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178 Fun & Creative Dating Ideas

Updated on March 27, 2012

Its difficult to come up with fun cheap or even creative dating ideas on the fly. I have created this list to help you get started planning your next date, and making sure it's a good one!

Below are a ton of dating ideas from the following categories that I hope will help you out:

  • Adventure
  • Arts
  • Crafts
  • Creative Ideas
  • Games
  • Outdoor Dating Ideas
  • Relaxing
  • Seasonal/Holiday
  • Service
  • Spiritual Dating Ideas
  • Sports
  • Town/History

Adventure Dating Ideas:

  • Bumper Cars
  • Go Carts
  • Go DI shopping pick out an outfit for the other without their knowing and go do something in the outfit.
  • Go garage sale hunting
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Murder Mystery Night
  • Sky Diving
  • Stock Car Races
  • Walk the sewer under campus
  • Water balloon fight

Art Dating Ideas:

  • Attend a concert
  • Film Festival
  • Go dancing
  • Go see a play/musical
  • Have dinner and write poetry
  • Karaoke night
  • Take a dance class and learn a new dance.
  • Sketch nature, buildings, or each other
  • Visit an Art Gallery
  • Write a song together

Craft Dating Ideas:

  • Buy coloring books and crayons (or my preferred colored pencils.)
  • Buy paints and two paint brushes and paint pictures.
  • Ceramics
  • Friendship Bracelets
  • Go to a Pottery Class
  • Grab a camera and take photos of the beauty of the earth and make a collage.
  • Make and Fly Kites
  • Make Candles
  • Make clay/play dough sculptures
  • Make T-Shirts
  • Origami
  • Paint Pottery
  • Paper Airplanes and see which ones fly best
  • Paper Boats and float them to see which models work best
  • Scrapbook
  • Write a story book (children or adult) together with illustrations

Creative Dating Ideas:

  • ABC activities- 26 activities starting with A and going to Z
  • Cook a meal from your mission and teach her words from your mission language
  • Do a photo shoot in random clothes and costumes
  • Go to a Park and people watch, make your own captions for what they say
  • Go to a restaurant and write a detailed time-line of life story and ask questions
  • Go to the library and read favorite kids books
  • Like seen on apartment swap, decorate another couples room/s (nothing permanent) and see who did the better job
  • Plan a themed party
  • Swap embarrassing stories
  • Test drive cars

Game Dating Ideas:

  • Create your own board game
  • Crossword
  • Mad Lib
  • Make pizzas and play card or board games
  • Night games w/ partners – fugitive, murder in the dark, sardines
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Truth or Dare
  • 20 Questions
  • Video Games

Outdoor Dating Ideas:

  • Archery
  • Bike ride (tandem or separate)
  • Bird Watch
  • Boating
  • Bonfire
  • Build a Sandcastle
  • Build a Snowman
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Fishing
  • Float a canal/river
  • Four wheeling
  • Geo caching
  • Go to the Beach
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Ice Blocking
  • Ice Skating
  • Off Roading
  • Paint ball
  • Para-Sailing
  • Pedal Boat Ride
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Running
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Skip rocks
  • Sledding
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow fort
  • Snowball fight
  • Snowboarding
  • Star Gazing
  • Visit an Orchard and pick fruit
  • Water/Jet Skiing

Relaxing Dating Ideas:

  • Cloud Gaze
  • Drive in Movie
  • Go for a drive
  • Get ice cream and go for a walk
  • Go to an open-mike night at a local café
  • Make Cookies
  • Make dinner and watch a movie.
  • Picnic
  • Put a puzzle together with snacks
  • Share baby pictures, photo albums, and stories
  • Visit a Comedy Club
  • Watch the sunset
  • Yoga

Seasonal/Holiday Dating Ideas:

  • Carriage Ride
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Christmas caroling
  • Corn Maze
  • Ghost hunt in the local cemetery
  • Haunted house
  • Have an Easter egg hunt
  • Hay ride
  • Make Christmas Tree Ornaments
  • Ongoing date of 12 days of Christmas
  • Paint Easter eggs
  • Plant a Tree
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Trick-or-Treat in Halloween costumes
  • Valentines Cards
  • Watch a Halloween movie and answer the door for trick-or-treaters

Service Dating Ideas:

  • Clean a park together
  • Pick out flowers at garden center then visit a cemetery (or other place) and plant flowers
  • Plant plants or flowers
  • Visit a Day Care
  • Visit and cheer up seniors citizens
  • Volunteer

Spiritual Dating Ideas:

  • Discussion on Religion
  • Go to a Devotional
  • Read Scriptures
  • Temple

Sports Dating Ideas:

  • Air Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Batting Cages
  • Bocce Ball
  • Bowling (regular/creative i.e. Skittle or M & M bowling)
  • Croquet
  • Driving Range
  • Go to a Football game/Basketball, etc
  • Go to the Gym
  • Foosball
  • Frisbee
  • Horse Shoes
  • Laser Tag
  • Mini Golf
  • 9 Hole Golf
  • Pool
  • Racquetball
  • Rollerblade
  • Roller Skate
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Town and History Dating Ideas:

  • Amusement Park
  • Aquarium
  • Arcade
  • Botanical Garden
  • Auction
  • Be Part of a Parade
  • Circus
  • Dog Show
  • Factory Tour
  • Fair/Carnival
  • Farmers Market
  • House Hunt
  • Look in the paper for upcoming events in the area
  • Mall
  • Museum
  • Pet Store
  • Planetarium
  • Ride the bus around town talking…
  • Take a train ride
  • Tour the city
  • Water Park
  • Zoo

Please again if you have any Dating Ideas you would like to add please let me know! Click here for more LDS Dating Ideas!


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    • Janellegems profile image

      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      Awesome list of dating ideas. Thanks for compiling this, very helpful and useful. Voted up!!!

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      Linda 3 years ago

      Great list! Very helpful.

    • HaileyAdams profile image

      Hailey 4 years ago

      Excellent ideas, really nice places for finding a date.

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      Amanda Jones 4 years ago

      It is great and useful list with ideas for dating! Nice job!