25 Strangest Date Night Ideas You Might Want To Try

Posted by , Updated on May 24, 2024

Looking to bring a fresh spark to your romantic outings? Consider exploring some unconventional ideas for your date nights. Whether you’re excited about it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Even if you’re not a huge fan of this hallmark occasion, you might still be searching for unique ways to impress your significant other. Traditional dates can lose their charm over time, so let me help you mix things up with these suggestions, inspired by personal experiences and various online sources. While some of these ideas might seem a bit unusual, they could be worth a shot just to break the monotony. Check out these 25 Exceptional Date Night Suggestions You Might Want to Try!



Nerf War

man shooting nerf gun

You can do this at home or in a wide open space outside. Both you and your partner grab your favorite Nerf gun, and it’s game on. It may sound silly, but acting like a kid again can be a great bonding experience.

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Shopping challenge

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Grab $20 each (or some preset amount), and hit your local grocery store. Your job is to buy creative menu items or things you think your partner would enjoy, and they shop for you. Set a time limit and then share your finds and create something together.


Visit a fortune teller

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This is a strange idea, indeed. If you’re into Tarot cards or trying to figure out your future, this is a date night idea for you. Having your significant other with you adds a level of excitement and can lead to interesting conversations.


Coffee shop & game

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Instead of working on your laptop at your local coffee shop, take your date out for some coffee and play a board or card game. It gets you out of the house, gives you a chance for delicious coffee and snacks, and see who’s the best player.


Take a trip to the beach...at night

couple on beach at night

A beach trip is always fun, but have you ever gone at night? It’s a great time to go. There are fewer people about and the moonlight adds a level of romance and intrigue. It’s also a lot cooler.


Partake in some street food

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Ditch the fancy restaurant and take your love out for some street food! That hot dog stand on Main Street? Perfect. Food Truck Sunday at your local park? Amazing. You might be surprised what amazing food can be found with street vendors.


Get lost on purpose

couple road trip

Turn the GPS off and hit the road. Just drive. Take a highway you never have before or go left when you normally go right. You might discover new things! Just be sure to fill up your tank before you go and have GPS on backup.


Take a brewery tour

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Hit up a local brewery and take a guided tour. It’s an inexpensive way to grab a drink and enjoy some time learning something new with your other half.


Take dance lessons

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I don’t mean hit up a club and move around like everyone else. I mean go to a class and learn how to officially dance. Ballroom Waltz, Salsa, Bachata, Tango, Swing…there are so many styles you could study. The next time you do go to the club, you and date will rule the dance floor.


Face your fears together

walking on bridge

This isn’t exactly a first date idea, so use caution. However, when you guys find yourselves wanting to do something different and adventurous, choose one of your fears and try to conquer it together. Having someone you love with you will help you overcome whatever fear you face.


Play video games together

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Video games are loved by many for lots of reasons. They can be full of adventure and imagination. Instead of playing separately, try playing together.


Have alone time...together

couple reading on couch

You know, sometimes it’s nice to just sit with your other half, even if you’re not directly, actively engaging each other. Grab your favorite book or crossword puzzle and curl up on the couch together. Just try to stay off your phones.


Wrestle in Jello

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Don’t judge it until you try it.


5-Course meal tour

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Why stick to 1 restaurant when you can visit 5? Choose a different restaurant for each course: a soup, an appetizer, a salad, a main entree, and a dessert. You can also cut the price tag by only going for 3.


Play a game you can learn about your partner from

never have I ever

What can you learn about your partner by playing “Never Have I Ever…”



Watch a movie at a drive in or on a backyard projector

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Add a new dimension to your date by watching a movie outside or from your car. Check your local listings and see if there’s a drive in around. If there’s not, rent a projector and set a movie up outside.


Go Kart racing

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Here’s another way to bring our your inner child while rekindling a spark.


Go berry picking

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Hit up a berry farm and pick some berries! You can extend the fun by baking a cake or shortcake.


Take a Segway tour

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Get to know your city through the eyes of a tour guide, all while cruising around on a Segway.


Swim on a rooftop pool

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Roof top pools are pretty popular in some cities. Check around and see if there is one near you. If there is, spend some time taking a dip with your favorite person.


Learn something new

pottery class

Take a pottery class, learn how to decorate cupcakes, take a wine and canvas class. There are many fun things to learn out there, and it’s a great way connect over a shared experience.


Enjoy a couples massage

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This one might not sound so strange, but most people forget about this option when they’re planning their date night. Now go relax together.




This one isn’t very traditional at all, but it will not only bring you together, you’ll also be helping others.


Have a wine and canvas night at home

couple painting

Wine and canvas nights can be a bit pricey, so cut down on the price by grabbing some wine and painting at home. Look up a YouTube tutorial and get to painting.


Plan a scavenger hunt for each other

scavenger hunt

This is fun because you can take your partner all over town and show them new things. Take turns and have fun.


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