There’s a lot to love about the rain. It cleans streets and cars, and it gives life to forgotten plants that have not been watered in weeks. It may even create a peaceful calm in an otherwise bustling city as everyone takes cover indoors. Of course, it also means that all plans to spend the day outside are ruined.
A rainy day may be inconvenient, but if you have a date night, it doesn’t have to be disappointing. Romance shouldn’t hinge on the weather happening outdoors, so with that logic, your date doesn’t need to be cooped up at home, either. Scrap the picnic and come up with an equally as wonderful plan B.
We have some ideas that may help. Check out our rainy day date ideas below, or just splash around in some puddles doing your best Gene Kelly impression.
1. Make It a Craft Night
Pull out the glue and cardboard paper for some messy quality time, DIY style. You don’t need to leave the house to make this date happen, though we do recommend protecting your floor and furniture from whatever creative explosion occurs as you work. Make your craft an impromptu gift for the ultimate aww factor.
2. Drink Coffee at a Café
Channel your inner Parisian by simply grabbing coffee at the café. There is something intimate about conversation surrounded by pastry and soundtracked by the rain. (Brush up on your coffee terminology so you can impress your date.)
3. Go to an Arcade
Yes, arcades still exist, and no, they aren’t just for children. Try to beat your high score in Frogger or get out your frustrations via the original Street Fighter. Better yet, find a multiplayer game so you and your date don’t have to be on opposite sides.
4. Binge a New Show
Before Netflix and chill, there was binge culture—and for your next rainy day date, it's time to yet again indulge. Have you seen the newest Netflix Original or the latest from the Great British Baking Show? Or maybe you’d like to spend your time with something cerebral, like a true crime series. Just be sure what you select will be fun for the both of you.
5. Go to a Bar With Games
Going to a bar does not have to be limited to singles looking for a good time. Find a place with darts or pool tables or shuffleboard, and have yourselves a game night. Many bars even carry board games; if the box requires three or more people, you can even make a double date out of it.
6. Check out a Local Concert
Be spontaneous and find a local concert to check out. There will likely be many free or very cheap ticket options available. The music may be bad, but the memories will be delightful.
7. Bubble Bath and Netflix
If the rain has ruined your plans to go out, then do a 180 and spend the night in with Netflix and a bath. Bath bombs and other products can make the experience extra special, and the right date-night movie, in particular, can set the mood for romance.
8. Cook a Complex Meal
Who doesn’t value teamwork? If you're not willing to brave the rain for dinner reservations, make that nice meal together at home. You'll have nearly instant gratification for your hard work, and who better to share your success with than your partner?
9. Go Bowling
Going on a bowling date has many advantages: there aren’t that many rules, you can snuggle up between throws for your desired level of PDA, and it's one of few Olympic sports where you can drink as you play. Also, it happens to be the ultimate first-date idea, if you ask us.
10. See a Movie in the Theater
Venturing to the movie theater is always a great date idea. It's a great shield from inclement weather and can be accompanied by window shopping at the mall or dinner at the nearest deli. Be sure to grab your biggest raincoat and stuff your pockets with snacks before you go.
11. Play a Board/Card Game
Time to dust off that 20-year-old edition of Life or Monopoly and settle in for a stay-at-home game night. Lost all the pieces? Break out a deck of cards and play the greatest hits: blackjack, Go Fish and Old Maid. This could be a great time to learn a new game, too.
Raise the stakes on your gaming—and make things more interesting—by turning it into a strip game.
12. Go to a Museum
If you're looking for a bit of culture to brighten your gloomy day, visit a museum. It could be fun to see a new exhibit that you haven’t yet explored or to spend more time with your favorite veteran pieces. Now is the time for thoughtful conversations about art or at least for a reproduction of the best scene of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
13. Go for a Couple's Massage
You may get your hair wet sprinting to the entrance, but a spa day is truly one of the best things to distract yourself from the rain. And when spent together, say, doing couples' massages, the day turns from forgettable to cherished.
14. Learn How to Dance
Not sure how to alleviate your boredom since the rain has trapped you inside? YouTube is the answer. You and your partner can look up a how-to video and then clear the furniture to make room for your dancefloor. By the end of the night, you could be salsa/ballroom/flamenco experts, and dancing might even bring you closer.
15. Take a Scenic Drive
If it’s just a light drizzle, a scenic drive may actually highlight some of your city’s hidden beauty. With the absence of both pedestrians and cars, nature can seem more prominent, and you may notice more about your neighborhood than ever before. You may also learn more about your partner through nice conversation during the ride.
16. Tour a Distillery or Brewery
Big-city dwellers may be surprised to find that many distilleries are hidden in plain view. Breweries are usually easier to spot, and they will invite folks to enjoy a pint in their facility. Even better: You can typically join a tour to get a proverbial peek behind the curtain to see how the goods are made. Don’t drink? See if there are any chocolate factories nearby.