There is nothing like spending time with your significant other.
Whether you’ve been together for 20 years or only two months, you probably know that going on a date can be expensive. You want to do something special for that extraordinary person in your life – but you don’t want to break your bank to show them that you care.
Don’t worry, we have plenty of fun date ideas for you to enjoy some time with them and still have some money in your pocket.
25 Cheap or Free Fun Date Ideas for You and Your Special Someone
Not only do you get to enjoy beautiful nature sceneries with your significant other, but you also get some exercise. More than likely, there are several hiking or nature trails near you. The best part about hiking as a date is it is usually free, or costs only $2 or $3 for parking fees. Bring a sandwich and some chips and you have the perfect day for active couples.
Speaking of packing sandwiches, who needs an expensive, fancy restaurant, when you can pack your own lunch and enjoy the bright sunshine?
Make some sandwiches, get his/her favorite food to go, or cook their favorite meal and put it in a basket. Find a park or a nice place to sit down with a blanket, and play some music on your phone. Voila, one of the fun date ideas that didn’t drain your savings.
You can never go wrong with a nice round of mini-golf. If you’re looking to find a cheap, fun date ideas that just about everyone enjoys, mini-golf is the way to go. About every town has a mini-golf course nearby. Each person can play for less than $10.
Another classic cheap date idea is bowling. Go to the closest bowling alley, rent the horrible looking shoes, put a couple bucks in the jukebox, and throw some bowling balls in the gutter. You couldn’t ask for a better date idea. Additionally, if you go earlier, you could save a couple of extra bucks.
There might be dozens of opportunities for free, fun date ideas right in your hometown. More than likely, there are festivals or parades happening in your city or in one nearby. It could be an apple festival, peach festival, or some other celebration.
You and your date can go enjoy some homemade food, support your local economy, and only spend a couple dollars in the process. Look online to find any festivals close to you.
Making s’mores and telling stories aren’t just for boy scouts. It can also be a cheap and intimate date idea as well. Who says you can’t have a campfire in your backyard? Even building it can be a fun part of the date.
While it isn’t the most common date idea, volunteering is easily one of the best. Not only do you get to spend time getting to know your date, but you both have an opportunity to give back to your community. Sit down and decide which charity you want to volunteer at and sign-up. It’s a win-win for everyone.
8. Coffee Date
There is a Starbucks on every corner – but don’t automatically use the massive chain as your go-to venue. Look for a unique local coffee shop that has its own unique ambiance. You’ll spend less than five dollars on each drink, and you can sit down in the cozy coffee shop and enjoy each other’s company.
9. Movie Marathon
Sure, you could go to the movie theater and spend $12 a ticket, $5 bucks or more on a drink, and another $10 on snacks. Or you can plop down on your couch with a couple of your favorite movies.
Fishing is a nice and peaceful way to get out, enjoy nature, and have plenty of time to talk. Go to your local fishing hole, cast a line, and enjoy the nice, peaceful atmosphere. To make things more interesting, make a bet that the person that catches the smaller fish has to buy lunch.
11. Thrift Store Shopping/ Antiques
Going to the mall is a great way to kill a couple of hours, but you can’t find 15-year-old VHS tapes at the mall. Going to a thrift store or antique shop is much more interesting than going to mainstream stores. You can find dozens of interesting things. And besides, who doesn’t need a denim jacket from the 90s?
12. Board Games/Card Games
The days of sitting around the dining room table playing a board game or card game are long gone. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be an amazing date idea. Ask your significant other what their favorite board/card game is and surprise them with it. It promises to be a night full of reliving their favorite memories.
13. Local Sports
Going to a professional sports game can be expensive. Really expensive. But there are plenty of options for sports junkies that won’t require you to take out a loan. You can go to a minor league baseball game or the high school football game. You get your sports fix at a fraction of the price.
14. Cook a Meal Together
Sometimes the best part about dinner together is cooking the meal. Go through your cookbook, Pinterest or order a ready to cook meal kit and find a new recipe for you and your date to try together.
15. Farmer’s Market
For that meal you’re going to cook together, you’re going to need a nice side of fresh veggies. Go browse through the local farmer’s market and see all of the delicious produce for sale. You’ll save money versus going to the store. Plus, you’ll be helping the local farmers.
16. Local Museums
We could all learn something from our past or broaden our horizons. Local museums are a great place to learn more about the history of your hometown. You don’t even have to pay the admission prices of major museums. This is one of the fun date ideas to try.
17. Drive-In Movie
Travel back in time to enjoy the old pastime of going to a drive-in movie. Instead of paying $12 a person, you can pay $10 for your car. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Recline your seat a little and enjoy a blockbuster hit from several months ago, or even an old classic.
Going to the zoo probably isn’t something you’ve done since you were a kid. But the zoo or aquarium is one of the great fun date ideas to try. Going earlier in the day can save you money on admission prices. Coupled with a pre-packed picnic, you can make a great afternoon date.
19. Lunch Dates –Instead of Dinner
Speaking of afternoon dates, if you’re want to go out to eat, earlier is better. Just about every single restaurant has lower prices in the day when they are less busy. Go on your romantic meal, but do it in the day. You’ll save money but still enjoy delicious food.
20. Trivia Night
What better way to impress your significant other than with all of your useless trivia information? Find a local restaurant that hosts trivia night. You can win some money to pay for your food. Even if you aren’t good at it, it’s still a fun night laughing at how wrong your answers were. You can also do it at home.
21. Ride Bicycle
If there is a bicycle rental place, it’s a great way to get some exercise and is usually very cheap. Take a ride downtown or through a nearby nature trail.
22. Live Music – Local Band
Go to a local bar, coffee shop, amphitheater, park, or find a music festival where a live band is playing. Normally, you can get in for free. Enjoy a couple drinks, and listen to the soothing (or not soothing?) sounds of local artists.
23. Local/Children’s Theatre
There is no better way to support your local arts programs than by going to a play at a high school or community theater. Pay $5 and enjoy a play without paying the Broadway costs.
Floating down a nice river is relaxing, cheap, and the perfect opportunity to connect or reconnect with your date. You’ll be on the river for several hours, which means plenty of time to ask questions and get to know each other.
25. Toss Around The Pigskin
Even if your date isn’t “athletic”, it’s still fun to go to a local sports complex or park and throw a Frisbee, football, kick a soccer ball, etc. You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy some sunshine and toss around the Frisbee. If nothing else, it’s fun to laugh at how bad you are.
Fun Date Ideas Without Going Broke? It’s Possible
Dates are fun. Spending hundreds of dollars isn’t.
As you can see, there are plenty of different fun date ideas for under $20. It isn’t about what you’re doing – it’s about who you’re with and forming a lasting relationship with that person.