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10 date night ideas to try for your next couple’s night out

Spice things up and ignite that spark with some of our unique date night ideas that go beyond dinner and a movie.

Published Feb 27, 2024
5 min. reading time
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Let’s face it. It’s easy to fall back on just grabbing coffee or dinner when you’ve been dating for a while. Or even if you’re new to your relationship, thinking of fresh ideas can be challenging.

Sound familiar? Don’t worry. We’ve put together an editor-approved list of romantic date ideas that you can take inspiration from. 

Some of these suggestions may require a little more planning than others, like the bed and breakfast stay, but it’ll be worth it because of all the wonderful memories you’ll be creating.

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Experience an NYC evening cruise

For something a little different, sail at sunset and see the New York City lights with the Harbor Lights Cruise. There’s nothing quite like inspiring romance while the breeze catches in your hair and you enjoy the cityscape all lit up.

You’ll be able to catch landmarks including the USS Intrepid, the Statue of Liberty, Newport Centre and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge while onboard. For an additional fee, you can choose to add on a dining option during the cruise and spend more time sailing. 

Want to cruise in another city? Here are a few options:

See a Broadway musical

Rather than watch a movie, why not see a Broadway musical? You can catch “Chicago” if you're in New York, for example, now in its 18th year and the longest-running musical in Broadway history and experience the razzle and dazzle of the 1920s. 

Whether you're into romance, drama, comedy, or adventure, there's a musical to suit every preference, making it an inclusive option if you and your date have different preferences.

Watching a musical together also gives you both the opportunity to share an unforgettable cultural experience, and it'll foster a deeper connection and shared memories. We think a live show will be more exciting than watching a movie on a flat screen, too!

Not in New York? Book other musicals near you.

Go for a haunted pub crawl in New Orleans

Fancy a little spookiness and haunted houses coupled with a few drinks? You and your date will enjoy a thrilling and intimate adventure on the Ghosts and Voodoo Haunted Pub Crawl.

Wander through the city's historic streets and visit the French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny, guided by knowledgeable storytellers. You’ll delve into the ghostly folklore and urban legends that New Orleans is known for and get the chance to stop at the city’s watering holes and taste different cocktails and drinks.

What’s more, you’ll get to visit a haunted hotel and meet Kalindah Laveaux, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. It’s a good date idea if you both are fans of horror and intrigue.

Drive an ATV at night

Enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with riding an ATV but at night. It’s an exhilarating date night idea as you uncover the beauty of Redland's nature reserves together, marvel at the serenity of the night, and spot local wildlife that you can only see after dark.

You’ll experience the beauty of Miami away from the hustle and bustle of the city while bonding with your date over a shared love for adventure and exploration. And what could be more romantic than the wind in your hair and neon lights under the night sky?

Watch a live comedy show

They say laughter is the best medicine and watching live standup comedy is one way to get the endorphins pumping, especially if you’re opting for this on a date. Ali Wong's comedic genius and sharp wit create an atmosphere of hilarity and joy, ensuring that you and your date will be thoroughly entertained throughout the show. 

Sharing laughter has been proven to strengthen bonds and deepen connections, making a comedy show an ideal setting for a memorable date experience. 

Plus, the relaxed and laid-back atmosphere of a comedy club provides the perfect opportunity for both of you to unwind, let loose and enjoy each other's company 

Stay in a bed and breakfast

Booking a bed and breakfast is a very romantic way to treat your date — and we have just the place to consider if you’re planning a getaway in Florida.

Bayfront Marin House in St. Augustine, Florida, is a charming inn that exudes a timeless elegance and cozy atmosphere, perfect for a romantic trip. 

Nestled along the picturesque bayfront, this historic inn has an intimate setting and personalized service. You can unwind and reconnect in a serene environment with their luxurious accommodation with stunning waterfront views and a gourmet breakfast.

To add to the romance, luxe amenities such as double Jacuzzi tubs, body jet showers, fireplaces, and private decks with water views are available. You may not want to leave after a night because this just may be the perfect date.

Looking for other bed and breakfast options? TripAdvisor has tons of great options based on your location. 

Take a workout class together

Working out together is one affordable, fun date idea for couples. If you’re after good first date ideas, a workout class is a great way to get to know another person while sweating it out. 

We suggest trying out a class that suits both your fitness levels. Yoga is an option if you both want to do something more relaxing — or if you prefer something more high-intensity, you can opt for a boxing and strength class, such as this one at Sweat Society.

Nervous to exercise in front of your partner? Why not grab a coffee after to rant about how tough the class was?

If you’re into interactive dates, why not try a fun one like a sushi-making class? Sign up for a class, such as this Intro to Sushi Making class, for one of the best first date ideas that would be both fun and delicious. 

Learning the art of sushi-making together fosters a sense of teamwork and connection as you work side by side to create mouthwatering rolls. The engaging nature of the class encourages laughter, conversation and bonding, as you experiment with different ingredients and techniques to craft unique sushi creations. 

It also offers the opportunity to learn a new skill and deepen your culinary repertoire. Plus, the satisfaction of enjoying the fruits of your labor at the end of the class is immensely rewarding.

Paint and sip

Unleash your inner artist and get creative with a paint-and-sip session at Painting With A Twist. It’s a laidback and relaxed space to spend time with your date. 

The best part? You can bring your own drinks and snacks to make the night truly yours. 

A local artist will guide you step-by-step through the creation of your masterpiece. The activity will encourage laughter, conversation, and bonding as you both get painting 

And at the end of the night, you'll have a unique piece of art and cherished memories of a fun date experience to take home. 

Dine at a Michelin-star restaurant

If your budget permits,  why not treat you and your date to a night out at a Michelin-star restaurant? We’re especially intrigued by Jungsik, a classy New York City spot, combining innovative Korean flavors with fine dining sophistication. 

You’ll get a one-of-a-kind dining experience that both tantalizes the senses and ignites the palate. Each dish crafted by Chef Jungsik Yim showcases a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. 

You’ll connect over your appreciation for food artistry and unique flavors while the restaurant’s ambiance will ignite romance. 

Fun date night ideas that top our list

Finding something new and different for your date night may be a daunting process, but we have so many fun ideas on our list that you can’t go wrong. 

That said, if you need a nudge in the right direction, our editors suggest trying out one of the following for a guaranteed good time: 

  • Watch a live comedy show: Laughter bonds you and a live comedy show is a great way to let loose and break down walls. 

  • Try a workout class together: You don’t have to pick a challenging class — try yoga if you’re both more zen or have fun punching it out at boxing. Think of all the endorphins and laughs you’ll have.

  • Dine at a Michelin-star restaurant It may not be cheap but it’s a great way to experiment with food, especially if you both are foodies and enjoy new dining experiences together.

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Sherelyn Goh

A former women's lifestyle magazine editor, Sherelyn Goh has worked with all things beauty, health, style and travel and finds a thrill in discovering and testing new products. Based in Kuala Lumpur, she enjoys food, travel, working out and cooking.

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