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57 Date Night Ideas to Get You out of a Rut

I truly believe that one key to a happily-ever-after is to never stop dating your spouse. Never stop getting to know one another, growing and learning together. Date night is ever important for a strong marriage. But life gets crazy busy. It can be difficult to find a sitter, or sometimes you’re just short on cash. Or maybe you’re just stuck in a rut, doing the same old thing every month – dinner and a movie.

So here’s a creative list of date night ideas for every sort of date night occasion – the stay at home date, the outdoor date, the group date, and the in-the-kitchen date. Here’s ideas for the out-on-the-town date, the romantic date, the let’s-be-active date, and the let’s-take-a-class date. There’s date night ideas for when you’re pinching your pennies, and date night ideas when you’ve got money to burn. Also, don’t be afraid to be flexible with timing – it’s ok to have a date morning or a date afternoon if you can’t make a date night happen!

Date Night out on the Town

  • Go to a drive-in theater
  • See a ballet
  • Go to the opera
  • Enjoy a concert and be willing to branch out and try new genres of music – classical music, jazz, or something more modern
  • Go clubbing
  • Go on a horse-drawn buggy ride
  • Have a “backwards date” – start with a movie, go for desert, and end with dinner
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Enjoy a night of tapas (basically appetizers at different restaurants)
  • Mystery Dinner
  • Painting and wine
  • Photo booth fun – take silly photos in a photo booth at the mall
  • Outrageous fashion show at the mall – pick out ridiculous outfits for each other to try on at the mall

Silly Stay at Home Date Night Ideas

  • Make and fly paper air planes
  • Tie Dye t-shirts
  • Build a blanket fort and color
  • Build a blanket fort and watch cartoons
  • Celebrate your un-birthdays – eat cake and ice cream and exchange gifts
  • Play board games
  • Read Edgar Allan Poe in a blanket fort with a flashlight

Get Outdoors Date Night Ideas

  • Go for a hike
  • Feed the ducks
  • Go for a stroll in the park
  • Plant a garden
  • Ride a paddle boat and have a picnic
  • Race tin foil boats down a creek
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Check out a book of tongue twisters at the library and take turns reading them at the park
  • Go for a horseback ride

Group Date Night Ideas

  • Walmart bingo group date – Find a Walmart bingo card online or make your own – fill it with ridiculous things you may see at Walmart.
  • Bigger or better group date – Each couple has a fixed amount to spend. Go to a store; each couple goes to buy the biggest or best item they can find with that same fixed amount; whichever couple finds the biggest or best item wins.
  • Progressive dinner date – Enjoy appetizers at one location, the main course at a second location, and dessert at your final location – either in each other’s homes or at restaurants.

Date Night in the Kitchen

  • Bake Cookies
  • Make homemade sushi
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Candle-lit chocolate making
  • Blind folded food-guessing – Take turns blinding folding one another and treating each other to different  and declious foods
  • Make homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker

Romantic Date Night Ideas

  • Have an underwear dance party
  • Read Shakespeare sonnets together
  • Lay out a blanket in your backyard and go star gazing and cuddle
  • Watch the sunrise and make breakfast together
  • Have a spa date – you can go for couple’s massages or pedicures – skip the nail polish, and yes, they’re even for men!
  • Give each other massages
  • Make a playlist together that defines your relationship
  • Make a bucket list together

Be Active Together

  • Swimming and hot tubbing
  • Go to the gym
  • Yoga
  • Go for a jog
  • Dancing
  • Go for a bike ride

Take a Class Together

  • Pottery class
  • Learn a language together
  • Take a couple’s massage class
  • Take a dance class
  • Check out a cooking class together

Questions of the Day

  1. How frequently do you make time for date nights with your significant other?
  2. What’s your cure for getting stuck in a date-night rut?

16 thoughts on “57 Date Night Ideas to Get You out of a Rut

  1. We’ve been married for 33 years and almost never do we make time for date nights. I’ll have to use some of these great ideas.

  2. In the last year, my husband and I make time for lunch once a week. We also have a movie date. However, I love many of your ideas and I will try to get my date to indulge.

    1. Lunch dates sound like fun! My husband and I just started going on brunch dates 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, Evelyn!

  3. As a single senior, I don’t have to worry about date night ruts! You have some great suggestions here for those who could use them.

  4. Good ideas here. I like the way you broke down the date night ideas into categories. Who says date night has to be all about just going to dinner? 🙂

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