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Panning for gold probably won't bring in tons of money, but you'll get to enjoy a new activity. You can go to a local stream and pan for gold, and it doesn't cost anything. There are places where you pay, and they allow you to pan their streams for gold. You might see a speck of gold here and there, and that's what makes it so much fun. It's like hunting for a needle in a haystack, and seeing your spouse's face light up when they find gold is priceless. You'll feel like someone who headed out west in hopes of finding prosperity when you're sloshing the water and sediment around the pan, searching for any specks that sparkle in the light.
Health & Wellness
A relaxing soak in the hot tub is what every couple needs sometimes. Stress has a way of building up over time, and often, when it does, couples don't talk. A dip in the hot tub might just be what your body and relationship need. Find some relaxing music on your smartphone and sit close to each other while enjoying the warm water. Allow the mood to carry itself wherever you want it to go. The two of you need some alone time, and there's no better way to enjoy being around each other than to do so in bubbling hot water.
Going to a block party or even throwing a block party yourself is fun for the entire neighborhood. Why would you turn your date night into a party for everyone? Why not? There might be a reason you want to celebrate or just want to get the whole neighborhood together. If you're going to have a block party as a date, you'll probably want to notify the police beforehand. The police should be aware that there will be quite a bit of people going from house to house and having a good time. You wouldn't want your date to turn into an out of control party that makes the headlines in the newspaper the following day.
Food & Drink
Hitting up your local coffee shop or juice bar is a great date idea for married couples. If you want to kick up your date a few notches, get something sweet to go along with your drinks. Most coffee shops have cookies, donuts, or other pastries that you can enjoy while sipping on your coffee. The old school donut shops are so much fun because they usually have delicious fresh donuts and bottomless cups of coffee. The quality of coffee at restaurants has increased over the years, and even fast-food restaurants now have good enough coffee to enjoy during a date.
Classes & Workshops
Attending dance classes is a great date idea for many different reasons. First off, dancing is fun. It's also an excellent exercise, and it's in some cases better than going to the gym. Dancing also promotes intimacy between the two of you. Dancing is something that you and your spouse can do for the rest of your life. What you learn today in the classes you'll be able to do for years down the line. A dancing class date will get you out of the house, you'll be near other couples, and you'll enjoy yourself. The greatest thing about learning how to dance is, it's something you can do at home. Turn on some music, get close, and slow dance while allowing yourselves to live in the moment. Your dance classes will take a life of their own, which is why this is such a fantastic date idea.
Miniature golf has many common names such as mini golf, goofy golf, putt-putt golf or crazy golf. Mini golf is fun no matter what season it is. Mini golf can be played indoors or outdoors, so it might not even matter what the weather conditions are. Also, skill isn't required to play miniature golf. A date can quickly turn into a giggle-fest when two people play mini golf. The ball has a way of getting caught up in the craziest of traps, and it's fun trying to get yourself out of them. Try not to take the game too seriously and enjoy being together. If the mini-golf joint has a snack bar, get something to eat after hitting the ball around.
For those of you who don't know what beachcombing is, it's where you scour the beach for valuables or interesting items. The most common form of beachcombing is where you search the beach for seashells. If you've never been beachcombing before, you'll be shocked by all the things that you can find. Keeping an eye out for loot and other valuables while walking the beach is a great way to get some exercise and spend time with your spouse. Keep a stash box at home with all your beachcombing findings to look back and remember all the fun dates you had at the beach. For best results, find a time when there are few people on the beach so you have little competition for the objects that wash up.
Fun & Games
Going to an ice cream social is so much fun because it gives you a chance to mingle with people while enjoying a delicious frozen treat. Sometimes ice cream socials are put on by churches or civic organizations that use the money raised for good causes. Your date will be delicious, but the money you spend very well could help people in your community. Another great aspect of ice cream socials is they take place outside, and that gives you a perfect opportunity to enjoy the fresh air with the person you love.
Health & Wellness
An obstacle course will let you know right away all about the physical abilities of your spouse. It's surprising by the time you're done with the obstacle course how you feel the areas on your body that need the most improvement. It will be interesting to see which of you are in the best shape. If you want to take your obstacle course date to the next level, time yourself and see who can go through the course the fastest. If you do the obstacles several times, you'll eventually get good at them and will be able to complete the course faster and faster.
Arts & Culture
Festivals come around every year, and they offer an excellent opportunity for the perfect date. Set aside a few dollars to have yourself a good time when the festival is in town. Sometimes festivals are free, which means you won't need to shell out any money to go on a date there. But, you'll probably want to buy something to eat or at the very least a souvenir. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes since you'll probably do quite a bit of walking while you're at the festival. Local festivals are great because you get to enjoy everything that makes your community the wonderful place that it is.
Events & Attractions
Few date ideas are as unique as the rodeo. The most fun way to enjoy a rodeo is by going there and seeing the action yourself. If you can't attend the rodeo during your date, don't sweat it. You can watch the rodeo on TV. It would be a total blast to serve up some Tex-Mex inspired dishes or snacks to watch while enjoying all the excitement. If you're an avid rodeo fan, you can cheer on your favorite athletes and see how well they do. The rodeo is an exciting sport that's so quick that it will make you regret blinking during your date.
Couples who love to shoot guns will have a lot of fun skeet shooting. Your local gun range might offer skeet shooting for members. If you don't belong to a gun range or a gun club, skeet shooting is something that you can do by yourself. Don't be surprised if the two of you rarely hit any of the clay pigeons if you're not marksmen. The fun here isn't to see how many you can shoot, but to spend time with each other. Go back and forth and give each other the chance to practice shooting and provide tips on how to improve the accuracy of the shot. Be sure to take a class on gun safety first if you aren't experienced in shooting.
Petting zoos tend to have cute furry animals that are so much fun to pet. Usually, the cost of entry into a petting zoo is a few dollars at the most. Going to a petting zoo is a great date idea if one or both of you are an animal lover. Make sure to take plenty of pictures of each other with the animals during your date. Looking back at the photos of you having so much fun at the petting zoo will be a total blast later on. The zoo's wide variety of animals ensures there is something that both of you will enjoy petting.
Fun & Games
Glowsticking is a fantastic date idea for those who enjoy being outside after dark. It's also possible to use glow sticks inside, but you've got to be careful not to hit anything. To have fun while glowsticking you take the glow stick on a string in swing it around. The stick glows in the dark, and it looks incredible as it moves around. If you want to have even more fun on your glowsticking date, play some music and try to swing the glow stick to the beat. Play with the glow sticks while listening to various styles of music. Choose a style of music that you think goes least with glowsticking and try your best to make it work. Sometimes the most fun day you'll have glowsticking will be when you least expect it, and you discover a new way of playing with your glow sticks. Try to take some photos or videos of the light show that you put on and see what kind of art you can produce.
Every home needs a little sprucing up now and then. Turn your date night into a home decorating extravaganza. Sometimes it's fun to allow your spouse to control every aspect of the decorating to see what ideas they come up with. You can have home decorating dates every week to change up the decor if one of you has wildly different tastes than the other. Go all out and rearrange your furniture, add new artwork, and maybe even paint the walls if that's something you can do. If neither of you know anything about interior design or how to decorate your home there are a million ideas online for inspiration.
Open houses are a lot of fun, and it doesn't matter if you're only window shopping or looking to buy a home. If you're a young couple, it will be fun to look at houses to see what you want in the future. By going to open houses, you'll have a better idea of what the other wants in a new home. If you have no intent on buying a house, going to open houses is still an enjoyable experience because you get to see what homes look like in different areas. Take a look at houses all over and imagine what it would be like to live in them. If you live in an area with homes for sale, you can walk to them and add a little exercise to your date.
Water skiing is an adventure waiting to happen when you're being pulled by a boat. It's such an enjoyable experience being outside surrounded by water as the boat pulls you along. It's always fun to watch your spouse's face while they're having the time of their life. It's instant excitement when the boat goes, and you're holding on for dear life. Those who enjoy being outside, the water, and plenty of sun will enjoy a fun-filled date of water skiing.
Classes & Workshops
It seems that everyone wants to learn how to play guitar. Almost every music shop has guitar classes. You can call, go online, or visit the shop where you bought your guitar and ask if they give lessons. You and your spouse can attend the classes together. It's best that you both have your own guitar, but you can take turns learning if you only have one. After your guitar class, the really fun thing to do is to go home and jam together with what you just learned. A couple of classes are all it takes to learn the basics and be able to strum a tune on your guitar.
Romance & Relationship
Playing 21 questions isn't only a fantastic date idea; it's also a great way of getting to know your spouse a little better. It doesn't matter how long you've been married; there's still plenty of stuff for the two of you to learn about each other. You can find the 21 questions to ask by searching for them on the internet. Alternatively, you can also make up your own 21 questions. Why not order a pizza and munch on it while answering the questions? If it's a beautiful day outside, pack a lunch, head to the park, and answer all the questions while taking in some fresh air and sun.
Ultimate frisbee is a game similar to soccer, but instead of a ball, it uses a frisbee. If you know of another married couple that likes to go out on double dates, ultimate frisbee is an excellent activity to do. You can either play against the other couple or team up according to sexes. The men on one team and the women on another if that's the route you want to go. If you want to play by yourselves, it's possible, but a little less fun. It might be more fun to see who can score by throwing the frisbee in the goal from the furthest distance.
Health & Wellness
If the two of you have a date in a sensory deprivation tank, you'll never come back the same. You might think that floating in salt water in a dark tank while having your senses deprived of everything doesn't sound like it would be life-altering. Anyone who has ever been in a sensory deprivation tank knows how much it changes everything. If you haven't had this experience yet, now's the time to give it a try. After you're done, talk to each other and discuss the immediate changes. You will be surprised by how almost identical your reactions are to this profoundly odd and satisfying experience.
Have you ever thought of dressing up as your favorite cartoon, movie or game character? There are two ways you can turn cosplay into a date, and that is to dress up as separate characters or to dress up as a team. If the two of you are into something particular, each of you can dress up as a character from it. You can attend a costume party, surprise some friends with your costumes, or walk around town and see how people react. If none of that suits your fancy, you can always stay at home and act out scenes for your characters while all dressed up. Cosplay can also be a fun dimension to add to your bedroom routine.
Going for a nice relaxing drive is a great way to spend some quality time with your spouse. Hitting the open road offers up many opportunities for conversation and closeness that you otherwise would not be able to obtain on your own. A driving date can consist of taking a stroll through town or hitting the road and taking the highway and seeing where it ends up. A driving date is made even more enjoyable if you go out for a bite to eat. You can visit a drive-in restaurant or get fast food and eat it in your car. Sometimes a great way to end a driving date is to find a secluded area and relax while listening to music and allow the conversation to go wherever it may. Who knows, you might even be able to sneak a kiss while you're parked.
Causes & Service
Are you a couple who has strong political convictions? If so, political canvassing can help your cause. Politics on the retail level is all about bumping shoulders and burning shoe leather. If the two of you feel strongly about the same candidates or causes, volunteering your time and turning it into a date is a great idea. You'll feel a sense of accomplishment, and you'll also get to spend time with the person you love more than anyone else in this world. You'll always remember your date fondly if your efforts helped push your cause or candidate over the top. If you're lucky you might even get to hobnob with some well known people giving you great stories to talk about for years.
Fun & Games
Games for couples can come in many different forms. Some games that are made for couples are super sexy, and they will make you want to turn out the lights and enjoy some alone time together. Other games are more challenging and are all about testing your skills. Your mood and nothing else should determine the type of game that you play. Sometimes couples need a little motivation to get into the bedroom, and a sexy game can do that. A date of sexy games can be enhanced with finger foods, chocolate, or by setting a romantic mood. If the game you're playing isn't sexy, you can still enjoy some snacks and your favorite beverages to make your gameplay more enjoyable.
Fun & Games
You better be prepared for anything and everything during a game of truth or dare. You never know what your spouse is going to say or do. Sometimes the truth can be far more terrible than a dare. Are you willing to test your relationship to see how truthful your spouse is? If you can't handle the truth, you might be forced to take a dare. Somehow a truth or dare date always ends up being super wild, and it's an experience no couple will ever forget. Of course we all want to be friends afterwards, so go easy on the questions and dares with your spouse or the game won't be any fun.
Sporty couples and those seeking to get more exercise in their lives should consider a handball date. Handball can mean different things to different people, depending on where they live. In the U.S. handball is another name for the game called wallball or American handball. This is a really simple game that only requires a small rubber ball and a wall and it can be played fine with just 2 people. If you're a competitive couple who likes to challenge each other, give handball a try. In other parts of the world handball is a team sport that you're more likely to watch on TV. It's sort of like soccer, but you use your hands instead of your feet to get the ball into the goal and can be very exciting to watch.
Classes & Workshops
It seems that home improvement and DIY types of shows are a big hit right now. You and your spouse might watch those programs and be in awe of what they do. If so, then home improvement classes are a fantastic date idea for you. The classes will teach you how to do repairs in your home to improve the quality of your life. Not only will you enjoy living in your home more, but you'll also save a ton of money by not having to pay people to do these things for you which are easier than you think to do.
Hitting the gym is a fantastic way for a couple to connect. A gym date is a way to work on your bond while also paying close attention to your health. A married couple who works out together has an advantage that most singles don't, and that is they can help each other. You can spot your spouse and also help them with the equipment. Your workout will be much more in-depth if you do it with a partner. Having your spouse right there can also be a great motivation as you work on your shared fitness goals. Treat yourself with a protein shake after your workout so the two of you can relax a little while enjoying the afterglow of the exercise.
Blogging is a date activity that can quickly turn into a passion, or better yet, a career. You can start a free blog or use a paid host, so you have total control over it. The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to blog about. Maybe you want a family blog where you talk about everything that's going on. The blog's purpose may only be to connect your family members, so they know what's happening in your life. Set aside one evening a week or a month and create a blog post together. Blogging can be quite an enjoyable experience, and it can also be profitable, depending on the topic you're writing about.
Some believe that watching soccer on TV is better than being in the stands among all the rowdy fans. Turning watching soccer on television into a date is a fantastic idea for those who consider themselves to be a fanatic of the sport as well as those new to it. Your dates don't have only to be sitting in front of the television; you can also prepare a special meal or make homemade snacks such as chips and salsa to make watching the game even more enjoyable. Since you're watching the big game at home, feel free to yell if your team scores to show your team pride.
Laser shows are always amazing, and it's stunning to see what they can do with lasers. Usually, laser shows and music go together hand in hand. Laser shows are best viewed at night, so you might want to turn this into a dinner and evening event. Whisper into each other's ear when you see a new shape and say what you think it is. It'll be next to impossible not to bust out laughing when your spouse observes something utterly different than what you do.
Fun & Games
Eyebombing is where you put googly eyes on objects in public. The goal is to make things look silly, so people get a chuckle. There are a million and one things you can eyebomb, and the hilarity sometimes gets out of hand. Grab yourself a pack of eyes and try to find the silliest places where you think they should go. You'll laugh so hard when you see how people react to the googly eyes. You will have a ton of fun eyebombing, but your date will bring plenty of lighthearted laughs to anyone who catches a glimpse of the eyes. Please remember to eyebomb responsibly.
A date first thing in the morning starts the day off right. If the two of you are early birds, then you're already awake when the sun comes up. If not, watching the sunrise might be even more special. Go out on the back porch or in the parking lot and watch the sun come up. Climbing a mountain or heading to the beach can make it even more beautiful. The best sunrise date is to eat breakfast in bed before or after the sun rises. One of you can treat the other and cook breakfast and enjoy the meal while lying in bed. Or if you're away from home why not turn it into a picnic? Don't forget to take some beautiful photos while you're at it.
Arts & Culture
Couples who enjoy going out and listening to instrumental music will love going to the piano bar on date night. Have a drink or two, and enjoy live music being played on a piano. Piano bars are great alternatives for people who like live music but don't like the wild bar scene. Set aside money for a taxi or have a friend pick you up if you plan on drinking. You can play dress up and wear all kinds of fancy clothes. Make it a theme night, and the two of you wear something similar, like beach vacation night or whatever strikes your fancy.
There's something romantic about watching a movie with the person you love at the theater. Maybe it's being next to the person you love in a dark room that's illuminated with all kinds of exciting lights. If you want to save money, watching a movie at home is the next best thing. Sometimes watching a movie at home is even better because you can choose the snacks you want without paying those high concession stand prices. If you really want to go all out on your home movie date, whip up some finger foods such as nachos and snuggle together on the couch and enjoy.
Events & Attractions
A haunted house is as spooky as they come. It doesn't matter where you live; there are haunted houses. Typically, most haunted houses are only open during the autumn around Halloween. Sometimes haunted houses are put on by local churches or civic groups with a theme in mind. The real haunted houses will scare you to your very core. If you're prepared to get freaked out and scared like you've never been scared before, go to a quality haunted house during a date. Just don't be surprised if you come out the other end shaking like a leaf.
Fun & Games
Building a snowman is a great wintertime date that will create memories that will last a lifetime. Decorate your snowman with all types of festive apparel, and don't forget to give him a carrot nose. Keep your smartphone handy so that you can snap a few pictures of the snowman to share on social media and remember your wintery date. If you really want to have a splendid snowman building date, have a cup of hot chocolate and a few cookies waiting for you after being done outside. Nothing warms your bones like a cup of hot chocolate, and a few cookies are the best way to end your date on a sweet note.
Events & Attractions
There are so many reasons why a book signing is a great date idea. First off, anything that gets you to read more is a fantastic thing. Beyond all that, when you go to a book signing, you get to meet the author. The hope is that the author is someone famous and they will sign your book for you. Book signings involve plenty of waiting, and you don't get much time with the author. You should think in advance what you want to say to the author and what you want them to write while autographing your book. If you're allowed, have your spouse take a picture to have an additional memento to remember your date with a famous writer.
Fun & Games
Challenges and dares always make for an interesting date. How do you choose what type of challenges or dares you dish out? Well, only you know what you're spouse is willing to do. You don't want the dare to be so extreme that you know they aren't going to do it. So, with that in mind, you should test the waters and see what comes about. If you're running blanks, go online and find some suggestions on challenges and dares. You'll find plenty of suggestions that don't go to an extreme. This is one of those dates that you can do anywhere, and it can be incredibly exciting if you're in the bedroom or in a romantic mood.