Knowing the perfect thing to do with your girlfriend can seem tricky. So, we came up with 25 unforgettable dates that will leave her wanting more.
You could be at a stage in the relationship where you’ve started to think your date options are running dry. Maybe you’ve been spending too much time following the same tired date routine and want something to liven things up. Or this is your first date and you’re wanting to really get her seeing sparks. Then we have you covered.
Things to Do With Your Girlfriend
We’ve compiled a list of 25 things to do with your girlfriend that will beat Netflix and chill every time.
There are few things more romanticized in life than a picnic with your significant other. Once the weather is nice, find a clearing in a park, or even your own backyard, and enjoy some fresh air. You can prepare a lunch yourself or swing for an artisan charcuterie board with a wine pairing.
Even if the weather is unpleasant, you can still spread a blanket out with all of your provisions inside the comfort of your own home. Anyways, does it really matter where you are if you’re spending your time with her?
2. Movie Night With a Projector
Take your movie night to the next level and get yourself a projector. Once you acquire a projector you will need to find a flat surface or hang up a white sheet in your yard. Follow-up with some comfy seating arrangement and snacks, and you’re ready for your very own drive-in style movie night.
Cuddle up with your girlfriend and enjoy a movie together in the privacy of your own space. Just remember to silence all cellular devices. That way the only distraction is the girl sitting next to you.
3. Take a Cooking Class Together
Cooking dinner for your girlfriend will surely win you some points but taking a cooking class together is even better. You’ll both be able to learn how to cook an elaborate meal and learn how to work alongside each other in the process.
Go ahead and research local culinary classes and make sure you choose one that suits your skill levels. Once you’ve mastered a few techniques and recipes you’ll be able to utilize them in your own kitchen in the future.
For those of you avid readers, a trip to the bookstore will always be a hit. However, in order to give this date an exciting boost, add an extra element to your literary expedition.
Start off by coming up with one or two of your favorite books and have her do the same. Then, exchange your list for hers and set off to find each other’s favorites. You’ll each be able to get a better idea of the other’s interests and that’s important for relationships.
You could also look for a new book you’re both interested in reading and start your own book club. Once the preferred publication has been purchased, you can go to a quiet café or park to read and later discuss the story together.
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5. Volunteer at Your Local Animal Shelter
Love animals but you’re not quite ready to make the plunge into adopting a dog or cat with your girlfriend yet? Then volunteering at a rescue can be your saving grace.
Research the rescues and shelters in your area to find out if they have any events coming up and invite her to attend with you. You can also find out if any rescues allow you to take the dogs out for walks. This will help increase the chances of a cute pup finding a forever home, and your chances of winning your girlfriend’s heart.
Plus, nothing brings people together like giving back to the community.
6. Arcade Bar
Arcades were once the gaming havens of our childhood. Now, they’ve been given a more mature makeover. Introducing the arcade bar!
This adult version of a traditional arcade features all the games, tickets, and prizes you’ve loved since you were a kid. But now you can grab a beer or a cocktail while you hit the jackpot on skee-ball.
You and your girlfriend can game to your hearts’ content. Then at the end of the evening you can see who ends up with the most tickets or prizes. Or, if you’re in the mood to share, you can combine your winnings and spring for the better prize.
7. Explore the Great Outdoors
Exploring the outdoors together is a great activity for spontaneous couples or couples who prefer to plan out their trips. You can make it as simple as just walking around your neighborhood. Instead of your normal route, opt to venture down tree lined streets you haven’t seen before.
If you want a slightly more adventurous outing, you can do a quick search for local hiking trails or beaches.
For those who enjoy a well thought out excursion, take some time to locate a weekend trip to the mountains or a desert trail. Make sure you snap plenty of photos to immortalize the moments with her.
8. Tour a Vineyard or Distillery
A romantic trip to a vineyard is a classic date idea. If your girlfriend enjoys wine, then this will win you some big points with her.
As might be expected, there’s more to a vineyard than just sampling wine. Take in the scenery and ambiance together and for an added perk, try to schedule your visit during an event at the vineyard.
If she’s not big on wine, then try a distillery. You can tour the facilities and learn about the distilling process, and at the end you’ll get to sample their wares.
9. Take a Trip to a Farm to Pick Your Own Produce
Throughout the year there will be many opportunities to pick your own fresh produce from local farms. strawberries a good choice for Springtime, blueberries during the Summer, and apples in the Fall.
The farms hosting the self-pick options will likely have other crops and products they’ve produced on the farm available for purchase, such as apple cider donuts. Sometimes there are events scheduled on the property, which would add even more excitement to your day.
10. Do a Festive Holiday Activity Together
Enjoying the holidays with the girl you’re dating is a given. But it’s easy to dismiss many of the festivities. Make a point to plan a special date with her during holiday seasons.
For Winter holidays you can attend an ugly sweater party or bake cookies together. During the Fall, celebrate Oktoberfest, or attend a haunted house.
Summer and Spring holidays should include sunshine and fresh air. So, have a pool party for two or plan a trip to a beach.
11. Have a Craft Night
Don’t feel like a big night out? A night in with crafts might be the right move… and there are quite a few ways to go about hosting a crafts night.
You could design and make your own shirts with heat transfer vinyl. All you’ll need is an iron, heat transfer vinyl sheets, shirts, and some creativity.
You could try to follow along with a Bob Ross painting video. Just make sure you’re prepared with canvas, paint, and brushes.
Or, if you want a more abstract craft, you can each try to construct something out of clay. It will be like the movie Ghost, except you’re both very much alive.
The night is sure to be filled with laughter no matter which craft you choose.
12. Go to a Yard Sale or Estate Sale
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Start off your weekend with a morning drive to an estate sale or through your area looking for yard sales.
You could discover vintage luxuries together–or stumble upon some of the tackiest trash ever. No matter the haul you bring in from your day, you’re bound to enjoy the time you spend with each other.
13. Come Up With a Weekend Bucket List
If you’re wanting fast paced excitement, then you should team up with your girlfriend and conquer a bucket list over the weekend. While you’re trying to accomplish each task before Sunday evening, you’ll create an abundance of memories that will last a lifetime.
You can either write your own bucket list that each of you contribute to or do a quick search online for ideas. The list can be unique to your own tastes, seasonally inspired, or you can base it on your city and live like a tourist.
Bring along a camera to take snaps of the two of you after you accomplish each item on your list and give her a weekend she’ll never forget.
14. Visit a Museum or an Art Gallery
There’s something special about getting lost in a museum. You’re surrounded by other people and submerged in the sights around you. It begins to feel otherworldly, as if time loses meaning.
Take your girlfriend and immerse yourselves in the arts or histories of our world together. You’ll learn a little more about each other and the finer things in life.
15. Go to a Farmer’s Market Together
Looking for a charming outing for you and your girlfriend? Look no further than your closest farmer’s market! You’ll definitely be able to find something for both of you amongst the menagerie of local stalls and their offerings.
Check out some of the food carts and trucks while you’re there. In fact, make a whole day of it.
Take home some of the fresh produce to whip up a new dinner recipe together later that night. Or purchase some handmade local soaps and lotions to try out together.
16. Go to a Local Botanical Garden
For those of you looking to take your girlfriend somewhere that’s as beautiful as she is, a botanical garden is a fantastic choice. You can spend the day amongst the fragrant, blooming wonders that make up these lush gardens.
Take the time to find your favorite plants and show them to each other. Maybe plan out a garden in the future.
17. Try Your Hand at Kayaking or Rent a Canoe
If you’re looking to immerse yourself with the great outdoors, then a kayaking excursion is the way to go. Most areas close to a river or body of water will have boat rentals, and those boat rentals often feature kayak rentals as well. You can choose your skill level and can even paddle off in the same kayak together.
Or, if you’re wanting a more relaxed private boat ride, rent a canoe. Reenact all of the cheesy Notebook scenes. Even if she’s not a fan of the movie, this date makes for a great photo op.
18. Attend a Trivia Night
For the competitive couples out there, attending a trivia night might be just the date you’re looking for. You’ll get the chance to come up with your own goofy trivia team name and test your knowledge of the most arbitrary questions your local bar can come up with.
Be on the lookout for themed trivia nights as well. You or your girlfriend will have a chance to show off your immense knowledge of your favorite book or movie series.
You can always participate without throwing your name into the hat if that’s more your speed. Just follow along, answer the questions to yourselves, and tally up your scores. Whoever wins can buy the next round!
19. Have a Water Gun or Nerf Gun War
Some of the best date ideas are the ones that bring out our inner child. There’s less pressure and we can feel free to be ourselves.
Well, nothing says childish quite like water guns or Nerf guns.
Running around like a lunatic with a super soaker or nerf guns in both hands is bound to result in a good time. If you’re looking for a boring date, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
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20. Try Out Your Accuracy and Go Axe Throwing
A new trend sweeping the entertainment industry is axe throwing. Axe throwing is no longer a sport for burly lumberjacks. These days you’ll find groups of sorority girls or groups of coworkers lining up to test their abilities.
There are even mobile axe throwing pop-ups that can be found at breweries or farmer’s markets. Think of it as a more badass version of darts.
21. Relax by the Fire and Roast Marshmallows
Get in a little distraction free quality time together around a fire and roast some marshmallows. This will surely evoke a sense of nostalgia and childhood delight.
Don’t forget the graham crackers and chocolates to complete the fireside trifecta.
You’ll have nothing to worry about except for keeping the fire stoked.
22. Take a Trip to a Rage Room
Are you looking to really let go together? Try out a rage room.
Rage rooms are reinforced, soundproof rooms where you’re able to break and smash random objects. The rage room will supply you with all the protective gear and fodder you need for a raging good time. Some rage rooms even let you bring your own materials to break.
So, if you’re looking for a unique date experience, or just want to blow off a little work week steam together, book you and your girlfriend a session.
23. Start a Garden Together
A great way to grow together as a couple is to grow a garden. There’s something special about seeing the fruits of your labor literally bloom before you.
Your nearest hardware store might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of romance but that starts to change once you start getting serious with a girl. Suddenly those appliance laden aisles become the epitome of allure.
So, get your hands dirty and watch your love flourish.
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24. Have Your Own Double Feature at the Movies
Dinner and a movie is a timeless date night move. But you should try switching up the routine.
The double feature used to be a staple in the world of cinema. Titles would be featured as a double billing and two tickets would be sold for the price of one. Double features began to decline in popularity but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate their success with your girlfriend.
Simply go to your favorite theater and choose two movies. Make sure you give yourselves enough time between films to restock on your favorite snacks and drinks.
25. Visit a Planetarium and Stargaze Together
If you’re lucky enough to have a planetarium near you, then you need to plan a date there as soon as possible. There are few things in the world more mystifying than space and seeing it up close is something everyone should experience at least once.
You can up the ante on this date by buying your girlfriend her own star and naming it after her. Then, take her to the planetarium to find the star with her. This is a gift that is truly out of this world.
Cute Date Ideas – Last Word!
Before you make any promises or set anything in stone, verify with either your girlfriend that the time and date is wrong. It would be a shame if you bought tickets for an event at a planetarium and your girlfriend has prior obligations…although I’m sure one of your bros wouldn’t mind accompanying you.
Remember to keep her interests and individuality in mind when planning dates as well. For example, don’t plan a seafood cooking class if she’s allergic to seafood! You want to keep dating the girl after all.