuisine you’ve never had before.
  13. Get random ingredients from the supermarket and pretend to be on Chopped.
  14. Go to a food truck festival or night market.
  15. Take a cooking class together and learn how to make a new dish.
  16. Go to a coffee shop and try different types of coffee and pastries.
  17. Go to a kava bar.
  18. Go get bubble tea.
  19. Go to a bar and choose each other’s drinks—try new cocktails or beers!
  20. Be a home bartender and learn to make drinks at home.

Active Date Ideas

  1. Take a yoga or fitness class together.
  2. Go rock climbing.
  3. Take a dance class, like salsa or tango.
  4. Go ice skating.
  5. Take a scenic bike ride.
  6. Go paddleboarding or kayaking.
  7. Go zip-lining.
  8. Take a trapeze class together.
  9. Go axe throwing.
  10. Visit a trampoline park.
  11. Rent a tandem bike.
  12. Go for a hike in a scenic nature reserve.
  13. Have a beach day with sunbathing and swimming.
  14. Go horseback riding.
  15. Go bowling or play mini-golf.
  16. Go for a walk or bike ride and enjoy the outdoors.

Date Ideas for the Perpetual Learners

  1. Go to a museum and learn about new cultures and history.
  2. Go to an art gallery or museum and pretend you’re looking for something to buy (or actually buy something.)
  3. Visit a planetarium.
  4. Attend a book reading or literary event.
  5. Go to a lecture or talk on a topic you’re both interested in.
  6. Explore a historic site or landmark.
  7. Pretend to be a professor and teach each other something you’re each an expert in.
  8. Take a online language class and learn to say the basics in an obscure language that you’ll never really use.
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Stay-At-Home Dates

  1. Build a fort in your living room and have a picnic inside.
  2. Do a puzzle together.
  3. Play charades or another party game.
  4. Play board games.
  5. Have a spa day at home.
  6. Have a movie marathon at home.
  7. Have a video-game night—teach each other a new one or play against each other.
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Date Ideas for Thrill-Seekers

  1. Go to a karaoke bar and belt out your favorite tunes.
  2. Take a scenic helicopter tour.
  3. Go skydiving.
  4. Take a hot air balloon ride.
  5. Go zip-lining, bungee jumping, or other extreme sports.
  6. Go to a fancy restaurant, and tell everyone you just got engaged.
  7. Go to a fancy clothing store and try on an outfit you can’t afford.

Other

  1. Take a day trip to a nearby town or city.
  2. Go to a zoo.
  3. Go to an arcade and test your skills on the games.
  4. Go to a spa or get a couples massage and relax and de-stress.
  5. Visit an escape room.
  6. Go on a double date with friends.
  7. Volunteer together for a cause you both care about.

Remember, the most important thing is to choose activities that both you and your date will enjoy and that allow for meaningful conversation and connection.

We hope you found something on this list you’d like to try as a date. For more articles, tips, and tricks about dating in the modern age, check out our online dating guide. We’re also working on a series of date ideas for different major cities, and we have tips on making a good impression on a date. Good luck and happy dating!

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