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by | September 11th, 2021


If you're looking for the best date night ideas, we've got you covered.

This list of romantic things to do for your girlfriend is exactly what you need. Trust me, I've written a lot of posts about creative date ideas. And if she's not your girlfriend yet, don't worry. These ideas can also help you learn how to get a girlfriend.

Let's dive right in!

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 7 Romantic Things You Can Do With Her When The Sun Comes Down

Whether you're planning your first date with the girl you've crushed on since forever, or you're keeping things fresh in marriage, you'll want to check our top date night ideas. You don't have to ask yourself about what are fun things to do on a date night because you'll finally know what some good ideas for date night are.

Here are the 7 best date night ideas:

1. Check out a nearby city you've never visited and just explore!

Ignite your wanderlust and your adventurous spirit with this fun date idea. You don't have to schedule to leave the country to experience a "new culture." Sub-cultures within the mainstream are often just a drive away. Road trips are wins, even if it's just a day trip.

2. Do some wine tastings or beer tastings (have some good cheese and crackers to try pairing with them)

New foods and drinks make everyone merry. Make happy hour a little more interesting with this idea. Instead of the same old dinner date, try visiting vineyards near your place for a wine tasting and get a little tipsy and funny with your date.

3. Go to a jazz club.

The thing about jazz is it fluctuates dynamically, keeping the mood lively while never getting too loud and raucous for a real conversation. You could even consider getting dance lessons and make her smile with the extra effort you show.

4. Head to the drive-in.

There's something timeless and romantic about laying in the bed of a pickup truck or on the hood of your car for a movie the old-fashioned way. Be ready with snacks and drinks for a great night.

5. Take a spin around the gourmet grocery store.

Being surrounded by the finest of foods is sure to inspire a new level of domesticity. Some people find it boring to go to the grocery store, but couples who jive well together have a ton of fun when shopping together.

6. Head for a spa night.

Spa treatments may sound like luxuries, but they can do wonders for your vitality, your overall health, and your confidence in your appearance. Don't skip the couple's massage - it won't be a great date if this is absent!

7. Do a food truck tour.

That way, you don't have to decide between Chinese, sushi, or fish tacos and a satisfying brewery. You can have them all! We guarantee this will be your favorite date night to date.

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5 Intimate Activities You Can Enjoy After A Long Day

First date nights are opportunities to share your world with each other. First date ideas are chances to create your own world together.

Sometimes it takes a shared challenge and a little bit of healthy struggle to learn something new together to discover new levels of intimacy. So, what are some fun date ideas when you're on your first date?

Here are 5 terrific first date ideas:

8. Go bowling.

Go to your nearest bowling alley and have fun together with a few games! Even if you both suck, you'll figure out how to be each other's cheerleaders. It's a great place to have friendly competition and it's a fun bonding activity.

9. Choose a bar with billiards or board games.

Up for a game night? Sports games are a great way to break the ice. You can also find a place that has arcade games or your favorite board game. Bonus points for you if you're able to teach her the way to play.

10. Choose your own adventure.

A spontaneous adventure is one of the most unique date ideas you can ever do. You'll remember not only the adrenaline rush but also the great memories you're creating with her.

11. Sample some fro-yo or ice cream.

It'll be a fun idea to Figure out what toppings she prefers on her fro-yo. Just like tea and coffee, ice cream can eliminate the need to chew while you're chatting. This sweet treat will be the perfect dessert after your dinner date.

12. Take a ferry ride.

The water is a great place to be on a sunny day. It feels like an adventure to leave land for a while. This is also the perfect place to tell her you're enjoying your date so far. This is better than a romantic restaurant any day.

7 Fun Things You Can Do With Her On Second Meetup

So the first date went great! You'll want to up the intimacy gradually with second date ideas.

Here are 7 awesome second date ideas:

13. Go ice skating.

Whether you played competitive ice hockey since you were old enough to walk or you're falling all over the place, it's sure to be romantic and a great workout too.

14. Go shopping.

Some people follow trends. Some people cut coupons. Whether you're on the prowl for very specific duds or you're window shopping while people-watching, you'll learn about your partner's shopping style and individual tastes.

15. Go to an indoor gymnastics gym or obstacle course.

If both of you are reasonably athletic and naturally playful, this might put all of this quality time on brilliant display! It's a great idea for bonding, even when you aren't the active type. It will be funny and memorable, trust me!

16. Do a sport or activity you are both horrible at or have never done (table tennis, bowling, badminton, etc.)

The first dates are for our best foot forward. The second dates are to reveal that we are wonderfully human. It's a fun thing to witness your date being a complete fool, and it's even more fun when you both look a little goofy. It will increase her comfort and security around you.

17. Grab a last full show ticket to a movie theater.

I don't know what it is about last full shows, but I guess it adds thrill to watching the last time that movie plays that day. When all the shops are closed, and you hold on to each other after the movie, walking through the almost empty parking lot, it's a strange but wonderful experience.

18. Explore a new coffee shop at a local park.

Every coffee shop has its character. There's nothing that says "no pressure" better than coffee. The ambiance is a huge part of what you'll remember when you think back to when you were both starting out.

19. Hit up a karaoke bar.

If you're comfortable belting out a song right off the bat, power to you! Karaoke song choice reveals a lot about a person. You can choose Korean-style karaoke in a private room perfect for a dance party for two, or you can get an audience involved at an open bar.

5 Activities With Her For A Memorable Evening

Different experiences bring out parts of us that we never knew existed. A lot of guys haven't even touched the tender, playful part of themselves since we were kids if we have ever. Time spent with our girlfriends and wives is often a cherished access point into all of the parts of ourselves that we've been raised to silence or deny on our quest to be "real men" in a formerly more restrictive society.

This goes both ways too. Many women are still discovering the parts of themselves that have been denied in a society that used to frown on girls doing "boys" things. A lot of women want to feel powerful and capable and would love to find their wings with your support.

Fun date night ideas can be opportunities to do things we otherwise might not do alone. These fun things to do are bound to be memorable for both of you.

Here are 5 fun date ideas:

20. Play dress-up at a thrift store, and take photos!

You'll find out who you'd be with an extra dose of freedom of expression. This is also a fun way to learn about someone's sense of style and likes and dislikes. It will be fun for both of you because you'll also see what kinds of clothes fit or don't fit; you'll even have ideas on what gifts to get each other!

21. Go to a carnival.

Go all out with winning her a stuffed animal at the bean bag toss, cotton candy for days, and a Ferris wheel ride. Be sure to bring an extra shirt, plastic bags, and mint candies. She'll appreciate that you prepared if she feels sick at the carnival.

22. Play mini golf.

You don't have to be particularly talented at real golf to get a kick out of mini-golf. It's a low-impact activity that allows you to encourage each other and enjoy an evening outside. It's also a great way to be a little competitive while having a little fun.

23. Take baking or cooking classes and create your personalized cookies.

Formal instruction in the universal human practice of food creation could bring out the baker or chef in you on weekends at home too. Taking a cooking class together is a great indoor date idea because food always brings people together.

24. Go on a bike ride.

You'll cover more ground than walking, and you'll see things together that you could never observe in a car where one is paying attention to the road, and one is not. Going on a bike ride can also make for great photos, so you'll have a lasting memory of your time together.

6 Romantic Things You Can Do With Friends

Guys, we know that date night double date ideas are on your mind when you want to make memories with the girl you're into while each member of the couple has a peer and an ally along for the ride.

We know you want to set up unique experiences that foster authentic connection, tons of laughter, and opportunities to see different sides of each other that don't often see the light of day during the daily grind. So, what are some good ideas for date night for a pair of couples?

Here are 6 double date ideas:

25. Find a weird museum to go to.

In Seoul Korea, there's the poop museum. There's also a museum dedicated to phalluses for all species in Iceland. Get your weird on. Get your laughs on. A walking tour to see weird stuff can be a great ice breaker and a fun activity for couples. Honestly, the sky's the limit here.

26. Think seasonal by carving pumpkins or going to look at lights.

Evoke memories of childhood, school, and family traditions. Holidays have spiritual origins, and they're blatant excuses to be festive with your loved ones. Share that whole spectrum.

27. Go to a driving range or batting cage.

Refine your swing. Admire each other's perfect or imperfect form. Gentlemen, activities like this may be heavily dependent on your knowledge. Make sure you practice this beforehand to impress her. If she doesn't know how to play, you can teach her. If she does, she'll be impressed if you do too.

28. Discover dive bars.

Dive bars are often a city's best-kept secrets. They are where introverts go to escape the noise of trends and popularity so two people can have a real, deep conversation over drinks without straining to hear the other person.

29. Foreign film night.

Cultivating an appreciation for foreign films is one of the best things you can do for yourself. They relieve you of preconceived notions accumulated from staying within your own cultural bubble. They train you to recognize subtleties.

30. Run a race or go to a charity event.

With registration fees as low as $25, these are a great way to get involved with your community and get excited about good causes together. Don't forget about all the days you can spend training together, focused on a common goal.

5  Sweet Things To Do on Evenings At Home

Science is revealing that the majority of the population is actually quite introverted and there is plenty of value in that! Sometimes we want our bonds to be free from pressure to deal with outside distractions.

That means staying home cuddled up together every so often and enjoying what we have right at home with at home date ideas.

Here are 5 evening date ideas at home:

31. Create a bucket/travel/micro-adventure list.

Dream together. Let your imaginations run wild, manifesting all the experiences you'd love to have together. This home date idea will tell you so much about her and her goals. Plus, it's great because it implies that you'll be together for a long time.

32. Listen to a spooky old-time radio show.

Everything and anything is available on the podcast now, including delicious slices of history that teach us about the present. We all wonder a little bit about the experiences of our ancestors because they are pieces of who we are.

33. Make a craft together.

Recall some craft ideas from your childhoods. Pick up supplies like popsicle sticks, colored construction paper, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.

34. Print and frame your favorite photos.

Take phone photos a step further and put your best memories permanently on display in your home. That really shows commitment. It's a nesting behavior and a show of gratitude.

35. Make a time capsule.

Time capsules reveal our values and the memories we cherish. Creating one together with a girl shows that you fully expect to be together years later in the future to open it.

7 Inexpensive Things To Do On Midnight Rendezvous

It takes cunning, skill, and imagination to create something special on a small budget for free.

Any girl who's in it for the right reasons can financially prioritize. She appreciates cheap date ideas just as much as the splurges. She values you over your bank account. You may be budgeting so you can get that dream home or that education you both covet.

Here are 7 cheap date ideas:

36. Attend a poetry or book reading.

For those who can critically think and feel the emotion in words and rhythm, poetry and fiction foster a deeper understanding of reality. Appreciate the truth in fantasy. Take a literary adventure together.

37. Find a farm and pick your own fruit.

Get back to the source of all foods and the bounties of nature. The thing about budding romance is that it heightens our awareness of each moment and with them, the natural world. After you've eaten your fill, learn to make jam together.

38. Brew your own beer.

Make some memories together with a long-term project that you can really call your own. Like refining anything in the kitchen, you're sure to both learn something about chemistry along the way!

39. Hobby swap.

For the past few decades, women have enjoyed the freedom to do things that were once considered "guys" activities. More recently, men have been celebrating the freedom to try whatever activities they want, including stuff once thought to be for women. So try it all together.

40. Plant a garden together.

Garden requires long-term commitment and daily love and attention. The same is true for romantic relationships. Show each other that how you can grow your garden is how you love each other.

41. Go glamping.

Glamping is camping with a little bit of shameless, indulgent luxury. It's a pursuit of the beautiful things in nature without giving up too many creature comforts. It can be a splurge, or it can be done relatively cheaply too, right in your backyard with air mattresses and extension cords for electricity.

42. The Sunset Hike + Post Pub Visit.

Sunsets are beautiful. There's no need to wake up at an ungodly hour to see one. Combine the intimacy of a moment in nature with a dive back into the local social scene. You may even find your way to a rooftop bar so you can get a great view of the sunset.

6 Romantic Winter Plans on Evenings

While some people think winter makes it harder to have a good time, the fact is, winter date ideas are some of the best. Whether you're staying in or going somewhere else warm, your date can be as awesome as it would be in any other season. If your love language is quality time, then these winter date night ideas will give you all the time you need with her.

Here are 6 winter date night plans:

43. Play Jenga

It's a simple, fun game that allows a lot of time for great conversation. For a funny and exciting twist, you can play this when you're a little tipsy. You'll have a more difficult time trying not to laugh than actually playing the game.

44. Have fun with a blanket fort

Get in the fort and keep each other warm... any way possible. Prepare some hot cocoa and biscuits, then pair them with a great, chill movie and you're all set. Snuggle and cuddle with her all you want. Remember, it's your job to keep her warm.

45. Get creative with your hot cocoa with cocoa art

See if you can pull off writing names with whipped cream. If you're down, you can also write one letter in each cup and say a sweet message to her. Give her a great thing to remember and let her take photos too!

46. Make homemade candles

Any activity that involves making things together will be a great idea to bond. It will allow you to teach and listen to each other, plus there's the bonus of succeeding together when you finish. Then light them to turn the evening romantic.

47. Knit scarves for each other

It's a relaxing and sweet way to spend a winter night together. Knitting scarves is time-consuming, so make the most of your time together. Talk about personal things, watch a boring movie or listen to your favorite music; whatever it may be, having a lot of time together is bound to bring you closer.

48. Watch tutorials and learn basic origami

Try to make some swans together. Tell her about the story of the 1000 cranes. Make it a project and fold 1000 cranes together. Then tell her she has to make a wish, and when you complete the 1000 cranes, her wish will come true.

5 Free Evening Adventures With Her Couple posing while wearing 2021 glasses

Pexels / Katerina HolmesNot every date night has to cost a ton. Some of the best date nights cost absolutely nothing at all. These free date ideas can provide as much entertainment, romance, and charm as anything that would blow your budget to the moon. So, try one of these out next time you're a little short.

Here are 5 free date ideas:

49. Style each other's food before eating them

See what comes out of the kitchen, with the rule you've got to style whatever's on the plate. You can have a little competition by posting it on social media and have your friends and family vote on whose dish looks better.

50. Challenge each other in a game of chess

It's one of the world's oldest and most popular games for a reason. It will do you a lot of good if you practice before playing with her. If chess proves to be a little too difficult, you can play checkers instead.

51. Learn common foreign phrases through YouTube

Pick a place you both want to go to and learn the basics together. If you want to remember this in the future, you can do a voice recording or make a video! If you eventually wind up going to that place, you're going to want to watch this again.

52. Workout by imitating steps in a video

You'll feel silly together, but that's part of the fun. Working out together can actually be a regular thing for both of you. But it can all start by working out at home with workout videos. You'll get a few laughs, plus you're getting healthy!

53. Answer today' newspaper crossword

It's an activity that couples of all ages love. It's a real challenge, and it will test how sharp you are when you race to figure out all the words in the puzzle. You can even take it up a notch and buy a crossword book for days when you don't have anything to do together.

5 Romantic Midnight Things To Enjoy

A date night is not a real date night if it's not romantic. Need some romantic date ideas?

Here are 5 romantic date night ideas:

54. Play Never Have I Ever

This is a great way to get to know your partner a little better. You can play this while having some drinks and getting real deep with each other. Make sure not to be too judgy, though. Just be open and listen to her experiences.

55. Hit Up a Protest

There's something very romantic about fighting for a good cause together. Some people find it attractive when their partner has strong principles and the courage to fight for them.

56. Spend a romantic movie night at home.

Whip up that list of the greatest romantic movies that you have saved on your phone. Go through them with a romantic movie night with your girl. She'll love that you're willing to watch them with her, even if she knows these movies may not be your cup of tea.

57. Make Each Other Playlists and Go for an Aimless Drive

Driving to nowhere in particular and talking about life late into the night? Sign us up! It's a sweet gesture to make each other playlists, too, because it allows you to send a message with the songs you choose.

58. Go to a Pumpkin Patch

And take cute fall-inspired pictures together. Make sure to take lots of photos to have a lasting memory of when you went to a pumpkin patch just to take pictures. Enjoy!

7 After Hours Plans Perfect For Your 3rd Meetup

Pumped-up for date number three? We thought so! And we also thought you could use a few 3rd date ideas.

Here are 7 3rd date ideas:

59. Take a Painting Class

Now, you finally have an excuse to use the Draw me like one of your French girls line! You can exchange artworks by the end of the class, too. This will push you both to actually exert some effort and do well in the class, because you're giving each other your work at the end.

60. Ride a Rollercoaster

That should get your heart rate up. Ride more carnival rides afterward to see how long you can go without getting sick. Make sure she's comfortable, though. If she isn't, you can just go and play carnival games and win some prizes.

61. Go to a Concert

It doesn't have to be just the two of you on your 3rd date. See that band you've both been talking about and share a great moment while singing along to their live music. Who knows? You might even get to meet the band.

62. Make Out in the Back Seat of Your Car

Just make sure to park in a discreet location. Make sure that your car is clean and there is no unnecessary clutter back there. You could even get some car fresheners or essential oils to eliminate those suspicious smells.

63. Go Bird-Watching

This is a great 3rd date activity for animal lovers. Find your perfect spot in the park and bring some snacks. If you run out of birds to watch, you can do people watching too. It's fun, I swear.

64. Hit Up a Bar with a Working Jukebox

Play your favorite romantic song and invite your date for a dance. Ask your bartender for a drink that fits the song you chose, and get ready to dance!

65. Planning Your Future Dates

What better way to show your commitment than planning to go somewhere together next month? When you plan your future dates, it means that you are excited to spend more time with her, and you want to set some more quality time together.

Downloadable and Printable List of Date Night Ideas

Here is a downloadable and printable jpg/pdf list of date night ideas (right-click the image and select Save Image As...):

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you wondering what else you need to know about your next date night? Check out these frequently asked questions and see if they answer some of your thoughts.

What are the things I should prepare for a date night?

It depends on the kind of date night, but make sure that you're always prepared with great conversation starters when you run out of things to do or say. Ensure that your place is also clean so that you will have a place to hang out if anything comes up.

Why it's good to have an at-home date night once in a while?

An at-home date takes off the added pressure of looking nice and making an effort to go here and there. You just have to get creative when you have a date at home. Keep it fun, interesting, and comfortable. Even if it's just at home, you'll enjoy it for sure.

Is it okay to kiss the girl on the first date?

Just be sure that the mood is right, and it's definitely okay to kiss the girl on the first date. If you're nervous and you don't know how to kiss on first date, relax and remember to bring breath spray. That will be your best friend.

What's the most romantic thing I can do during a date night to rekindle our marriage?

My best advice would be to recreate your first date with your spouse. She'll remember how she felt when you opened the car door for her or pulled out her chair for her to sit. Pretend that you're actually on your first date, and I promise this will bring up all the feels. She'll love it, 100%.

Should you hug on the first date?

Make sure that she's comfortable enough before you do anything physical. Understanding women is easy when you have great instincts. Ensure that you're both in the right mood and place to share a hug, and I promise it will be okay.

How do I know that she's enjoying what I've prepared?

You'll see it on her face. If she looks happy and engaging, you'll know that she enjoyed your plans. And, if she asks when you're meeting up again, that's a clear sign that she enjoyed your company.

Which Date Idea Should You Pick? 5 Steps To Take

There are steps to choose which unique date idea is best.

Here's how to pick the best unique date idea:

1. Let Intimacy Unfold

Dating over the long term is essentially a commitment to personal development, together.

2. Be aware of your fears

You're not going to forge a bond to last a lifetime without taking risks. The fear of evolving together is what dissolves a lot of relationships prematurely.

3. Know what she values

If she's athletic, capitalize on that. If she's introverted or extroverted, choose accordingly.

4. Communicate on limitations

How flexible is she? How flexible are you? Honor yourselves when a new activity is a little too much out of someone's comfort zone.

5. Know your resources when planning surprises

Peruse her social media to find out what she's into. Ask her friends what they think she'd love.

More Tips On How To Get The Girl

If you're single or dating, you may be wondering about how to get the girl to build a life with.

Here are lots of other articles to address all your needs:

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  3. Are you using texting to your advantage? You might want to know how to ask a girl out over text so she'll say yes!
  4. Flirting secrets revealed. How to flirt with a girl is a lot simpler than it sounds when you understand a few simple things.

In Conclusion

Now, you're all set with these great date night ideas.

You don't have to worry about thinking of creative date ideas because this list has all the romantic things to do for your girlfriend that you need.

You won't be wondering how to get a girlfriend, because choosing even just one date idea from this list may be your ticket to taking it a step further with her.

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