Getting Out When You’re Snowed In – Date Ideas For The Winter Weather

When the weather is nice, it’s easy to come up with fun date ideas. From picnics in the park to a long walk or even a baseball game under the stars, the possibilities seem endless. Taking a romantic stroll is a bit less appealing when the weather is below freezing, but that doesn’t mean you have to shut yourself indoors until spring comes. This winter, don’t let a little snow stop you from meeting people and exploring your city.

Here are some date night ideas that won’t leave you out in the cold.

Top 10 Fall Date Ideas

A lot of people think that Valentine’s Day is the best time for romance, but they don’t think about how romantic the Fall can be. The Fall is actually one of the prettiest seasons of the year, when the trees are rich with colors and you can enjoy scenic drives, walks, etc. in weather that is not too hot or too cold. If it is chilly, you can warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate or snuggle in front of a fireplace. This is a great time of year for dating, and we have some awesome fall date ideas for you to try.

20 Great First Dates That Don’t Require Sitting at a Bar

It’s a familiar trope: A guy or girl walks into a bar, orders a drink and  meets their match. This may help to explain the popular assumption among today’s singles that any first date that’s worth its weight in fun or romance must include drinks at a bar. This isn’t the case!

In reality, there are some very good reasons to choose a venue and activity that doesn’t include alcohol:

10 Outdoor Activities for Every Couple

Spending time outdoors is a great way to enjoy life, get a healthy dose of vitamin D, and to breathe in the fresh air. Time outside is proven to have health benefits such as spurring weight loss, increasing brain activity and function, and reducing stress.

With that being said, enjoying outdoor activities is the perfect way to enjoy the company of your spouse, and luckily for you there are endless fun things to do in the great outdoors. Keep reading to learn about all of the outdoor activities that couples should be sure to experience at one point or another.

Going to the beach

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Whether you live near a beach or have to travel to take advantage of one, this is definitely not to be missed. What could be better than the salty air and warm ocean breeze? Search for seashells, dip your toes in the water, and observe wildlife for either a fun adventure or a relaxing day – you decide!

Having a picnic

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Grab your favorite sandwiches, a checkered blanket, and your sunhats and enjoy a meal outside, even if it is just in your very own backyard! You’ll love to hear the birds chirping as you sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal and a bevie or two.

Gardening

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Planting and maintaining your own garden – whether it consist of shrubs, flowers, or vegetables – is a fulfilling activity. So why not share in the fun with your significant other? You’ll love the time outside and admiring your garden will be an awesome reward for all of your hard work.

Going for a walk

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As simple as it is, going for a walk is a great outdoor activity that is not only fun, but it has a wide range of benefits to it. It helps relieve stress, aids in weight management, boosts your mood, and can even make you more creative. Find a new path to enjoy together!

Enjoying a campfire

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What’s more delicious than a freshly toasted marshmallow on a s’more? Making campfire treats and snuggling with your S.O. by the fire, will definitely warm you up. After a busy week, catching up and sharing stories is a great way to make memories!

Star gazing

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Whether or not there is an astronomical event happening, watching the stars is relaxing and not to mention romantic! It’s an inexpensive date night and is also a good way to get some fresh air. You may even be lucky enough to see a shooting star!

Training a pet

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Taking your pet outside to train them is a fun thing for you and your spouse to work through together. While this will certainly take some hard work, patience, and dedication, it’s worth it to ensure that your pet is adequately trained. It’s also the best way to bond with each other and your new pet. Build trust amongst one another and enjoy the sunshine as well as each other’s company!

Going for a hike

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Why not combine quality time together with something that will make you more fit and show you some beautiful sights? A hike proves to be fulfilling and interesting. You can adjust this activity to fit virtually any skill level and it’s up to you whether you want to make it a short voyage or an all day/overnight adventure.

Seeing a drive in movie

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‘Let’s all go to the lobby’ – This is an old fashioned one, but it’s a great idea for a summer night. Kick back, relax, and chomp on some popcorn from the snack bar, as you watch a fun flick that you both can agree on. Talk about nostalgia!

Going to a fair

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Especially during the summer months, there are seemingly endless outdoor fairs and music festivals going on around us. Take advantage of one and play carnival games, eat fried food, and ride the rides for an authentic experience. You’ll both have a blast and will surely feel like kids again!

There’s nothing better than spending time with those that you love. Doing it outside is just the icing on the cake, as it’s sure to boost your mood and make your time together even more treasured. Head outside to do something fun and make unforgettable memories all summer long!

The Perfect Season to ‘Fall’ in Love

It’s the season of Pumpkin-Spice Lattes, flourishing fall foliage, cool, crisp autumn air, but most of all, fall is the season of love. The temperatures may have cooled off but it’s time for the romance to heat up. Here are five reasons why autumn is the perfect time to date, and maybe even fall in love.

Plenty of Cozy Date Ideas

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When you really take a moment to think about it, there are SO many fun things to do in the fall. Sure, you may need to be a little more creative, but that gives you a chance to try something new!

Go to your local Oktoberfest, snuggle up on a hayride, enjoy some pumpkin beer, go apple picking and make your own hot cider, or carve pumpkins. Just because the weather is a little cooler, doesn’t mean you should hide indoors. Need some inspiration? Here are 20 fun fall date ideas.

Playing Dress Up
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After college, we don’t have as many opportunities to dress up for themed parties. So when Halloween comes around, we need to take advantage of this time for some festive fun! Couples costumes are a great way to celebrate the season with your new or longtime beau. Brad and Angelina may not be high on the list this year (too soon?), but there are lots of ideas for fun couples costumes!

Don’t feel comfortable going the couples costume route with your new guy or girl? Challenge each other to come up with the funniest or most creative costume. If you’re more on the edgy side, you can go with politically incorrect ideas. This year’s front runners include Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Just make sure you know your audience, if you plan to wear one of these to a Halloween party.

Scary Movie Marathons

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Grab some Halloween-themed snacks, candles, warm blanket, and cuddle up for a scary movie marathon. There’s nothing like snuggling up next to your love to watch some classic Halloween movies. If you’re easily spooked, it’s the perfect excuse to get a little closer.

Haunted Houses

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What better way to bond than being chased by ghosts and chainsaw-wielding mad men? Haunted houses are the ultimate, thrill-inducing, heart-pumping date night. Hang onto your significant other and hold on tight!

Before the Holiday Rush

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We all know the holidays can be stressful. Making travel plans, finding gifts for loved ones, and attending family gatherings. As a result, people are naturally looking for love during this time of year. When you’re dating in the fall, you have a companion for all those awkward family gatherings (if you’re ready for this step) and a plus one to your office holiday party.

Don’t hide from the cool weather, get out there and have some fun; you never know who or what is waiting for you!

What are your favorite fall activities?

15 Budget Friendly Date Activities

According to Jennifer Lopez, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” but we all can’t afford to throw on our Louboutins and step out in style on a Friday night. Luckily, there are affordable date options for the rest of us. So whether you’re trying to woo your new love interest or find fun, fresh things to do with your long-time partner, here are 15 date night ideas that will help you break the monotony without breaking the bank.

  1. Miniature Golf

Mini golf is always a great time and it makes for an affordable date-night activity, especially for new couples! Since you’ll both be concentrating on the course, the conversation will flow easily (think no awkward pauses).

Plus, for those couples with a competitive side, you can keep score as you go head to head on the course.

To make this more fun, go to a local thrift store and find some funky golf pants, the brighter the better!

Tip: You may want to wear two pairs of pants, just in case you get a hole in one!

  1. Ice Skating

Remember in junior high when there were skate times designated for couples only? Remember how awkward it was if you were the only one who wasn’t “going steady?” Well, here’s your chance to make up for lost time!

Lace up a pair of skates and take the ice with your sweetheart. Want to make this even more fun? Watch The Cutting Edge before you go for some ‘90s nostalgia and ice skating inspiration!

  1. Bowling

If you’re sporty or competitive, bowling is right up your alley! (ba-dam tsh..) While bowling fees can add up quickly, there are many packages that include lane time and shoes. Some bowling alleys also have special promotions and discounted rates on weeknights.

Tip: Don’t forget to bring a pair of socks for the rental shoes!

  1. Museums

It doesn’t matter if you’re into art, history, cars, or science, there’s a museum out there that will pique your interest!

Discussing works of art and/or exhibits is a great way to learn more about your new love interest. Check the museum websites and your local event calendar to find nights with special events with lower admission costs.

  1. Love Locks

Love Locks are a famous, historical tradition in Paris. Couples write their names on a padlock and secure the lock to the Pont de Arts Bridge to commemorate their unbreakable bond.

If you’re looking for budget-friendly date ideas, airfare to Paris might be out of your price range, but why not celebrate this romantic tradition at a local spot in your city?

If you’re feeling crafty, decorate your lock and display it somewhere at home instead; it makes a unique love memento and it’s sure to be a conversation starter!

  1. Sunset Stroll

There’s nothing more breathtaking than a beautiful sunset, and you generally don’t have to travel far for a front row seat. Find a serene, outdoor spot and let Mother Nature do the rest!

Tip: Pack some blankets and some snacks and cozy up for a sunset picnic.

  1. Go-Kart Racing

Feel the need for speed? Unleash your inner child and race around a go-kart track!

This is another great date for newer couples; you’ll be too busy having fun (and trying to win) to feel awkward or nervous!

Make sure to check the go-kart places near you because some host two-for-one days so you can race longer for a lower price.

  1. Game Night

Board games aren’t just for kids (Cards Against Humanity anyone?), they’re a blast for adults as well! Pick a couple of your favorite games, grab some snacks, and get ready for a fun night in!

Game nights are also great for groups; this is a casual, informal way to introduce your new guy or girl to your friends.

Game on!

  1. Photo Shoot

While you’ve probably snapped tons of selfies together, there’s something special about making memories with an actual camera. If you’re like most people, however, you probably don’t own a point and shoot or DSLR, but you don’t need one to enjoy this fun date-night activity.

Buy a disposable camera (yes they still make these) and plan a photo scavenger hunt. Head out on the town, snap some pics, and see what develops…

  1. Movie Under the Stars

This is the more romantic, outdoor version of movie night. Many parks and city venues are now hosting free movie-screening events.

Check your local listings to see which movies are playing near you!

Tip: Many of these same places also host free concerts. 

  1. Brewery Tour

While a night out drinking can be pricey, many breweries offer free tours. The best part? Many places let you try samples for free.

Cheers!

  1. Lip Sync Battle

You’ve seen the hilarity ensue when Jimmy Fallon challenges his guests to lip sync battles, why not get in on the fun?

This makes for a memorable night in, or if you’re feeling adventurous, take the show on the road and hit up a karaoke night!

Tip: Pick a theme: Country jams, ‘90s boy bands, old school hip hop.

  1. Bingo!

When was the last time you played Bingo? While you may have thought Bingo was only for little kids or (much) older people, it can actually make for a really fun date night!

Find a local community group or organization and get ready for some fun.

  1. Batting Cages

Another fun idea for the sporty, competitive couples! Batting cages are generally inexpensive and you don’t have to bring any of your own gear.

If you’re not much of a baseball or softball player, or you’re a little rusty and don’t want to embarrass yourself on a date, fear not, you can set the machines to deliver pitches at a slower speed.

Tip: if your date isn’t that experienced, this is a great way to get a little closer and him or her with batting technique!

  1. Dessert-Only Date Night

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? With this option you can enjoy sweet treats for a low price.

While going to dinner can be pricey with appetizers, drinks, and expensive dishes, you can enjoy a fancy dessert for a reasonable price (if you choose the location wisely).

Skip the fancy dinner, make a meal at home or find another cheap option (like a picnic), and satisfy your sweet tooth together!

 

What are your favorite budget-friendly date night ideas? We’d love to hear from you, share your best thrifty date ideas in the comments below!

Top 5 Date Ideas For Someone Working The night shift

It’s taxing enough working the night shift – add being single into that equation, and a whole new set of challenges is brought to the table.  It may be significantly more difficult to meet new people, plan creative dates, coordinate schedules, and prevent yourself from intermittently dozing off, but never fear! We’ve found some surprisingly sweet early morning and late afternoon date ideas that may leave those run-of-the-mill 5-9 workers more than a little jealous.

Here are 5 new date ideas to cultivate any relationship, even if it has to revolve around the graveyard shift:

1) Watch the Sunrise: Most people rarely get the opportunity to observe the quiet understated beauty of a beach-front sun rise. Alternatively, an early morning park stroll while watching the sun reflecting dew on foliage is infinitely more romantic than spending your evening in a crowded restaurant. If you don’t live near a beach or park, you can still enjoy the beautiful sunrise coming up over the mountains or desert.

2) Walk through a Museum: Museums are usually relatively empty after 4 pm  providing a stellar opportunity to bond with your date in a more intimate setting. If you really want to impress your special someone, read up on the exhibits in advance and play tour guide. Many people view museums as a highly cultured date, but don’t be discouraged or feel it’s above you. There are museums for every taste – like modern art, wax, sports, and natural history, so let your mind wander to some of your most unexplored interests and start researching options in your area!

3) Play some Golf: Mini-golf, or even a game of pool is a fun late afternoon activity that will allow you and your date to interact and engage even when the conversation stops flowing. Make it even more fun by adding some friendly competition to the game ie.  the winner has to buy the loser a drink after the game or the loser has to make dinner for two on your next date.

4) Go Swimming: Every major city has a water park, but most adults view it as a place for kids. If you head to the water park when most kids are at school, and you’re out of work, you will practically own the place. And the best part: you don’t have to stand in line or cut in front of 6 year olds who aren’t paying attention. Swimming in a crowded pool can be stifling, making it hard to communicate, so you will need to make an extra effort when it comes to conversation by the pool. Make sure you leave the reading material at home.

5) Relax at a Quiet Cafe  Most 9 to 5 workers don’t like to drink coffee in the evening because they have to sleep, but for those on the overnight, this is prime time to recharge. Enjoy a quiet conversation at your favorite local cafe or bistro before you go to work. Many cafes and bistros offer board games and puzzles while you enjoy a cup of your favorite Joe or tea. An evening coffee is a low-pressure environment that will let your date see you can sustain a relationship, despite working on the overnight shift.