All Date Ideas

You Light Up My Life

Looking for a romantic surprise for your sweetie? With a few strands of fairy lights and some creativity you can give them a romantic evening at home in no time flat!

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Snow Dates

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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Personal Date Planner

How would you like to have someone else plan a fun-filled night of mystery for you and take care of all the details so that your only job is to enjoy yourself? It's easier than you think!

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Winter Date Ideas

Wintertime's here and with it an entirely new set of fun date ideas for you and your sweetie! Interested in trying a tasting, creating an imaginary day at the beach, or having a bonfire in the snow?

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10 Great Rainy Day Date Ideas

Depending on your mood, rainy days can either send you running for cover or out into the storm. Here are some ideas to help you along whichever path you choose

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10 Manly Movies Your Girl Will Enjoy Too

Looking for a manly film you can watch together but can't think of any she'll sit through? Try these 10 movies that she'll like almost as much as you.

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10 Romantic Movies Your Guy Won't Mind Watching

Want to watch a romantic movie with your guy but can't find one he'll sit through? Try these 10 movies that guys will like almost as much as you.

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Manly Date Ideas

Surprise your guy with some of these date ideas that all real men want to try.

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10 Creative Movie Dates

If you're looking for a new slant on the standard dinner and a movie date, look no further, we have 10 creative movie dates for you!

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Trail of Roses

This simple surprise will turn a normal date into a night she'll be talking about for years!

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Third Date Ideas

You've gotten to know each other a little better and are now starting to think about taking the next step. Try some of these third date ideas to help you on your way.

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Second Date Ideas

So you had some laughs on your first date and are looking forward to a second one? Keep the momentum going with some of these fun second date ideas!

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First Date Ideas

Along with the more in-depth first date ideas we have in the main section, here's a quick list of 20 ideas that may be perfect for your first date.

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43 Kisses

You're going to learn all about kissing on this date - new techniques, unusual kisses, and which ones get the two of you fired up! I guarantee you'll discover some likes and dislikes you never knew existed. Plus, can you think of anything you'd rather spend the afternoon practicing? (don't answer that)

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In the Dark

Have you heard about this idea out of Europe where blind waiters serve food to patrons in complete darkness? No foolin'. It's called dark dining and customers cannot see a single thing while they eat - not their food, their date, nothing.

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Decisions Decisions

Take any old date idea, add this twist, and watch your date's interest skyrocket as they try to figure out what you’re up to! So what's the twist? It's pretty simple really: you're going to let them make all the decisions for your next date together, and they'll have absolutely no idea what to expect!

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Double Dates

If you want to spend time with another couple, try some of these fun ideas that are perfect for double dates!

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Blackout

Technology's great, but sometimes I think we're bombarded with way too much information every second of the day. Once in a while it's healthy to unplug and just enjoy each other's company without distraction, which may mean a walk in the woods, relaxing at the beach, or even a blackout.

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Lounge at an Awesome Pool

Did you know there's a luxurious pool waiting for you nearby with free towels, recliners, umbrellas, and waiters who are happy to serve you drinks? It's true! Just think of the more expensive hotels in your area and I guarantee they'll have all the ingredients for a fun day pool-side. If you have the wits and will to get in that is.

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Stargazing Indoors

In the mood for romantic stargazing without the planning and travel necessary to do it outside? Don't worry, you can improvise and make your own night sky out of glow-in-the-dark stars! This date idea is perfect for couples who live in the city and can’t get out to the country, or those who just want to surprise their partner with a romantic way to spend the evening.

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Dates with Dogs

It's no surprise that dogs are man's best friend. Why? Because they're loyal, affectionate, and so much fun! If you're dog lovers there's no reason to leave your pal behind while you go on a date. Plan them into it! After all, they're part of the package too!

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U-Pick Fruit

Spending a few hours in nature, picking and snacking on sweet, delicious fruit is not a bad way to spend an afternoon together. It's ideal for a date because you'll be learning something new, working together to find the best fruits, and have plenty of time to talk along with something to talk about.

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Stargazing

If done right, stargazing can be an amazing date! Think about it, the scenery's beautiful, there's no one else around, and you're lying next to each other in the darkness, looking up at the sky. Mix in cuddling under a blanket and sipping wine or eating chocolate, and this might not be so bad after all.

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Rubs & Touches

43 Kisses turned out to be such a popular date idea that I decided to follow it up with one about touching. We all like to get touched, right? Well this date has you exploring and learning all the different ways your partner likes to be rubbed, touched, caressed, and fondled! (which may come in handy)

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Classic Radio Broadcast

You're original, right? So why not plan a more creative date than dinner and a movie - like dinner and an old radio show! Enjoy a nice meal with your date and then drive somewhere with a view of outer space and flip on The War of the Worlds. Or go to a dark, secluded spot, lay down a blanket, and get creeped-out listening to Dracula on a shared iPod.

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Geocaching

You may not know it but there's hidden treasure all around you! It's true, and the only thing you need to find it is a GPS and a spirit for adventure.

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Make Chocolate from Scratch

Chocolate is super-delicious. This is not news. But what if I said that you can make your own unique chocolate at home in about 5 minutes? No joke. Making chocolate from scratch is a lot easier than you might think.

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Treasure Hunt

Who doesn't enjoy the thrill of the hunt, the mystery of a good puzzle, and the excitement of finding hidden treasure? Only a lunatic! Not only are treasure hunts fun but coming up with a good one demonstrates creativity and promises more than an endless string of TV shows on the couch for your date.

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A Dinner to Remember

When it comes to dating, memorable is good. Not the "Yeah, we had lobster" kind of memorable, but the "You wouldn't believe the amazing night I had!" kind of memorable. Think about it, what sounds more fun, eating pasta at Olive Garden or having a meal by candlelight on that dock over there to the left?

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Surprise Massage

This is a great idea for couples who are on fairly intimate terms, but probably not something you want to pull out on a second or third date. That is unless you don't want a third or fourth.

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Perfect Picnics

Why don't you find a scenic spot to enjoy the fresh air and get to know your date in a low key setting - with a picnic! During picnics you're not staring at each other across a table, trying to make conversation through a noisy restaurant while waiters constantly check in.

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Now I Know My ABCs

Are you imaginative? Great! You'll need to be as you work your way through 26 spontaneous, fun, and silly activities all on one date! Why 26, you ask? Well, that's the number of letters in the alphabet and your job is to figure out something to do for each one!

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Custom T-Shirts

Spend the afternoon exploring your creative side and making something completely unique. One of the best things about this date idea is that whatever pattern you create, be it an image of a famous person, you and your date’s handprints, or just a block of text that has special meaning, you are making a shirt that no one else in the world will have.

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Up to You!

Take a regular old date, throw in a dash of mystery, and watch your partner's eyes light up as they try to figure out what's going to happen next!

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It's a Goal!

We all have goals -- lots and lots of goals. Some are big things like traveling to another country or climbing a mountain, while others may be as small as painting a room or putting up some shelves to finally organize the garage. The problem is that most of these goals just seem to sit there on your list forever, right? But never fear, you're about to cross off one with the help of your date!

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Cozy Fire Under the Stars

Imagine cuddling with your date next to crackling fire while you roast marshmallows and chat under the open night sky. Afterward you might even take a moonlit walk along the beach - the potential for romance is mind-boggling!

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I Know You

Do you know your date? No, I mean do you really know them? Have you been paying attention? Have you picked up on their interests and tastes, their hopes and dreams? The things they’ve always wanted to do and the things they say they want to do but really don't? Do you remember the time they said "I've always thought that would be fun!" but never really got around to it? Well then this is your time

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Mystery Date

Ok, so this date idea doesn’t really have anything to do with solving a mystery, it’s more about providing your date with a fun and unique path to find you. In essence, you will creatively lead them to a few items that hint at what you will be doing that evening, with a bottle of wine and dessert, before they find you to enjoy the sunset together.

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Chinese Lantern Picnic

The idea for this date is to have a night time picnic in a secluded, romantic spot with the soft glow of Chinese paper lanterns and candlelight. This is one of those unique date ideas that, if done well, won’t ever be forgotten by your date.

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A Day at the Spa

Do you like to get wrapped, scrubbed, oiled, exfoliated, and massaged until you’re just a lump of oh-so-soft flesh? Then read on, because this date is for you!

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Watch the Moonrise

What could be better than enjoying a romantic sunset with your date? How about sitting together in the dark, just the two of you, and watching a full moon come up over the horizon? They're both great date ideas, but if done properly, a moonrise may have the edge because of its originality and the fact that, well, you're alone in the dark right?

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Romantic Puzzle

Instead of doing a generic puzzle of the ocean or a landscape, why not put together one of you and your date? You can easily have a custom puzzle made in a variety of sizes and piece counts - all you need is a digital photo with decent resolution.

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Coffee & Cribbage

This is a mellow date for couples who just want to pass a few hours together, and a good idea for a casual first date with someone you don't know all that well. The basic idea is to head over to your local coffee shop for some relaxed fun while you enjoy the atmosphere and smell the coffee.

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Share and Share Alike

Are you ready to hear some funny, embarrassing, and touching stories about your date? Well then you'd better be willing to share a few of your own because this is a two-person game!

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Ride Segways

A Segway Personal Transporter is, without a doubt, one of the funnest ways to go sightseeing with your date. When most people first see one they think, "You've gotta be kidding me, I can't balance on that!" And yeah, they do look about as stable as a pogo stick, but Segways are completely self-balancing and really easy to ride.

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Photo Shoot

If things are going well, spend an afternoon capturing the excitement you feel about each other right now. The early days are terrific and you can't help but throw off an aura of happiness that will come through crystal clear in photos.

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Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage therapy dates back thousands of years to a time when Indian Yogis used the practice to balance the body's energy. Whether or not you believe in the power of hot stones to heal the body and balance energy, warm stones definitely help push relaxation deeper into the muscles and feel great.

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Moonlight Cruise

Moonlight. Nature's aphrodisiac. Imagine gently drifting upon a glassy lake while you sip wine, eat chocolate, and enjoy the endless beauty of the night sky. Now what if you had a date there too? Pretty great, huh?

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Theme Night

Leave behind your city, job, weather, routine and everything else as you travel to a faraway land! How does relaxing on pillows and sampling dates in an Arabian castle sound? Eating olives and sipping wine in ancient Rome? Or maybe even fast-forwarding to summer and reclining in your bathing suit while you listen to the sounds of the ocean?

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Drinks with a View

I'm all for casual first dates. Things like grabbing a cup of coffee at a local shop or having a drink together are perfect because you can break the ice in a low-pressure setting and no one's getting stuck somewhere they don't want to be.

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Dance Lesson

Do you want to get close to your date? Then try dancing! I'm not talking about the freestyle stuff you find at most clubs, but couples' dances like salsa, swing, or the tango.

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Homemade Ice Cream

You love ice cream, right? Of course you do! Everyone loves a bowl of smooth, creamy ice cream on a hot summer day. But have you ever wondered how it's made? Why don't you whip up a batch with your date and find out?

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Poker for Pleasure

The basic idea of this is playing poker for time instead of money. Every chip you bet is one minute of your time that the winner can use either that night or at some point in the future. The minutes you win or lose can only be used for together activities, anything from a back or foot massage to a moonlit walk or whatever else you agree on.

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Drive-In Movie for Two

Anyone who's ever been to a drive-in knows how fun it can be to go park and watch a movie, but be in your own little private space. There aren't many drive-ins around these days, but that doesn't mean you can't create one of your own with a laptop or portable DVD player!

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Spring Dates

Around this time of year we're all feeling like winter's gotten a little old (maybe a lot) and it's time to welcome back the warm weather. For many people this means getting outside and enjoying nature after all those months of being stuck indoors.

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Rock Climbing

If you both enjoy being active, give rock climbing a shot, it may develop into something you'll enjoy doing together regularly. It's easier if either of you have climbed before, but not necessary, most gyms offer private and group lessons where they will show you how to put on the equipment, proper belaying, climbing techniques, etc.

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Trapeze School

Ever wonder what it's like to fly through the air like the circus acrobats you saw as a kid? Well here's your chance, real live trapeze school!

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Who's the Boss?

Ok, so this one has nothing to do with bad 80's TV but it's still a lot of fun. Who's the Boss is about control - one of you having complete control of your date and the date. What does that mean? It means that one of you will be in charge of everything – where you go, what you eat, what you do, what your date wears, everything.

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Hiking

Spend your date away from the hustle and bustle of civilization while enjoying the quiet beauty of nature as you hike scenic trails together. As a date idea, hiking provides a peaceful setting for you to learn about each other and plenty to talk about. Plus, your date's reaction to hiking will let you know whether to expect an active relationship or...

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A Little Tweak

We're all attracted to the little things that make our partners uniquely them. Those bunny slippers she wears around the house and her horn-rimmed reading glasses, or the way he smells after a shower and that old baseball cap he loves so much. These are the good things. But there's a flip side to this. Bundled with the 400 things you love about them are 2 or 3 you could live without.

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Frisbee Golf

Frisbee golf is a great way to get outside and have fun playing around without the hefty greens fees, awkward bag of clubs, or frustration trying to hit a tiny ball. Everyone knows how to throw a Frisbee!

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Paint-by-Numbers

I think just about all of us have done a paint-by-numbers at some point, but if you haven't, you’re really missing out! Invented in the 1950’s, this fun pastime gives you plenty to talk about with your date while spending time creating a masterpiece together.

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Dance Under the Stars

An open night sky can make for an amazing dance hall, so why not take your date out to a secluded spot and have your own private dance under the stars? All you need is a good setting, some of your favorite songs, and you'll have a date they won't soon forget!

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7 Great Walks

A good walk can be one of the best first dates you'll ever have. They’re a nice, relaxed way for you to get to know each other and should provide plenty of scenery to keep the conversation going while you do.

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Live Music for Two

This is the type of date that will score you all kinds of points with a boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse, but should never be attempted on the first date, or even a second, third, or fourth date. Unless you want to appear insanely needy and drive your date away forever. Up to you.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

Close your eyes and imagine soaring through the air, sipping champagne, and holding your date close as the sun sets in the distance. This doesn't have to be a dream, you can find it all on a balloon ride!

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Cooking Class

What's that old saying, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach?" Well, I can tell you from experience that it goes both ways, women love a guy who can cook! So why not spend the evening helping a chef prepare a gourmet meal while you drink wine and learn some useful cooking tips?

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Sailing

Sailing is one of those things that most of us dream about but never really get around to doing. Impress your date by getting around to it! Enjoy the salt spray against your face, rolling waves under your feet, and view of the endless horizon while you relax on deck with your date.

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An Amazing Drive

Go rent an expensive car and take a drive this weekend. Okay, that's the date idea. What, you want details? Umm...try the country...have a picnic. More? Geez, ok ok, let me think about this. Alright, here we go.

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Caving

Does the idea of crawling through mud and squeezing passed tight cracks in pitch darkness sound like a good date idea to you? I hope so, because this is the only way to experience the thrill of caving and see some amazing underground formations.

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Share Music

This is a very simple date idea where you can learn a lot about your date's musical tastes (and what concert suggestions to expect in the future).

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Paint Ceramics

It's time to dust off your creative side and make something special for your date. That's right, actually make it with your own two hands and a little imagination. There are these little ceramics shops all over the country where you can pick a blank bowl, plate, or mug and spend a few hours together painting them exactly how you want.

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Interactive Walking Tour

Strolling around town while you get to know each other can make for a nice date, but throw in fun riddles and photo challenges during a cell phone walking tour and you might just have an awesome date!

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Watch an Unusual Sport

Why watch yet another football or baseball game on your date when you can be creative and learn about an entirely new sport? For free! Ok, the free part isn't always true, but you do have a good chance of seeing a free match for lots of club and less popular college sports. These sports aren't played for money, the athletes are there for the love of the game, so go out and cheer them on!

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Off Roading

Are you ready to tear it up on the back of a supercharged quad? Of course you are! Or maybe you just want to ride along with your date, exploring beautiful, rugged areas that are inaccessible any other way. That's fine too.

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Flip Out!

For this date you're going to throw yourselves at the mercy of chance by letting the flip of a coin decide the course of your date. Where you go, what you eat, you name it!

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NYSDM: Western-Style

Howdy partner, this is the Western version of our Not Your Standard Dinner and a Movie date idea. As with all of these movie dates, the plan is to take a cultural theme and dive into it. In other words, you don’t invite someone over for salmon and Slumdog Millionaire, you invite them over for a rack of barbeque ribs and High Noon.

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Trap Shooting

You're thinking "Shooting guns on a date? You can't be serious!" Oh but I am, and you won't believe how much fun it is!

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NYSDM: Japanese

This is the Japanese version of our Not Your Standard Dinner and a Movie date idea. As with all of these movie dates, the plan is to take a cultural theme and really dive into it. In other words, you don't invite someone over for pork chops and The Notebook, you invite them over for sushi and Ninja Scroll.

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Yoga

This is a great date idea for people who like to try new things and stay fit. Be warned, if you want a guy to join you for yoga there may be some resistance. But as someone who used to consider yoga nothing more than glorified stretching, I can tell you that with the right teacher it's a hard workout, good for flexibility, and leaves you feeling great!

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The Story that Never Was

The main purpose of this date is to provide a creative way for you to go out and take a bunch of pictures together. The basic idea is to make up a story, any story, and take photos of yourselves as if you were actually living it, then write up descriptions as if the story actually happened.

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Wine Tasting

Whether you're completely lost when it comes to wines or a true connoisseur, wine tasting has all the makings for a great date! It starts off with a scenic drive out to wine country, followed by tours of beautiful wineries, enjoying a nice picnic, sampling unique wines, and getting a little buzzed along the way. What more could you want?

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City Lights

This is a simple date about finding a secluded spot with an amazing view of the city at night and having a picnic or dessert while you lay back, watch the city lights, and get to know each other.

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A Chocolate Tasting

It may take some arm-twisting, but if you can somehow convince your date to lounge around sampling good chocolate and sipping wine, then a tasting just might be the date for you!

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Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding. Sliding across glassy water in the morning light and getting mad air while your date cheers you on from the boat. Sound fun? It is! Ok, well the 'mad air' thing is probably a bit much, but when you’re new to wakeboarding, even little hops can be a blast.

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Sailing Lessons

As with any lessons, this is a good way to learn something new together that you may want to pursue as a long-term hobby. At the very least it's a date idea that should score some points for creativity.

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Try Golf

This is a fun sports date that anyone can do to try golf without the frustration of getting out on the fairways and feeling like a complete spaz. You see, you don't actually have to book a tee time and play on the actual course to try golf, and you won't even need any equipment!

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Volunteer

Why not give a little something back to the community while having a great time on your date? Volunteering offers the opportunity to not only do some good, but also see your date in a different, more serious light at the same time.

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Everybody's an Expert

You're great at something! It's true. And not only are you great, but you're passionate about it too! So why not take this passion and knowledge and share it with your date? Do you have any idea how sexy a person can be when they’re doing something they love and something they're good at? That could be you!

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NYSDM: Do You Kung Fu?

This is another take on our Not Your Standard Dinner and a Movie date idea with a Chinese twist. As with all of these movie dates, the plan is to take a cultural theme and dive into it. In other words, you don’t invite someone over for steak and National Treasure, you invite them over for Chinese take-out and Enter the Dragon!

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Bike Ride

Get outside and see different things, explore new areas, and experience the freedom and fun of a bike ride. This is a great no-frills date idea where you're just pedaling along, talking about all the different things that pop into view, and learning more about each other.

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Fly a Kite

I like this date idea because flying a kite isn't serious. There's no pressure. It's just the two of you running around, having fun in the sun. That's a pretty good start!

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NYSDM: That's Italian

This is the Italian version of our Not Your Standard Dinner and a Movie date idea. As with all of these movie dates, the plan is to take a cultural theme and dive into it. In other words, you don't invite someone over for burgers and Transformers, you invite them over for homemade spaghetti and meatballs, and La Dolce Vita!

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Mountain Biking

Get out of town for an afternoon and take your date back to nature for some mountain biking! This is a chance to get a little dirty, see the sights, and learn about your date in a fun, casual setting. Plus, you'll find out if they're even a little bit athletic and like to get physical.

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Christmas Date Ideas

Christmas is a great time of the year to be with your loved ones and celebrate the important things in life, but it's also full of romantic possibilities. When you're not enjoying time with the family, try these festive date ideas and get a little Christmas lovin' too.

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New Year's Date Ideas

It's time to say goodbye to this past year and welcome in a new one, a year that will hopefully be filled with fun and memorable times together. Take a look at some of these fun ways to ring it in!

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Date Ideas for the Fall

The days are shortening and swimsuits have been stowed away for another year. But that's okay, with the changing of the seasons comes an entirely new set of fun dates that you can experience together. Change is good!

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Halloween Date Ideas

Strange things are in the air as All Hallows Eve approaches. Will you spend the holiday hiding indoors or take your date out for some thrills and chills?

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Summer Dates

Summertime is finally here – warm weather, long days at the beach, and people running around in skimpy outfits. If you were lucky enough to hook up with one of those hotties but are running out of date ideas, try a few of these.

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Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Celebrating love is a great idea for a holiday, but I'm not convinced that packed restaurants and overpriced meals are the right way to do it. Try a few of these ideas that can provide all of the romance and memories without the hassles.

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