Are you looking for a fun date night (or day) idea? If so, you have come to the right place!
We have put together over 100 really fun date ideas for couples looking to spend more time together.
These date ideas are perfect for couples going on a first date (or a 2nd date or 3rd date), couples who have been in a relationship for months or years, engaged couples, or couples who are already happily married.
Here is what we cover in this article:
- Date-night ideas for couples who love to have fun together
- Relaxing date ideas for couples
- Late-night date ideas for couples
- Cheap stay-at-home date-night ideas for couples
The Best Date Night (Or Day) Ideas For Couples Who Love To Have Fun Together
Here are some of our favorite date-night ideas for couples who simply love to have fun together:
Spend The Day Or Night At An Amusement Park
Who doesn’t love a full day of riding roller coasters and eating junk food?
Make it a goal to ride every single roller coaster in the park.
Learn a New Hobby Together
Choose something that neither of you has done and learn how to do it together.
Here are a few quick ideas to get you started:
- Bread baking
There are dozens of YouTube videos on every topic you can think of. Or you can check out sites like Udemy (you can get online courses for under $20).
Play Miniature Golf Together
Mini golf is such a fun date idea. Pick a fun-themed course like pirates, dinosaurs, or castles.
Miniature golf is the perfect idea for a first date since you spend a good amount of time talking and walking around.
Take A Trip To The Zoo
Walking around your local zoo is a great date idea because it gives you a lot of quality time to hold hands and talk.
Fall is my favorite time of year for a zoo date because the air is fresh and there are a lot fewer people.
Find Nemo At The Aquarium
Spending a few hours walking around the aquarium is a very relaxing date idea.
I love doing this in winter because I don’t have to worry about the weather and there are fewer people.
Spend Some Time On The Water
Move your date out onto the water for a great experience together.
You could go boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding, etc.
Take a Tour of Eachother’s Home Town
Spend the afternoon touring the town where your partner grew up.
Here are some ideas for the tour:
- Drive by their elementary school, middle school, and high school.
- Eat lunch at their favorite childhood restaurant.
- Take a walking tour of downtown so they can show you all of the spots they liked to hang out at or shop.
- Grab some ice cream at their favorite dessert place.
This date idea is perfect for great conversations. You will learn so much about your partner.
The other person can show off their home town on the next date.
Go Bowling Together
Bowling is a really fun date idea. It’s one of those activities that allow for lots of talking time.
Plus, you’ll get to wear those awesome matching shoes!
Go Roller Skating
Roller skating rinks are such a great retro date idea.
The music is loud, and the snacks are delicious!
Make sure you both play all of the fun games during your skate session (red light-green light, hokey pokey, limbo, etc.).
Head To a Waterpark
Having a date at the waterpark can be so much fun.
The perfect experience if you love water slides, lazy rivers, wave pools, and junk food!
Spoil yourselves and rent one of the private cabanas. We did this, and it was awesome!
Try Ice Skating
Ice skating is a lot of fun, but if you have never gone before, prepare to fall a lot.
If both of you are new to ice skating, the experience will definitely provide a lot of laughs.
Check Out a Local Craft Fair or Art Fair
Local craft fairs and art fairs are great ideas for a date that doesn’t cost much money.
You can learn a lot about a person and their tastes while walking around these fairs.
Book a Hotel for The Pool
No pool? No problem!
Book a night at a local hotel and spend the entire day at their pool.
Hotel check-in time is typically 3 pm or 4 pm, but if you go into the lobby at 11 am or noon, most hotels will let you use the amenities like the pool/hot tub/gym, etc. as soon as you get there.
Play Catch Together
Playing catch is a fun and relaxing way to spend some time together.
You could play football, baseball, frisbee, etc.
Take Each Other Shopping
Simply take each other out and buy something nice and meaningful for each other.
The main point of this date is that you are spending lots of time walking around and talking with each other.
Plus, you will quickly learn what each other’s tastes are, and now you’ll be prepared for the next birthday or holiday.
Find an Arcade
Arcades are another fun retro date idea.
Besides video games, arcades typically have fun games like air hockey and Skee-Ball.
Be a Tourist Where You Live
Spend the day being a tourist in your own town. Check out all of the popular spots.
Many people try to avoid tourist spots when they live in a popular location.
I know this because I grew up in San Francisco, and I lived in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas too.
I never did “tourist” things unless someone was visiting.
But when I was “forced” to visit the popular spots, I had so much fun!
Recreate Your First Date
Take a stroll down memory lane with this really fun date idea!
Go to all of the same places that you went to on your first date. This will bring up so many stories about how each of you felt on that date.
Bonus points if you can remember what each of you wore on your first date. Try to find the same outfits and wear them again (a little cheesy? Sure. Do we care? Nope.)
Find a Paint Night For Couples
Paint night for couples is a really popular date night idea.
Search your local area by going to Google and searching “couples paint night in (the city closest to you).”
If you want wine while you paint, you can search for a “paint night with a twist” near you.
This is also a really great idea for a double date with another couple or 2.
Take a Trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort
Enjoy a date night at the most magical place on earth.
Disneyland and Disney World are wonderful places to spend together as a couple.
Rent a Fancy Car
Spend the day in style by riding around in a classic car or driving around in something more exotic and flashy.
Take a drive along the coast or wherever it is that you want to go.
Check out a site like Turo and choose the area closest to you. Then you can look at the classic car section or the exotic/luxury section.
Attend Fancy Open Houses
Find an open house for a few luxury homes and live like the rich and famous for an afternoon.
Shop for Charity
Stop by your local toy store or Target/Walmart and pick out some Christmas presents for an organization like Toys for Tots. We do this every year.
Another great cause is helping a few pets in need.
You can shop for toys, leashes, bowls, food, etc., and drop them off at your local shelter.
Petfinder has some great info on locating shelters in your area.
Check Out A Local Sporting Event
If you both love sports, this is a great idea for a date!
It does not have to be a big game (like NFL or MLB).
Look for a college game or local city team in your area.
You could even hit up your local high school for one of their football or basketball games.
Start a Photo-Per-Day Project
Make a plan to take a photo together every single day for a month. Make it a year if you’re feeling really motivated.
A simple selfie will do just fine if nobody else is around.
If you don’t see each other every single day, just commit to taking a photo together every time you see each other.
We recommend making a photo book after you are done with the project. Make one each month. Or make one each year. Get those photos off of your phone and into print.
Build a Giant Lego Set Together
Pick up a fun lego set and make it a date!
You can choose any theme that you love.
Lego also has many grown-up themed legos too (Friends, Seinfeld, The Office, etc.)
Go Out To Dinner (But a New Cuisine)
Go to lunch or dinner but pick a new cuisine. Something that neither of you has ever tried.
Check Out A Local Brewery
Local breweries are a great place to try some new beer and have a great meal.
It’s the perfect date idea for people who are looking for something more relaxed and lowkey.
Visit a Planetarium
Planetariums do not get enough love (in my opinion). They can be a really fun date idea for people who love the night skies.
If you prefer seeing the real thing, check to see if your area has an observatory.
Make a Scavenger Hunt In Your Town
This is a really fun idea for couples who love to explore.
Here are a few ideas for your list to get you started:
- Someone in uniform
- A blue hat
- Red shoes
- A couple kissing
- Someone walking a dog
- A feather
- 6 birds
Get creative and make a list that fits the city/town you are going to explore.
Antique shopping (even if you’re just window shopping) is a really good idea for a date if you love walking around town and looking for unique treasures.
Spend The Day At A Local Fair
If you are looking for summer date night ideas, your local county fair is the perfect place to go.
Spend the day/night riding rides, eating cotton candy, and playing carnival games.
Make sure you find one of those photo booths and get a strip of photos to take home as a souvenir.
Costco Hot Dogs/Pizza and Samples
Food sampling at Costco is a great idea for a quick lunch date. Walk through and try out all of the fun food samples being handed out.
End your date with a hot dog and a soda at the food court (Still and always only $1.50).
Mall Gifts and Food Court Lunch
This is the perfect date idea for couples who love shopping.
- Pick a dollar amount and give yourself a time limit.
- Each of you heads out and buys the other person a gift.
- You meet back up at the food court for lunch and a gift exchange.
You can add little touches to this date idea like:
- Only funny gifts
- Gift ideas for the bedroom
- Something for your next vacation
- A specific color
Check out this article if you are looking for some date ideas that are a little more adventurous:
Relaxing Date Ideas For Couples (Day and Night)
Here are a few date-night ideas for couples who are looking to do something a little more low-key and relaxing:
Spend The Day At The Beach
If you live within a couple of hours from the ocean, this is a cheap way to have an awesome date.
Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket.
Have Lunch at a Lake or River
Do a search on Google for your local area for “best lakes or rivers for relaxing.”
Pack a lunch and a few towels, and you have yourself a very fun and affordable date.
A Picnic in the Park
Head to a local park with a blanket and a nice lunch.
Try Wine Tasting
If you have a winery nearby, wine tasting is a great idea for a date.
Consider hiring a car service or Uber, so you don’t have to worry about getting home.
Go For a Scenic Drive
Taking a drive together is the perfect date idea.
Go to Google and search “scenic drives near me” or “scenic drives in (your state).”
You will get a bunch of fantastic ideas.
Make a fun playlist for your road trip. Making your playlist could be another great idea for a date.
Relax in Hammocks or Lounge Chairs
Grab a couple of lounge chairs or hammocks and head to a nearby park or lake for a fun and romantic date.
Bring a picnic lunch and a small portable speaker with your favorite music playlist.
Spend The Day At a Museum
Walking around a museum together is a great way to see something new together.
Most museums have free admission, which makes it a very affordable date (we always donate, but it’s not required).
Do a quick search on Google for your state, and you will be really surprised by how many museums are in your area that you didn’t even know about.
Go Berry Picking Together
A really fun date idea for spring/summer is blueberry or strawberry picking.
Visit a local farm in your area and take home some delicious treats.
Try Apple Picking
Apple picking is a really fun date idea for the fall.
It is also a great time to pick out a pumpkin together.
Carve your pumpkins for another fun time together.
Learn How to Make Sushi
Making sushi is a really fun date-night activity for couples looking to do something different.
Here is a quick video on Youtube showing you how to make your own California rolls.
Go Flower Picking Together
This is one of those really simple ideas that makes a great date.
Head to a local farm in your area (many offer flower picking) or simply find a field with wildflowers and pick a nice variety of blooms.
Once you get your flowers, you can head home and make a nice bouquet for your table.
Here is a YouTube video showing you how to make your own wildflower arrangement.
Spend the Day at a Hot Spring
Hot springs are a really relaxing way to spend the day on a date.
This article has info on the best 11 hot springs in the United States.
Rent a Paddleboat
Rent a paddleboat at a nearby lake and spend an hour or two cruising around together.
Visit a Botanical Garden
Walking around a botanical garden is such a relaxing way to spend a few hours together.
Feed The Ducks
Ducks (and dogs) are the cutest animals in the world. That is a fact!
Spending a couple of hours feeding the ducks at a local pond or lake is a really great idea for a date.
Ducks love cracked corn, birdseed, peas, sliced-up grapes, and cut-up berries.
Please do not feed the ducks bread or crackers (or any other junk food).
Late-Night Date Ideas
Here are some date-night ideas for couples who love staying out late:
Go to a Concert Together
A concert is a fantastic date idea!
Grab a pair of tickets to The Zac Brown Band, Imagine Dragons, or Beyoncé and enjoy!
Make sure you get there early for a little tailgating.
Oh, and buy the t-shirt!
Show Off Your Voice (Or Embarrass Yourself) at Karaoke
Karaoke bars are the best!
Such a fun idea for a date night.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing. In fact, that makes it even better.
It’s the perfect mixture of live music and a good laugh.
Check Out The Moon and Stars
Take a page right out of the Ronald Miller (or Donald) playbook from “Can’t Buy Me Love” and spend the evening looking at the moon and stars through a telescope or binoculars.
Go To a Stand Up Comedy Show
A comedy show is the perfect date idea for couples who love to laugh.
Pool halls are a great location for a date with your partner.
You can find one of those places that have multiple pool tables that you can rent per hour, or you can simply head down to a local bar that has a pool table.
Do a Bar Crawl
If you love bar hopping, a fun idea for date night is to do a bar crawl.
Spend the night having a drink in a few different bars. End the night in a bar that has some great live music.
Plan on taking a taxi or an Uber ride home.
Go Skinny Dipping
You know you wanna try it!
Find a local casino (all but 6 states have them now), and try your luck at the blackjack tables or slot machines.
You can have a ton of fun and play for a long time if you stick to the nickel slots.
Spend the Night in a Fancy Hotel
Treat yourselves to a night at a 5-star hotel in a city like New York, Los Angeles, or Nashville.
Eat out at a fancy restaurant or order room service and enjoy the city lights from your hotel room.
Three-Course Meal in 3 Different Locations
This is a really fun date-night idea for foodies.
Choose 3 restaurants in your area and make a plan to eat in all 3 locations.
- Order appetizers in the 1st restaurant.
- Have the main course in the 2nd location.
- Enjoy dessert in the 3rd restaurant.
Check Out a Local Cover Band
There are amazing cover bands in almost every major city who play every single weekend.
Do a search on Yelp or Google for “best cover bands in (your city).”
You will be able to find cover bands that are dedicated to a single band (Van Halen, Prince, Led Zepplin, etc.), or you can find a band that plays a genre or decade that you love (all 80’s, totally 90’s, top-40, etc.).
Fun (And Cheap) Stay-At-Home Date Ideas For Couples
Going on a date doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some cheap date-night ideas for couples looking to do something that does not cost a lot of money:
Have A Board Game Marathon
Playing a board game for two is one of our favorite home date night ideas.
Pick up a new board game from Amazon or Target, make dinner together or order take-out, and spend the night with a little friendly competition.
Cook a Meal Together
Making dinner together can be really fun and romantic.
Simply go to YouTube and search for whatever kind of food you want to make.
If you want a great place to start, we love the Downshiftology channel on YouTube. Lisa is a great teacher, and she has lots of great videos.
We also love the Pro Home Cooks channel.
Go Camping In Your Own Backyard
Set up a tent and grab your sleeping bags and pillows.
Camping right in your own backyard is the perfect stay-at-home date.
If you really want to up your camping game, consider picking a small portable firepit (around $40 on Amazon) and making a little campfire.
Did somebody say smores?
Wine Tasting (At Home)
Pick up a few bottles of wines that you have never tried and pair them with a variety of foods/snacks/cheeses.
Here are a couple of short YouTube videos to get you started:
Take A Walk Around Your Neighborhood (Bring your Dog Too!)
A simple yet relaxing idea for a date is to simply take a walk while holding hands through your neighborhood.
Make Ice Cream Sundaes
Stop by the store and pick up your favorite ice cream and ingredients.
Set all of the toppings out in little dishes.
Go back for seconds.
Learn Mixology (Try A New Drink)
Spend the night making and trying new drinks.
Here are a couple of awesome YouTube videos to get you started:
- How to mix every cocktail (quick and easy instructions on about 30 different drinks)
- 10 easy cocktails to make at home
Listen To Music Together
Bust out your old vinyl records, or just pull up your favorite playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.
Listening to music is always a great idea for a date night.
Make a Scrapbook
Print out photos of the two of you since you met and started dating and make a scrapbook together.
If you have photos of the two of you in specific locations, go online and print out accompanying logos/photos/menus/etc. to include in your book.
Make a plan to make one of these books after each year together.
Create a Bucket List with Each Other
Spend the evening talking about things you want to do together and places you want to see.
Make a bucket list, and then make a plan for what you will do first.
Play Yard Games
Yard games are a great date idea.
Here are some yard game ideas for your date night:
- Corn hole
- Giant Jenga
- Bocce ball
- Ladder toss
- Yard tic-tac-toe
Reorganize A Room In Your House
This is a really fun date idea for couples who love DIY projects.
Completely rearrange a room in your house (take before and after photos).
Pinterest has great ideas.
Netflix and Chill
The nice thing about this date-night idea is all you need is a Netflix account and a couch.
Find a romantic comedy or binge-watch your favorite show.
Start a Side Hustle Together
Starting a side hustle can be fun and also change your life (what a perfect date idea).
Sit down and brainstorm ideas together.
Here are a few things to consider when picking your idea:
- What are you passionate about (what could you do for 3-5 hours per week for the next 5 years or more)?
- What are you good at?
- Is this a proven idea (are there magazines or books about this topic)?
It is estimated that over 65% of couples in the United States will have a side hustle by the year 2024.
Side hustles can be a great way to earn extra money for things like vacations, holiday spending, house upgrades, etc.
Play Nailed It
This is a really fun date idea.
Go on Pinterest and find some ideas that you want to try to recreate.
Ideas to consider:
- Flower arranging
- DIY wood projects
Set a timer and compare your creation to the original idea (share side-by-side photos with your friends and family).
Couples Paint Night At Home
Doing a couples paint night together from the comfort of your home is a great idea for a date.
You can pick some art supplies from Amazon or Michaels and watch a free tutorial on YouTube.
We love this video from KraftingWithKandace on YouTube. She (and her partner) gives you a step-by-step lesson on doing a painting from start to finish.
Have a Dance Party
Put on your favorite music and bust out your best moves.
Pizza and Beer (KISS)
Have you ever heard the K.I.S.S. saying, “keep it simple stupid”?
Grab a pizza and a few beers (or sodas) and have yourself an amazing date.
Make Tie-Dye Shirts Together
This is a really fun date night idea for creative couples (and even not-so-creative couples).
Tie-dye kits are available on Amazon and Walmart (grab a cheap pack of plain white t-shirts too).
Have a Video Game Marathon
Grab your controllers and a bowl of snacks and play video games all night.
We love Mario Kart, Just Dance, and Gang Beasts
Enjoy a Picnic in Your Backyard
Make your favorite sandwiches and snacks, grab a blanket, and head to the backyard for a romantic picnic lunch or dinner.
If you drink, a nice bottle of wine would be a great addition to the picnic.
Do a Puzzle Together
Puzzles are a really fun and relaxing way to spend time together.
500 pieces puzzles are probably ideal for a date night, but you can go larger if you want to come back to a few different days.
Make a Homemade Pie
Making a homemade together is a great stay-at-home date idea.
You can buy your ingredients from the store, or you can visit a local farm and pick fresh berries or apples yourself.
Here are a couple of fantastic YouTube videos that show you how to make a homemade pie, step-by-step:
- How to make an amazing blueberry pie from scratch
- Making the perfect blueberry pie
- Making an apple pie at home from scratch
- How to make an amazing apple pie at home
- Make your own classic cherry pie from scratch
Look at Photos and Videos
If you have photos printed out in albums or books, it can be really fun to look back through them.
This will spark lots of conversations.
If you only have photos and videos on places like Facebook and Instagram, spend your date going through the old photos of the two of you and plan to get a small photo book printed.
You can do it right from your phone using an app like Chatbooks (the prices start at around $7).
Enjoy Breakfast in Bed
Make breakfast with each other and then crawl back into bed to eat it.
Now it’s time for a nap!
Have a Massage and Spa Night
Spend the night giving each other massages.
Pick up a few candles and oils (and maybe a bottle of wine).
Pick a movie that you both love that has 1-2 sequels.
Spend the night watching the entire series.
You can do this with your favorite Netflix show too.
Watch an entire season of a show like Schitt’s Creek, Modern Family, or Stranger Things.
Make a Music Playlist for Your Next Road Trip
Spend part of your date making a fun music playlist for your next road trip or vacation.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Upbeat dance songs
- Favorite songs from the 80s
- Sounds of the 70s
- Hits from the 90s
- Awesome songs from the 2000s
Make Brunch Together
Brunch is the best meal. Go ahead, prove me wrong.
Making brunch together is the perfect date idea for couples.
It would also be a great idea for a double date with your friends or family.
Do a Pinterest Craft Together
Spend the night doing a fun project together.
Go to Pinterest and search “craft ideas for couples.”
There are hundreds of great ideas!
Rewatch Your First Movie Together
Rent the first movie that you ever watched together.
Play Mad-Libs Together
Pick up a pack of Mad-Libs and do a few of the pages together.
Dollar Store Date
Give yourself a spending limit ($10 or $20) and head to The Dollar Store.
Get creative and see what you can get for the money.
Whatever you purchase is what you’re doing for your date.
Breakfast day is amazing!
Spend the entire day at home together (pick a bunch of ideas from this page).
Make a list of every breakfast food you can think of and break the list into 3 meals.
DIY Photo Booth At Home
Set up a DIY photo booth and take some hilarious photos together.
Spend the Day Planning a Vacation
Vacation planning is a really fun way to spend time together.
Sit down with your phones and brainstorm ideas together.
Instagram and Pinterest are both great places to find new ideas.
Unique Date Date Night Ideas For Couples Who Love Something Different
Here are some great date ideas for couples who love something different than just going to dinner and a movie:
Take A Food Tour In Your Favorite City
Food tours are so much fun and the perfect date idea for a couple who loves doing something fun and different.
Food tours usually include 4-6 stops where you get to sample the foods most known in that city.
You can easily find amazing food tours by going to Google and searching “food tours in (your city).”
Go Tubing Down a River or Creek
Spend the afternoon floating down the creek together.
Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride
It doesn’t get much more romantic than soaring over the countryside in a hot air balloon.
Play Frisbee Golf
Frisbee golf is a great date idea for couples who love being active and outside.
Many state parks and college campuses have frisbee golf courses that you can play for free (just bring a disc/frisbee for each of you).
Go Line Dancing
Put on your best boots and go line dancing together.
If you don’t know how to line dance, taking lessons together would be a really fun date idea.
Go To A Concert You Normally Wouldn’t Go To
Take each other to a concert that you normally wouldn’t go to.
If you are a Beyoncé or Lizzo fan, go see a band like Greenday or Imagine Dragons
If you love Tim McGraw, get tickets to see Taylor Swift or Justin Beiber.
Not only will you experience something new together, but the people watching will be a lot of fun since it’s a different group of people than you are typically around.
Hire a Photographer For a Fun Photo Session
This is a great way to get some amazing photos together while you’re on your date.
Hire a local photographer who specializes in family portraits or engagement sessions (you can hire most photographers by the hour).
You can pair this fun idea with any of the other date-night ideas you choose.
Take a Dance Class Together
Take a ballroom dance class or a hip-hop dance class together.
It’s always fun to learn something new on a date. It makes for great conversation.
Play Laser Tag Together
Laser tag is a fun date night idea for couples who love to stay active.
Go Dirtbike Riding
A great date idea for active couples who love dirt bikes.
Hit The Batting Cages
Batting cages are a fun date idea for sporty couples.
Smack Some Balls at The Driving Range
Head to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls (Happy Gilmore style!).
Visit a New State Park
Look up state parks in your area, and you will be very surprised by how many amazing areas you have to check out right in your own backyard.
Bring lunch and explore together.
Complete A Home Project That Be Used For More Date Nights
Spend the day working on a DIY project that you can use for future date nights or days together.
Here are a few ideas:
- Build a firepit in your backyard
- Make cornhole game boards
- Freshen up your deck or porch (add string lights and flowers)
- Make horseshoe pits for your yard
- Build a bench or two
- Install bird houses and bird feeders
- Start a garden
Rent an Airbnb
Rent a cute place on the lake, or you can even check out Airbnb for themed rentals.
We have seen Harry Potter houses, Star Wars-themed rentals, and lots of other cool houses.
Someone just bought the Byers house from Stranger Things, and they are turning it into a themed Airbnb rental. So fun!
If you both love to fish, this is a great idea for a date.
You can head to a local lake or pond to fish for bass or trout, or you can spend a few hours on a charter boat fishing for a bigger catch.
Find Your Way Out Of An Escape Room
Escape rooms are so much fun and would make the best date idea for couples who love something quirky and different.
Rent Mopeds and Tour The City
Almost every tourist area has mopeds for rent. This is a great way to explore a new area (or your own city).
We love this idea for a date.
Go On A Hike In A New Location
If you love to be active, choose a new park or lake and spend a few hours on the trails.
Bring a lunch and enjoy the great outdoors.
Try Horseback Riding
Horseback riding is a really fun and relaxing way to spend together.
Look For Treasures At Garage Sales and Yard Sales
Garage sales, yard sales, and flea markets are so fun to look through. This would be a fun date idea.
You could make it a scavenger hunt ahead of time. Make a list of like 5-10 weird/funny items that you are on the lookout for.
Spend The Day At The Track (Cars, Horses, Motorcycles, Monster Trucks, Etc.)
A racetrack is a great place for a date for couples looking for something a little more wild and loud.