Whether you're just starting to see someone or have been with your partner for years, one thing should always remain the same: Going out on date nights. But when the whole dinner-and-a-movie thing starts to feel stale, where do you turn for a romantic adventure that will bring you even closer together? Well, you have to get creative. And no matter what stage of the relationship you're in, these date nights will always result in the best of memories.
Stage 1: You're two peas in a pod.
You've just started dated and you're definitely interested in seeing where the relationship will go. Instead of meeting for countless cups of coffee or dinner, plan something a bit more interactive. While these three date ideas can work for any stage of the relationship, they're especially fun for the earliest dates since they give you both something else to focus on and takes the pressure off the conversation.
Chat over bar games.
In the beginning of a relationship, it's always more comfortable to keep things casual—and keep things in public. While dinner leaves every new couple trying to keep up a conversation while somehow still not awkwardly spilling food everywhere, meeting up at a casual place like a bar for a drink and some lighthearted entertainment gives you something to do while chatting. Find a dive bar that has a handful of games to play and get to know each other over Connect 4.
Visit your favorite amusement park.
Who doesn't have fun at an amusement park? There's nothing that will bring you and your date closer together than giving your adrenaline a boost. Plus, there's no better excuse to hold hands than riding a completely terrifying roller coaster. You'll have a great time getting to know each other while making memories that you'll always look back on and smile.
Go to a comedy show.
Movies are fun and all, but heading to a comedy show to get some laughs is an even better way to connect with your date. Being in a crowd of people laughing together will instantly draw you closer together—and even if the comedian isn't good, you'll have a great time talking about the show afterward.
Stage 2: There's a real connection.
Things are going well, and you're ready to get to know each other a bit better. Whether you want to introduce him to some of your favorite hobbies or learn more about the things that make him tick, these date ideas are great for taking your relationship to the next level.
Get tickets to a concert.
Unless you're comfortable around just about anyone, you're probably not going to be 100% down to belt out the lyrics to your favorite songs with someone you've just met. But after getting to know someone, of course they can hear your attempt at some Ed Sheeran songs. Grab two tickets and go to a concert that has some meaning—and take lots of pictures along the way.
Go for a hike.
When you're ready to have the most meaningful conversations of all time, go hiking. When there's nothing but you, your date, and good ole Mother Nature, the only thing there really is to do is talk. (And obviously watch beautiful sunsets together.) By hitting the trails, you'll learn more about each other than you ever would over dinner.
Try your hand at a cooking class.
Even self-proclaimed pro chefs can learn a thing or two from a cooking class. Plus, what's more adorable than dressing up in a couple of aprons and learning the right way to chop vegetables? Search a class to take in your area, then take your skills home with you and make a romantic dinner of your own.
Stage 3: Yep, it's definitely love.
You two are officially in it for the long haul. Whether you've been dating now for months or years, you two enjoy each other's company and want to experience new things together. These fun activities will be a great change of pace.
Visit a jazz club.
Things always heat up at jazz clubs. Get dressed up, head to one of the most intimate settings, and listen to some music that will most definitely put you in the mood. Music has a way of bringing people together, and this date night would certainly be memorable.
Take a dance class.
Speaking of dance, you might as well learn some moves to show off at that jazz club, huh? Dancing around someone else is a vulnerable thing, so once you're at the love stage and comfortable with the other person, it's the perfect date to try out. Pick a style of your liking—from swing to salsa—and prepare to connect on a totally new level.
Go for massages.
There's not too much talking during a massage unless having the massage therapist telling you to turn over counts, but there's definitely something intimate about having a massage next to your significant other. Schedule a couple's massage at a spa near you and go into full relaxation-mode. Afterward you'll both be feeling better than ever.
Stage 4: You Found Your One True Love
Your relationship has stood the test of time. Whether you're still dating, engaged, or married, you two have proven that your love is going to last, and you want to spend time together in ways that really let you enjoy the company you've chosen.
Try out skydiving.
Talk about trust falls. If you and your partner are feeling adventurous, there's nothing that will give you an adrenaline rush more than sky-diving. Sharing a death-defying experience like falling from thousands of feet in the air will undoubtedly bring you closer together and create a bond that'll be hard to break.
Plan a road trip.
If you want one big long date, going on a road trip is your best option. You'll work as a team to choose which places you want to visit, figure out how to get there, and have a whole lot of fun along the way. Just don't forget to make regular gas station stops for the essentials—a.k.a candy and chips.
Hang out on the couch.
Skydiving and road tripping are fun, but when you're with your one true love, the best and most memorable date nights might just be spent cuddled up on the couch. Put on some sweats, pop the popcorn, and put on your favorite movie. (Or, you know, binge-watch that TV show you both love until Netflix asks if you're still there.)