When you first start dating, a nice meal and a few drinks are all it really takes. But after a while passes and you get more comfortable, it can be fun to add a little “spark” back into date night. Instead of the same-old-same-old, creative date ideas are definitely in order. From foodie date night ideas that involve eating each course at a different restaurant to outdoorsy ideas for nature enthusiasts, indulge in creative date ideas that cover all the bases. Dive right in, and plan something unexpected for your next date—we’re betting your partner will certainly appreciate the effort. Dating should be fun! And it shouldn’t make you feel forced into making unhealthy choices (like boozing every night for a week straight), or even worse: bored. These alternative date ideas will get you out of your comfort zone, into some fun, and at the very least have you and your boo bonding over the experience.
Here are 8 unusual ways to enjoy your date.
Cooking class date.
Cooking is always a great alternative to going out, but it can feel a bit awkward going to a stranger’s home on the first date. Instead, get your hands dirty at a local cooking class. They can be a bit pricey, but deal sites often offer amazing discounted options. Just keep your eye out! You never know when that purchase (or the subsequent cheese-making skills) is going to come in handy. This can be an intimate, fun and sensual experience for the two of you. Let the cooking begin and conversation flow to create a lasting bond.
Dare to bring out your competitive side with a super original game date. You can even set up a competition with your favorite games and spend a different afternoon, fun and very happy. At the end of the date, the winner can put on a funny garment, or it may be the perfect excuse to coordinate the second date. Are you game for this one?
Being tourists for a day and rediscovering your city is an excellent activity for the first date. Knowing places you have never visited, and exploring new areas will allow you not only to know it from another perspective but also to enjoy the company of the other. This type of dating is original and fun and allows you to find and meet new things that you didn’t know you had so close. Visiting a historic site may not be the sexiest thing you’ve ever done, but you’ll never know until you try. You can always go for a drink or bite before or after.
Indulge in gastronomic delights.
You can turn the typical dinner date into a restaurant in an original, fun and a very rich event by making a creative gastronomic tour. You can try different appetizers, starters, and desserts in different places. Not only that it will be delicious, but it will also allow you to get to know several places and to find those you like best for future dates. To shake things up (and enjoy more cuisines), pick three different places to nosh at. Know a great tapas place? Grab an appetizer there. Excited about the latest ramen spot? Split one as your main course. Dying to try a cronut? Top off your night with a flaky, decadent donuts. You can even do a dessert bar crawl!
A day at the food fest.
Who wouldn’t want to go to a pickle festival? Or hot sauce? Or oyster? The more adventurous and unique, the better. You can walk around, try new bites and sips, enjoy some good music and a little shopping maybe, and reveal your secret love (or hate) for crowded places. At the very least, it’s a super convenient place to accidentally run into a friend if things go awry.
Go to a theme park. Or maybe a zoo?
Theme parks aren’t limited to teenage birthday parties. The rides are actually pretty fun, and big roller coaster drops provide the perfect opportunity to initiate a little hand holding. Plus, nothing says romance like cotton candy. (Kidding!) But theme parks are a great excuse to eat a funnel cake. And who doesn’t like that? Similarly, the zoo is an awesome place to explore and get to know someone on a new level—and it’s a great excuse to relive one of the best childhood activities. The abundance of animals also means there’s no shortage of conversation! If you want to kick things up a notch, bring road sodas (a.k.a. undercover, on-the-go cocktails).
A concert date.
When the warmer months hit, calendars explode with opportunities to take your favorite activities outside. From outdoor movies to concerts to theater performances, the options are endless. And they’re often free too. Tune in to local newsletters or magazines that aggregate events, and check daily deal sites for the best options—you never know what you’ll find!
The days of scavenger hunts may feel long over, but they don’t have to be. Plus, they’re easy to organize yourself. Simply make a list of a few things you’ve been dying to try (don’t be afraid to get creative), and head out to find and experience them all. You can make it as simple or complicated as desired, and you can always throw in the towel and grab a drink if needed—alone or with each other.