25 alternative date ideas without a red rose in sight

Written by Anthony Hill on 13 May 2014



Is dinner and a movie starting to sound a little dull? Life doesn’t have to be repetitive! Whether you’re going on a first date or out with your partner of many years, these ideas won’t leave you stuck in a rut.

  1.  Wake up (really) early and watch the sunrise together.

  2. Go to an Art Museum on a Sunday afternoon and take silly photos imitating the statues.

  3. Go and see a band that neither of you have ever heard of before. It could be surprisingly good or a real laugh!

  4. If you’re in a long distance relationship, you can still watch a film together. Youtube has plenty of films you can watch for free (and legally) or just find something you both like on Netflix, if you share an account. You can pretend you have your own cinema club and discuss the film afterwards.

  5. Make a mix CD and trade, just like the old days, before mp3 ever existed! If you’re artistic, why not make a cool cover for it too?

  6. Find a photobooth and take photos together. It’ll be funnier if you make crazy faces.

  7. Pretend to be tourists in your own city. Dress up like a tourist, act like a tourist, take photos of everything and have a great time.

  8. Make art together. Nothing spells love more than a canvas decorated by the both of you, especially if you actually hang it in your living room.

  9. If you’re both into photography, find an abandoned place to go exploring together. Please just don’t break in, as this is illegal and your date could end up at the police station…!

  10. Write letters to one another and post them. How long has it been since you’ve written to each other?

  11. Share a huge sundae with all the trimmings at an ice cream parlour by the sea.

  12. As you’re already by the seaside, why not walk along the pier, holding hands?

  13. Attend a karaoke night – don’t keep your best singing voice just for shower!

  14. Go on a nature walk. The nice scenery will make for great memories and photos together.

  15. Go bowling – just try to ignore those terrible shoes.

  16. Take a pottery class together – Ghost has made it cool and sexy!

  17. Find a restaurant serving a type of world food neither of you has ever tried before. OK, it’s still the cliché’ dinner, but it’s a little bit more adventurous!

  18. Learn to make sushi together. Look online to find sushi lessons in your area, you can even have them in your home.

  19. On a rainy day, bake something together and snuggle on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate.

  20. Try each other’s favourite hobby. Who knows, you might find something new you like?

  21. Go on a bike ride together, it’s not only fun but it’s also healthy!

  22. Attend a local music recital or play. In some cases you might even be able to do it for free.

  23. If the weather is holding up, why not try camping for a whole weekend?  There’s no better way of demonstrating togetherness than sleeping in a small tent.

  24. Go to a comedy club show – coupon websites frequently have great deals for comedy night tickets.

  25. Go stargazing in the countryside. City folk tend to forget the stars are there, so go out and find them together!

Let us know if you have any other romantic and thrifty date ideas!

 

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