When you're in a relationship, it can be hard to remember that Netflixing and chilling isn't really a date per se. It's so important to keep the spark with your partner alive, which is why fun double date ideas can help you do that. First of all, you're much more likely to follow through with plans if there's another couple involved. And even more importantly: Research has actually proven that double dating has real benefits for your relationship.
According to a study, when you participate in an actual bonding activity—aka a double date—with another pair, it leads to "increased passionate love within couples, whereas similar interactions alone with one's partner did not." Apparently, these types of experiences spark something in you that helps your love grow. And when it comes to seeing your friends and your S.O. at the same time, it's a definite win-win. We've taken all the work out of it for you and brainstormed an extensive list of double date ideas everyone will enjoy.
Below are 50 fun double date ideas for everyone to enjoy. Pick one, put it on the calendar, and make it a monthly thing.
Have an At-Home Cooking Session
Yes, grabbing a bite out can be so much fun, but if you're heading there on a busy weekend night, chances are that your waiter won't let you have your table for more than an hour or so. Instead, choose your favorite meal delivery service and pick a recipe you've never tried. Both couples can make a portion—and you can see whose turns out best (winners don't have to clear the table).
Picnic at the Beach
Why does the water just make everything more romantic? When the sun starts to set, pack a picnic basket of easy appetizers and wine (don't forget some blankets for the sand). If it gets a little chilly, it's just an excuse for you to cuddle up next to your partner. P.S. If it's not too cloudy, this can be the perfect place to stargaze.
Hit Up a Film Festival
There's nothing wrong with going to the regular movie theater, but scoping out a film festival makes things a bit more special. Have both couples choose a few flicks they want to see and head to all of them together. You can debrief and chat about your favorites over lunch (or dinner).
Karaoke in a Private Room
You may not be the type to belt out your favorite song in front of the entire bar, but renting out a private room at your favorite karaoke spot is the ultimate good time. It can be couple versus couple or friends versus partners (or maybe just keep switching it up).
To keep things interesting, pick a theme like favorite '90s songs. Each team has to try to outdo each other with their next performance.
Fly Through the Sky in a Trapeze Class
Trying the trapeze will definitely test your trust muscle (especially if you're a little wary of heights). As you soar through the sky, you'll depend on your relationship with your partner and your confidence in yourself. Having friends along for the ride means there will be more people cheering you on from the ground. Plus, it's a great workout.
Take a Fitness Class
Speaking of workouts, if you really want to get your blood going, try out a new fitness class together. Dance classes are always fun for couples, and you'll all feel refreshed and more energized from the endorphin rush. Check out Groupon for great group deals.
Team Up for Trivia Night
Instead of a "you against us" mentality, team up to try to win bragging rights at your local bar's trivia night. Do some research to see which theme you may all do particularly well at (Friends trivia is a thing). Remember to get to the location a little early to save a table because you most definitely do not want to stand the whole time. (And you're for sure going to want a spot to place all the comfort food and brews.)
Host a trivia night at home with a game like Trivial Pursuit.
Road Trip to a Concert
The thing we love about a concert is that you can make it an all-day affair. If you've got a ride there, road trip together and listen to the artist's albums on the way to refamiliarize yourself with the words—you'll want to belt them out later, trust us. Depending on the time, plan a meal before or after to have time to catch up since concerts are too loud for talking.
Get Tickets to a Sports Game
Whether you're a super fan (or not), you'll still have a good time cheering or at least binging on popcorn during a sports game. Fun fact: My dad would buy me a different treat during every period of the hockey game as a kid—if I was always able to have a good time, then you can too. Bonus points if you try to get on the Jumbotron during the halftime show.
Book an Interactive Experience
Whether it's paint ball, an outing at Escape the Room, or a visit to a fun museum, an interactive experience is more exciting with more people. Plus you'll get to know each other by putting your problem-solving skills to the test. And, oh yeah, you can't leave until you get a ridiculous group photo with one of those themed backgrounds.
See a Magic Show
There's something sexy about a night filled with magic, but splurge on the real deal because an amateur magician isn't anything like amateur comedy night. If you live in New York, we've heard The Magician at The NoMad is not to be missed, while Los Angeles is home to the iconic Magic Castle (but you need to know a member).
Scope Out a Flea Market
Visiting a flea market can be a mixed bag—you never know what you'll find. Walking around with friends only adds to the discovery experience. See who can find the wackiest thing. Who knows? You might find a true treasure in the process.
Play Groupon Roulette
Similar to a flea market, Groupon is full of things to see and do—and some of it is definitely better than the rest. Why not take your chances on trying something new? Peruse the site and pick something you normally wouldn't try, like a dance class, paint night or all-you-can-eat dinner at a Brazilian steak house. Team up with your couple friends and get out of your comfort zone.
Pick Fruit at Your Nearest Orchard
Take in some seasonal goodness by picking fruit at your closest orchard or field that allows pick-your-own outings. While the act of picking isn't as fun as the sampling, picking fruit alongside friends can't be beaten. While you're harvesting, discuss what you'll make with the goods, and stop at a grocery store on the way home to make it happen.
Go to the Zoo
A lot has changed at your local zoo since you were a kid. Why not visit again with an adult perspective? Whether it's during the typical hours or at an after-hours special event, a trip to the zoo will make you feel like a kid again and give you greater awareness of the world's wildlife.
Go Paddle Boating
If your local park lake has paddle boats for rent, a double date is an ideal excuse to give it a go. Paddle boating is a level playing field that requires no skill, so both non-competitive and competitive participants can enjoy the experience. Make a day of spending time at the park and enjoy the company, the lake, and possibly the ice cream cart.
Find the Best Ice Cream in Your Area
Develop a ranking system for ice cream, including items like innovative flavor, texture, overall taste, and presentation. Then travel around town with your friends and sample a scoop at each possible contender. Who knows? You might have a new favorite date night spot at the end of the night.
If you and your fellow double-date friends have a cause you're passionate about, join together to volunteer. Maybe it's a food drive, a meal, or serving as manpower in a disaster relief scenario. Either way, you'll be using your time together in the most rewarding way–to make a difference.
Hold a Yard Sale
Do you and your friends have some things that are gathering dust? Hold a joint yard sale together, complete with a lemonade stand. You'll bond over creating the plan, decorating the signs and hosting the event. At the end of the day, you'll be closer and have less clutter and more money in your pockets.
Host a Game Night
Along with your double date couple, invite over some more friends for a game night. Split the group into two subgroups: those who want to play social games, and those who are there for the strategy. If you're lacking games, have guests bring some they wish to play or check out some tips for hosting a successful adult game night.
Check Out a Play
Invite another couple to join you in attending the off-Broadway musical that's in town, or a play by a local theatre troupe. It's a great excuse to dress up and grab drinks. Discuss your thoughts during the intermission and afterward. Likely, with another couple there, your discussion will be more robust.
Sip Bottomless Mimosas at Sunday Brunch
A casual way to get to know another couple better is by meeting up for Sunday brunch. Once the mimosas start flowing, and the neighborhood dogs start parading by, you'll be friends in no time. If you're already friends, the leisurely meal will serve as a great way to catch up.
Run a Race
If you and your SO and your friend and their SO are active people, sign up for a fun race together. If you're not particularly active, but aspiring to be, find another couple who is in the same boat and train together. Chart your health progress and see how your relationships grow, too. It's a win-win.
Be Tourists in Your Home Town
Every town has something it's known for, and if you're like most locals, you probably avoid it. Try to see your home from a different perspective, and invite along another couple for the outing. Check off all the bucket list items in your town together. You might walk away with a renewed appreciation for where you live.
Go for a Hike
Go for a double-date hike through a local nature area. Even if your terrain isn't particularly hilly, you can still go for a stroll at a nearby park or nature preserve. The walk will get you outside and give you plenty of time to talk and catch up.
Take Your Dogs to the Dog Park
If you or one of your friends has a dog, take it to the dog park together. Not only will your dog love the exercise and extra attention, but you'll also get to socialize with other adorable animals. If the couple you're meeting also has a dog, the outing is basically a triple date.
Walk Through a Botanical Garden
Unless you're a botanist, walking through a botanical garden might seem like simply looking at a lot of plants and flowers, with a couple more interesting ones thrown in. By taking your double date to a botanical garden, you'll likely notice more and gain other perspectives.
Drop in to Open Mic Night at Your Favorite Coffee Spot
Listening in to aspiring artists taking the stage at open mic night over a cup of coffee is inherently romantic. And because of the intimate setting, you're likely sitting at the same table as a number of strangers, anyway. Invite another couple to tag along and enjoy the experience.
Go Rock Climbing
For an adventurous double date, meet at your local climbing gym to rock climb together. You'll get a good workout in as you support each other through the various climbs.
If one in your party has the equipment and the know-how, move the rock climbing outside for a more natural experience.
Eat Your Way Through a Food Hall
If your city is home to a food market with an array of vendors, eat your way through it on a double date food tour. Make it your mission to sample something small from each of the vendors and split the cost along the way. You might find a hidden gem to return to on a future date.
Take a Terrarium Planting Class
Taking care of plants can be a challenge, but succulents and those that thrive in a terrarium environment also tend to thrive on neglect. If you're no green thumb and have no clue how to arrange plants, attend a terrarium planting class on a double date. You'll leave with new skills and a freshly planted terrarium.
Extend your typical date night by getting out of town and sleeping under the stars. What could possibly be more romantic? Roast marshmallows and make smores over the campfire. Hike, canoe or swim—embrace the natural beauty with your friends and make memories.
Host a Grill Night
If you have a grill and a space outside, invite other people over to grill out. Try out that new recipe, provide some classic sides, and have them bring their choice of protein. Few things are better than grilled food and friends, so it's a night worth hosting.
Unwind at a Spa
To rejuvenate and feel refreshed, take your double date to the spa. While you might have to split up at certain times, there will likely be common areas where you can meet up to relax and discuss the great body scrub you just had.
Visit a National Park
If there is a national park you've had on your bucket list, inviting another couple along for the journey is a great choice. Check it off your list and soak up that extra vitamin D while you're at it.
Wayne State University. Light a Fire in Your Relationship: Wayne State University Research Says Double Dating May Be the Answer to a Perfect Valentine's Day. Updated February 12, 2014.
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