A rainy day may be inconvenient, but if you have a date night planned, 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. You can just splash around in some puddles doing your best Gene Kelly impression all day or you can check out our rainy day date ideas below.
Here are our picks for the best rainy day date ideas.
Make It a Craft Night
Pull out the glue and cardboard paper for some messy quality time. 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. If crafts aren't your thing, turn your date into a chance to tackle a home improvement project you've been looking forward to.
Binge a New Show
Before Netflix and chill, there was binge culture—and for your next rainy day date, it is time to yet again indulge. Have you seen the new Dogs series 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.
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.
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 is one of few Olympic sports where you can drink as you play. Also, it happens completely indoors, making this game dry… from the rain at least.
See a Movie in the Theater
Venturing to the movie theater is always a great date idea. It is 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.
Go to a Museum
If you are 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.
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 usually 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.
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 dance floor. By the end of the night, you could be salsa/ballroom/flamenco experts.
Take a 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.
Play a Board or Card Game
Time to dust off that 20-year-old edition of Life or Monopoly and get your competitive juices flowing. 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, like chess or backgammon.