Fun and Creative Date ideas came so easy before we had children. Children are definitely a blessing, but they can complicate our need to date our husband.
Finding a babysitter can be expensive. Especially once you have several children to watch. I know it’s hard for us to find a babysitter. Once you secure the babysitter, then what? Sure you could do the old standbys and go out for dinner and see a movie. But after a while, those could get boring.
How do you continue to date your husband after the honeymoon is long over?
That’s where this list of 50 Fun and Creative Date Ideas comes in. You can combine some of the ideas to make a whole day date, or mix and match to fit your mood. I have used affiliate links to make shopping easier for you.
50 Fun and Creative Date Night Ideas
Kickin’ it old school, I know. But it may very well bring back good memories from before you got married. For a date night IN, try this indoor bowling set.
2. Hike in the Woods
Go to a State Park and make a morning of it. Hike some of the trails and then have a picnic lunch. Unplug and just enjoy being with each other.
3. The Theater
Not the movie theater. I love Broadway shows. See what is touring in your area, or search for local theaters. Sometimes you can even find discounted tickets for afternoon shows.
4. Book Store
Grab a coffee from the coffee shop and browse the shelves with your hubby.
5. Drive-In Movie
I prefer this movie date to a movie theater date. You can still talk and won’t get shhh-ed.
6. Dance Lessons
You could learn to Salsa, or learn the Waltz with Ballroom Dancing lessons.
7. Go Whitewater Rafting
This would be a fun date day. Check for coupons and ask around for recommendations. Don’t go with a company just because they are cheap!! Be safe and smart :).
8. Wine Tasting Tours
Whether you are interested in tasting the wine or not, most vineyards are beautiful and romantic. I love just walking the grounds. If they have a little cafe, that makes it even better!
9. Art Gallery
Find a free one and browse the art. Maybe it will spark some creativity and you can create some art together for your home. This is a favorite romantic date night ideas choice for many couples since it is quiet and reflective.
Finding an outdoor ice-skating place would be super fun. But if you can’t find one, I’d probably save ice-skating for a date during the Summer, but that’s just me.
Kickin’ it old school again. If they play songs from when you were in elementary or middle school, that’s a bonus!
12. Prepare a Meal
I know it sounds simple, but you do have to work together. You could even have a cook-off and the loser has to wash the dishes.
13. International Grocery Store
Visit and browse the aisles. I did this once at an Asian Grocery Store and it was great. Some of the produce was cheaper too!
14. Make a Bucket List
Make a joint bucket list of things you want to do together. You can base some date nights off this list.
15. Hometown Tourist
Look for local festivals or tourist sites nearby and visit them. You never know what you might find in your own backyard!
16. Go For a Drive
Get in the car and drive. Enjoy the face time together. You might discover a new restaurant or a cute little town that you didn’t even know was there.
17. Plan a Picnic
Keep it simple or add in some fun cheeses with crackers and Sparkling Grape Juice or Wine. Use your phone for some mood-setting music but stay off social media and email!!
19. Play Board Games
Here are some great board games you can play with two people. What are your favorites?
20. Spa Day
with a couples massage. You can’t get any more intimate and romantic in date night ideas than this!
21. Ride Bikes
You get exercise and can explore the area.
22. Go For Ice Cream
23. Movie Night
Rent a movie, pop some popcorn, grab your favorite drink, turn off all the lights, and pretend you’re at the movie theater. We love using Amazon Prime. Start Your Prime Video 30-Day Free Trial Now!
24. Dinner Party
I love the idea of a monthly dinner party group. Adult conversation. Friends. Food. It doesn’t get much better than that!
26. Coffee Shop
Grab a cup of coffee and talk about where you see yourselves in 5 to 10 years. As far as date night ideas go, this one is perfect for simply reconnecting intellectually and emotionally.
27. Fly a Kite
You can make your own or buy one.
28. Go to War
29. Learn a Language
Pick a foreign language and start learning it together.
30. Sporting Event
We have several minor league and pro teams in the area. So far we’ve always taken the kids, but it would be fun for a date night.
31. Ice Cream Crawl
Think pub crawl but with ice cream. Could it be any better?
32. Walking Tour
Get out and enjoy the fresh air and learn about the city where you live.
33. Live Music
Find a local music venue and enjoy live music from local artists.
34. Sample Hot Sauces
Go to a wings place and try their sauces. Rate your favorites and compare.
35. Play in the Rain
This one will have to be spontaneous. And you’ll have to give up control, but there is something fun and romantic about playing and dancing in the warm rain.
36. Sky Dive
This wouldn’t be for everyone, but I know some people would love to go skydiving on a date day.
37. Ethnic Food Feasting
Map out ethnic food restaurants. Sample something authentic from each one and finish it off with a tasty dessert.
38. Watch the Sun Rise
Then have someone go out and bring back coffee and bagels or donuts.
39. Visit the Zoo
The zoo is a whole different experience without kids. You can take the time to really see the exhibits, walk around, take some tours, eat some snacks.
40. Try a New Restaurant
Finally, try out the new restaurant you both have been wanting to try. For me, that would be Tupelo Honey!
41. Balloon Ride
While I would love this, my husband doesn’t care for heights. But it would still be fun! Talk about using fun date night ideas to encourage the spirit of adventure in your life!
42. Horseback Riding
I grew up riding horses, and prefer English saddles, but most group trail rides seem to be with Western saddles. But it would still be fun to ride together.
43. Shooting Range
Nothing says “I love you” like shooting guns together.
44. Dinner Theater
Food and live entertainment all in one.
45. Pick Fruit
that is in season. Whether it’s apples, strawberries, or blueberries, you can pick it together and even can it another day.
46. The Symphony
During certain seasons, our local symphony hosts special events on the weekends. They are outside and free. You can bring a picnic dinner, blanket, and some folding chairs.
47. Paint Your Own Pottery
While cheesy, we actually did this one day. It was pretty fun creating something together.
48. Art Classes
Whether it’s painting, pottery, or another form of art, you could learn a new skill together.
49. Tour Local Gardens
You might even get some inspiration for your own landscape.
50. Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Cuddled up under a warm blanket while exploring your city. Sounds like the perfect date night ideas for romance to me!
Enjoy Your Time Together
Date nights or days aren’t always possible. Make the most of every moment you have together. Kiss each other first thing in the morning, before someone leaves the house, when you get home together, and before you fall asleep. Make each other a priority. Always say “I love you.”
What would you add to the list?
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