Often overlooked, date nights with your spouse are crucial to keeping the spark in your marriage alive. Date nights are the perfect way for any married couple to unwind after a long or stressful day. Spending time together or sharing a hobby is an important factor to the longevity and happiness in any marriage, which is why we put together this resource filled with 24 incredibly fun date night ideas for married couples.
Whether you’re on a budget and looking for affordable date night options or prefer to spice up the night with something romantic, this list includes plenty of suggestions for both as well as everything in between. Read on to discover fun, cheap, creative and even double date night ideas for married couples!
Fun Date Night Ideas For Married Couples
Let’s face it; life can be unpredictable, chaotic, and stressful. We run around on a daily basis trying to meet deadlines at work, chauffeur children from one destination to the next, and do our very best to ensure that our households are not condemned by the Board of Health. Thankfully, date nights can serve as a brief, light hearted and fun respite to counteract the daily demands of life.
Couples Cooking Class
Cooking classes offer the unique opportunity for couples to bond and connect, as they work together to create culinary masterpieces. Classes are offered on a multitude of subjects, such as grilling, baking, cooking for vegetarians, or the art of Italian cooking. The best part is that classes culminate in sampling all of the decadent dishes.
Wine & Paint nights are the new trend, as many establishments now offer classes where participants can relax and paint, while leisurely sipping on glasses of Chardonnay and Merlot. If painting does not appeal, ceramics and pottery studios allow one to try their hand at the art of sculpture. Couples can unleash their artistic visions together, while having fun and enjoying each other’s company.
Festivals, carnivals, and fairs are offered year round in many locations. These events can range from state or county fairs, to cultural festivals, to church carnivals. Festivals and fairs boast topics of culture, art, and craft, while carnivals promise child-like, fun with rides, games, and cotton candy. Couples can sample new foods, browse unique forms of artwork, or try their luck at some carnival games.
Couples looking for a more intellectual experience can schedule a visit to a museum, as they browse, peruse and discuss exhibits together. Museums offer exhibits on a wide variety of topics, such as science, history, art, and space. Couples can enjoy sharing their perspectives on various works of art, scientific principles, or historical eras.
Who says that you need to eat a three course meal at one restaurant? A fun date night can entail a “Restaurant Hop”, where a couple chooses one restaurant per course. Mozzarella sticks and garlic knots can serve as an appetizer at an Italian restaurant, a Porterhouse and mashed potatoes can follow as the main course at a steakhouse, and desert can culminate with chocolate covered marshmallows and strawberries at a fondue locale.
Romantic Date Night Ideas For Married Couples
Getting ready for a date is a fairly universal experience. Individuals spend hours in front of the mirror, trying to perfect a flawless outfit, while ensuring that all hairs are tamed into place. If all goes well, these individuals go on to marry and somehow, seamlessly fall into predictable and comfortable routines. Romantic dates are important to instigate and perpetuate the spark that keeps fiery romances alive.
Yoga utilizes relaxation, breathing, and stretching to foster the mind-body connection, with a focus on mindfulness and the present. Couples yoga builds on this by strengthening intimacy, trust, and connection through non-verbal techniques. Couples can take a class at a yoga studio, or try some poses in the comfort of their own homes. Examples of poses include Centering, where couples maintain eye contact while facing and touching each other, while the Back to Back Chair pose has couples back to back, utilizing each other to maintain balance.
Swimming After Dark
There is something deeply sensual about swimming after dark underneath the twinkling stars. Moonlight dancing across the water sets the backdrop for a relaxing, dream-like atmosphere where couples can quietly chat, swim, or say nothing while in each other’s arms. If one does not have access to a swimming pool, consider a jacuzzi, rooftop pool, lake, or other natural body of water.
Physical touch in a romantic relationship fosters non-verbal communication, connectedness, and closeness. Scheduling a couple’s massage at a local spa can relax partners and stimulate the senses, while creating an air of intimacy. If couples would rather skip the spa, they can take turns massaging each other with aromatherapy oils and lotions at home.
Horse & Carriage Rides
Several stables and horse farms offer horseback riding, or horse and carriage rides for couples looking for a romantic evening. Horse and carriage rides can be offered on site, or can be requested to meet a couple at a specific location. A couple can keep warm under a cozy blanket, while sipping hot chocolate on a brisk summer evening, or they can enjoy the horse and carriage being transformed with lights and a sleigh during the holiday months. For those couples that want to forgo the carriage ride, several stables offer night time horseback riding. Nighttime horseback riding enables a couple to ride under the moonlight, while listening to the synchronized steps of the horses.
Drive-In Movie Theater
Although not entirely prevalent anymore, drive-in movie theaters still prevail in various locations. If a couple is lucky enough to live near, or locate one, they can enjoy the nostalgia in addition to a date night underneath the stars.
Cheap Date Night Ideas For Married Couples
After monthly expenses are paid, couples are sometimes left with meager funding for date nights, socialization, and child care. Perceptions that date nights have to be expensive, complicated, or exotic are often erroneous. Luckily, some of the best dates cost little to nothing and do not even require a couple to leave their dwellings.
High School Plays/Community Theater
Community play houses and school theater productions comprise a valuable, untapped resource within many communities. Amateur and aspiring actors and actresses in community theaters and play houses, students in high school, and theater majors in college put on several productions each year. Due to the fact that these are amateur productions, tickets are affordable and cost less than catching a movie.
Movie in the Park
Many townships, boroughs, and communities usually offer at least one “Movie in the Park” per year, depending on region and climate. Married couples can spread a blanket, keep warm with a Starbucks mocha chino, and cuddle up as they watch a free movie in the park.
A person’s short and long term goals can either remain constant or can change rapidly depending on life circumstance and experience. Healthy marriages must allow for the attainment of goals in order for each partner to feel fulfilled and actualized. Vision Boards are created using pictures, drawings, and words to create a collage representative of a person’s hopes, wishes, and dreams. Couples can grab some magazines, scissors, and markers and spend a quiet evening together creating their vision boards. Vision boards will prompt conversation and can enable partners to learn more about each other, in addition to learning about themselves.
Not sure where to start with a vision board? Check out this resource that breaks down the process in easy to follow steps!
Doing a Puzzle
Puzzles are not for everyone, but can be extremely enjoyable for those who find pleasure in them. An inexpensive date night can begin for a couple in the game section of a local Walmart or Target, with the purchase of a puzzle. Puzzles represent a great bonding activity, as couples communicate and work together towards a common goal. Puzzles can be relaxing, can encourage conversation, and can be extremely rewarding once completed.
Unique & Creative Date Night Ideas For Married Couples
For many couples, especially for those who have been married for an extended period of time, finding unique and creative date nights can be challenging. Grabbing drinks and appetizers at a bar, going to a movie theater, and trying out a new restaurant can become commonplace and dull. Thankfully, there are many “out of the box” and ingenious ideas for couples who want to experience a unique date night.
Joining a Flash Mob
A flash mob is a group of people who suddenly collect in a public place, entertain with a performance, and then quickly disperse. Social media and various meet up sites allow for individuals to either organize or find a flash mob to participate in. Date night with a flash mob can allow for a couple to have fun and be silly, while spreading joy to others.
Psychic nights are on the rise, as many restaurants and establishments now offer patrons the opportunity for dinner and a night with a psychic, fortune teller, or medium. Couples can get their palms or tarot cards read as part of a unique date night, while possibly getting some insight into their future. If this type of event is not offered in a restaurant, a couple can usually visit a psychic at their local place of business. A couple can then extend the theme of the night at home with horoscope and zodiac readings.
Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? A couple can either utilize books, lists, or an internet generator to obtain a list of items for their own personal scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts can be held indoors, outdoors, or at specific locations. For the truly competitive, several Scavenger Hunt apps allow for couples to compete against each other, while proving their findings via pictures. Married couples can revisit their youth as they race to find items such as pennies of a certain year, out of state license plates, or acorns.
Scoping Out Christmas Lights
This date night can only be employed in December during the Christmas season, but is something for couples to look forward to throughout the year. Couples can keep warm with a cup of hot chocolate as they drive through the neighborhood viewing Christmas lights and decorations. For added fun, couples can rate houses and spread joy by leaving positive comments in the houses’ mailboxes.
Double Date Night Ideas For Married Couples
At times, married couples give up the opportunity of spending alone time together and instead, choose to go out and socialize with friends. Double dating enables two couples to bond and spend time together, while also perpetuating the connection between respective partners. Couples can share experiences, swap stories, discuss challenges, and receive support on a wide array of topics. Additionally, double dating allows couples to participate in activities that are more conducive to larger groups of people.
Many restaurants, bars, and pubs offer Trivia Night where teams formulate and compete against each other by testing their knowledge on various trivia topics. Married couples can team up and collaborate on pop culture, science, and history during this fun double date night.
Murder Mystery Night
Local dinner theaters offer patrons the opportunity to solve a murder mystery by interacting with each other and with the performers. Couples can join forces during a double date to sleuth and ask questions in an attempt to solve the murder mystery.
A double date can be planned at a local winery or brewery, as couples can tour, taste, and sample different wines and ales with each other. Many locations offer special events such as tastings, lunches, dinner parties, or holiday events. Valentine’s Day at many wineries are usually celebrated with a wine and chocolate pairing.
Pizza & Game Night
Couples can enjoy a low key double date night by ordering pizza and playing games. Board games, video games, and card games can all be utilized and couples can either play against each other, or can play as individuals.
Mystery Escape Room
Mystery Escape establishments are becoming more prevalent and are growing in popularity. A group of people are “locked” in a room and have one hour to utilize clues and solve puzzles to “escape” the room. Escape rooms are usually themed and boast numerical, word, or logic puzzles according to theme. Couples can double date in a team building activity that allows members to utilize and showcase skill sets.
Trampoline and Bounce Houses
Married couples can revisit their childhood during this unique double date idea. Many trampoline and bounce house enterprises offer adults the opportunity to “play.” Several trampoline parks present “air”obics classes where individuals can enjoy bouncing as part of a fitness routine. Other bounce houses allow for adults to rent out the facility so that they can host an “Adult Night.”
So there you have it! Theses are some of the most fun, unique, romantic, cheap, and double date night ideas for married couples we could think of. If you and your spouse have been contemplating about trying something new, then be sure to try one of these the next time you plan for a date night together.
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