50 Date Night Ideas for Newlyweds

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Continuing to date your spouse after you marry is one way to keep your romance alive, according to many marriage counselors and relationship experts. But no one ever seems to offer suggestions on where to go or what to do with your husband or wife. After all, going to the corner bistro every Saturday night eventually loses its charm.

50 Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

To help you brainstorm for your a good time, here are some date night ideas ideal for newlyweds.

  1. Get hot in the kitchen. Pick up the ingredients you need to create a fabulous meal at the grocery store and then return home and cook it together.
  2. Get to cookin' in the bedroom. Throw a slumber party for two. Have dinner in bed and have each other for dessert.
  3. Plan a movie night. Rent a flick that you’ll both enjoy, make popcorn and get cozy under the blanket on the couch.
  4. Take note of every stride. Go for a hike or long walk together. (Dates don't have to take place at night!)
  5. Jump for java. Get coffee at your favorite coffee house and just talk to one another.
  6. Soak in the sun. Swim, lounge or relish a day at the beach or pool.
  7. Be like kids again. Go to a theme park and hold on to each other on the scary rides.
  8. Sing, sing a song. Perform a duet at a karaoke bar.
  9. Take in a thrill. If you’re adventure seekers, you can go skydiving together.
  10. Head to the zoo or museum. Stroll through the exhibits and hold hands.
  11. Attend a concert and sing out loud to one another. Rocking out—even if you’re more Beethoven than Bon Jovi—is a great stress reliever.
  12. Take a sculpting or drawing class together. You don't have to be Picasso to have a good time. Try painting pottery or another artsy activity.
  13. Challenge each other to a tournament. Miniature golf, bowling, pool, or the arcade are always great for some and friendly competition.
  14. Share some sweetness. Go to a diner and share a milkshake.
  15. Let it snow. Sledding and other fun winter activities are a delight for children (and adults) of all ages.
  16. Rent a motor scooter and go for a spin. Think Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday!
  17. Stop to smell the roses. Flowers are an eternal symbol of romance. Head to the botanical gardens and learn all about them together.
  18. Take a road trip. Go to the city or the country and take in a change of scenery.
  19. Plan a picnic. Fill up a picnic basket with goodies such as bread, wine, cheese, fruit. Go to the park and share your feast with one another on a blanket.
  20. Act like tourists in your own neighborhood. Go to one of the major sites, take photos and pretend you’re seeing this place again for the first time.
  21. Draw sketches of one another. Even if you can’t draw, you’ll have fun and create a lovely memory.
  22. Shoot each other. Visit your nearby paintball or laser tag facility, or a shooting range.
  23. Take to the ice. Glide together at the nearest ice skating rink.
  24. Camp out and kiss under the stars. Roast marshmallows to boot. If you are not an outdoorsy couple, opt for the planetarium for safer star gazing.
  25. Root for the home team. Head to a sporting event of your choice. Indulge in hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
  26. Climb a wall or a real mountain together. This sort of activity is fun but also helps couples build trust.
  27. Say yes to the vino. Participate in a wine tasting, or a food and wine pairing event.
  28. Volunteer for a worthy cause together. Visit the ill, organize a fundraiser for a non-profit, or work at a shelter. You’ll spend time with each other, but you’ll also make a difference and help others.
  29. Gamble on your love. Try your luck at a casino.
  30. Look at the homes and properties for sale in your area. You may find a bargain that you’ll actually buy or you’ll just dream out loud about your future together. Either way, you win!
  31. Whip out the board games. Have a tournament of your choice. For a twist, the winner has to take the loser out to dinner for another date night.
  32. Indulge in a different meal. Think outside the box and go out for a romantic breakfast instead of dinner.
  33. Go window shopping. Consider looking for something you want but do not actually need such as a stereo, fancy barware or a home theater.
  34. Get thee to da club. Dance all night like you did when you were single, but this time dance with each other.
  35. Have dessert for dinner. A huge sundae, sinful brownies, and decadent cheesecake are delicious at any hour.
  36. Appreciate the art of words. A poetry reading can spark romance -- or at the very least a stimulating conversation. or at the very least a stimulating conversation.
  37. If you are on the same page (read: political views), campaign together. Political rallies get couples united behind a candidate who they think could improve their lives. It gives them a sense of accomplishment, too.
  38. Make love and go all out. Wear sexy lingerie, send each other naughty text messages beforehand, light candles, throw rose petals on and around the bed, use edible body paints -- whatever you think will take the romance up a notch.
  39. Go up to the sky. Take a hot air balloon ride.
  40. Look up. Watch the sunrise or set from a beautiful location.
  41. Eat something new. Pick a restaurant that serves an exotic, ethnic cuisine neither of you has ever tried before.
  42. Learn a romantic foreign language. French, Italian, Spanish, and many others sound beautiful. Then, practice talking to each other around the house but especially when you’re in the mood for love.
  43. Rent a boat or head to a dock and go fishing. You can cook your catch later in the day, so it’s like two dates in one.
  44. Accomplish a fun home project. Paint your basement a bright, new color, install your home theater, create a collage of wedding photos for the wall. You’ll work as a team and feel a whole new kind of satisfaction when you’re done.
  45. Flirt, flirt and flirt some more. At your favorite local pub or bar, order champagne and flirt with each other all night long. If you’re into role-playing, you could even take on different personas for the evening and act as if you’ve just met.
  46. Fight for fun. Have a snowball or water balloon fight. Water pistol shootouts can be lots of fun, too.
  47. Whisper sweet nothings. Make out like teenagers on the couch.
  48. Tee up for tea. Have high tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches at a ritzy hotel or tea house.
  49. Go for a wreck record. Bump each other with bumper cars.
  50. Get a couple’s massage at a spa. You’ll get the knots out of your back while bonding with your spouse. How relaxing!

We Also Got a Few More Ideas From Our Readers:

  1. Throw an at-home picnic. "My husband is Italian, so we love to make our own pizza and enjoy it on what we like to call a 'floor picnic.' We go get all the ingredients, decant a nice bottle of red wine, and laugh and enjoy making dinner together. Then we set up a beautiful little floor picnic in the middle of our living room with floor pillows and poufs, candles, the works. All in the comfort of our own home. It's a great date for resetting and refocusing on each other. Unplugged, romantic, focused quality time." — @ssavannahjaydee
  2. Explore your neighborhood. "Our go-to date night is a walk through our neighborhood (downtown Minneapolis), followed by dinner and drinks on a patio or rooftop with a view." — @janielangdesign
  3. Change it up. "We love to do a progressive-type meal to experience our favorite spots in town in one night now that we have a little one and don't get out as much. So we do drinks at one place, apps at another, the main course at another, and finish off with dessert at the fourth spot. It's also really fun on vacation." — @stephschertz
  4. Routinely reconnect. "We have an almost-9-month-old, and we don't live near friends or family, so every Wednesday night we have 'wine Wednesday.' After we put our baby down to sleep, we open a nice bottle and sit and talk. No TV. Weather permitting, we sit on the porch. It's a good way to reconnect." — @slynnmattice
  5. Get fancy. "We love getting all dressed up and going to the theater or the ballet. Nothing better than your spouse looking and feeling fancy." — @hcolenw

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