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It’s been over 10 years now since I met my husband, David. That blows my mind! Sometimes it feels like we’ve gone on every date in the book. As fun as a dinner date can be, we like to mix it up with more creative date night ideas now and then to keep things interesting. We have date night at least once per week if not more, because we get creative and don’t need to spend a lot of money! Here are some unique date night ideas that you can incorporate into your week that won’t break the bank.
12 Creative Date Night Ideas for Any Budget
1. Recreate your first date
David and I met when we were fresh out of high school, so our first date was very simple. We met at Starbucks and then cruised around trying to get lost. We ended up finding a cute little park where we played on the swing sets together and took a nature walk. To this day, we still create our first date, 10 years later!
2. Float down the river
For a lazier afternoon, buy or rent a tube and float down the river together. Make sure you bring lots of water and sunscreen, and reapply frequently because you will get burnt otherwise! We like to bring a Bluetooth speaker and some adult beverages with us and just float. It’s a nice way to take in the beautiful weather together in a unique way. We bought this two-person tube on Amazon and it has been amazing!
3. Camp in your backyard
You don’t have to go very far for this date! Set up a tent in your backyard and grab some marshmallows and hot dogs to cook over the fire. Rent a projector from your library and set it up outside for an outdoor movie theater.
4. Be a tourist in your town
If you’ve lived in the same place for a while, date night might feel boring. Check out reviews for things to do in your town. Pick out all the tourist attractions recommended online and go check them out! When you’re done, go home and leave some funny reviews of what you discovered.
5. Buy a disposable camera and have a field day
Go buy a disposable camera. Yup, those little yellow Kodak ones, and yup, they still make them. You can find them at drugstores or in the checkout line of bigger stores like Target. Go out and take a bunch of pictures of the things you see, then go get them developed. Kick back and look through your masterpieces together!
6. Take a class together
Check out Groupon and find a fun class to take together! I’m still a big fan of painting classes, especially over a bottle of wine, but we’ve also talked about wanting to take a pottery class before. If money is tight, teach each other something you’re good at!
7. Go on a picnic
Summer means it’s the perfect time to pack a lunch and go for a picnic! Start by making some amazing sandwiches. Sourdough bread is one of my favorites. Pack up some snacks and head out! We like to go kayak picnicking!
8. Check out a bar-cade
If you haven’t been to a bar-cade yet, you are missing out! A new one opened up in our city and it is packed with retro video games. Think Pacman and Frogger. Get a flight of craft beer and head out for some old-fashioned gaming together.
9. Support your local artists
Head out to your local art show, gallery, theater, or craft fair! Dress up a little and bring some cash to support your local artists. Get an ice cream cone and enjoy some live music while you’re there! If you go to a play, stick around to get autographs from the cast.
10. Go geocaching
Remember how big geocaching used to be? Download a geocaching app on your phone or print up some instructions online. Make sure you bring some tokens to stick in the treasure box when you find it! David and I found some tiny dinosaurs from the dollar store that are no bigger than a dime. To make it extra fun and a little spooky, try going geocaching at night.
11. Go to the pet store or animal shelter and play with the pets
Animal shelters need lots of love. Head to your local pet store first and buy some items on your animal shelter’s wish list. Some shelters have specific food requirements so you may want to look into that first. Check out all the fish, turtles, and gerbils while you’re there! Second stop: your local shelter. Bring in your bag of goodies for the animals, head into the cat room, and have fun!
12. Buy a new board or card game
It’s surprisingly hard to find games that are created for two people nowadays. Some of our favorites are Exploding Kittens (from the creator of The Oatmeal) and Pandemic. Exploding Kittens is a game we love to play when we need a good laugh. It’s quick to play and so original. Pandemic takes more thought and creativity, as it is a collaborative game. That’s right– you work together. We have only ever one the game one time! You can buy our go-to games from Amazon below!
What are some of your favorite date night ideas? Let me know in the comments!