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Fun First & Couple Date Ideas

Looking for creative date ideas for your next night (or day) out? Look no further than these romantic, fun and totally unique dates.

Dating is important—not just for getting to know a love interest, but for sharing experiences throughout a relationship.

In the beginning, a good date idea sets the scene to break the ice and help you make a connection with someone. "Whether it's the movie you saw, the food you ate, or the place you visited, it's important to have an enjoyable experience and continue to get to know each other," says Dr. Jane Greer, New York–based marriage and family therapist and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship.

Deeper into a relationship, regular reconnections can help keep your bond solid. "Dating can be extremely beneficial toward keeping romance alive, and making a practice of going on regular dates can be a great way to jump-start that habit," says Denise Limongello, a licensed psychotherapist based in Manhattan, who points out that lack of romance is a common reason for breakups or divorce.

But coming up with new activities to do as a couple or ways to spend date night is harder than it seems! That's why we polled the experts to reveal their favorite date night (and day) ideas for couples, first-time dates and relationship statuses in between.

First Date Ideas

Think hard about the venue while you're planning a first date. Good first date ideas are ones that facilitate upbeat conversation, so it's probably not a good idea to choose a loud bar or dark movie theater. It's okay to keep it simple the first time you go out with someone. In fact, you might want to go to one of your own favorite places.

1. Meet at a coffee shop.

Most coffee shops are set up to facilitate intimate conversations, which is just what you want on a date. Most importantly you can stay for 30 minutes or 3 hours and exiting the date at either point doesn't seem awkward or forced.

2. Have dinner.

Probably the most common first date idea, the dinner date can take up more of your time but definitely sets the mood for eye contact and talking. Going out for a nice dinner gives you the opportunity to share the dining experience while getting to know each other.

3. Take a cooking class.

One of our favorite first date ideas here at Plannly is to meet for an activity like painting or cooking.

4. Taste wine at a vineyard or winery.

If you're often nervous making small talk, an activity gives you built-in conversation topics. Just be sure to choose something that doesn't involve lengthy instructions from a teacher or ongoing group discussion, which will hinder your ability to get to know your date one-on-one. 

If the first date goes well, you'll want to plan a second one. The simplest and most effective way to decide if you should have a second date is to ask yourself - Do I want to talk to this person again? One fact is that many times people needlessly stress about what a second date means.

As for good second date ideas are concerned, show the other person that you were paying attention on the first date by doing something to show you learned a little about them. It could be as simple as choosing a restaurant he/she mentioned liking on the first date or congratulating them on their favorite team's recent win (or consoling them if they lost).

Fun Date Ideas

Planning a fun date from time to time adds joy to any relationship. You need to set aside time to be together and enjoy your shared activities and hobbies. You're prioritizing your time with your partner so that you can create more intimacy between the two of you. With everything going on in people's lives, you can wind up flipping into creature comfort and not wanting to bother going out or doing anything. 

"Fun" has different meanings to different people, so choose something that speaks to your and your date's personalities. What makes you smile? Let loose? Act silly?

5. Picnic.

Plan a picnic with your partner—this can be very different, old-fashioned and romantic.

6. Be adventurous.

Try biking or hiking a trail; enjoy an afternoon in nature.

7. Sing karaoke.

Who cares if you can't carry a tune? Pick a few favorite songs, and we'll sure you'll lower your inhibitions a bit.

8. Go dancing.

9. Take a pottery-making class.

This activity can be romantic too. Remember the movie Ghost?

Dating, whether it's your 1st, 100th date, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your relationship healthy and long-lasting. Dating gives you the opportunity to nurture intimacy, practice communication, demonstrate commitment and create a meaningful history together. These elements are foundational to any quality relationship, be it dating or marriage. When you are consistent about having a date night together, you are reminding each other that your relationship is a priority no matter how busy life gets.