Ditch Dinner and a Movie: 20 Unique Date Night Ideas You Haven’t Tried Yet

Traditional dinner-and-a-movie dates are a tried and true classic, but let’s face it, they can be boring if that’s all you do on dates. Whether you’re embarking on a new romance or looking to rekindle the spark in a long-term relationship, exploring unconventional date ideas can lead to new memories you can share with each other. Step outside your comfort zone and try these 20 alternative date ideas.

Take a Hike 

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Going on a hike is always a great idea if you want to get to know someone. It’s pretty much guaranteed that there won’t be distractions as you are walking through nature, which will allow for a more natural, uninterrupted conversation. This gives both you and your date the chance to share personal stories and anecdotes. Plus, the physical activity can release endorphins, which can help you both feel more relaxed during your hiking date. As a bonus, reaching the viewpoint together is also a great accomplishment you will have done together.

Cook Together 

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If you think cooking is a boring date activity, think again. Cooking together can help you see if you and your date make a good team, as it requires coordination with each other if you are to make a successful meal together. Make sure you choose a recipe that’s new to both of you so you can even the playing field and make it a fun learning experience. You could also shop for the ingredients together, which will add to the whole date experience.


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Volunteering for a cause you both care about is a meaningful way to spend time with someone. Whether it’s working at a food bank, cleaning up a park, or walking dogs at an animal shelter, the experience can foster a sense of teamwork and and you can get to know about each other’s values.

Attend a Workshop

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Taking a class or workshop together, such as pottery or painting, is a great way to learn something new and witness how creative and open to learning you and your partner are. It’s a great hands-on experience that can be filled with laughter and light-hearted fun, and it provides a tangible memento of the date. Plus, being in a learning environment can take the pressure off having to maintain constant conversation, allowing for natural breaks as you both focus on the task at hand.

Go on a Bike Ride

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Cycling together is another great way to enjoy the outdoors, particularly if the weather is good. This activity is both invigorating and relaxing. Plan a route that has leisurely stops at scenic spots. It’s a way to enjoy the outdoors with your date. The pace of a casual bike ride also allow for conversation, and the stops can be the perfect moments to share a conversation or enjoy a snack together.

Visit a Museum

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A date at a museum is a classic way to have thoughtful conversations and learn about each other’s artistic interests and perspectives. As you wander through exhibits, discuss your thoughts on different pieces and you may find that these conversations can lead to deeper discussions about life, history, and personal experiences. Whether it’s art, science, history, or a special exhibit, a museum visit can be an intellectually stimulating experience that’s novel and unique.

Play Board Games

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Board games are fun and a great way to engage in a competitive but playful activity that also encourages strategic thinking. They often bring out different aspects of a person’s personality, such as competitiveness, patience, or a sense of humor. Playing games that require collaboration can also be a way to gauge how well you work together. Whether it’s a classic like Scrabble or something newer like Catan, board games can create a relaxed environment for conversation and laughter.

Have a Picnic

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A picnic combines the simplicity of a meal with the beauty of the outdoors. Packing a meal and finding a quiet spot allows for an intimate setting where you can enjoy each other’s company without the typical distractions of a restaurant. A picnic can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, and it shows thoughtfulness in planning. It also offers flexibility—you can enjoy a sunny afternoon or a sunset, in a park or by a lakeside.

Do a Puzzle

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Working on a complex puzzle is a collaborative task that requires patience and communication, and it provides plenty of opportunities for conversation. Plus, placing that final piece at the very end can be so satisfying at the end of the date. It’s a great low-key activity that also doesn’t cost much to do.

Go to a Farmers Market

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A stroll through a farmers market can be a delightful sensory experience and a casual way to learn about each other’s tastes and cooking interests. Sampling foods, discussing meal ideas, and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere can be fun and engaging, and it’s also a chance to support local farmers and artisans, and perhaps pick up fresh ingredients that you could cook together on a future date.

Attend a Local Event

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Find a community event such as a concert, or festival that can provide a lively backdrop for a date. Community events are often free or cost very little as well, so you can both experience something new together without having to break the bank. Whether it’s a cultural festival with diverse food and performances or a local band’s concert, these events can both be enjoyable and can spark conversations about your tastes, interests, and values. Plus, the energy of a communal event can make the date feel special and memorable.


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Stargazing is a classic romantic activity that offers a sense of wonder and tranquility. Finding a dark spot away from city lights allows you both to marvel at the cosmos and provides a quiet, intimate setting for deep conversations. This experience can lead to discussions about life’s big questions, personal dreams and goals, or can simply be a setting perfect for enjoying the peacefulness together. It’s a low-cost date that feels special and can create a lasting memory.

Take a Day Trip

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A day trip to a nearby town or natural landmark can be an adventurous way to spend time together. Explore a new place together and enjoy spontaneous experiences together. Visit historical sites, try local cuisine or simply wander through different neighborhoods and you may find that your day trip has brought out you and your date’s personal travel style and adaptability. It’s a great way to create new memories and see how you both handle planning and surprises.

Have a DIY Spa Night

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Staying in for a DIY spa night can be a relaxing and intimate alternative to going out. You can take turns pampering each other with homemade face masks and massages. This kind of date night encourages caring for each other and offers a chance to chat in a relaxed environment. It’s also a great way to show thoughtfulness by preparing treatments you think the other person would enjoy.

Visit an Animal Shelter

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If you or your date are animal people, spending time at an animal shelter can be a heartwarming way to see each other’s compassionate sides. Interacting with animals can bring out nurturing behaviors and shared joys. Going to an animal shelter can also open up a discussion on your views on pet ownership and animal welfare. Plus, if you’re both animal lovers, it’s a chance to bond over a shared passion.

Explore a Bookstore

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A date in a bookstore can be an awesome literary adventure. Share your favorite books and authors with each other and pick out books for each other so you can see what genres interests you both. Many bookstores also host readings or book clubs, which can be a fun event to attend together.

Attend a Trivia Night

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Joining a trivia night at a local pub or venue can be an exciting and interactive way to spend an evening. It allows you to work as a team and combine your knowledge on various topics. This kind of date can be particularly revealing about each other’s areas of expertise and interests. It’s also a chance to engage in friendly competition and enjoy the camaraderie of other participants, making for a lively and engaging atmosphere.

Go Fruit Picking

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Visit an orchard or berry farm for fruit picking is a charming and active date idea. You can enjoy the outdoors and engage in a light-hearted activity while having plenty of time to talk. Walking through the rows of trees or bushes can also be quite romantic, and the fruits of your labor can later be used to make a pie or jam together, extending the date into another shared experience.

Karaoke Night

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A karaoke night is a playful way to let loose and show your fun side. Singing favorite songs or daring each other to perform duets can break the ice and create a fun memory together. Showcase your confidence and sense of humor, and even if you’re not the best singer, the willingness to be vulnerable in front of each other can be endearing and attractive.

Take a Scenic Drive

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A scenic drive can be a wonderful way to enjoy each other’s company without the pressure of constant eye contact, making conversation flow more naturally. Plan to go through a scenic route with beautiful views and interesting landmarks, or you can leave it to chance and simply see where the road takes you. This can lead to spontaneous adventures, and the shared experience of the journey can be as memorable as the destination itself. It’s also a great time to share music, stories, and silence in a private setting, all while taking in the beauty of the landscape.

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