Try These Unique Date Night Ideas

A couple looking out, from a truck, into a field at the sun setting

Are you taking someone out for a first date? Or, perhaps for your hundredth date? Whether you’re in a potential, new, or lifelong relationship, it’s important that you don’t bypass dating. This is especially true when you’ve been together for a while. In a long-term relationship, it can be tempting to just carry on with your tasks and to-do lists. It’s easy to let dating go by the wayside, but couples need quality time to connect, reconnect, and step outside of the day to day grind. These unique date night [or date day] ideas will keep the mystery, spark, and excitement going!

“If you do what you did in the beginning of the relationship there wonโ€™t be an end.”

Tony Robbins

Date Avoidance

Do any of these sound familiar?

“I believe in the value of time together as a couple, but life goes by so fast…”

Schedules reflect priorities. Carefully consider how the ways that you’re investing time today might impact your relationship in the future.

“We have date night every other week, but it’s always dinner and a movie…”

It sounds like you might be stuck in a dating rut. You may have wanted to try new things, but either failed to plan ahead, or just lack alternative ideas.

Unique Date Night Ideas Aren’t Just for Newbies!

“Sure, we have romantic nights out… on Valentine’s Day and our anniversary.”

Carving out time for intimacy becomes even more vital as relationships progress. Connecting as a couple is an essential component of having a healthy and satisfying long-term relationship.

Among the numerous reasons to arrange a regular rendezvous with your significant other.


  • Demonstrates the relationship is a priority, that it matters
  • Creates space for flirtation, playfulness, fun, and laughter
  • Strengthens bonds, commitment, and loyalty
  • Increases intimacy, opens new lines of communication
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Improves communication, fosters friendship
A great date fosters connection, invites open communication
A great date fosters connection, invites open communication
  • Adds fresh, new, and novel experiences, offers a break from the ordinary
  • Reveals hidden aspects of the other person’s personality
  • Allows for deeper and expanded knowledge of their goals, dreams, wants, likes, dislikes, and fears
  • Provides opportunities to develop, or further, shared interests and hobbies
  • Ignites, or reignites, romantic sparks
Unique date night ideas can bring back mystery, renew romance
Unique date night ideas can bring back mystery, renew romance

“When we were younger we enjoyed date night, now we enjoy being in bed by ten…”

Although we hear the term “date night” thrown around, there’s no reason dates can’t happen in the morning or afternoon.

“I’m not the dress up and go to a show type…”

If you don’t like to dress up, why not get messy while playing paintball.

Dates Don’t Have to be All About, or Just About, the Two of You.

You can go on a double date with another couple, join a book club, take a group tour, participate in a murder mystery dinner, survive an escape room, or focus on giving to others through volunteerism.

Do your date day ideas include working cooperatively building model airplanes, or cultivate trust on a high ropes course.

Or, perhaps you’d rather see who really knows who with: Questions for Couples: Fun Relationship Questions, Quizzes, Challenges to Build Trust and Bring the Romance Back.

If you’re crunched for time, a date may mean stopping for ten minutes to hold hands while you watch the sun set. If you have time (and money), you might consider taking a two weeks off work to hop a plane to Europe.

Dates can be unique and fun without being complex or costly
Dates can be unique and fun without being complex or costly

Was your first date great? Recreate it! Do it again!

The desire to relax and rejuvenate might lead you to cuddle up with popcorn and Netflix, or send you to the spa for a couple’s massage.

The desire to step out of your comfort zone together might send you barreling down a zipline.

Maybe you only needed to attend an opera once, but you could spend a lifetime gardening together.

If you want your time together to be educational, you might use your “date night” to learn to speak another language or play an instrument. If you’re feeling ambitious and want something more active, swing dance lessons may be perfect.

A Few More Unique Date Night Ideas…

Would You Rather Plan Dates Together, or Surprise Each Other? Either way, I’d like to offer a few suggestions…

  • Go on a picnic. Or, if the weather is uncooperative, create a spread on the living room floor.
  • Take a photography, cooking, or Tai Chi class together.
  • Challenge your significant other to a game of pool, air hockey, or darts.
  • Go to a local karaoke, paint, or trivia night.
  • Visit an amusement or water park.
  • Find the best spots for stargazing [one may be the planetarium].
Try finding a place to look at the stars, and one another...
Try finding a place to look at the stars, and one another…

Unique date ideas can be active:

  • Play tennis, golf, or putt-putt.
  • Go ice skating, roller skating, or skateboarding.
  • Read a book, solve Sudokus, or complete a crossword puzzle together.
  • Stay fit together by running, working out, or doing acro yoga.
  • Go sailing, kayaking, tubing, canoeing, or paddle boating.
  • Take up hiking, camping, or rock climbing.
When did you last visit a museum?
When did you last visit a museum?
  • Commune with nature at a park, lake, or botanical garden.
  • Interacting with animals at the zoo, aquarium, or pet store are fun and unique date day ideas.
  • Go for a ride, or walk, around town.
  • Explore a museum, art gallery, or historic site.
  • Play chess, checkers, cards, board games, or video games.
  • Try out a new restaurant or recipe.
  • Skip going out, have a steamy night in.
Unique date night ideas may involve hitting the town, or staying in
Unique date night ideas may involve hitting the town, or staying in
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Hi! I write books and blogs about wellness and adopting healthy living habits. My first children's picture book, Gabby Makes a Friend, is available at Amazon. Iโ€™ve been teaching sociology courses at community colleges since. Beyond work, I'm the proud mother of two beautiful, adult children. Iโ€™m a recovering perfectionist, whose hobbies include meditation, cooking, hiking, and yoga.

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