Stumped for budget-friendly date night ideas? Our contributor Arin Agase has you covered with 20 totally free activities that will have you and your honey laughing out loud and learning loads about each other in the process.
Going on dates doesn’t always have to mean emptying your pockets at fancy restaurants and trendy bars. There are so many creative, affordable and fun options to try! After all, date nights are the perfect opportunity to learn more about one another while creating valuable memories at the same time. It’s always a good idea to spice up your routine and step outside your comfort zone, so I’ve dug up the best ways to spend time with your significant other for free. Tell us—what would you add to the list below?
Play a game in the park:
Sure, board games are fun, but, have you tried playing them outdoors? Bring your favorite sips and snacks for the ultimate picnic in the park! For some extra kicks, put your favorite sweets on the line. Whoever wins is in for a sweet victory. Good luck!
This website allows you to select your location and it will populate local farms. Pick your own fruits, veggies, flowers and more. Don’t forget to create something yummy for your honey!
Lay under the stars and talk:
This one doesn’t need much explanation. It sounds cheesy, but it’s really magical.
Go to the park:
I don’t care how old you are—there’s a childlike persona still inside you! Enjoy the swings, slide and an awesome game of freeze tag. Or—if you’re anything like me—play a little TV tag.
Fly a kite:
When is the last time you flew a kite? For the ultimate competition, see who can get theirs higher!
If you guys haven’t heard of this, you’re in for a real treat. The details can be found here. It’s the world’s largest treasure hunt, and you’re invited.
Play nonsense Scrabble:
Basically, you play using fake words while having to make definitions for each of them. This causes some serious laughter, people!
Create a new holiday:
Mark a date, set the rules and create the most delicious feast you’ve ever seen! Why not make it a tradition and celebrate every year?
Have a video game marathon:
Princess Peach, is that you? What’s better than Super Mario Kart and Donkey Kong? Flashbacks galore!
Play an old computer game:
The Sims, Sim City, Rollercoaster Tycoon—yup, those encompassed most of my youth, too! It’s fun to get lost in your childhood.
Go on a hike:
This is a great way to see some lovely sights, and to get those endorphins flowing! Keep your eyes out for Bigfoot—he’s out there, somewhere.
Visit some open houses:
This one is quite possibly my favorite suggestion on the list. If you can’t afford a house, join the party. Search for local open houses in your area, show up and fantasize. It’s also a great opportunity to get some interior design inspiration.
Go for a drive:
Just get in the car and see where the road takes you. My partner and I absolutely love doing this. Recently, we discovered a small town outside Chicago where they were hosting a retro car night. The sights were straight out of a movie with rocking chairs outside each establishment. The coolest experience ever! Oh, and no maps allowed (until it’s time to go home, of course).
Whether it’s helping the homeless or rescuing a pet, make your city a better place. You’ll get to know each other on a deeper level, while helping others in the process.
Play hide and seek:
We’re not talking just any game of hide-and-seek—try it inside a department store!
Go to the airport:
I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out! Growing up, my dad used to take me to a local airport to watch the planes take off. Try checking out a smaller airport and watch together—it’s pretty cool.
Pick up a foreign language:
Learn how to say “I love you” in 10 different languages.
Play Mad Libs:
Download a fun Mad Libs game online (there are thousands), and read them out loud together.
Visit a local brewery:
There are so many breweries that offer free tours. Search for one near you, and enjoy a tour on the house! (P.S. They usually supply a drink, too!)
Play a competitive game of basketball, softball, kickball—anything! It’s important to stay active together while having fun. Again, you may learn something new about your other half.
Written by Arin Agase