Whether you’re in a long term relationship and looking to get out of a rut, going on a Tinder date with someone new, or celebrating an anniversary, finding fresh, romantic and fun things to do together as a couple can be tough – hence why the founder of Netflix is now a billionaire.
But if you’re looking for the perfect date night idea, we’ve rounded up some inspiration for you, from cheap dates (the activity not the person!) to rainy day dates and even dates you can do in your home. So whether you’re the outdoorsy, adventure-type, the food connoisseur-type, the cheesy romantic-type or just the in need of a little guidance type, we’ve got you covered.
50 date night ideas
It’s a classic but there’s a reason for that. It doesn’t get much better than cosying up in the fresh air with some good food and wine and a nice view.
Become at one with nature – and each other – by getting out and about and exploring somewhere new together.
3. Visit a winery or brewery
Whether you’re into wine or beer or want to get into it, a day spent wine tasting and exploring vineyards is always fun.
If you’re the outdoorsy-type and don’t mind roughing it a little there’s nothing more romantic than sleeping out under the star
5. Road trip
Get out on the open road and drive somewhere for lunch or better yet, stay overnight.
6. Outdoor cinema
Take in a movie under the stars
7. Pottery or art class
Take on a new hobby together and then gift each other what you make
8. Visit an art gallery
These days most art galleries also offer evening tours or art after-hours events which means you don’t just have to make this a day date
Whether it’s science or history, find a common interest and get discovering together
10. Dinner in the dark dinner/secret foodies events
Look in your local area to see what events they have on, and have a dinner out with a twist, whether it’s blindfolded, wearing masks or at a secret venue.
11. Go to the Observatory
Head to your local observatory and get star-gazing - or better yet, DIY it at a local lookout and a book about star-spotting and see how many you can find.
Nothing makes you feel better than helping out someone in need, so why not spend the day doing a little good for the less fortunate.
Not for everyone but show your date you can have some fun and aren't afraid to have a laugh at yourself (or that you’re an amazing singer if you actually are...)
14. Recreate your first date
If you’re celebrating an anniversary or you’ve been together for a while, why not go back to where it all began
15. Make homemade pizzas from scratch
Instead of ordering in, make the pizzas yourselves from scratch, they taste so much better and you can get flirty with the flour while they cook
16. Go on the rides at a fair or amusement park
Feel like big kids again and go on all the rides and play games to try and win prizes – and of course, eat all the yummy fair food!
17. Get all glammed up and go for cocktails and dinner
It can be easy to just go back to your old reliable spot, but every now and then it's nice to go all out
18. Pub crawl
That said a good old-fashioned pub crawl for 2 is also a winner
19. Rent a vespa/motorbike/convertible and go for a cruise along the coast
With the wind in your hair it’s very 1950s Hollywood romance
20. Hot air balloon
It's cliché but its something everyone should do once!
21. Get baking
Stay in and get creative in the kitchen and cook each other’s favourite desserts
22. Old school games night
Turn off the TV and go old school with board games or card games, strip poker anyone?
23. Classic movie night
Come up with a list of movies you both have never seen and work your way through it
24. Go to the zoo or aquarium
They’re not just for the kids! Go and look at the animals or sea life – and better yet book in a feeding experience or private tour to make it extra special
25. Drive to the beach and watch the sunrise
Dates don’t just have to be night time – wake up early and catch the sunrise and then spend the day together (or better yet go back to bed)
26. Hit up a concert
Whether you have shared taste in music, or you discover a new artist together
27. Try a new restaurant/cuisine
Pick something you’ve always wanted to try or you’ve both never had and try it together.
28. Go ice skating
Get active and do something a little different, better yet if one of you is a little shaky and there’s extra excuses to get touchy-feely. Why not make the whole night winter-themed, think open fire, smores and hot chocolate.
29. Hit the beach
Sun, surf and sand - it’s the quintessential Aussie date and it never disappoints – bonus points for discovering new/hidden gems
30. Do something neither of you has done before
Make lasting memories by discovering new experiences and trying things for the first time together.
31. Comedy show
Nothing will tell you whether you’ve got the same sense of humour quicker than going to a comedy show - if you laugh at the same jokes you're on to a winner!
32. Bowling or Putt-putt golf
Perfect for a little friendly/flirty competition, put a friendly wager on the outcome to make it more exciting – eg loser owes the winner a massage!
33. Go to a park and kick a ball around
Getting active out in the fresh air and doesn't cost a cent.
34. Take a boat ride
Get out on the water, whether you hire a boat or just jump on a ferry there is something romantic about being out on the water
35. Go kayaking or standup paddleboarding
Or if you’re more the active types, get on the water in a kayak or paddle board.
36. Go dancing
When dinner is finished, don’t just head home – hit the d-floor like the good old days
37. Play pool
Or if dancing isn't your thing, hit a few rounds of pool together at a pub
38. Exercise together
Hit the gym or go for a run (or whatever your exercise of choice) and get sweaty together!
39. Go to a bookstore and pick a book for each other to read
Or better yet get the same book and have your own mini book club discussing it as you go
40. Make cocktails at home
Save some money by mixing up your own concoctions at home
41. Tick off that bucket list by going skydiving
Or if you’re not quite brave enough why not try indoor skydiving
42. Get dressed up and go to the opera
A seriously glamorous night out perfect for a special occasion
43. Spice thing up in the bedroom
Try some new moves, some new toys or a little role play - just mix things up from the usual routine
44. Indulge together with a trip to the day spa or a bath house
Relax, unwind and let someone else pamper you both
45. Go for a bike ride
Hire bikes and ride through the city like tourists or through a local park, bonus points for a tandem bike!
46. Go to a sports game
If your partner has a favourite team surprise them with tickets, or pick a new sport you can get into together
47. Indoor trampolining
Feel like big kids by jumping on trampolines and diving into foam pits together
48. Night markets/food stalls
Check what’s on in your local area, they’re perfect for a casual date with chilled vibes and cheap eats
49. Long boozy lunch
A special meal doesn’t always have to be dinner, plan a fancy lunch and take your time
50. Go skinny dipping
Find a secluded (or nudist!) beach, or a private pool and jump in sans swimmers (just don't forget where you left them!)