50 Great Dates: ideas and inspiration for your next date!
Who’s glad that January is over? 🙋
Who is looking forward to Valentine’s Day? 🤷
Look guys, I’m going to be honest with you – I’m not the biggest fan of VDay. In fact, Ben and I tend to pretty much ignore the day.
Honestly, my way of marking the occasion this year literally involves shoes, and I’ve used VDay as an excuse for my to buy some absolutely gorgeously pink ruffled heels (which you’ll be seeing next week!). I figured if anyone deserves some romance and some love, it’s my shoe collection.
Anyway! Sure, I don’t celebrate VDay, but I know many of you do. So, it got me thinking and I managed to pull together 50 (yes, 5-0!) date ideas to share with y’all!
See, prior to meeting with Ben I was always out and about on dates, having all the silly adventures you would expect with online dating, so when it comes to dates, I have plenty of ideas. I have been on dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Portland, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow so rest assured, I know what I’m talking about.
I mean sure, first dates can be absolutely nerve wrecking – what if you’ve nothing to talk about? What if you get bored? What if you’re just not that into them? But that’s half the fun! I’ve
But these dates aren’t just for first dates – even if you’ve been together for a decade or two, you will definitely find some suggestions below that are sure to tickle your fancy, and get you out and about for date night.
Interested to see my suggestions? Looking for an idea for VDay? Want to surprise that special someone with a special time?
Don’t worry, I got you covered!
50 Ideas for Great Dates!
- Afternoon Tea: It might sound a bit fancy, but a cup of tea over a scone is a great way to get to know whether they’re a jam or cream on top, kinda person, you know, the important things.
- Amusement park: Ferris wheels, dodgem cars, haunted house. ‘Nuff said.
- Aquarium: Visiting an aquarium is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon – you may even be able to watch a show!
- Arcade: find an old school arcade and compete against each other at pinball, or racing! This one is great for competitive couples.
- Art Class: Whether you’re sculpting or painting, learning a new skill together is sure to be a bonding experience.
- Ballet: Dancing in the club isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so you can’t go wrong leaving it to the professionals.
- Beach: Few things are more romantic than the sun setting over the ocean, and if there’s a cool breeze, you’ve an excuse to cuddle! Or, you know, you could build sand castles. Either or.
- Board Games: A lot of pubs or cafés have board games available to play for free. Ben and I once spent a fab afternoon playing snakes & ladders in a small coastal cafe whilst drinking hot chocolate. It was so lovely!
- Bookstore: Every city will have one of those bookstores that span multiple levels, with comfy nooks hidden throughout. It’s a great way to learn more about each other’s interests.
- Botanical Gardens: In Spring when the weather isn’t too warm, and the flowers are in full bloom, if either of you are into gardening, then a visit to the gardens, and a cup of tea at the gardens café is a gentle, yet scenic date.
- Bowling: Bowling is a great way to bring out your competitive spirit, and get a bit of fun rivalry growing.
- Brewery, distillery or winery: If you both like your booze, it’s easy to book yourself into a tour of brewery, distillery or winery. You’ll learn a lot during your time there, as well as get to taste the produce.
- Brunch: If you’re both morning people this is a great way to start your day together, and you can find out their very important opinions on Avocado quickly (try it with a sprinkling of cumin – you won’t regret it!).
- Bush walk or nature hike: Whether it’s the bush, the forest, a mountain, or a meadow, walking through nature away from the distractions of technology will help bring you closer.
- Carnival or Fair: Carnivals and Fairs are full of vibrant colours, music, and food, all which lead to the perfect first date.
- Cocktail bar: Spice things up by trying different cocktails, rather than having your usual vodka or wine, and sharing.
- Cocktail class: Rather than have your cocktails made for you, why not learn how to make your own!
- Coffee Date: Find a cute café with the perfect espresso, and you may just have the perfect date.
- Comedy Show: Whether the comedy is good or bad, whether you’re laughing at the jokes or how bad they are, having a laugh on a date is essential.
- Convention: There are always conventions in town, from comic book to food to lifestyle, and can lead to a fun afternoon discovering new things.
- Fishing: There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting by a lake, waiting for that tug on your heart strings, oh wait, I meant fishing line!
- Gig or Concert: Live music is soothing to the soul, and a great way to introduce your date to something different. Unless of course you love the same music, in which case you can rock on together.
- Go for a walk: Every city has a large park, or even a river, great for long walks that can lead to long conversations.
- Horseback riding: This one may not be for everyone, but it’s a great way to see some scenery. And nurse some sore bottoms afterwards!
- Harbour or River cruise: It can be a cruise along the river, or perhaps a ferry across the harbour. It’s something a little different, and very romantic.
- Haunted House or Graveyard: In most older cities, and even some of the newer ones, you’ll be able to find a spooky tour, or haunted house tour. You may not believe in ghosts, but holding your date when they’re scared is always a bonus!
- Ice cream: Who wouldn’t love an icecream date in the middle of summer? The icecream will cool you down as things start to heat up on your date.
- Ice Skating: All rugged up for winter, why not hit the ice rink for a date? You can teach each other to skate, or laugh when the other person falls down!
- Markets: There’s a market for everyone, whether it’s a foodie market or craft market it’ll give you lots of talk about, and maybe even lots to eat.
- Movie and then dinner: This way you can talk about the movie over dinner. It’s a bit silly doing it the other way around!
- Mulled wine by the fireplace: Is that flush in their cheeks from the wine? Perfect for the seasonal months, curling up by the fireplace in a cosy pub, and sipping mulled wine is not only warming, but incredibly romantic.
- Museum or art gallery: Art and history are great conversation starters.
- Open-mic night: Most pubs have an open-mic night where performers test out their material on the locals. It may be terrible, but it may also be a lot of fun – either way, it’ll lead to great conversation.
- Petting Zoo: Furry animals you can cuddle and pet. ‘Nuff said.
- Photography date: If you’re both fans of photography, grab your cameras and go on an adventure, and your photos will be a lasting memory of your date.
- Picnic: Rather than hiding in café, grab some sandwiches, a nice shady spot in a park, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
- Planetarium: If one or both of you love science and astronomy, exploring the universe together is a great way to spend time exploring each others interests.
- Pool: The game, not the water-filled hole in the ground. Why not play a game or two of pool over a pint? If your date doesn’t know how to play, you can always get cosy whilst you teach them.
- Psychic: Go see a psychic together and see if your stars are truly aligned.
- Pub Quiz: Most pubs hosts pub quiz’s these days, so it’ll be easy to find one locally to test out your knowledge together. Just be careful you’re not up against Ben and I – we always win!
- Salsa dancing: Salsa and Latin dancing are a lot of fun and very sexy. Even if you can’t dance, at least you’re willing to try!
- Sightseeing: If your date is new to town, why not show them your favourite places? Maybe you’ll make some new memories together.
- Sports match: Whether it’s rugby, soccer, or tennis, it’s a great to watch your team win together (or maybe lose – oops!)
- Sunrise or Sunset: Watching the sunrise if you’re morning people, or sunset if you’re night people, is a relaxing and calm way to start (or end) your date.
- Swimming: Either at the local pool, or the beach when you’ve Bikinis and Boardies, that’s ‘nuff said.
- Table tennis: You won’t need any gear or attire to play table tennis, but you’ll still be able to bring out their competitive spirit.
- Theatre: Whether it’s Cats or Wicked, there’s always something showing somewhere – even if it’s a local production! By the way, Wicked isn’t that great – the book is better.
- Theme Restaurant: If you do want a more traditional date, you can still add a memorable twist to the evening by taking your date to a themed restaurant.
- Toy Store: Everyone likes toys of some sort, so walking through a giant toy store together, sharing childhood memories, or having a mock-battle with pool noodles is hours of fun spent together.
- Volunteer: It might seem a bit of a weird idea for a date, but it’s something important, it’s giving back, and something serious to bond over.
So there we have it – 50 great date ideas to try out. How many do you think you’ll do?
xx Bry Jaimea