96 Date Ideas from a Guy Allergic to Lame Dates

Q: Can you compile a list of ideas for taking girls on dates?

A: Going on dates is fun, but it can be easy to get stuck in a rut of the same old things: dinner, movie, movie, dinner, etc… So here is a list of 96 creative (and for the most part affordable) dates that you can go on. I know some of these dates are seasonal, but I wanted to give you a lot of ideas so that you could pick and choose. I really hope this helps. Have fun and may the odds be ever in your favor!

  1. Make and go on a picnic
  2. Go to the zoo
  3. Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  4. Take up a hobby like disc golf
  5. Go play mini golf or ‘putt putt’
  6. Go to a driving range
  7. Set up a projector in your backyard to watch a movie
  8. Go for a walk in the park
  9. Set up hammocks in the park and hang out
  10. Make dinner together
  11. Go pick strawberries
  12. Go pick apples
  13. Go race go karts
  14. Go to the arcade
  15. Go play laser tag
  16. Go to a sporting event
  17. Make a fire in your backyard (in a fire pit, of course…)
  18. Go bowling
  19. Go play pool
  20. Go on a church tour – hit up 5 daily masses at 5 different churches a week
  21. Take a bike ride around the city
  22. Go on a city tour
  23. Go hiking
  24. Go to a waterfall
  25. Go feed ducks at a park (bonus points: have a duck-naming contest)
  26. Go canoeing
  27. Go paddle boating
  28. Go sailing
  29. Go for a ride in a hot air balloon
  30. Go thrift store shopping (bonus points: pick out what the other person has to wear to dinner)
  31. Go to a concert
  32. Go get snow cones
  33. Do a painting class together (bonus points: try to sell your paintings to people on the street)
  34. Go get ice cream or frozen yogurt
  35. Find a local art gallery
  36. Tie-dye something
  37. Volunteer somewhere
  38. Go fly kites
  39. Hit up a coffee shop with live music
  40. Go ice skating
  41. Go to a museum (bonus points: play museum bingo – make up a board before you go)
  42. Find local community things like a concert or movie in the park
  43. Go to a play
  44. Go to a bingo night
  45. Laugh your heart out at a comedy show
  46. Go on a Rosary walk together.
  47. Make up a scavenger hunt (can be different every time and works great for museums, public parks, or bookstores)
  48. Play ‘Sumo Checkers’ – put on a piece of clothing every time you lose a piece until you can’t move
  49. Go GeoCaching
  50. Get even nerdier and go GeoHashing (check it out here and here)
  51. Make homemade sling shots and have a marshmallow fight
  52. Have a silly string fight
  53. Have a water gun fight in the park (bonus points: bring extra water guns and invite other people join in)
  54. Play Nonsense Scrabble (use fake words and make up definitions for them as you go)
  55. Go eye-bombing
  56. Play hide and seek in the park
  57. Go to a bookstore
  58. Bake some cookies (bonus points: take some of them to the neighbors)
  59. Plant something together: a flower, a tree, a garden, a farm
  60. Set up a free lemonade stand
  61. Go to a farmers’ market
  62. Go to a flea market
  63. Go to a botanical garden
  64. Color a whole coloring book – there’s a Harry Potter coloring book now, and it’s awesome.
  65. Play in the park: you know, swings and slides
  66. Throw a frisbee
  67. Kick a soccer ball
  68. Play chess
  69. Get a tour of a cathedral
  70. Play Monopoly all the way until someone wins
  71. Build a snowman (you know you want to)
  72. Go sledding
  73. Make your own pizza night
  74. Visit a chocolate/candy factory (this usually means you get to eat some, too)
  75. Go rock climbing
  76. Do a puzzle
  77. Make ice cream sundaes
  78. Go to a local fair or carnival
  79. Go horseback riding
  80. Drive somewhere new using paper maps – leave your phones in your pockets for this one
  81. Take turns showing each other new music
  82. Hit up a paint and bake pottery studio
  83. Grab some sidewalk chalk and make a masterpiece or play hopscotch
  84. Play War with 3 decks of cards
  85. Go to a haunted house
  86. Go to an elderly home and hang out with the residents
  87. Sit on a bench in the city and make up stories about the people who pass by
  88. The King Midas Date: Find things from a thrift store and spray paint them gold
  89. Buy a pack of Post-it notes, write positive things on them and stick them around town
  90. Learn a magic trick (bonus points: impress your friends)
  91. Go on a backwards date. Start with dessert and end with dinner.
  92. Buy flowers and give them to random people on the street who seem like they need pick-me-up
  93. Go to your local animal shelter and play with the animals
  94. Film and edit a Western in your backyard
  95. Go to adoration
  96. The Choose Your Own Adventure Date: have 3 options for each part of the date, put them in envelopes and let her choose (hint: they can be things from this list)


Do you have a question about dating and relationships you’d like to ask David and Rachel Leininger? Email them at Itscomplicated@lifeteen.com and your question could be the next blog post!