To go along with the Marriage Shake-Up dating series, here are more than 35 ideas for date night – use some of these or come up with your own to create some new memorable experiences! It’s not really as much about what you’re doing as it is about the experience you have together. Memories are the things that bring us closer and keep us bonded. Go make some memories!
*Quick Tip: Check out Groupon for things to do in your area that are also at a discount. Look under the “Things To Do” section to find classes, activities, and events you might not otherwise know about!
1. Head to an adult arcade.
Nothing gets your blood pumping like a little competition! Collect tickets and turn them in to get the cheesiest prizes you can find. Bonus points for booze involved!
2. Go to a concert.
Seeing your fave bands is a great way to spend some time together.
3. Go on a brewery or factory tour.
We had a blast when we visited the Coors brewery in Denver. It’s pretty awesome to see not only how beer is made, but how it’s packaged. Mesmerizing, I say. Not to mention the tasting part! Look for breweries, distilleries, or any type of factory in your area and schedule a tour. Informational and surprisingly fun!
4. Go Kart Racing
Again, being competitive can bring you together. And the couple that races together, stays together.
5. Do a restaurant tour.
Find a group of restaurants in your area (bonus points if you’ve never been) and go to one for drinks, another for apps, and another for dessert.
6. Travel your city like tourists.
Look up places that are fun to visit, and head out for a drive. We’ve both lived in our city for over 10 years and still haven’t done everything!
7. Check out a local sports game.
Because who doesn’t love being at a game? Even if you’re not a sports fan, there’s still a snack bar. And usually adult beverages. Win/win.
8. Take a cooking class.
Look on Groupon for deals or just do an online search for cooking classes in your area. I’m dying to learn to make sushi and haven’t done it yet. Definitely on the list!
9. Take a workout class.
Working up a sweat has a ton of benefits, and when you’re with your significant other you can challenge each other and have fun at the same time. Just don’t hurt yourselves, that’s a sure way to ruin your day.
10. Go horseback riding.
Again, this has been on my list for ages. I’ve been horseback riding, just not with my husband. Time to get on it!
11. Go roller skating/ice skating.
When is the last time you’ve been roller skating or ice skating? Go out and race each other or just for a fun time.
12. Do game night with a twist – loser has to do chores or sexual favors.
Uno, poker, Twister, or Battleship, for starters. Pick a game and pick what you’re playing for. Back rubs, cleaning, whatever you like!
13. Watch airplanes take off and land.
I used to love doing this with my husband when we both worked at the same airline. We could sit and watch planes all day. It’s been a while, but this is still high on my list.
14. Go to a paint night.
These are usually paired with wine or drinks, and are super fun! Compare your artwork and display it at home when you’re done.
15. Take a picnic to the park.
Pack up some favorite foods and head to your local park for a sweet little rendezvous.
16. Have a wine/beer/cheese/chocolate tasting.
Head to the grocery store (or specialty store) and pick up some different wines and beer, as well as different cheeses and chocolates. (As well as meats and crackers if you like.) Create your own pairings and see what you come up with. This one is fun and delicious.
17. Mini golf.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, head to the mini course and challenge each other to a round or two.
18. Visit a museum exhibit or art gallery.
There are usually all kinds of different museums and exhibits to check out, pick a random one and see what you find!
19. Go bowling.
Get your strike on and spend some time knocking over pins (and knocking back a few drinks) for a good time.
20. Take a gun course.
If you’ve always wanted to learn to shoot or if you’re a pro already, find a gun range and have a blast! (Pun intended.)
21. Rent a boat.
Whether it’s a sailboat, motorboat, or paddle boat, spending time on the water is always a good time.
22. See a comedy or improv show.
Comedy is a great way to spend an evening, and who doesn’t love to laugh?
23. Go to the (live) theater.
See a ballet, opera, or local play.
24. Have a fondue night.
Look up recipes and use different veggies, meats, and cheese. Don’t forget to do chocolate for dessert!
25. Have a day date.
Make or go out to brunch and take in a matinee.
26. Go for drinks at a bar you’ve never been to.
Or bar hop, if you’re up for it.
27. Wine tasting/tour.
Find a local winery (or a few) and do a tour. Wine tastings are fun and tasty!
28. Pottery class.
Making something together is always fun, and being able to keep your creations is even better.
29. Go hiking or biking.
Get physical and head out into nature to enjoy each other’s company in the great outdoors.
30. Visit a botanical garden.
See the beauty of all kinds of different plants and vegetation from your area and beyond.
31. Go paint balling.
Gear up and head out to get down and dirty.
32. Watch a roller derby match.
Watch different teams duke it out on skates and bet on your favorite.
33. Hit up a casino.
Play the tables or the slots, and see who can win the most cash!
34. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
See your area from a completely different view!
35. Have a staycation overnight at a resort.
Hotel room + no kids = fun every time.
36. Go to a theme park or fair.
Cotton candy, rides, and games? Yes, please.
37. Check out your town’s festivals.
Food trucks, beer & bacon, art, and hot air balloon festivals are a few types we’ve been to, and they’re always so fun!
The most important thing is to have fun, keep it fresh, and enjoy each other’s company. Happy dating!
The Flight Wife