In this materialistic world, money sometimes seems key in the pursuit of romance. But some of the best dates turn out to be born from free date ideas.
When the Beatles sang to the world “Money Can’t Buy You Love,” they might not have been thinking of free date ideas. The sentiment is the same nonetheless. To coin yet another cliché, it’s the thought that counts, and that’s what really makes a great date. These 30 free date ideas are full of thought to blow them out of the water, every time.
You could spend several thousand dollars taking your date to one of the best restaurants in the country, but if you don’t tick the right boxes on the romance front and show that some genuine thought went into your idea, then you may as well have flushed that money down the toilet.
30 free date ideas to show imagination, fun, and romance!
The upshot is you don’t need money to have a great date, as the following thirty date suggestions prove.
#1 Go on a picnic. What kind of a free date idea list would not have this most tested classic on it? All it costs is the gas already in your car and the food in your fridge. Bonus, it is timelessly romantic. [Read: The 20 best and worst venues for romantic picnic ideas]
#2 Do it indoors. Get your mind out of your underwear people… we’re talking about picnics again! You don’t even have to travel for this option. It only involves spreading the blanket on your living room floor and enjoying all the romance, but without the bugs and weather.
#3 Indoor golf. Such good fun this suggestion, and perfect for the lighthearted. Set up a crazy golf course at home with whatever household items are on hand. You’ll both have loads of fun.
#5 Free classes. There are many libraries and community centers that offer free courses on a number of subjects. What better way to spend a date together than helping each other to learn or improve a skill.
#6 The bonfire option. Throw a few pieces of old wood in the backyard, light it up, and get the marshmallows out. A gently paced date that can end up being incredibly romantic.
#7 Camping. Go out into the wilderness armed with tent and sleeping bags. If you’re lucky it will be quite cold, and you’ll be forced to snuggle up together for warmth.
#8 Karaoke. You don’t have to have all the expensive gear. Just play a CD on your sound system and have a good old sing-along. Lots of fun and great for breaking the ice.
#9 A museum or gallery. Ideal for the culture vultures among you, a visit to one of the local free galleries or museums is the perfect way to spend a few hours. And there’s nothing like discussing a shared interest to develop a blossoming relationship. [Read: How to be cultured in an age obsessed with social media]
#10 Badminton. The best of the racket sports for a free sporting date, because you can play it anywhere. On the street, a park, or even a bit of unkempt common land. Break a sweat and have a bit of competitive fun.
#11 Cycling. Bike around a nearby town or in the countryside, taking in the tourist sites and places of interest.
#12 A boozy option. A little more cultured than it sounds, try visiting a distillery or vineyard where there is a free tasting at the end.
#13 Strip it off. Strip poker, strip chess, strip checkers, or, if your extremely brave, strip twister. If there’s a game that you like just stick a “strip” at the beginning. It always ends up working out somehow! [Read: 30 dirty would you rather questions to ask your lover]
#14 Game night. If you’d prefer a more sedate option than the last, try playing a few board or video games together. A great option for couples who’ve already been together a long time and who are comfortable conversing with each other.
#15 Hiking. Longs walks in the countryside, a shared appreciation of nature and great conversation… perfect.
#16 Cook off. Take whatever you have in the kitchen cupboards and have an improvised cooking competition. The best meal wins.
#18 Go fly a kite. And if you don’t have one, why don’t you both make your own? Half the fun will be in watching them miserably fail.
#19 Amateur sports. Local sports teams often don’t charge entrance fees. You encounter a completely different kind of feel to the amateur game that’s definitely worth experiencing for the avid sports fan.
#20 Quiz night with forfeit. Dig out some quizzes from the internet and have a quiz night at home. To make it interesting, the loser has to perform a forfeit of the other’s choosing.
#23 Go to the beach. Another tried and tested classic, everyone loves the beach. The soothing environment is also extremely conducive to conversation.
#24 Bird spotting. A pair of binoculars, a bit of parkland or countryside, a book of birds, and a long period of time spent effortlessly in each other’s company. Ideal for nature lovers.
#25 Go fishing. Ditto the previous suggestion. Just make sure the person you’re going on a date with is comfortable pulling a hook out of a living creature’s head first.
#26 Bathe together. Obviously for a couple who have already reached a fairly intimate stage of their relationship together, throw a few garden flowers, candles, and bathing salts into the mix for a magically romantic experience. [Read: 25 really romantic ideas to make your lover melt]
#27 Make a bucket list. Sounds like a strange thing to do on a date, but, not only is it free, it shows you’re considering a serious future together. It also gives you an opportunity to learn about each other’s likes and dislikes and hopes and dreams for the future. [Read: Couple’s bucket list: 20 things every couple needs to do]
#28 Visit a festival. There’s always something happening in the local community along the festival lines. You don’t need to spend a penny. Just have a walk arm-in-arm together, a cozy chat, and do a quality bit of people watching.
#30 Watch the sun rise. Watching the sun rise is better than set, as you’re more likely to be guaranteed the absence of other people at your beauty spot of choice. A beautiful way to spend an hour, and one that is bound to make a lasting impression.
Take your pick, and execute any of these free date ideas above to create the perfectly romantic scenario within which to woo your significant other. Money can’t buy you love, but a well-planned date, irrespective of the cost, most certainly can.
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