Are you tired of the same old, same old? Keeping things spicy, hot, and fun requires work from both partners before and after you get married. If you’ve found yourself in a rut of “dinner and a movie”, it might be time to change it up.
After kids, maybe you and your partner fell out of the habit of keeping things fresh and new. Or maybe you and your partner have been feeling distant lately. No matter what the current state of your relationship is, sharing a new experience together can help you and your partner reconnect.
However, exciting new date night ideas are a fun way to keep your marriage feeling young and alive, no matter how long you’ve been together. We hope these date ideas help inspire you and your partner to try a fun, new date night.
1. Go on a Hike!
Hiking outdoors is a fun activity for married couples of any age. The great thing about choosing a date hike is it can be done any time, day or night. Are you looking for a Saturday or Sunday morning date idea? Try a new hike. Regardless of your fitness level, this is something that you can enjoy. If you and your partner are not fitness enthusiasts, search for a mild hike without steep inclines or hills. The AllTrails app is very helpful for finding new trails based on skill level as well!
From the East Coast to the West Coast, and everywhere in between, there are definitely many hidden gems to explore. You can also add in lunch or coffee after for a full day of self-care with your partner!
2. Tasting at a Local Winery or Microbrewery
You can never go wrong with a classic wine tasting but depending on your location, it might not be that easy. If you’re looking for a more laid back environment, check Yelp for your nearest microbrewery, where they are sure to have mini “flights” of samples of some of the craft beers they sell. If you go on the weekend, there might even be some live music!
If by chance you’re in Sin City, check out Brewery Row downtown where you can find 11 of the cutest craft brewery/tap rooms all in walking distance.
If you or your partner aren’t the drinking type, no problemo! More and more establishments are offering non-alcoholic beverages like Mocktails and IPNA‘s, just be sure to ask.
3. Try a New Coffee Shop
Exploring is part of keeping your marriage fun. When you get stuck in the same old everyday tasks, things can get boring. On a weekend morning, skip making the coffee at home. Instead, research locally-owned small coffee shops in your area. Grab a fun coffee and a scone with your partner and chat, while enjoying a new coffee shop scenery. This is a fun and inexpensive way for coffee-loving couples to connect.
Don’t like coffee? Many coffee shops have tea and other types of non-coffee drinks too. If one partner doesn’t like coffee, not to worry. This is a still a great date option!
4. Play a Board Game
If going out is not an option, that doesn’t mean you and your partner can’t still enjoy a fun date idea. Playing a board game is a fun, cost-free way to connect with your partner. When is the last time you and your partner played a board game? If it’s been a while, try this date idea! Choose a board game you already have that works for two players. Or, if your budget allows, purchase a new board game designed for couples.
If you don’t want to sit at home and do this then that’s fine too. Many boba cafe’s have games on deck to keep you busy while you sip on the latest drink craze!
There are lots of options for couple-focused board games that help you and your partner continue to learn more about each other.
5. Seasonal Activities
Depending on the weather, you might feel limited on your date night ideas. During the fall and winter, outdoor options like wineries or hikes might not be an option. However, seasonal activities offer new ideas for fun date nights. In the fall, many autumn-related activities are fun and festive. Here’s some summer date night ideas too.
What’s also great about going with the seasons is you can keep up with sports as well. From the NBA to the NHL there is always some type of professional sport in season and what better way to bond than over some good ol’ competition.
For example, try grabbing apple cider donuts, picking pumpkins, or even trying a corn maze! In the winter, wrap presents together, try baking new Christmas cookies, or go pick a tree! The options for seasonal activities are endless when you become creative. Trying a seasonal date night activity is a great way to help manage holiday-related relationship stressors.
6. Cook & Bake
If one person is often responsible for creating the meals, change things up for a night. Select a new recipe online and make it together, start to finish. This helps build communication skills as you talk through the steps required for the recipe. You can even bake a dessert for after your meal too! Whether you wish to attempt a complex, multi-step meal, or cook a classic you know by heart, baking or cooking together is an inexpensive date night. After the meal is done, you can feel great about something you made together and enjoy it! Pinterest and YouTube are great places to start to look for date-night recipes.
This is also a great opportunity to try a new diet. Always wanted to try that new Vegan Curry dish or Paleo Salad? The kitchen is yours to explore, just make sure you put your phones on Do Not Disturb, and vibe out!
7. Check Out a Comedy Club
Looking to blow off some steam and just laugh for the night? Well a comedy club might just be your jam. With a quick search and you can find when your next nearest comedy club is having a show and just snag some tickets and you’ll be on your way. Going to a show will also give you some good memories and inside jokes to fall back on for a long time!
Getting to know your partners humor is just as important as their love language, so definitely check this date night idea out and let us know how it went!
8. Scrapbooking and Photos
Looking through old photos is a fun way to connect with your partner about the past. You do not need to be overly crafty or creative to create a basic photo book or scrapbook. This makes for a fun date night for you and your partner. Getting pictures printed nowadays is super easy and simple, Walgreens and Walmart both offer cheap prices for good quality prints (also a life hack for printing out any wall decor)! Local craft stores like Hobby Lobby are a great place to start for basic crafting materials and scrapbook stickers.
If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly way to do this, you can also just create a shared album if you both use iPhones! Creating this shared album gives you the ability to name the album and add any and all pictures/videos that both of you can see instantly. Don’t let the fun stop there though, making it a habit of adding things you see throughout the day for your partner to look at too is a more personal version of snapchat!
Whether you’re just browsing photos and talking about memories, or creating a specific vacation scrapbook, this exciting date night idea is fun and different. You’ll spark amazing conversations with your partner about the good times!
Date Nights Matter
If you feel like your partner hasn’t asked you out on a date lately, try not to take it personally and make the first move! Making the first initial attempt shows your partner you’re interested and you care! Whether your relationship is new or old it’s definitely a lot of work to keep up with. But! We hope that these Date Night ideas have sparked some interest to go out and live your best lives!
Julia Rodgers is HelloPrenup’s CEO and Co-Founder. She is a Massachusetts family law attorney and true believer in the value of prenuptial agreements. HelloPrenup was created with the goal of automating the prenup process, making it more collaborative, time efficient and cost effective. Julia believes that a healthy marriage is one in which couples can openly communicate about finances and life goals. You can read more about us here Questions? Reach out to Julia directly at [email protected].