42 of the Most Romantic Date Ideas Ever
It’s never a bad time to plan an over-the-top, romantic date night, so why not tonight? No matter how long you’ve been with your significant other, going on a romantic date is always a good idea. And we’re not just talking candlelit dinners. We mean really romantic dates that will bring you closer whether you hang out in the morning, afternoon, or night. From opportunities to splurge to ideas that don’t break the bank, these are the cutest date-night ideas that every couple should try at least once in their lifetimes. Ahead, check out these ideas that hit “The Notebook” status. Time to break out the bubbly!
– Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
Romantic Date Ideas For Adventurous Couples
Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
If you’re looking for a date night to top all date nights, a ride in a hot air balloon will meet all your needs. From phenomenal views to dinner in the sky, enjoy an exhilarating time to mix things up in your relationship.
Hold Each Other Tightly on a Roller Coaster
Whether it’s at a local theme park or seasonal fair, taking a spin (or drop) together on an exciting ride can be a sensual experience.
If you love adrenaline, take a dive from a helicopter, and enjoy the views together. There’s nothing like a thrilling experience to bond you and a romantic partner (just look at “The Bachelor”!).
Romantic Date Ideas For Couples Who Love to Cook
Spend a Night Baking Desserts
Whether it’s a special occasion or you’re just in the mood for sweets, end the day with some romantic desserts.
Have a Picnic
Grab a bottle of wine and some homemade snacks for an intimate and relaxing date at your favourite park, waterfront spot, or rooftop with a view.
Attend a Food Festival
Depending on your local city, there may be a restaurant week or food truck festival. Both of these events will satisfy you and your loved one’s inner foodies.
Romantic Date Ideas For Beach-Lovers
Sunbathe Side by Side at the Beach
Nothing says romance like quality time spent at the beach. Bask in the sun’s rays with your significant other, and live in the moment.
Rent a Boat For the Day
If you love being on the water, spend some time in the sun, go fishing, or just chill and enjoy the views with a drink in hand.
Participate in Water Activities
Go snorkeling hand in hand, or take jet skis out for a fun spin that’ll rev you both up.
Romantic Dinner Date Ideas
Go on a Sunset Dinner Cruise
From the gourmet dining and picture perfect views to the intimate privacy, a dinner cruise is the perfect way to get away from the stresses of life.
Candlelight Dinner in the Backyard
Nothing says romance like candlelit ambiance. Place a few on a table where you can sit close, share food, and enjoy each other!
Restaurants With Live Music
Add excitement to your night out by picking a restaurant with live jazz or your favorite music for a special dining experience that sets the mood.
Romantic Date Ideas For Going Out For Drinks
Cheers at a Rooftop Bar
Whether it’s a first date or you’re several dates in, there are plenty of hot spots to elevate the romance with the best views.
Attend a Paint-and-Sip Session
Get your creative juices flowing, and simply paint and drink! Best of all, you’ll always have a canvas to remember your date by.
Tour a Winery
Learning about wine (or your beverage of choice) is always fun and educational, and best of all, it’s topped off with a tasting.
Romantic Activity Date Ideas
Take a Dance Class
Whether it’s ballroom, salsa, or your favorite genre of music, there’s nothing like a dance class to amp up the physical attraction with your significant other. Not to mention, it gives you and your partner something to work toward together, making good teamwork practice.
Ideal for any season, roller or ice skating is the perfect activity to bond with your significant other!
Go to an Amusement Park
Relive your childhood memories, and endure a fun day (or night) where you can go on all your favourite rides with each other, play carnival games, and indulge in sticky and sweet treats.
Romantic Date Ideas That Are Worth the Splurge
Book a Hotel Room With a View (and a Hot Tub)
Turn an ordinary hotel room into the ultimate romantic oasis with flowers, candles, soothing music, and other thoughtful things your partner would appreciate. Add a decorated hot tub to set the mood even more!
Visit a Day Spa
From facials to massages, nothing says luxury like a relaxing day at the spa.
Whether it’s your hometown or a new city, take a ride in the sky to enjoy each other’s company in an exciting way.
Romantic Staycation Date Ideas
Visit a Museum at Night
If you’re both art-lovers, a night trip to the museum is in order. Both affordable and intimate, this idea will only bring couples closer.
Take a Drive
Hit the road with snacks, good music queued up, and an overnight bag (just in case!). Explore a place near where you live, and play tourist for the day!
Go Out to Dinner
Dress up in something fancy, and go out to that restaurant you’ve always wanted to try.
Romantic Date Ideas For Cinephiles
Enjoy Dinner at a Drive-In Movie
Dinner always gives couples the chance to get to know each other even more and create memories. Add a drive-in movie, and you’ve got the perfect date-night combo!
Attend a Film Festival
Love a cinematic atmosphere? A film festival will offer you an experience to see several movies for the first time with your date.
Have a Movie Marathon at Home
Prep the snacks, and settle in for a themed movie marathon. You could watch the James Bond films or Marvel movies, or you can really lean into the romance with something like Jane Austen films.
Romantic and Relaxing Date Ideas
Book a Couples Massage
Relaxation meets romance with a few hours of pampering to de-stress. Whether it’s on vacation or a DIY at-home spa, enjoy some much needed R&R with your loved one.
Netflix and, Well, You Know
Between Netflix and the other streaming platforms, there are tons of steamy movies or shows to indulge in. Pour your favourite glass of wine, light some candles, lower the lights, and press play!
Take a Walk
Enjoy some fresh air with your loved one hand in hand on the beach, along a wooded trail, or at a park.
Romantic Outdoor Date Ideas
Watch the Sunrise
Whether it’s a walk on the beach or the view from your patio, watch the sunrise together, and enjoy the simple things in life. After all, it’s free.
If you love the water, renting a kayak or paddle boat on a river at sunset makes a beautiful date night.
Go For a Bike Ride
Get active, and bike along a scenic route.
Romantic Date Ideas For Music-Lovers
See a Jazz Performance
Cozy up with the one you love to some soothing music at a jazz club.
Go to a Concert
Whether it’s your favorite artist or someone new, a concert will allow you both to let loose and have fun.
See a Musical
If you and your date both enjoy music and theater, this idea is the perfect combination.
Romantic and Cosy Date Ideas
Cosy Up With a Book by the Fire Pit
This at-home date idea is perfect for the colder seasons and one of the best way to connect with no distractions. Roast some marshmallows for s’mores to make it even more fun!
Head to a Dreamy Winter Destination
Whether it’s your favorite ski destination or a cosy lodge, book a trip to the best cold-weather escape where you can indulge in sledding, skiing, and hot tubbing.
Make a Comfort Meal Together
Exercise some teamwork, and try a new recipe for a creamy pasta sauce, steamy soup, or decadent dessert.
Romantic Backyard Date Ideas
Stargaze From Your Backyard
Cuddle up with your sweetheart while doing some serious stargazing on a warm romantic night. All it takes is good planning and waiting for clear skies!
Enjoy a Backyard Movie
Set up a device, grab your favourite snacks and blankets for snuggling, and create an outdoor movie theatre of your own.
Don’t have a swimming pool? Grab a kiddie pool, fill it up, and cool down together with a cocktail or mocktail.