25 Unique Date Night Ideas That You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Posted by , Updated on June 24, 2024

Hoping to **wow** a new date or add some **spark** with your special someone? Tons of awesome ideas await when aiming to **surprise** that cherished person.

Some prefer to keep it casual with dinner and a movie. Others may opt for a more extravagant date, like a vacation to another country.

The thing is, you can create a wonderful dating experience and you don’t have to break the bank to do it. You can do something creative together like take a class, tour an open house, or even volunteer at a soup kitchen. You can also just stay at home and watch movies. If you’re looking for great date night ideas, we got you covered. Here are 25 Unique Date Night Ideas You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner.


Wine and Painting


Let your inner Picasso out with a wine and painting date. Even if you both are terrible artists, you can still have fun laughing at how bad you are.

And, if you are still worried about looking silly, it’s okay. That’s what the wine is for.


Picnic in the Park


If you want to have a good daytime activity to do with your date, consider taking them to a park for a picnic.

You can create an intimate setting by taking a comfortable blanket, laying it out, and enjoy the beauty of nature. Sip wine and eat brie … or Mountain Dew and Kraft Singles. Really, no one’s judging.




Karaoke is a fun way to show confidence and have a good time. Even if you aren’t a world-class singer, you and your date are sure to have a blast.

Maybe you both can sing a duet. Top choices include “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey and “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher.


Scavenger Hunt

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Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt. Well, almost everyone. Why not try it out with your significant other?

You can also test their knowledge of your relationship like, “You can find this item where we first kissed.” Don’t judge them too harshly, though. Remember, it’s supposed to be fun.


Take a Class Together


Everybody has different interests and wants to learn new things. Take a date to a class you both might be interested in. Perhaps you’d both be interested in learning improv or baking. Or you can begin to learn a foreign language together.

It’s a great way for you both to get out of your comfort zone. There are other classes you can take, such as flamenco dancing, wine tasting, stand up comedy, and graphic design.


Create a Drive-in Movie Experience


Drive-ins aren’t as big as they were 30 or so years ago. But, don’t let that deter you from creating one for your date.

Just grab your tablet or laptop, find a romantic spot, and get on Netflix, Hulu, or any streaming service, and enjoy a good movie. Don’t forget the snacks.


Go Stargazing

There is something romantic about looking at the stars at night. Take your date to an astronomical observatory, or get a telescope and look at the beauty of the night sky.

Who knows? You both may even discover a new constellation.


Go to an Open House


If you’ve been dating for a while, one fun activity is finding a house that’s selling and go to the open house. You and your partner can picture your future together and imagine what your dream home will look like.

However, if this is your first time meeting, maybe hold off on this date idea.


Have a Spa Day


You can either go to a professional spa or create one at home. If you create one at home, it will definitely be cheaper (but perhaps messier).

Give each other a relaxing massage with some sweet-smelling body oil. Go buy some cucumbers, put on those face masks, and unwind. May we also suggest sounds of the ocean, candlelight, and a little Enya.


Do Some Wine Tasting


Check to see where a local winery is and go for a tour. You can also buy a bottle you like and enjoy it somewhere more private.

You may or may not become experts on wine, but you’ll probably have fun finishing the bottle. Please drink responsibly.


Go to an Art Museum


Unleash your art critic and go see some paintings with your date. Afterward, you can grab some coffee and discuss the structural inner workings of Rembrandt, while you sip a macchiato.

Yeah, we don’t know what that means either. We just wanted to sound cool.


Have a Game Night


Get those board games out, or a deck of cards, and have a game night with your date. A little competitiveness never hurt anybody, and if you’re up to it, place a fun wager.

There are many games to choose from. A few favorites are Clue, Monopoly, Poker, Blackjack, or a little Go Fish.


Read to Each Other


Storytime doesn’t get the respect it used to. It seems everybody is too busy looking at their phone.

Bring back the power of imagination with your date by reading to them, and vice versa. You can pick a good mystery novel or a romantic book.


Meet for the First Time


It’s fun to pretend. Have your partner meet you at a bar, but act like you don’t know each other. Then flirt ferociously with each other.

Another idea is to recreate your very first date or your first kiss. Remember when you stood by a fountain beneath a starlit sky? (We probably need to take a break from romantic comedies.)


Make a Meal Together


Let’s face it. Unless you love to cook, then chances are you would prefer to do take out or delivery.

Good news! You can make cooking fun. Try attempting to make a five-star meal with your date … or maybe settle for something edible.


Have a Lazy Day


Our lives are often chock-full of appointments and errands. There doesn’t seem to be enough time to just veg out.

So, make time for you and your love to not do anything. Stay in bed, watch movies, order a pizza, and forget the world exists for a bit.


Have a Pool Day


Not everybody likes the hassle of going to the beach. It’s crowded, the sand is hot, and parking can be kind of annoying. If you live in a place that has a residential pool, consider spending the day there with your partner.

You can also look into visiting a water park in your area to go for a dip and catch some rays. This is an activity that works best in the warmer seasons or if you live somewhere like Florida or California.


Exercise Together


Exercise might not seem like the ideal date, but hear us out. Exercise is known to increase endorphins and make people feel good. So, why not take your date for a workout session?

You can pump each other up, get a good work out in, then go for smoothies and a kale salad.

There are many options to choose from: running, dancing, boxing, hiking. You can mix it up so it’s not stale.


Have a Weekend Getaway


Pack your bags and head out on the open road. Make a mixtape that you would both be happy jamming to.

Where should you go? Anywhere!

A change of scenery is good for a relationship. The road trip is also a great way to see some cool landmarks and get to know each other better.


Start a Couples YouTube Channel


There are many couples on YouTube these days. They give us a glimpse into their relationship and they’re fun to watch.

If they can do it, so can you. Grab a video camera, and start shooting content. Even if you don’t become famous, you watch yourselves later and laugh.


Volunteer Together


Helping others simply makes people feel good. Share this great experience with a significant other. If it’s early in your relationship, you will be able to tell what kind of person they are by how they treat others less fortunate than them.

You can find plenty of opportunities in your area. You can even volunteer to take care of animals.


Go to a Concert


There are plenty of local bands in your area if you don’t want to spend the money on a big name. You may even discover a new favorite.

You both can also go to an outdoor concert, sit on a grassy field, and listen to the band play.


Play with Puppies


Dogs and puppies are adorable and they are a fun date idea. Both of you can visit a local pet shop. Sometimes they have pets playing outside. If you’re up to it, take one home.

You can also choose to go to a shelter and find a dog to rescue and raise together.


Get a Room!


Rent a room at a local hotel and enjoy a mini staycation. You don’t have to travel to another state. You can find a place near you.

Order room service or spend the day at the pool. We all need to get away from time to time, even if it’s just down the street.


Go to a Dance Club


Dancing is a great way to bring couples closer. It can also help two people get to know each other better. You both can feel the music as you get your groove on.

Really, it doesn’t matter if you’re dancing Salsa or getting down to some house music. Feel the rhythm of the beat with your partner, and get lost in the music.

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