Life changes after marriage. You share your life, love, and home with your partner every day. Things seem pretty new and exciting initially, but as years pass and you fall into the routine of family life, the spark seems to fade due to the many responsibilities and changed priorities in life.
Remember the tingly feeling you had every time you met your partner before you got married? You can bring it back and make married life exciting too. How? Go out on dates again, not just for the sake of it, but to impress your partner and show them you care.
MomJunction gives you some interesting date night ideas for married couples, who want to rekindle the love in their marriage.
Date Night Ideas For Married Couples
Date nights are fun – there’s the excitement of getting dressed up, an eagerness to do something special for your love, and spend as much time as you can with them.
Here are 35 fun and exciting date night ideas that allow you to spend more time together, fall in love with each other all over again, and strengthen your bond with every passing day.
1. Plan a game night at home
When was the last time you played a board game with your partner? If you can’t remember, you should plan it soon. Game nights are refreshing, especially when it is with your husband or wife. You fight, you cheat, you try to win, but most of all, you have utmost fun.
2. Go to a concert
If you both enjoy music, then attending a live concert of your favorite band with your partner would be an amazing date night idea. A rocking concert can relieve your stress and let your hair loose for a while.
3. Stroll through a night street fair
An evening fair or a night market would be a colorful atmosphere for a date night for a married couple. You can just walk together holding hands, try street food together, and buy funky items your each other or your sweet home. Sounds relaxing?
4. Dance in a pub
Dancing could bring out the madness in you. It can also help you unwind and just be yourself. So pick a place with good music and dance it out with your husband or wife.
5. Watch a movie
If you and your partner are movie buffs, then what could be better than a movie night. You can watch your favorite movie or series on Netflix, or go to a drive-in movie, or surprise your partner with tickets to the latest movie at the cinemas.
6. Cook a meal together
You might have gone to a lot of restaurants for a date night. Why not do something different now? Get in the car, shop for the ingredients, come home, and prepare a delicious meal together. It could help in rekindling your love. If you are at a loss for what to make, try making a new dish from a different culture once a week and each can alternate on who decides what the dish would be.
7. Watch a comedy show
Looking forward to a relaxing night? Then get tickets for a live comedy show where you both can laugh out loud. As Lord Byron rightly said, ‘Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.’ So, going to a standup comedy show can be a good way to de-stress after a tiring day at work and home.
8. Explore the nightlife
No, we are not talking about clubbing. We’re talking about exploring at night, the places you visit every day during daylight. Take your bike out or rent one and hit the roads. The fresh breeze, almost empty roads, and the silence around you would take you back to the times when you were not married and had fun without limitations.
9. Go for a nature walk
Walking around the noisy, bustling city is one thing, and walking amidst nature, surrounded by nothing but greenery and silence is another. Pick any nature trail, in the woods or along the coast, and go for a walk in the evening. You could also plan a hike, or just walk the train in silence or talk about how you feel – it could be a great activity to get away from the distractions and focus on just each other. You could even do a scavenger hunt to collect a piece of nature for a memory box from each nature walk or hike.
10. Go on a hot air balloon ride
When was the last time you splurged on something really exciting for your partner? Marriage brings in many responsibilities, and you tend to tighten the purse strings, spending only on what is necessary.
But it is okay to spend a little more than you would to make your loved one happy. Book a hot air balloon ride for your date night with your partner. To make it a pleasant surprise, blindfold them until the balloon lifts off into the sky, and open the blindfold when you are up in the air, to give them an amazing view of the world.
11. Recreate the magic with memories of your first date
Remember your first date? Where did you go, and what did you eat? What did you wear? Try to recreate the same moments now and enjoy the nostalgic ride. This idea will ignite the lost spark between you both.
12. Brew beer together
Do you enjoy relaxing over a bottle of beer? Why not try and brew your own beer at home? Buy a beer brewing kit and make the beverage at home. If it works well, you could make it a ritual –brew your own brand of beer and enjoy it together.
13. Have a karaoke night
Do you enjoy singing? Then go for a karaoke date night. You don’t have to be a seasoned or professional singer to sing your favorite tunes at karaoke. Just know the tune and sing like you do not have a care in the world. The experience can be relaxing and fun too when you sing with the one person you love.
14. Plan a mini-vacation in a hotel
Unable to get away from work for long? Boss won’t give you a break from work? Use what you have then, to plan a mini vacation or a staycation by booking a room in a nearby hotel and spending a couple of days together. This may not be as fun as a vacation but will give you time away from the everyday grind at home, and to pamper each other.
15. Organize a scavenger hunt
A scavenger hunt sounds like a kids’ game. But what if you made it fun by hiding love notes and little gifts for each other to find on your date night. You could hide things for each other to find in and around the house and have a little competition for yourselves. Whoever wins can get a treat from the other. Sounds like fun?
16. Go bowling
This game can refresh you after a busy day at work. Bowling might not seem like the ideal date night activity. But when you do not have time to plan a proper date and want a break from the mundane, it can be a good idea. The date becomes all the more exciting if you both enjoy the game and want to indulge in a bit of healthy competition.
17. Try a wine or cheese tasting event
Imagine tasting some of the best wines and getting to spend time with your loved one. Sounds like the perfect date, doesn’t it? Book your spots for a wine tasting event to pamper your taste buds as well as each other. If you don’t like wine, you may go for cheese tasting events as well. You both can eat, roam around, and create romantic moments.
18. Have a pizza making contest
Everybody loves a good pizza. So why not make one of your own customized pizzas with your favorite toppings? To make this even more fun, set a time limit to make your own pizzas. Then decorate a corner of your room by setting up candles and enjoy your dinner.
19. Plan a barbecue night
This could be a good idea for a relaxing date night with your partner without having to go outside. Just set up a barbecue grill in your patio, get a pack of cards, and grill seasoned vegetables and chicken. Enjoy the fresh breeze, play some board games, and enjoy your dinner.
20. Go for a long drive
Long drives are romantic. The idea of heading off to nowhere in particular, and enjoying the breeze and the silence that rests between the two as you drive along the highway can be dreamy. If you once enjoyed going on long drives, why not do the same now? Take the car out for a spin along the coast, the lake or any other landscape near you and make a stop or two for ice cream or dessert on your way.
21. Play pool
Why be a boring old married couple when you can go back to being youngsters for one night? Plan a date night doing things you enjoyed doing once – play pool, drink a few beers, and eat a burger to make the night fun.
22. Spend a night by the campfire
You don’t always have to go to a happening place for a date with your spouse. Drive to a calm place (such as nearby woods), light up a small campfire, lay down a carpet, munch on snacks, and talk. Communication is essential for a married couple, so your date could just be you both talking your heart out (or telling each other ghost stories) by the campfire.
23. Go boating
Running on busy schedules and juggling between home and office could be difficult after you get married. Another good idea for a date night is to spend a cozy romantic evening on a sailboat, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You and your beloved, in the boat amidst the ocean, watching the sunset and listening to the seagulls, can make a date that takes your worries away.
24. Plan a dessert and coffee date
If dinner dates are passé, then you can check out the nearby coffee shop and enjoy some chocolate desserts and coffee with your beloved. Yes, a coffee date is still a date and can be a good way to spend time with your husband or wife.
25. Make ice cream
You might have cooked a meal together, but have you made ice cream together? If not, you could try that for a date night activity. If you think eating ice cream is fun, making it can be even better. Look for the recipes or YouTube videos online and make your own ice cream at home!
26. Go ice skating
Winter freeze keeping you both indoors? If you’re tired of staying indoors and want to get out and have some fun, try ice skating to boost your mood up. You don’t have to be experts as long as you know how to balance and have a little fun. You’d probably fall a few times, but eventually, you could both become experts – either at falling and laughing at each other or the sport!
27. Dare them on a date
Go to a public place such as a mall or a fair. Dare your partner to do something unusual, but not criminal or offensive to others. Whoever wins a dare will win a score. In the end, whoever loses will give a treat. This date night idea is simple yet fun!
28. Go to the opera
Wear your most elegant outfits, put on makeup, and look your best. If you appreciate art, especially the theater or the opera, this makes an excellent date night idea. But ensure that you pick something that both you and your husband are interested in, or it could turn into a night of boredom and restlessness.
29. Have dinner on a cruise
If you are planning for something exclusive, then take your partner for dinner on a cruise. Enjoy a three-course meal while sailing under the moonlight and enjoy the view of the ocean around you.
30. Try new food
Pick a restaurant that serves a cuisine that you both have not tried before. Keep trying new items from the menu and enjoy the evening. Whether you like the food or not, you will have fun, guaranteed.
31. Go shopping
If spending time together is the agenda, you could just go shopping! No, we’re not talking about grocery shopping. This date night shopping has a twist – you get to a mall together, but then go your own way. Fix a budget and a time limit within which you have to buy something nice for each other. Once done, grab some dinner, go home, and open your presents to end the date on a cheerful note.
32. Plan a picnic on the terrace or by the lake
Not all date nights have to be special or extravagant. It is the small gestures that matter and not big plans. So have a simple date right on your terrace – carry a few blankets or mats, a bottle of wine, and scented candles. Set up a table and create a romantic atmosphere, sit with your beloved, and spend some quality time gazing at the stars and talking.
33. Go to a game of mini-golf
Want to have some childish fun? Play mini-golf and enjoy friendly competition. This idea of date night can take away your stress and could leave you feeling positive. Just go to a place with a mini-golf arena, book your slot and play away!
34. Redecorate your bedroom
You and your partner spend most of your time in your bedroom. Why not give it a little uplift and make the space more appealing? If you haven’t really looked at the room in months, it is time you do. Plan a makeover to turn your room back into the cozy corner where you and your partner can cuddle. Set a day aside for this activity and get to work.
35. Become artistic
With such occupied schedules after years of marriage, you might have overlooked the importance of showing love to your partner. Why not show him or her how much you value and love by being artistic. Take some time out for each other and do whatever you can (such as paint, craft, cook, write, or sing) to express your feelings of love. This is one of the best ways to get closer to each other.
A date night for married couples is all about finding each other again and falling in love each time you do. So, find ways to spend time together because a date isn’t always about doing something special. It is making every moment you spend together special by being present for each other. Use any of the ideas mentioned above, add your personal touch and some creativity to them, and plan a date night that you are likely to remember even after years.
What’s your idea of a date night for married couples? Tell us about it in the comments section.