We are into the new year so let’s keep the new year energy flowing and get creative with date night ideas for the year. Whether you are in a long-term relationship or just starting with a new love interest, it’s always a good to work on your bucket list of date night ideas. We have rounded up 20 ideas for you from simple to extreme, cheap to expensive so no matter your taste, we’ve got you covered!
1. ROAD TRIP
Hop in the car and drive to a neighboring city for lunch at that cute little restaurant you continually drive by but have never stopped at. Level up option: make the ultimate road trip playlist and surprise your partner with their favorite tunes.
2. TAKE A COOKING CLASS
This is a great bonding experience that has a delicious reward at the end. I’m sure mistakes will be made but laugh them off and just enjoy the bonding moment. Level up option: this is a great bonding experience that has a delicious reward at the end. I’m sure mistakes will be made but laugh them off and just enjoy the bonding moment.
3. GO STARGAZING
Grab a blanket, download a constellation app and head out into the night to cuddle up under the stars together. Level up option: do a little research ahead of time on a few constellations and their stories. Maybe there is one that could become “yours” so you will always have something to look at, even if must be apart.
4. FANCY LATE LUNCH
Who says special meals must only be dinners? Step away from the norm and be unique. Head out for a late lunch and take your time. Level up option: dress in your fanciest and embrace the looks you might get. Let others be jealous of how cool you two are by making your own date rules.
5. GO FOR A HIKE
If you both love the outdoors, take a little trip to the closest state park. There are always a variety of trail options and can lead to some beautiful hidden treasures. Sure, anyone can look good in makeup and a dress, but it is whole new level to show your special someone the sweaty side of you. Level up option: choose a less traveled path to get a little more secluded time with your sweetie.
6. FOUR COURSE DINNER AT DIFFERENT PLACES
If you are both foodies, then this is the perfect date to try out. Start with appetizers at one place, then head off for a main course at another, dessert at a new place and round off the night at a new place for drinks. When it is over you will be full of food, fun and stories. Level up option: take turns picking places and have fun mixing and matching.
7. FANCY FAST-FOOD DINNER
Tell your partner to dress in their finest for a dinner they will sure never forget. Hop in the car and make your way to a local fast-food establishment. Act as if you were entering a 5-star restaurant and enjoy all the looks. Level up option: order as if you were having a five-course meal. Try and find something that resembles an appetizer, salad, and so on.
8. GET TICKETS TO A SPORTING EVENT
Surprise your partner with tickets to see their favorite team or maybe get tickets to a new and unique sport you have never even heard about. For example, did you know there are actual Quidditch leagues. Yes, you read correctly. The game from Harry Potter is a real worldwide sport played around the world. Level up option: dress in colors to match the event to impress.
9. PLAY MINI-GOLF
Let your competitive sides out with a healthy game of mini-golf. Even the greatest athletes will tumble when it comes to getting that little ball through the windmill into the hole, so use this opportunity to lighten up and laugh at yourselves. It is a great opportunity to see different sides of you. Level up option: make bets for each hole and let your imagination go wild with ideas.
10. AT-HOME WINE AND CHEESE NIGHT
Elevate your snacks for the night with paring your favorite wines with fancy cheese you have never even heard of before. Level up option: go in one of two directions: dress up in your fanciest and play the part of wine snobs or dress it down in your pajamas and giggle at yourselves for being elegant in your coziest.
11. SCAVENGER HUNT AT THRIFT STORE
Make a list of random items to find at a local thrift store for a silly day of fun. For example, the list could include to find something with stripes or a pair of yellow shoes. Level up option: establish a reward for whoever finds the most off the list for an added level of fun.
12. HEAD TO YOUR LOCAL BINGO HALL
This might be considered an old people activity, but it can be a blast at any age. Sure, you might be the youngest there but that only makes it more fun and makes for some awesome memories. Level up option: make friends with some of the regulars and ask them for some fun dating advice, I’m sure they will come up with some funny ones.
13. VISIT YOUR LOCAL CEMETERY
This might seem strange but for some couples, this is right up their alley. Walk around the peaceful setting and take time to read the headstones. Try and find the oldest ones or the most unique names. Level up option: find headstones that stand out and create interesting stories of their lives. Give a little attention to those that might have been forgotten.
14. BOARD GAME NIGHT
Turn off the TV and pull out some of your favorite board games. Grabs some snacks and spend a few hour being a child at heart. Level up option: turn them into a drinking game or a strip-version for a little adult fun.
15. LIVING ROOM PICNIC
Order some of your favorite take-out, throw out a blanket, and enjoy a fun meal together. Level up option: turn off the lights and light some candles. The glow of candlelight makes for some of the most romantic and intimate moments.
16. TAKE A GHOST TOUR
You don’t have to believe in ghosts to enjoy these tours. You can learn some fun history about a local location and maybe get in a few scares. Level up option: attend one at night and take advantage of all the opportunities to hold onto your sweetie in the dark.moments.
17. WATCH A SUNRISE TOGETHER
Sunrises are amazing moments that are lost by many. Set your alarm and head out to a spot where you can clearly see it, preferably with a beautiful nature backdrop. Level up option: bring a picnic basket full of yummy breakfast treats and warm beverages to make the most of the moment.
18. PLAY A GAME OF "WOULD YOU RATHER"
If you are just starting to date, this is a great way to get to know someone in a light and playful manner. For couples who have been together longer, don’t worry. There will always be surprising things to discover about your partner with this game. Level up option: see if you can stump each other by stepping up your creativity and seeing you can gross each other out for some laughs.
19. BE TOURISTS IN YOUR OWN TOWN
Do a search for the top tourist spots in your town and make a day of visiting them. Maybe some you have done before or maybe some are new, either way it will be a fun way to get reacquainted with your city. Remember, the cheesier the spot, the better! Level up option: hit spots with an open mind and act as if you have never been. Live in the moment like a true tourist and by some fun souvenirs to have as great memory keepsakes to look back on in the years to come.
20. MAKE PIZZA FROM SCRATCH
Step into the kitchen together and work together to make pizzas from scratch. It allows you to have quality time while giving you a delicious meal at the end. Level up option: get flirty with the flour while you cook and get a little messy.