- Gender and Relationships
Unique Romantic Dates
Want to sweep your significant other off their feet? Want to make it a night to remember? Tired of wine, roses, dinner, and a movie? Look no further, here's 14 ways to make sure your special time with that special someone is something to talk about.
(1.) Go to an Amusement Park ... but only if you both have strong constitutions. After all, you don't need to be reminded of that fabulous dinner you just enjoyed by its reappearance on your shirt. However, if you both crave an adrenaline rush, roller coasters are a great way to get closer (literally) and share a wide variety of romantic experiences like falling head over heels, or soaring through the air.
(2.) Rent a Boat- This one is very relaxing and enjoyable. You can paddle a canoe, propel a paddleboat, or try your hand at punting like a Venetian gondolier. When you get tired, you can drift through the water at your leisure, or find some tiny harbor along the shoreline. Besides, everyone looks good in a wet T-shirt.
(3.) Go-Carts and ATV's - These are a lot of fun, especially when you challenge each other to a race. Dress appropriately, however; ladies, no heels. Besides, if you get all dusty, you can always enjoy a shower or bath later.
(4.) Cook a meal together- Even if neither one of you can cook; it sure is a lot of fun to make some heat in the kitchen. Just consider all the ways you can engage your senses: tasting new foods, inhaling exotic aromas, the feel of steam against your skin as you gaze down into a bubbling pot, etc. Besides, if you end up making something inedible, there's always takeout.
(5.) Play games- As to which I games I mean, use your imagination. However, for the purposes of this article, I suggest board games that let you rediscover the easy pleasures of childhood. If you think this sounds lame, I challenge you to play something like Battleship or Life without getting a little competitive. To make it interesting, reward the winner.
(6.) Watch a full season of your favorite show on DVD for a TV marathon night- This one's even better if both of you can quote throughout the entire series. If things get a little monotonous, try some experimental role-playing.
(7.) Read a Book, Comic, or Play Aloud- It's even better if you switch gender roles, and have the man read for all the female parts and vice-versa. If you're in the mood for a good laugh, I personally recommend romance novels or teen fiction.
(8.) Fill Up, Crank Up, and Drive- Although this may be sadly more expensive than it used to be, never underestimate the pleasure of a long drive to some unknown destination while being serenaded by your favorite tunes. If anything else, you get to spend a lot of time together and take in the view.
(9.) Test Drive Cars- Visit the best car dealers in your area and test drive their most luxurious and expensive vehicles, switching off every other dealership.
(10.) Make a Record of Your Date- Use a camera to document your time together, and meet up later to review the footage. Enjoy another look at your date's singular ability to get strikes in everyone else's lane while bowling, or admire their skill with an uncovered blender in the kitchen.
(11.) Long, Moonlit Walks on the Beach... with a Sticky Twist- Go for the aforementioned stroll, until you find a fire pit (or you can bring along a tiny barbeque). Make gooey, messy smores, and then lick your... fingers... to wash up. Just be mindful that sand has a tendency to get everywhere.
(12.) Get Artsy- Get huge sheets of paper, or cardboard, or anything on which to make art. Get charcoal, crayons, paint balls, or shaving cream. Set up beforehand, and then take your date to a museum, gallery, or street festival where you can find some inspiration. Afterwards, come home, and make your own masterpieces... chocolate body paint is also an option.
(13.) Shoot ‘Em Up: Go paint-balling or visit a shooting range. Again, the competitive nature of these activities will really get your adrenaline flowing, and the aftermath of a paintball battle always involves clean-up and nursing one's bruises.
(14.) On with the Show- Try some local, smaller theatres instead of traditional movies. Sometimes the plays are truly enjoyable, and other times... well, they're entertaining for other reasons. If you're feeling really adventurous, try nosebleed seats at the opera (the cheap ones). If you get bored, you can always take a self- guided tour around the theatre and take advantage of the dim lighting.
Above all, make sure you're having fun and enjoying each other's company. No amount of spontaneity can make up for a lack of chemistry, although it does help you determine if you and your date are in any way compatible.