101 Fun Dating Ideas (2023)

101 Fun Dating Ideas (1)

101 Fun Dates(adapted from Fun Dating Ideas, by Victor Harris)

  1. Plan and carry out a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt for your partner.
  2. Go tubing, kayaking, or canoeing together.
  3. Go fruit picking together.
  4. Enjoy a candlelight dinner together at your home or apartment. Dress up!
  5. Go for a bike ride together.
  6. Go bowling together. (Feeling light-hearted? Try “bowling with a twist” --between the legs, on one leg, left-handed, etc.)
  7. Attend a local festival together.
  8. Go chalking—draw weird pictures and funny or encouraging messages on the sidewalk with chalk. (Great idea for college students on campus.)
  9. Find somewhere you can feed the ducks together (note: it’s better for the ducks if you avoid bread and feed birdseed or grapes instead).
  10. Get back in touch with your inner child and finger paint together.
  11. Draw pictures (or caricatures!) of each other.
  12. Plan a future date you can go on together with a strict budget limit ($5, $10).
  13. Put together unusual outfits from a thrift store and go out while “in character.”
  14. Attend a free class together at your local library.
  15. Buy an inexpensive face painting kit and paint each others’ faces (now this is a selfie opportunity!)
  16. Enjoy a board game night. Your area may have a game store where you can come and try out games at a certain time.
  17. Attend a play or musical event together.
  18. Plan and carry out a small fundraiser together for a cause you both believe in.
  19. Prepare an unusual meal together (for instance, sushi or homemade ravioli).
  20. Play cards together. Learn some new games.
  21. Visit an amusement park together.
  22. Visit a historic or beautiful cemetery together.
  23. Enjoy some active two-person games and sports together (tennis, racquetball, Ping-Pong, croquet, Frisbee…)
  24. Build a campfire together and enjoy sitting by it and talking. Roast marshmallow or hot dogs.
  25. Play Guitar Hero or other interactive video games together.
  26. Watch early morning cartoons and make breakfast together.
  27. Visit an art museum together. In each room, pick your favorite piece of art and talk about why you like it.
  28. Go for a beautiful hike in a natural area together.
  29. Explore a cave together (research this one first!)
  30. Go hunting or fishing together.
  31. Visit an odd, unusual or quirky tourist attraction together. Check out Atlas Obscura for some really unique sites!
  32. Visit the zoo together. Which are your favorite animals and why? What animal reminds you of yourself or your date?
  33. Go horseback riding together.
  34. Visit an agritourism attraction (pumpkin patch, corn maze, etc.) together.
  35. Attend a talk or lecture together and discuss it afterwards.
  36. Seedbomb together. (This is about flowers!)
  37. Build and fly a kite together.
  38. Go ice skating.
  39. Go stargazing.
  40. Attend a workshop at a local crafts or hardware store.
  41. Visit a paint-your-own pottery studio together.
  42. Hold a “mock Olympics” with silly events and goofy prizes.
  43. Make a ridiculous video on your smartphones, using one of the many apps available.
  44. Have an ice cream sundae night—buy everything you’ve ever wanted for a sundae and build them high!
  45. Design and build a gingerbread house together.
  46. Attend a wine tasting, coffee tasting, or other free tasting event together.
  47. Visit a factory, vineyard, or brewery that gives tours.
  48. Picnic together.
  49. Go to a drive-in movie together.
  50. Visit a video arcade together and challenge each other to see who can score the highest on different games.
  51. Go letterboxing or geocaching together.
  52. Play old-fashioned playground games together: jacks, 4-square, hopscotch.
  53. Play a game of paintball together.
  54. Visit a high-ropes course or zip line course together.
  55. Play charades.
  56. Attend an author reading at a bookstore.
  57. Visit the library together and pick out a book for each other.
  58. Visit a flea market or antique store together.
  59. Try birdwatching—use one of the many apps available for beginners, or check out the walks your local Audubon society has to offer.
  60. Make popcorn and hot cocoa and work on a puzzle together.
  61. Make a craft together. (There are million kits out there!)
  62. Have a water balloon or water gun battle.
  63. Make pizza together.
  64. Visit open houses together and check out houses you’d probably never buy.
  65. Take a fancy car on a test drive.
  66. Give each other a foot soak, pedicure, and foot massage using fancy lotions.
  67. Go miniature golfing together.
  68. Take a dance class together.
  69. Play laser tag together.
  70. Go roller skating.
  71. Do karaoke together.
  72. Take a cooking class.
  73. Visit the farmers’ market together.
  74. Go yardsaling together.
  75. Take a day trip together and explore the next town over.
  76. Build a blanket fort and watch movies in your PJs.
  77. Go to a coffee shop together and learn to Zentangle.
  78. Play Mad Libs together.
  79. Take a DJing class together.
  80. Check out your local historic sites together.
  81. Visit a botanical garden.
  82. Go on a ghost tour.
  83. Play pool, foosball, or darts.
  84. Go-Kart together.
  85. Book a horse and carriage ride.
  86. Go to a garden center together and pick out some plants or houseplants.
  87. Volunteer at an animal shelter together.
  88. Surprise your mate! Plan a total surprise date for your partner. Then switch roles next time.
  89. Take over an empty playground.
  90. Attend a local sports event.
  91. Watch each others’ favorite childhood movies, indulging in favorite childhood snacks while you do.
  92. Windowshop together.
  93. Go “eyebombing” (don’t worry—this is fun and harmless).
  94. Do a photo shoot together with ridiculous outfits and crazy poses.
  95. Go to a trivia night together.
  96. Learn a new skill from YouTube together.
  97. Build or paint a simple piece of furniture together.
  98. Make cupcakes and decorate them with weird candy.
  99. Browse a used bookstore together.
  100. Take an exercise class together.
  101. Visit a rock climbing gym together.

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Return to Topic: Having Fun and Staying Close


What is your idea of a perfect date answers? ›

A long walk on the beach. After that a movie and some cuddles while watching it. Depends on the situation. A long drive, natural place, music, and candlelight dinner, sitting on the beach, taking a long walk, cuddling, long conversations, icecream, chocolates, etc.

What are good date ideas? ›

101 Fun Dating Ideas
  • Plan and carry out a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt for your partner.
  • Go tubing, kayaking, or canoeing together.
  • Go fruit picking together.
  • Enjoy a candlelight dinner together at your home or apartment. ...
  • Go for a bike ride together.
  • Go bowling together. ...
  • Attend a local festival together.
Aug 14, 2020

How do you make dating fun? ›

Below are 11 tips on how to make dating fun and not stressful — enjoy your time out!
  1. Do Something You've Wanted To Do Anyway. ...
  2. Don't Make It About Being Desired. ...
  3. Try Not Sitting Face To Face. ...
  4. Don't Take Rejection So Hard. ...
  5. Meet Up With A Pal Beforehand. ...
  6. Call It A Date When You Make It. ...
  7. Talk To More Than One Person At A Time.
Aug 31, 2016

What's an ideal date for a guy? ›

A good first date is one that facilitates conversation and lets you get to know your date better. Coffee dates, amusement parks, bowling, or meeting for lunch or dinner are good first date ideas.

What is a girl's ideal date? ›

If you're not sure what your date's into, drinks and a movie is always a classic. My ideal first date is drinks and a movie, and probably a walk after. Because drinks make you loosey-goosey, and a movie breaks up the convo (so you're not forced to sit through an awkward dinner with a rando).

How do you spice up date night? ›

You could try a Paint and Sip night, take a dance class together, indoor skydiving, hot air balloon ride or anything else you can think of. Experiencing something new together is guaranteed to bring you closer!

What's the 3 date rule? ›

Carrie Bradshaw and her friends popularized the “three date rule”—the idea that, when you're seeing someone new, there should be a short waiting period before you have sex with them. The goal is to give you a chance to evaluate the other person before hopping into bed.

How many dates before it is a relationship? ›

Follow the 10 date rule.

If you are wondering how many dates you need to go on with someone to classify the relationship as such, it's about ten dates. This isn't just arbitrary number though. There's some science behind it.

Should I kiss on the first date? ›

While you may have hit it off and have a lot in common, kissing on a first date enables you to see if you have any romantic rather than platonic potential. If the kiss is as terrific as the date was, this can be a great indicator that you have matching styles.

How do I have fun with a guy? ›

Here are a few tips to make you stand out among other women and have fun with the men you date:
  1. #1 Approach Dating With The Intention Of Having A BLAST.
  2. #2 Choose Active, Interactive or Engaging Date Activities.
  3. #3 Never Bash Other Women Or Men.
  4. #4 Dress Comfortably.
  5. #5 You Don't Need Alcohol To Have Fun.
Apr 10, 2019

How do you make a date not boring? ›

How to survive a boring date — and even enjoy it
  1. It is not your responsibility to fill every silence. ...
  2. Do a deep-dive on your date's obsessions. ...
  3. Play a game with yourself. ...
  4. Look around. ...
  5. Avoid boredom by picking date spots you already enjoy. ...
  6. Remember everyone is boring some of the time. ...
Jan 27, 2018

What do guys like to talk about on a date? ›

Guys love having conversations about the things they like to do or their natural talents and passions. Feel free to invite him to a conversation that involves his hobbies and passions and then let him know why you would like to indulge in the same activity as well.

How impress a guy on a date? ›

12 Ways to Impress a Guy on a Date
  1. Dress to impress.
  2. Wear a sexy scent.
  3. Make plenty of eye contact.
  4. Smile at him often.
  5. Laugh at his jokes.
  6. Find little excuses to touch him.
  7. Compliment him.
  8. Ask him open-ended questions.
Nov 3, 2021

What is the most romantic date? ›

The 17 Most Romantic Date Ideas
  • #8 Take a dance class. ...
  • #7 Share a bottle of champagne. ...
  • #6 Create a treasure hunt. ...
  • #5 Go strawberry picking. ...
  • #4 Offer to babysit. ...
  • #3 Plan a dream holiday. ...
  • #2 Go on a road trip. ...
  • #1 Take a hot air balloon ride.
Feb 26, 2019

What are your turn ons? ›

America's Top Ten Turn Ons
  • Neck kisses.
  • My partner telling me "I like that"
  • My partner undressing me.
  • My partner giving me oral sex.
  • Undressing my partner.
  • Nibbling my ear.
  • Lingerie.
  • Eye contact during sex.
Oct 25, 2018

Why is April 25 the perfect date? ›

Shatner quote-tweeted JGL and said, "I'll tell you why: it's the birthday of the wife of the director of #MissCongeniality. So her birthday is memorialized in the film forever!" "Isn't that just adorbs?" Shatner continued. "Use this factoid at your next cocktail party; you'll be a hit!!" True and true!

What dares to give over text? ›

Plus, maybe this dare can actually be the start of something — you never know!
  • “Send me names of five of the cutest people in your contact list. ...
  • “Send me a video of you singing XYZ...” ...
  • “You have three minutes to change into your cringiest outfit. ...
  • “Record yourself doing your makeup blindfolded...”
Aug 2, 2021

What to text a guy to make him fall in love with you? ›

5 Texts To Make A Man Fall In Love With You - YouTube

How do you vibe over text? ›

How To Text Your Crush To Start A Conversation That Goes Somewhere
  1. Make It Natural. ...
  2. Start Light And Short. ...
  3. Take Your Time. ...
  4. Ask Questions. ...
  5. Keep It Open. ...
  6. You Get Back What You Give. ...
  7. Don't Be Scared To Flirt. ...
  8. Take It To The Next Level.
Apr 17, 2020

What is romance to a man? ›

Webster's defines romance as trying to influence someone with personal attention, gifts or flattery, but any guy I know would simply explain it as "doing stuff that feels good but isn't sex." Surprisingly, it's not the huge gesture but the one that's tailor-made for your man that will leave him swooning.

What does date mean to a guy? ›

“Dating” means you're going on dates. You are actively getting out there and meeting people and spending time with them. “Dating someone” means you're seeing somebody specific, with purpose and on a regular basis.

How do you make a steamy night? ›

Here are some easy sexy tips for a sexy night.
  1. Pick up some massage oil from your local bath and body shop for a nice, sexy, naked massage after a hard day. ...
  2. Buy new sheets for your bed. ...
  3. Make sure your undercarriage is groomed. ...
  4. Buy some new lingerie. ...
  5. Set up a nice romantic bath for the two of you.
Mar 30, 2012

How do I get a hot date? ›

20 Ways To Find A Hot Date That Don't Involve Tinder
  1. Visit a bookshop. ...
  2. Use social media. ...
  3. Ever heard of Periscope? ...
  4. Visit conventions if you're looking for someone as “geeky” as you are. ...
  5. Download dating apps that aren't Tinder. ...
  6. Accept invitations to parties, even if someone you can't stand is throwing it.
Jul 7, 2016

What is the 222 rule? ›

The 2/2/2 rule means going out on a date every two weeks, enjoying a weekend away every two months and taking a holiday for a week every two years. "We've stuck to it, and it really has made things awesome," he wrote. "We got married in August and people still ask how long our honeymoon phase will last.

What is the rule of 7 in dating? ›

If you subscribe to the “rule of seven,” the question of where the boundaries of a socially acceptable relationship lie aren't a matter of opinion—they're clearly defined. According to the rule, the age of the younger partner (regardless of gender) should be no less than seven more than half the older partner's age.

What is the 5 date rule? ›

According to the study, girls are keeping new dates out of the bedroom until date number five, but before she gives up the goods, she wants two gifts or tokens of affection, five social media messages, and seven passionate kisses, not to mention a bunch of flowers.

How many dates until you sleep together? ›

A second study in 2017 asked men and women specifically how many dates they usually waited before having a sexual experience with their partner. On average, men reported waiting about five dates, and women reported a preference of waiting closer to nine dates.

How often should you text someone you're casually dating? ›

Two or three times a week if you're keeping it casual.

Only texting them a couple of times lets your partner have some space and gives them the chance to reach out first too. You might send a text to let your partner know you're thinking of them or to plan when you're going to see them next.

What is a French kiss? ›

What Is a French Kiss? A French kiss (also called a tongue kiss, a deep kiss, or making out) is a kiss in which one or both partners use their tongues to stimulate each other's mouths for mutual sexual pleasure.

How do you end a date? ›

You can end the date by saying, “Take care,” rather than saying, “Take a hike!” It's also important that you don't lead someone on and give false hope. For example, while they may want to set up a specific time and location for the next date, it's unkind to make specific plans and then cancel them later.

What words make a man feel good? ›

Sweet Things to Say to Your Boyfriend
  • I love you for everything you are.
  • I feel so safe with your arms around me.
  • I can't stop smiling around you. You make me so happy.
  • I crave you more than pizza.
  • I love your _____.
  • You're more than my boyfriend. ...
  • Every day is an adventure with you.
  • I'd do anything to see you smile.

How do you make a guy crazy about you? ›

24 Ways to Make Him Crazy About You
  1. Show off your natural beauty. Makeup highlights your beautiful features, but don't underestimate how much men love the natural look. ...
  2. Make him work for it. ...
  3. Be yourself. ...
  4. Don't always be the first to call. ...
  5. Be kind to his friends. ...
  6. Don't be jealous. ...
  7. Make him laugh. ...
  8. Keep living your life.
May 6, 2017

How do you keep a guy's attention over text? ›

Say something sexy. Turn him on so he can't resist texting you back. If you've been chatting with the guy for a little while, don't be afraid to get a little naughty when you're messaging him. This way, he'll know that you like him a lot more than a friend.

How do you make text not boring? ›

20 Ways on how not to be a dry texter
  1. Reply as soon as you can. ...
  2. Avoid using one-word replies. ...
  3. Know the purpose of your reply. ...
  4. Make texting fun with GIFs and emojis. ...
  5. Make your crush smile with memes. ...
  6. Don't be afraid to ask questions. ...
  7. Show your sense of humor. ...
  8. Go ahead and flirt a little.
Oct 19, 2021

What to ask if the conversation gets boring? ›

101 Fun & Interesting Questions To Perk Up Boring Gatherings
  • Tell me the 3 best things about you.
  • On a scale of 1-10, how strict are/were your parents?
  • Who was your worst teacher? ...
  • Who was your favorite teacher? ...
  • Which would you pick: being world-class attractive, a genius or famous for doing something great?
Dec 22, 2015

How do you spark deep conversations? ›

Read on to see the best of what we uncovered.
  1. Have some 'deep' conversation starters on hand. ...
  2. Ask questions about topics the other person is interested in. ...
  3. Find out what makes the other person special. ...
  4. Avoid discussing the weather. ...
  5. Assume the other person has deep thoughts. ...
  6. Don't push people to see your perspective.
Apr 16, 2019

How do you keep a conversation going? ›

Here are five tips and tricks from experts to help you next time you experience an awkward mid-conversation silence.
  1. Make sure you look interested. ...
  2. Don't discount small talk. ...
  3. Listen actively. ...
  4. Ask open-ended questions. ...
  5. Stay calm, and practice.
Jun 17, 2020

How do you keep a conversation going on a date? ›

Here are 6 tips on how to open those floodgates, so that you and your first date really have a fair shot at connecting!
  1. Read up on current events before the date. ...
  2. Ask lots of questions. ...
  3. Comment on his or her appearance. ...
  4. Be open and honest. ...
  5. Listen to what your date is saying. ...
  6. Laugh!

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