Sex & Relationships

65+ Date Ideas That Go Beyond ‘Dinner and a Movie’

written by HAILEY BOUCHE
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Don’t get me wrong, I love going on dates, but dare I say that they can get a little repetitive? They always start at a trusty restaurant you’ve been to a million times, move on to an activity like going to the movies, and then when that ends, you go home. But truly, how many times can you do the same things over and over again before you’re bored before the date even starts? Both first-date goers and long-term relationship havers alike struggle with this week after week when it comes time to plan their next date but hear me when I say that I’m officially on a mission to #makedatesexcitingagain, so don’t fear—I have quite a few ideas that will take your dates to the next level.

Ahead is a list of date ideas that go beyond the unoriginal and cliche date idea (a.k.a. dinner and a movie), and I encourage you to reference it whenever you’re tempted to do the same old thing with your date. From challenging each other to a game of pickleball to making smores around a campfire, these dates are sure to be much more enjoyable and memorable for both of you.


  1. Go watch live music
  2. Go to the farmer’s market
  3. Head out for a bike ride
  4. Go for a long walk
  5. Go rock climbing
  6. Go for a nature walk or hike
  7. Attend a sports game
  8. Go bowling
  9. Team up at trivia night
  10. Go see a play
  11. Play pickleball
  12. Set up a picnic
  13. Enjoy rooftop drinks
  14. Go to the zoo or aquarium
  15. Tour a brewery or distillery
  16. Go on a scavenger hunt
  17. Go to a drive-in
  18. Visit a museum or art gallery
  19. Go to an afternoon tea
  20. Visit a winery
  21. Have a game night
  22. Check out a comedy show
  23. Play mini-golf
  24. Attend a paint night
  25. Shop at thrift stores
  26. Go axe throwing
  27. Go to a comedy show
  28. Play arcade games
  29. Go to a theme park
  30. Explore a part of town you don’t go to often
  31. Walk around an art festival
  32. Go out for ice cream
  33. Take a cooking class
  34. Stargaze
  35. Have a bonfire
  36. Play a round of golf
  37. Go kayaking or paddle boarding
  38. Take a dance lesson
  39. Go on a ghost tour
  40. Go to a botanical garden
  41. Watch the sunset
  42. Go to the casino
  43. Explore a local or state park
  44. Find a place to volunteer
  45. Play frisbee golf
  46. Go on a river tour
  47. Take a workout class
  48. Plant a garden
  49. Get a couple’s massage
  50. Bake a new recipe together
  51. Play darts or pool at a local bar
  52. Go to an escape room
  53. Have a cornhole compeition
  54. Visit a pick-your-own-fruit farm
  55. Make cocktails together
  56. Visit a new coffee shop
  57. Spend the day at the beach/lake
  58. Go see a psychic
  59. Visit a bookstore
  60. Go rollerblading
  61. Visit a speakeasy
  62. Go out to brunch
  63. Take a day trip to a neighboring town
  64. Tackle a DIY project
  65. Rent a boat for the day
  66. Hit a bucket of balls at the driving range
  67. Take a pottery class