Rekindle the Romance: 52 Creative Date Night Ideas

Are you skipping date night with your spouse because of everyday responsibilities, work and children? Have the past two years put a kink on spending one-on-one time with your significant other? A recent study shows you may want to rethink the amount of time you rendezvous with the one you love.

According to a study from the National Marriage Project, “The Date Night Opportunity Report,” couples who spend time together at least once a week are “markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote much couple time to one another.”

What better way to have one-on-one time than date night? No matter what your interests, personality or financial status, there are date night ideas to suit everyone. If you are socially distancing, there are still ways to keep date night alive. Hire a sitter, trade child care with another couple, or plan a date night at home after the kids are in bed. Try one of these 52 creative ways to date your mate — one for every week of the year!

Cheap Dates

1.Stargaze. Head to Rice University and check out the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace.

2. Go to a local wine-tasting at Haas Winery.

3. Rent bikes and ride around town. If you feel really adventurous, try a tandem bike. Houston BCycle.

4. Test your knowledge by participating in a local trivia night. Before making a debut, check out sporcle.com or funtrivia.com to play games that challenge your trivia knowledge.

5. Visit a local pool hall. Shoot pool and play darts.

6. Test drive an expensive, racy sports car, then go find a happy hour and eat appetizers for dinner.

7. Treat each other to an at-home spa night with bubble bath, foot rubs and massages.

Fancy Dates

8. Make your most exquisite meal at home. Use silverware, China, candles and cloth napkins.

9. Take a cruise on a dinner yacht on Boardwalk FantaSea out of Kemah.

10. Dine at a restaurant that has live entertainment like jazz, blues or theater.

11. It doesn’t get more romantic than La Colombe d’Or.

12. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city at night. Check out Houston Carriage.

Snuggle-at-Home Dates

13.Make popcorn and enjoy a romantic movie like Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sleepless in Seattle or The Notebook.

14. Play a board game for couples like Scene It? Squabble or Battle of the Sexes.

15. Share yearbooks from your childhood, high school and college days. Learn about each other before you were a couple.

16. If you have a fire pit in the backyard, build a roaring fire, make s’mores, and snuggle.

17. Share letters describing what you love and admire about each other. Write why you are important to each other.

Thrill Seeking Dates

18.Take a hot-air balloon ride at Air Texas Balloon Adventures.

19. Visit an amusement park like Big Rivers Water Park or Moody Gardens for indoor adventures.

20. Race go-karts at Andretti Karting & Games.

21. Learn to fly at iFly Indoor Skydiving.

22. Take SCUBA diving certification classes together. Plan a trip to an exotic place to scuba dive.

Outdoorsy Dates

23. Hold hands and wade in a creek.

24. Canoe or kayak together.

25. Go spelunking. Find out if where cave camping is allowed. Pack your gear and spend the night in a cave. www.TPWD.Texas.Gov

26. Go on an outdoor treasure hunt by geocaching. Using a GPS, treasure seekers enter a specific set of coordinates and then attempt to find a hidden container at the location. Check out geocaching.com to find out more.

27. Spend a lazy afternoon floating down the river in New Braunfels.

Around Town Dates

28. Visit Burke Baker Planetarium. There is something romantic about viewing constellations in the night sky, even if it is indoors.

29. Audition for a part in a community theatre production together.

30. Attend an Art Walk in Galveston, an event where several art galleries open their doors for free viewings on the same night.

31. Take a self-guided tour of our town. Google “Self-guided tour” and the name of your city and get a listing of sightseeing walks & tours.

32. Head to the Rooftop Cinema for a movie night under the stars.

Socially Conscious Dates

33. Volunteer at Westbury community garden. .

34. Love animals? Volunteer at Houston SPCA.

35. Serve together at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.

36. Volunteer as a docent or greeter at your favorite museum.

37. Buy tickets to a charity gala. Dress up in a tuxedo and evening gown, have a glamorous night and help others.

Book Lover Dates

38. Buy a book you both want to read. Take turns reading and write notes to each other in the margins.

39. Read a relationship book together. Try to outdo each other following its advice.

40. Visit Blue Willow Bookshop. Peruse the bookshelves and then sit, and read together.

41. Take a class together at HCC.

42. Start your own book. Take turns writing in a journal about your life together. If you have children, they will cherish the book one day.

Dates that make you feel like a kid again

43. Go to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo or Texas Renaissance Festival. Ride the rides and eat food on a stick.

44. Go putt-putting at PixarPutt at Discovery Green.

45. Visit your Dairy Ashford Roller Rink and skate.

46. Visit Dewberry Farm and take a hay ride.

47. Go to the Houston Zoo and feed the giraffes.

Physically Fit Dates

48. Take a dance lesson together. Whether you pick a steamy salsa, intimate tango or flirty cha cha, it will be good for your heart both physically and romantically.

49. Run in the Houston marathon. Cross the finish line together.

50. Take aerobics, yoga or Pilates together at your local YMCA.

51. Lift weights together at LA Fitness.

52. Bike/Hike through Terry Hershey Park.

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