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 loved one. After all, going to the corner bistro every Saturday night can get a little stale.
To help you brainstorm for a good time, here are 55 exciting date ideas—including some from our readers—that are perfect for newlyweds and married vets alike.
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. Sip some vino while you cook or whip up a mocktail to make it extra relaxing and sensual.
Get to Cookin' in the Bedroom
Throw a slumber party for two; serve dinner in bed and have each other for dessert. Participate in an online sex workshop to learn something new, or generally level up your bedroom time together.
Make Strides Together
Go for a hike or long walk together. Get out in nature, get some exercise, and bond with each other. Reporting by Greater Good magazine suggests spending time in nature is great for "helping us to reduce anxiety, brooding, and stress, and increase our attention capacity, creativity, and our ability to connect with other people."
Take the Leap
If you’re adventure seekers, consider going skydiving or bungee jumping together. The adrenaline rush is sure to be a highly unforgettable experience (pun intended). City dwellers might check out an indoor skydiving location, like iFly, in locations nationwide.
Head to the Zoo or Museum
Get cultured or learn something new about reptiles together as you stroll through the exhibits holding hands.
Take a Staycation
You don't have to go far to leave your worries behind. Check into a room at the hot new hotel, sleep in, get room service, and lounge by the pool. Or spruce up your space at home for staycation bliss.
Let It Snow
If you're lucky enough to live somewhere that snows, sledding and other fun winter activities are a delight for people of all ages. Make snow angels afterward or simply sit back and take in the wintry landscape.
Take a Road Trip
Road trips are a wonderful way to break up your usual routine and liven things up. Go to the city or the country and enjoy a change of scenery.
Pack a Picnic
Fill up a picnic basket with goodies like a loaf of crusty bread, wine, cheese, and the season's fruit. Go to the park, take in some sunshine, and share your feast with one another on a blanket.
Camp Out Under the Stars
Look no further than your own backyard and the night sky for a romantic date. Or drive out a bit further to make it a special trip, and use a stargazing app to spot the constellations. If you are not an outdoorsy couple, opt for the planetarium for stargazing.
Find a great wine tasting, vineyard, or food and wine pairing event. Sample some bottles and bring home your favorites.
Whip Out the Board Games
There are many great board games to choose from–pick one or three of your favorites! For a twist, the winner has to take the loser out to dinner for another date night.
Get Down on the Dance Floor
Time to dust off those dancing shoes! Whether you sign up for dance lessons or hit up a club all night, just make sure you dance with each other. Not only is it a fantastic workout, you'll learn new moves and get an endorphin high from breaking a sweat.
Hunt for Treasure
Visit your local flea market, vintage, or antique store to find some secondhand gems. Have fun trying on clothes from bygone eras or score a killer midcentury piece of furniture for the house.
Enjoy a hot air balloon ride. Bring some champagne or sparkling cider and toast to the view.
Watch the sun rise or set from a beautiful location. This would be perfect during a hike, near your favorite beach or lake, or at your favorite restaurant with a view.
Tackle a Fun Home Project
Paint your basement a bright new color, install your home theater, create a collage of wedding photos for that empty wall. You’ll work as a team, and your home will get a nice upgrade in the process.
Tee Up for Tea
Have high tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches at a ritzy hotel or tea house. You'll get to dress up and feel sophisticated for the afternoon.
Nothing is hotter than total relaxation. A couple's massage at a spa is practically guaranteed to put you both in the mood for romance afterward.
Below, a few more date ideas straight from our readers:
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
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
"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
"We love getting all dressed up and going to the theater or the ballet. Nothing better than your spouse looking and feeling fancy." — @hcolenw
Suttie J. How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative. Greater Good Magazine. March 2, 2016.