When it comes to making a date night (or day) plan, it can sometimes be hard to come up with something – especially coming up with something new.
There are many things you can do on date night – so how do you pick what to do and where to go?
Date night ideas may be a dime a dozen, but when you want to think of something great, it's often hard to come up with the right date night ideas.
Planning Your Date Night
There are things that you'll want to consider when it comes to deciding what to do on date night. You want to consider how long you've been dating, how much money you have to spend, the time of day you're going out, whether you want to go out or just stay in, and if you want to enjoy some time outside or do something indoors.
Here are 101 date ideas that give you some of each of these options – you can go out during the day, at night, or make it a whole day date. Pick one, or combine a few if you have enough time to enjoy more than one of these great date night ideas.
1. Go Bowling
If you have a local alley with open bowling, why not throw some balls down the lane?
2. Catch a Movie
There's always something good playing in the theater. Not the cheapest date, but it can be fun to see something before it's on Netflix.
3. Go to the Theater
Instead of going to watch a movie on the screen, why not catch a live play?
4. Go to the Opera
If you like music and plays, get a combination of both at the opera.
5. Go to the Symphony
If you enjoy music, but the opera is a bit too much for you, the symphony allows you a new way to enjoy music and culture as well.
6. Check Out the Ballet
If you want to watch a story played out with dance, the ballet is an amazing experience.
7. Have a Fancy Dinner
Go out for a fancy meal at a classy restaurant, with a suit and formal dress even!
8. Go for a Moonlit Walk
The moon is always a romantic thing to see. Why not go for a moonlit walk and enjoy the glow.
9. Enjoy a Picnic on the Beach
As long as the beach you're hanging out on doesn't have specific hours, why not enjoy a beach picnic? Or, have one earlier in the day, on the beach or at a park.
10. Play Some Beach Volleyball
If you and your date are the sporty types, you can get in a good date “workout” playing some beach volleyball. Go for a swim after the game, to cool off.
11. Candlelit Dinner at Home
Save money and stay home – you can still have romance and a delicious meal when dining at home (as long as one of you has skills in the kitchen).
12. Netflix and Chill
Why not have a relaxing night at home? Stay in and binge-watch a show or watch a movie or two on Netflix, or another streaming service.
13. Watch a Documentary
If you're not in the mood to watch TV shows or a movie, why not watch a documentary together? It's a chance for both of you to learn something new.
14. See a Band
Go out for some live music – whether you go see a local band or something big at the local arena, live music is a great date adventure.
15. Get Backstage Passes
If you're going to see one of your favorite national acts, try to get backstage passes. You'll make it an even more memorable night.
16. Go to an Art Opening
If either of you enjoys art, enjoy it at an art opening. You might even get free wine and cheese.
17. Take a Cooking Class Together
Cooking together can be a great bonding experience – learn to cook something new.
18. Stroll the Mall
Malls have some really interesting stores – why not explore them and try some food court cuisine?
19. Go Out for Pizza
Pizza. Enough said.
20. Go Dancing
Dancing is great cardio, and it's especially fun to do as a couple.
21. Take Dance Lessons
If either of you doesn't know how to dance, take some dance lessons.
22. Play Board Games
Stay in and play some board games. It's a cheap date and can be fun.
23. Play a Card Game
Not big on board games? Pull out a deck of cards. Even Go Fish can be fun.
24. Have a Video Game Night
If you have a video game system, why not challenge each other to your favorite games?
25. Go to a Festival
Festivals give you a chance to enjoy culture in so many ways – from music and food to rides and art.
26. Play Pub Trivia
If either of you has a knack for trivia, try out pub trivia (you might win some money).
27. Take a Late Night Walk Around the City
If you live in a city, why not take a walk in the night and enjoy all the lights, as well as the beauty the city has to offer.
28. Go Wine Tasting
If you both enjoy wine, hit up a winery and have a taste.
29. Tour a Winery
Go for a winery tour – see the fruit on the vine.
30. Take a Brewery Tour
Ever wondered how beer is made? You can find out on a brewery tour.
31. Try Out a New Brewery
There are new breweries opening up all the time – so go try some new brews.
32. Visit the Planetarium
Learn about the stars so the next time you look at the sky, you know what you're looking at.
33. Play Pool
Shoot some pool, have a beer.
34. Play Darts
If the bar you're at has darts, why not throw some?
35. Go to a Fancy Party
Dress up and go to a nice party – if you know some friends putting one on.
36. Attend a Charity Event
Another chance to dress up fancy, and for a good cause, is to attend a charity event.
37. Check Out the Local Pub
Just go to the bar. Not best for a first date, but great if you both enjoy a night at the pub.
38. Make Dinner Together
Instead of going out, stay in and make something together. Bonding time in the kitchen can be romantic.
39. Have a Couples Spa Night
Stay in, soak in the bath together, give each other facials, and just take care of yourselves.
40. Try Couple's Massage
Have a relaxing visit to the massage therapist together.
41. Go Camping
Go camping at a park, or in your own backyard.
42. Go to a Comedy Show
If one of you is in need of a laugh, go to a comedy show.
43. Do Yoga Together
Do some yoga together – it can be a great bonding experience.
44. Stay at a Nice Hotel
Get away from home for the whole night and stay at a hotel. Swing, enjoy the sauna, and just enjoy a night where someone else has to clean up the mess.
45. Go to a Bed & Breakfast
Bed & Breakfasts are more quaint than hotels – and someone will make a homemade breakfast for you in the morning.
46. Look at the Stars
Spend some time in the great outdoors looking up at the stars.
47. Have a Bonfire
Have a bonfire in your own backyard and roast some marshmallows to feed each other.
48. Go to the Drive-In
There are still drive-in theaters running – check one out for a somewhat unique experience.
49. Go to the Fair
Fairs are fun. Have some cotton candy, throw darts at balloons, and ride some rides.
50. Visit an Amusement Park
Kind of like the fair, but with better rides.
51. Try a New Restaurant
Go to a restaurant neither of you have been to before.
52. Go on a Road Trip
Jump in the car and drive – the destination doesn't matter.
53. Go Sight-Seeing
Go to a scenic outlook, walk around a historic town, or just walk somewhere and see what there is to discover.
54. Go to the Museum
Whether it's art or history, museums are great places for dates.
55. Exchange Romantic Gifts
Instead of going out, stay home and exchange romantic gifts (they could be ones you use in the bedroom later that night).
56. Go Bar Hopping
Go out for a fun night and enjoy a drink at all of your favorite bars (make sure you call an Uber).
57. Go to the Arcade
Relieve your younger years and go play some video games at the arcade – use your tickets to get each other a fun gift.
58. Watch the Sunset
Sunsets are extremely romantic.
59. Catch Fireflies
A jar of glowing fireflies is romantic, and catching them is fun. But make sure you give them air holes and let them go before they die.
60. Go to a Sports Game
Catch a basketball, football, hockey, or baseball game together. This is the perfect date idea for couples that love sports.
61. Go on a Double Date
Make your date a double with another couple you're friends with (or set up some friends).
62. Go to a Book Store
The ultimate book lovers date should include a stop at a bookstore.
an Art Class
Hone your artistic skills together and take an art class.
64. Start a Hobby Together
Start a hobby together – whether it's art, crafting, or something else.
65. Go to Your Favorite Restaurant
Take a night out to go to your favorite restaurant (if you both like different places, go to one this date and the other your next one).
66. Go Out for Dessert Only
Be adventurous – go out for dessert instead of dinner.
67. Rent a Movie
There are still places to rent movies – like the local library.
68. Go Sing Karaoke
If either of you has any singing talents (or you like to sing), have a karaoke date night.
69. Learn a New Language Together
Pick a language to work together.
70. Read Together
Start reading the same book – hang out at home in silence. Then talk about what you read (like your own personal book club).
71. Order for Each Other at a Restaurant
Be adventurous – let your date pick what you'll be dining on.
72. Go Play Golf
Go play some golf if it's a nice day out.
73. Try Disc Golf
Disc golf can be even more fun, and challenging.
74. Start Planning Your Dream Vacation
Stay in and plan a big vacation (put away the date money you save to help pay for your time away).
75. Recreate Your First Date
76. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
If you're adventurous, try a scavenger hunt (you can set up your own, go to one set up by others, or even do some geocaching).
77. Go Rock Climbing
If scavenger hunts aren't enough adventure for you, go to a rock climbing wall.
78. Do a Photo Shoot
Take photos of each other on your adventures.
79. Order Takeout
Stay in and order in. You can even order from a couple different places, depending on what you're both in the mood for.
80. Redecorate the House
Have a productive date – do some work around the house.
81. Do a Puzzle Together
Stay in and put a puzzle together.
82. Host a Dinner Party
Instead of going to a dinner party, invite other couples over for one at your place.
83. Attend a Murder Mystery Party
Murder Mystery Parties let you solve mysteries together.
84. Get Friends Together and Beat an Escape Room
Escape Rooms require more than two people, but they are fun.
85. Get Tattoos Together
If you are both open to tattoos, why not get one together (just don't get your names on each other).
86. Go to a Psychic
If you're curious about the future of your relationship, visit a psychic. They might use a crystal ball or might read your palms, or do a tea leaf reading.
88. Play Putt-Putt Golf
Not up for the big golf course? Have some fun with putt-putt.
89. Attend an Open Mic Night
Go to open mic night, and sign up if you have a talent. Some only allow music, others will let you do comedy acts and even read poetry.
90. Write Poems to Each Other
Stay in and write romantic poems to each other. This pairs great with a candlelit dinner that you cooked together.
91. Go Horseback Riding
Get on the trails and let the horse lead the way.
92. Take a Hike
If you're not a fan of horses, hit the trails on your own legs. Hiking lets you get back to nature (and offers lots of time for communication).
93. Go for a Jog Together
If you both enjoy fitness, go for a jog. You can have a destination, or just enjoy the time on the road together.
94. Take a Fitness Class Together
Another great date idea for the fitness minded is to take a fitness class together.
95. Play Basketball at the Park
Shoot some hoops, neither of you have to be good at it.
96. Play Tennis at the Park
Tennis is also fun, and it doesn't matter if you can play well.
97. Go Swimming
Cool off together – take a swim in a pool or at a lake. Skip the skinny dipping, unless you want to get fined and maybe spend a night in jail!
98. Volunteer Together
Volunteer your date night at a soup kitchen.
99. Go to a Toy Store
Relieve your youth and spend your date (or part of it anyway) checking out the toys at the toy store. Play a game at stores that offer game nights.
100. Visit a Tourist Trap
Hit the road with a crazy destination – like the largest pie plate in the world or the biggest Paul Bunyon statue. Or, visit a park that has giant dinosaur statues or characters from your favorite cartoons.
101. Go Out for Ice Cream
Craving dessert – go out for ice cream (you can walk there or ride bikes there). Split a banana split or a sundae.
Make It a Date
Now that you have a plethora of date night ideas, it's time to make a plan. Consider how much money and time you want to spend and do things that you'll both enjoy. The more special the date, the longer both of you will remember it.