Whether you’re planning a first date or want to try something new with your significant other, there are thousands of free date ideas to choose from. After all, it’s important to remember that being romantic doesn’t always necessitate splashing the cash to impress your date. Remember, “money can’t buy me love,” as The Beatles famously said.
Even if you have all the money in the world, sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics and enjoy some of life’s simpler pleasures. That way, you can concentrate on what matters: having a good time with your date and enjoying an evening filled with great conversations and genuine connections. On that note, here are ten free date ideas that are sure to please your date without costing you a single penny!
- Art show
- Game night
- Comedy Club
- Outdoor concert
- Bike ride
According to Park West Gallery, a visit to an art gallery or museum can improve your health and well-being in a variety of ways, including lowering anxiety and depression and improving critical thinking skills. When you consider that the vast majority of art museums are free, you’ve got yourself a fantastic date idea.
Even if the art galleries charge admission, there is usually a free section where you can walk around and enjoy the art. Furthermore, many exhibitions are open to the public for free on one day of the week, so it’s worth contacting your local art center to see if this is an option.
Who doesn’t love a game night? Open up a bottle of wine, prepare a cheese board, put on some music, and get your favorite board games out ready for a night of laughs and light competition. Playing games at home is becoming an increasingly popular idea since millions of people have been locked down in their homes for extended periods over the past two years. Since then, many of our old-time favorites have come out once more to help keep us entertained, including the likes of Monopoly, chess, UNO, and backgammon.
With that said, if you’re looking for something a little more “off-piste,” you could always turn a photo into a jigsaw puzzle online. Picking out your favorite picture together and working as a team to put the pieces back together is a great way to bond while reminiscing on fond memories.
Open mic nights are usually free events that you can attend where you can watch amateur comedians and entertainers test their skills out on an audience. While you won’t be getting tickets to see Dave Chappelle, you will certainly still be in for a great night without spending a penny.
Following on from the last point, there are often tons of free music events you can enjoy if you live near a big city, especially in the summer. Keep an eye out for local events and surprise your date with a day of live music and maybe even some dancing!
Stargazing is one of the more romantic options on our list. Pick up your date and take a drive out to a remote part of town where there isn’t much light pollution. This will give you the best chance of seeing the stars and the planets in all their glory. Check out this guide of stargazing basics to impress your significant other, and don’t forget to toss a blanket and some warm clothes in the car, as well as a bottle of wine and some snacks.
If you live near a beach, you have a ready-made free date idea waiting for you. Whether on a lake or the ocean, beaches make for a great romantic date. Take a stroll along the shore, enjoy a picnic together, or catch some rays on a sun lounger while getting to know each other better – the choice is yours.
Bike rides are an excellent way to spend time together while getting out in nature. They are also great for those that find face-to-face dates (such as sitting around a dinner table) a little too intense. You can either plan out a designated route with your date, or you can go out on a spontaneous adventure and see where the wind takes you. If they aren’t familiar with the local area, take them on a city tour and show them around.
Another perk? The average person will burn between 450 and 750 calories per hour cycling, so your cardio is done for the day.
Hiking in nature provides a low-pressure date environment that promotes communication, making them perfect for first or second dates. Pick out a local trail and head out for the day with a bag full of supplies, including water, snacks, warm clothes, and a blanket for a picnic.
Bonus tip: Try and time your hike, so you catch the sunset from the top of a hill.
Volunteer at a local pet shelter if you have a love for animals. Perhaps you both have a desire to help the homeless; in that case, why not volunteer at a local soup kitchen? There are volunteer opportunities for all interests, so find one that fits you both and have fun. After all, not only is volunteering free, but you will also be giving your time to those most in need, which is a very wholesome thing to do.
Last but not least, why not head out to some of your favorite spots for a fun photoshoot? Come up with fun poses, angles, outfits, and have a great time taking shots of each other and making some fun memories. Once you get back home, you can go through all the snaps on your computer, print them out, and even make a collage of your favorite pictures.
Never mind the expensive dinners, extortionate theater tickets, or lavish trips away. These ten date ideas are all completely free, and the best part of all, you are guaranteed to have an amazing time with your partner without having to worry about checking your bank balance the morning after.
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