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10 Creative and Fun Date Ideas

Updated on June 13, 2012

Getting tired of the dinner and a movie routine? Your girl or guy probably is too. Coming up with new date ideas can be difficult, but you'll have a lot more fun if you do. Fun, creative dates mean you and your sweetie are more likely to have a good time which will help you build a happy, meaningful relationship. You'll also be building lasting memories. And an added bonus: many of these creative dates can be fairly inexpensive.

These are great date ideas no matter how long you've been together. Having a creative first date will make the evening more memorable and hopefully get you a second date! If you're already in a stable relationship, mixing up the routine with great nights out will help your relationship from going stale.

Here are 10 fun date ideas to keep your relationship exciting. You'll be sure to have a good time!

Picnic in the Park

Looking for a fun daytime date? Get a basket or cooler and pack it with yummy finger foods and snacks. If you're feeling ambitious you can prepare a proper entree. Consider sandwiches, salads, chocolate-covered strawberries, cupcakes, and sliced fruit. A bottle of wine would be nice too, but check to make sure its allowed at your picnic location. Don't forget plates, napkins, cups, and utensils! Go to a pretty park or garden, lay out a blanket, and enjoy. Maybe you can play on the swing set too!

Fun and creative date ideas will keep your relationship exciting.
Fun and creative date ideas will keep your relationship exciting. | Source

Be a Tourist

Play tourist in your hometown or go sightseeing a nearby city. It can be a fun outing for the two of you and perhaps you'll get to see things that you haven't before. Are there any tour organizations that provide guided tours? What are the local landmarks? Maybe you can go to a famous vista point. Museums, zoos, and aquariums can also be a great date idea.

Wine Tasting

Take a trip to wine country or find a small, local winery. Learn about wine-making and sample some of their wines. It can be informative and enjoyable. Beer tasting at a local microbrewery is another great option if you aren't into wine.

Go Hiking

Another fun date idea is to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. The two of you will bond over beautiful sights and sounds. Plus you'll get some exercise and have a some fun. Don't forget sunscreen and water. A picnic lunch might be fun too.

Sports

Sports can be great date ideas. Getting sweaty with physical activities can bring the two of you together and spark some romance. Consider sports where you'll compete like tennis, golf or frisbee golf, as well as sports where you can work together like sailing and kayaking. If you both aren't into the same sports, consider taking classes together to learn something new.

Looking for something a little less intense? Try miniature golf, darts, or pool.

Double Date

Going out with other friends is a great way to mix things up. Having more people makes the night more interesting and gives you more to talk about. You can opt for a traditional dinner date or opt for something more creative.

If your relationship is new, a double is a great way to take some pressure off the evening. Its great way to ease nerves if you're particularly antsy about asking someone out. These dates are usually lower pressure and are more about having a good time as a group.

Make Dinner Together

After you pick up your date, make your first stop the grocery store. Have a good idea of what the menu will be before you get there so you're not struggling to make decisions. Of course if your guy or girl has ideas, let them pick out a few things. If cooking dinner isn't a surprise for your date, maybe have him/her help plan the menu in advance.

Take your groceries home and cook them together. A little bit of teamwork will be a good bonding experience. You can make your meal as fancy or as casual as you'd like. Consider candles, flowers, and a bottle of wine, if you're going for elegant.

Not the culinary type? Maybe do something a little less complex like baking cookies. You'll still get good quality time together and a delicious treat!

Go Dancing

Hit the dance floor and let loose! If you're a guy, chances are your girl loves dancing. It'll make her night if you take her. If you're not a dancer, who cares! Have a good time and don't worry about looking silly. If a dance club isn't your scene, consider taking ballroom dancing classes together. City recreation centers often offer inexpensive classes and dance nights.

Live Performances

Perhaps not the most creative date idea, but it can a very nice, memorable evening. Get dolled up, have a nice dinner, and then take your sweetie to a show. Theater, dance, comedy clubs, jazz clubs, and symphonies are all fun dates. Often community groups offer shows much cheaper than larger theaters. Also, some restaurants will bring in live musicians one night a week, which will save you the cost of a cover charge of a jazz club. Do a little hunting around if you want the theater experience without spending a lot of money.

Craft Projects

Making things together is a great way to bond during your date. Teamwork and collaboration will make the two of you closer. You'll also end up with a keepsake to remember the date! The sky is the limit on fun craft ideas. Pick something you'll both enjoy. Consider flower arranging, customized picture frames, making a birdhouse, or painting figurines. If a holiday is coming up, you can make gifts for you families together.

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    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      These are great ideas that also build the relationship. A couple can learn a lot by cooking dinner together (or shopping, for that matter) and by walking in the park. Many of the ideas here cost very little, too. Voted up!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Hi Modern Lady,

      I have shared this article and I love these date ideas. Currently my girlfriend is across the table at the library as we are both studying - I may have to take her out on one of these in the near future. Thanks!

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Some great ideas! I am glad you didn't include going to the movies - a rather boring date idea especially for the first few dates.

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Robert, you should get back to studying! I hope the two of you enjoy some of these ideas. Thanks for your support.

      internpete, I agree. Movies can be fun, but they are way overused as a date. Thanks for commenting.

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      I like Make Dinner Together and Go Hiking ideas, voted as useful :)

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks, iefox5! I think it's really important to do activities with your sweetheart. Those are two of my favorites too!

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      Janellegems 4 years ago from United States

      All great, creative date night ideas. Live Performances and craft projects sounds like fun.

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