Date Ideas for Every Season and Every Budget

While working on a gift for that someone special  (A Year of Preplanned Dates), I was reminded of how challenging it can be to come up with unique date ideas.

Fortunately, a little brainstorming and a quick internet search yielded numerous ideas that span far beyond the stereotypical dinner and a movie. In fact, I quickly identified over 100 date ideas! Many of these are budget-friendly dates, so they’ll work even if your finances are limited. Have fun as you try some of these!

Spring date ideas
Fly kites in a park
Go to a park and play on the swings
Visit the zoo
Go geocaching
Visit a botanical garden
Rent a bicycle built for two and ride through a park
Plant a garden
Drive through the countryside and look at wildflowers
Go fishing
Pick flowers and deliver them to a resident at a nursing home
Go on a hot air balloon ride
Dance outside in the rain
Watch a sunrise while eating a picnic breakfast
Window shop at garage sales
Attend an outdoor concert

Summer date ideas
Go horseback riding
Visit a batting cage
Go on a picnic
Get ice cream or frozen yogurt
Have a water balloon fight or run through the sprinklers
See a drive-in movie
Go rock climbing
Visit an amusement park
Attend an Independence Day parade
Go camping
Ride a paddle boat at a local lake
Go to a county fair
Soak in a hot spring
Build small boats and race them down a creek

Fall date ideas
Go hiking
Explore a corn maze
Volunteer at a food pantry
Go on a hayride
Make a birdfeeder and hang it in your yard
Build a fire and make s’mores
Take a scenic drive to view the changing leaves
Visit an apple cider mill
Attend a local high school football game
Participate in a Turkey Trot
Visit a national park or wildlife area to hear the elk bugling
Make caramel apples
Decorate pumpkins
Rake leaves and jump in them
Visit several coffee shops to find the best pumpkin latte

Winter date ideas
Go ice skating
Build a gingerbread house
Go shopping and buy toys for a toy drive
Make handmade Christmas ornaments
Go sledding
Build a snowman
Drink hot chocolate in front of a fire
Go snowshoeing
Watch classic Christmas movies (this is a favorite)
Drive around and look at Christmas lights
Set goals for the coming year
Have a chili cook-off with your friends
Bake cookies to give to your neighbors
Make snow ice cream
Bundle up and go for a walk in the falling snow

Any season date ideas
Visit a local museum
Pick seasonal produce at a local “pick your own” farm
Tutor school children together
Write a bucket list
Go to an arcade and play games
Draw or paint portraits of each other
Paint pottery at a local studio
Decorate mugs and other dishes with porcelain markers
Play Twister
Attend the local parade of homes
Find personality tests online and take them together
Visit a local home & garden show
Attend a car or boat show
Go antiquing
Catch a play at the local high school or at a community theater
Do a puzzle or play board games
Recreate your first date
Have a DIY photo shoot
Try a new restaurant
Visit an aquarium
Take a dance class
Clean out and organize your photos
Visit a craft fair
Explore a bookstoreGet a couple’s massageTake a free factory tourGo bowling
Have a video game night
Read poetry out loud to one another and feed each other strawberries dipped in chocolate
Shop for funny greeting cards and mail them to your loved ones
Go to a bakery and get a sweet treat
Play miniature golfTake the love languages assessment to see how you can improve your marriage
See a standup comedian
Peruse real estate listings and plan your dream house
Treat each other to at-home spa treatments
Go out to a restaurant just to order dessert
Make a time capsule and bury it in your backyard
Visit historical landmarks in your community
Take a cooking class
Assemble Lego sets

What is your favorite thing to do on a date? What date ideas can you add to this list?


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