There is absolutely nothing wrong with Netflix and chill. We love Netflix and chill. But as an activity for date night, it’s kind of the equivalent of giving up and retiring to Boca. Here, 18 unassailably better date night ideas.
PLANT SOME SEEDS
Head to your local nursery and either start or expand a home garden. (Better to test-drive your ability to keep things alive with a plant rather than a child.)
HIT UP A FARMERS’ MARKET
Turn a trip to the farmers' market into an agricultural learning experience (asking farmers questions about their craft often results in both freebies and unexpected tidbits).
GO ROCK CLIMBING
Sure, spelunking doesn’t sound super sexy, but this interactive and challenging workout just might take your love to new heights. (Sorry, we had to.)
PLAN A BIKE RIDE PICNIC
Play it old school with this romantic and (best of all) unplugged day date. Balance out an afternoon of lounging and decadent picnicking by biking to and from your preferred picnic spot.
Relive the magic of being 13 by holding date night at the local roller rink, treating yourself to some cheese fries and wondering if he'll kiss you underneath the disco ball.
Oysters make great snacks (and aphrodisiacs) and all, but when you shuck 'em yourself, the experience becomes even more specialand charmingly nautical.
Head to the shooting range and take out that pent-up aggression on a cardboard cutout rather than each other.
BREW YOUR OWN BEER
You could go to a brewery like everyone else, or you could buy a kit and turn your own kitchen into an impromptu brewery, obviously naming your concoction after your favorite inside joke.
INDULGE IN PEOPLE-WATCHING
Sometimes nothing beats the good old-fashioned (albeit judgy) act of checking strangers out. Pick a bustling locale, order cocktails and a cheese board and let the hilarity of humanity unfold before you. (Bonus points for crafting a backstory for that weirdo in the Hammer pants.)
GO THRIFT SHOPPING
Make the (single) dollar bills rain à la Macklemore by going on a shopping spree/treasure hunt at your local thrift shops and flea markets. Just make sure you agree on which items get to come home with you.
There is a great big world of love songs just waiting for your untrained voices to ruin them.
HOLD A DIY WINE TASTING
Step 1) Purchase Wine for Dummies. Step 2) Hold private at-home wine tasting. 3) Taste so many wines that you totally forget all the vital intel you just learned about tannins.
SIGN UP FOR CARDIO DANCE CLASS
Take an intensive dance class workout together and booty bump your way to better bods.
BECOME LOCAL EXPLORERS
Pick a new town or neighborhood and spend an afternoon walking unfamiliar streets, popping into any storefronts that look appealing and treating yourself to souvenirs along the way.
SIGN UP FOR PUPPY PLAYTIME
Head to the Humane Society and play with adorable pets sure to remedy even the sourest of moods. Warning: Do not, under any circumstances, bring a wallet with you unless you plan on carting several puppies home.
INDULGE IN A SPA TREATMENT
Turn your date night into a date day by taking a load off and buying full day passes to a local spa. Then spend the hours lounging in cozy robes and decompressing around the steam room, pool and mud baths—all while drinking cayenne cucumber water, of course.
TEST-DRIVE LUXURY CARS
Dress up in your weekend-chic best and “go shopping” for the new car you so desperately need. (Silk head scarf not optional.)