As far as date ideas go, dinner and a movie is heading the way of the dinosaurs. Don’t get us wrong; we love eating dinner and we love watching movies, but let’s face it: It’s a snoozefest of a date, especially when there are so many unique date ideas out there. Whether you’re looking for a memorable first date or trying to plan an anniversary outing that will knock your partner’s socks off, don’t settle for the usual. Try one of these unique date ideas instead.
Create a Scavenger Hunt
When you’re actively engaged on a date, it tends to make for a more memorable – and positive – experience. A custom scavenger hunt around town gives you and your date opportunities to bond while seeing the city. If you’ve been dating for a while, you can work your personal history into the hunt for an extra special touch.
Go for a Walk
Sometimes all you need for a great date is gorgeous scenery, a great partner, and riveting conversation. Find the prettiest park near you and get lost with each other. Floridian cities are uniquely rich with acres of parkland, like Gainesville’s sprawling walkways through wetlands and wildlife.
Hit the Go-Kart Track
Get your adrenaline pumping as you and your date burn rubber at a local go-kart course! Inviting a little healthy competition into your night out can be a great way to bond. If you’re in the Jacksonville area, we recommend the high-speed thrills at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway.
Take a Dance Lesson
Master the mambo or become sensational at the salsa with a personal dance lesson for you and your partner. Bahhari in Orlando is one of the hottest studios, offering classes for a variety of Latin and ballroom dancing styles.
Browse a Bookstore
Let your shared love for literature bring you and your date together when you take them out to a local bookstore (or comic book store if you and your date appreciate the graphic arts)! If the store happens to have an in-store cat like Abraxas Books in Daytona Beach, consider it a bonus.
Take a Cooking Class
Instead of going to dinner, why not make dinner together? On its own that idea isn’t wholly unique, but when you change the setting from your kitchen to a classroom led by professional chefs, you’ve got yourself an excellent date night. Publix’s Aprons Cooking Schools are popular options, with several locations throughout Florida.
Go to Your City’s Local Science Museum
If you’re lucky enough to have one in your town, treat your date to a night full of scientific fun at your local science museum. Jacksonville’s MOSH is a great example: hands-on activities keep your attention while you learn about the world around you.
Relax with a Couple’s Massage
A couple’s massage might be a little strange for a first date, but for established partners, getting pampered by a masseuse with magic hands is a great way to unwind, connect with your spouse, and leave feeling stress-free.
Visit the Zoo
Who doesn’t love connecting with exotic wildlife? The stunning animals and experiences at zoos like Brevard Zoo provide ample opportunity to create memories you and your partner will be talking about for years.
Explore a Local Market
Venture out to your city’s farmers’ market with your date and explore unique ingredients, locally grown foods, and more. Or you can explore the often-eccentric booths at a local flea market – you’ll certainly have plenty to talk about!
Learn a New Skill Together
Ever wanted to take up painting? How about rock climbing or axe throwing? Pick a skill you and your date are interested in and find a class for it! You’ll be forever linked by your new, shared ability.
Escape rooms are a major trend right now, and for good reason: they’re inventive experiences that challenge your wits and ability to work together. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a first date!
Go Out to Trivia
Show off that big brain of yours and impress your date at trivia night at a local restaurant. For an even better time, find trivia themed around something you both enjoy, like a TV show.
Sing Your Heart Out
Karaoke can be intimidating for many people, but that also makes it a perfect icebreaker for first dates. Few things bring your wall down and pull you out of your shell quite like belting out your favorite tune in front of a room full of strangers.