It can be tricky to come up with romantic date ideas, regardless of whether you’ve been with your S.O. for years or you're in a relatively new relationship. There needs to be a mixture of time spent doing the actual activity and time for letting sparks fly, which is why it’s important to break away from the standard dinner-and-a-movie mould every so often. And we have to say—it’s not always the activity, but sometimes the setting that qualifies a date as romantic. (For example, dinner at a busy pizza joint likely isn’t romantic, but cooking dinner for two at your place amidst the glow of a few candles definitely qualifies.) It’s always wise to have a few go-to romantic date ideas up your sleeve, so we polled friends, family, and colleagues for some of their most memorable date nights. Take note: The below dates are sure to impress.
Here are our picks for the top 15 romantic date ideas to try tonight.
Pack a Surprise Picnic
An element of surprise ups the romantic factor on a picnic. Text your S.O. to meet at a certain spot and arrive early to set up all of the fixings.
For an extra surprise, make their favorite treat (cookies, brownies, and the like are all easily packable) and include it in the basket too.