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Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things and socializing more freely, you and your partner are likely itching to have some fun with other couples again! For many, it’s been far too long and so it’s important to re-cement these relationships with some of our favorite double date ideas!
Whether low-key, culture or adventure is your game… we’ve got you covered with our list of 43 activities sure to please both parties. They are split into categories to make it easier for you and yours to go after whichever ones move you!
So let’s get started!
Let’s be honest, some couples are just not into crowded bars or concerts. Maybe it’s because they’re somewhat of an introverted couple. Or perhaps they are at a point in life where an idea of a good time has shifted to something a bit more laidback. Or, maybe they’re just not ready to fully expose themselves yet.
There is no shame in this. A good time is what you make of it. So, with that, you may want to consider some of the following more chill activities.
1. Dinner and a movie at home.
You can never go wrong with this classic activity. Start the night off with a home-made meal, inspired by your film of choice. Each couple can contribute with drinks, apps, a main course and dessert… or you can order takeout if you’re not feeling in the mood to cook.
Once you’re finished cleaning up, pop some popcorn and get cozy on the couches. Streaming services have made it easier than ever to download almost anything you’re in the mood for, be it a classic or even new in-theater releases.
2. Board game night.
Board games have come a long way since uno, monopoly and life. There are many different types of games for 4 players, designed to keep both couples entertained for hours. There are strategy games, co-op games, trivia, charades with a twist… to name just a few.
As an added bonus, playing board games has some great benefits for couples and families alike… one of the best being cutting back on screen time and personal interaction.
3. Wine tasting at a local vineyard.
Whether you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur, or are more of a beer or mixed drink person, vineyard tours and tastings can still make for a good time – and are one of the no-brainer double date ideas.
You’ll get to see how the wine is made and stored, learn a bit about the different types and get a tasting of each along the way. Higher end wineries even offer charcuterie and cheese plates, to compliment the wines.
Your experience is only a click away if you just do an internet search for vineyards by zip code. And of course, you’ll need to designate a driver… unless you find an area with multiple vineyards that offer shuttle transportation like in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State or Napa Valley, California.
4. Schedule a spa day.
There’s no denying that men and women alike enjoy a good massage and some pampering from time to time. After all, we work hard and deserve some me-time now and again.
Self-care is crucial to the mind and body, and something that shouldn’t make you feel selfish or take a back seat to “more important” things… especially when you’re feeling stressed or down. After all, you only function as good as you feel. So let everyone pick their treatments and get prepared to relax.
5. Try golfing or pickleball.
Two sports that have exploded in popularity in the last 1-2 years are golf and pickleball. Many people credit this to the effects of forced quarantine, where people were searching for outdoor activities that could be done solo or in a small group of 1-4.
While I can’t imagine anyone not knowing what golf is, pickleball on the other hand, is really starting to gain momentum. So what is pickleball? Well, it’s essentially tennis on a smaller court with a wiffle ball. Think tennis meets badminton, meets ping pong. Or so they say.
I have yet to try it, but have friends that have jumped on the bandwagon… and even have their kids doing pickleball summer camps. Yes, summer camps. So why not give it a go? All you’ve got to lose is a few calories!
6. Hit the beach for the day.
Salt air is proven to heal the body and mind. In fact, salt therapy (also known as halotherapy) is growing in popularity in spas and holistic centers everywhere. The belief is that it helps with many forms of respiratory conditions and also inflammation.
While that all sounds great, why would someone pay to sit in a salt cave for 20 minutes (which my local holistic center tells me is the equivalent of hours on the beach), rather than just pack a cooler and head straight for the sea!
A beach day is the perfect way to relax and unwind with friends, while soaking up some vitamin D. Plus, you can bring along some beach games or a frisbee and feel like kids again with a little healthy dose of competition.
7. Book a room at a B&B for the weekend.
Bed and breakfasts are notorious for being viewed as the cliché “gold standard” couples getaway… it’s romantic, cozy and includes breakfast! And when you invite another couple to join you, it becomes a perfect double date with even more to offer.
Smaller B&B’s may only have 4-6 rooms in the main house, or even a private cottage or two. And because the hosts live on or nearby the property, they can give you solid recommendations for meals, activities and whatever else you may want.
8. Go camping.
Camping is one of the simplest and more budget-friendly double date ideas. Campgrounds are often very inexpensive and you can typically choose between tent camping, cabin or RV.
Basically, you can go as rustic or “fancy” as you’d like. If indoor plumbing is your thing, choose the later two. Many places also offer fishing, kayaking/canoeing, scenic hikes, grills and firepits for stargazing.
9. Kayak or canoe along the river.
Kayaks come in singles or doubles. Same goes for canoes, making both an excellent option for your next double date. River sports are much easier and chill than ocean kayaking, so you can go at your own pace and stop to take a dip or just enjoy your surroundings.
Many rental places will take you to a drop off location and have you end at their facility. Or you can invest in your own equipment if you really get the bug! Inflatable kayaks, canoes (even paddleboards) are very affordable and convenient options for owning your own – making transport a snap! Just pump it up and go.
10. Go hiking.
Hiking is great for a double date for a number of reasons. First, it’s typically free. Second, you can go at your own pace and choose trails that cater to your fitness level and abilities. But perhaps the best reason is the fresh air, scenic vistas and photo opps.
You can pack a picnic if you’d like to go for a longer hike, something that can easily fit into or attach to your backpack is ideal. Whatever you decide, just make sure you plan ahead. Check the weather and make sure you have the proper gear to make the hike a fun and safe experience.
11. Plan a road trip.
Road trips are an American right of passage… so much so, there’s been movies made about them. You can plan it out, pick a destination and your stops along the way. Or you can just hop in the car and see where the journey ends. Either way you go, you can’t go wrong as long as you have some cash and a phone.
You can also kick things up a notch and rent a convertible to feel the wind in your face and blast those tunes to pass the time.
12. Dine at a cellar piano bar.
There is an undeniably authentic vibe to be felt in a cellar piano bar. The dim lighting, bar stocked with spirits and (sometimes) cigars… and a talented musician usually willing to take requests make it a perfect date spot.
If you can’t find one near you, you may get lucky with a dueling piano bar, which is usually more lively and draws larger crowds. If that’s your thing.
13. Spend a day at the races.
Horse racing draws people from all walks of life. You can bet as little as $1 dollar on your favorite to come in, or go nuts with exacta and trifecta boxes… making it rather affordable.
The food is typically street fair/sports arena quality on the main level, with options for fancier dining in top restaurants or private boxes while watching the horses run. Some people even like to dress up, with the ladies wearing big fancy hats (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman).
However you play it, I am willing to bet you’ll have a great time!
Most of us can appreciate a little culture, in some form or another. Be it culinary, language, history, architecture… or something of the like. Culture adds color to our lives and can be a great way to spend a day, or night, out with friends.
14. Visit a museum.
Museums come in all shapes and sizes. Art museums, car museums, space museums, glass museums, sports museums… those are just a few off the top of my head. Whatever your interests are, chances are there is a museum to fit the bill.
They are also relatively inexpensive (if not free) and, best of all, a weather proof activity. So there’s little chance your plans will be spoiled. Just make sure to check the hours of operation before you go!
15. Spend a weekend in Colonial Williamsburg.
If you’re looking to take a step back in time, a trip to Colonial Williamsburg may be the perfect double date idea. I went as a kid, and quite honestly, didn’t appreciate it much. That said, I do still remember some fun activities my brother and I got to participate in, such as bandaging a ”wounded” soldier and churning butter.
16. Take a trip to Ellis Island.
If family ancestry is important to you, a trip to Ellis Island is the perfect way to spend a day. The immigration museum has registries and murals with the names of all those who passed through Ellis Island by ship, as well as a wealth of history on the origin of Ellis Island.
You can also purchase tickets for a tour of the Statue of Liberty, as well as boat rides around the island. The walkways are also lovely, lined with park benches, to enjoy a meal with a view.
17. Take a cooking class in an ethnic cuisine you aren’t familiar with.
If you were to ask most people, they would likely tell you that their most common “take out” cuisines include Italian and Chinese food. That said, there are so many ethnic cuisines most of us have never tasted… which means we are missing out on a world of flavor.
Talk with your friends about a cuisine you’d be interested in trying. Then, look up some recipes online and try making some of them on your own for a culinary adventure your taste buds will thank you for.
18. Learn a new language together, then make plans to someday take a trip where you can speak it.
Speaking of different ethnicities and cultures, wouldn’t it be great if you could speak to people in another country in their own language? Learning a new language is not only fun and useful, but it has mental advantages as well, increasing brain function and clarity.
You and your friends can choose to either take a class in person, or go at it online. As a reward, tell yourselves you’re going to save up to take a trip to the destination of choice once you’re ready… which will prove to be one of the most exciting double date ideas you’ve ever experienced.
19. Attend a cultural street fair.
One of my favorite memories as a child was attending the Feast of San Gennaro in New York City. We’d listen to Italian music and watch street performances, shop for souvenirs and feast on delicious and authentic food. It was a celebration of my heritage.
Today, there are street fairs for almost every ethnicity in larger cities; but, you can also find them in smaller ones, if you do a bit of research. Even if it’s not your own, a cultural fair is still a great experience and a fun way to learn about other cultures.
20. Order takeout from a variety of cuisines.
Feeling lazy? Or just want a chill night in with friends and some good food? Then a takeout smorgasbord ticks all of the boxes.
Go online or grab a bunch of takeout menus and get to ordering. You’ll likely find something for everyone and cleanup is a cinch!
21. Learn ASL.
Research has found that 1 in every 8 people living in the United States, ages 12 and over, has hearing loss in both ears -, based on standard hearing examinations. While that may not seem like a lot… it is enough to raise awareness and has thus seen an increase in classes being offered in ASL (American Sign Language) worldwide.
In fact, the town I live in offers ASL as a language option to seniors in high school. It’s a one year program designed to teach the alphabet, as well as useful words and phrases. You never know when you may come into contact with a hard of hearing or deaf person, so it’s something worth checking out.
It could even lead to different career opportunities if you take a liking to it. With a little research, you can make this a meaningful and educational double date experience.
22. Watch a foreign film with subtitles.
Some people like subtitles, others would rather watch foreign films dubbed over in their own language. That said, part of the beauty of foreign cinema is hearing the actors speak in the language it is meant to be spoken.
Make it a double date pact to try watching a film with subtitles in its original language. You won’t be disappointed.
23. Sign up for dance lessons.
Good exercise, increased flexibility, grace, fun and romance… all wrapped in a pretty little Fred Astaire bow.
Dance lessons are a great way to spend a few nights with friends and you can choose the type you’d like to learn. Maybe even mix them up.
24. Tour a home of a famous author no longer living.
Back in the 90’s, I visited the former summer home of famous writer, Mark Twain, in upstate New York. College friends and I went in the evening, after the tours finished, to see if the rumors were true that you could sometimes see a candle burning in the house and the ghost of Twain still writing stories. While I didn’t see the candle, it still gave me goosebumps just thinking about it.
This isn’t something only reserved for the young… but also the young at heart. Talk to your friends about whose homes they’d like to tour and soak it all in.
25. Go to the ballet, opera or theater.
When it comes to no-brainer double date ideas, this is one. Entrenching yourselves in a professional on-stage production is a great way to gain exposure to a world outside your own.
26. Learn to make your own wine or beer.
Wine and beer making are really fun things to try… and may even turn into a hobby if you’re taken with it. While it’s much easier and cleaner to do these things at a vineyard or brewery, they do make at-home kits now for both. And online companies have all of the equipment you need to get started.
The only downside is it takes weeks or even months for certain libations to be ready for drinking… but I suspect it will be worth the wait. Plus, you can have a tasting party when it is!
Try as the world might, some of us are just born with a sense of adventure… and like wild stallions that can’t be tamed, we yearn for that adrenaline rush.If this sounds like you, this next bunch of suggestions is just what the double date doctor ordered for your fearless friends!
27. Go skydiving.
If the topic of skydiving comes up, it’s likely you’ll hear at least one person ask, “Why would I jump out of a perfectly good plane?” My husband was that person when I brought it up for my 40th birthday.
And so, I never went. Told myself I’d wait for someone else to want to go… and, guess what? That never happened.
Now that I’m 46-years-old, that pesky “nerves” thing has set in. And having four young children doesn’t help matters, as I feel it would be irresponsible to do something so crazy at this point in my life. But YOU don’t have to be like me.
Have a double date of epic proportions with your daredevil friends and sign yourself up for skydiving lessons (a quick google search is all it takes). The first jump is always tandem, which means you’ll have a certified instructor strapped to your back.
You can also ease your way into it with some indoor skydiving, which gives a similar feeling of flying through the air… without a parachute or any risk of falling.
28. Book a white water rafting excursion.
I love white water rafting. And it’s the perfect double date because most rafts require at least 6-8 people to have sufficient weight and balance. A certified guide will lead the excursion over different classes of rapids, based on your experience and “adventure meter”.
Outfitters along the river will have all of the gear you need, which is included in the cost of the trip. Most “beginner” white water rafting takes place in class II to class IV rapids, which is still a rush.
29. Bungee jump from a bridge.
In Seattle, you can bungee jump from the famous landmark, The Space Needle. Similarly, Las Vegas offers a variety of buildings you can leap off of, should you be looking for your heart to leap from your chest.
Bridge jumping, however, is a bit more accessible for most people… as you can find private companies willing to transport or meet you at locations deemed safe.
Plus, there is something about jumping over water that seems a bit more inviting than the concrete jungle beneath a building.
30. Take the plunge with cliff diving.
I went cliff diving with my husband and son in Majorca, Spain several years ago… and it is an experience we will never forget. Hiking up the rocky cliffside to find the perfect spot over the crystal clear, turquoise waters was exhilarating. And the 20-foot jump was fantastic!
With a little research, or some social media inquiries, you can likely find places that fit your travel restrictions and fun-level.
31. Swim with sharks.
Cage diving with sharks is something that used to be on my bucket list, which seems to be ever changing as my life changes… which is normal. That said, there is no time like the present to seize the day!
Most shark swims take place in areas where the water temps are conducive to attracting these majestic creatures, so knowing which types of sharks you’d like to see is helpful to pinning down a location. That and organized boat trips with regular feeding schedules help ensure you’ll get an up close and personal look at them.
32. Ride some roller coasters.
Not as extreme as some of my other suggestions, it’s still one of the better double date ideas for thrill seekers and couples who want to channel their inner teenager. When you’re done dropping, spinning and looping, treat yourselves to some delicious junk food in the park!
33. Check out an escape room.
Escape rooms come in all shapes and sizes, and offer almost any theme you can imagine. Fancy yourselves on a spy mission? Or perhaps hunting for artifacts in Egypt? How about in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? Then there’s likely an escape room for that!
34. Go on a ghost tour.
Ghost tours are a great way to bring couples closer together. Imagine your heart racing and the hairs standing on the back of your neck, as you hold your partner’s hand for support. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, these tours are guaranteed to leave you asking the question.
35. Try rock climbing outdoors.
Indoor rock climbing is another great weather-proof activity to try out on your next double date. Some of the courses now are really intense, with varying difficulty levels, so it’s great for beginners or experienced climbers alike. Many facilities also offer self-belay mechanisms, meaning you don’t need anyone spotting you.
36. Spend the night in a haunted house.
A quick internet search will deliver a plethora of guest houses, mansions, hotels, etc… that claim to be haunted and offer guests the chance to spend the night. Whether or not you’ll actually get any sleep remains to be seen!
37. Learn to scuba dive.
Scuba diving is a really peaceful way to get up close and personal with our planet’s underwater residents. It’s quiet and cool and you’ll get the chance to see many species you’d never catch a glimpse of snorkeling.
It does require certification, usually the first part of which is done in a pool, followed by open water dives. So you’ll have to be cool with making this a recurring double date.
38. Play “pin the tail on the map” and agree to go to whichever place you land on.
Pin the tail on the donkey was always a hit at kids’ birthday parties growing up. It still is… even if it’s changed a bit. You can now pin the crown on the mermaid or pin the nose on the clown.
But just because it started as a kid’s activity, doesn’t mean you can’t put an adult spin on it. Have both couples take turns blindfolding one another and spin them three times. Walk them to a map (local, country or world) and have them place a pin. When all four pins have been placed, start planning your visit for another day!
39. Go snowshoeing.
Snowshoeing may sound boring or easy, but it’s far from either. Snowshoeing is an extension of hiking, and is said to burn more calories than walking, running or cross country skiing at the same pace.
As a bonus, it takes place in winter, so things like humidity impeding your breathing or overheating, isn’t going to be a factor.
40. Take a circus class.
Adult circus classes are popping up (pun intended) all over the place. Perhaps movies such as The Greatest Showman prompted the growing fascination with tightrope walking, trapeze, juggling, rings and silks… but I think anything that allows you to feel like part of a cirque du soleil show will sell itself. Plus, it counts as exercise.
41. Go ziplining.
Weather over a rainforest, jungle, ocean, park or waterfall… ziplining is the closest thing to feeling like a bird that you can experience. You are basically wearing a helmet and a harness attached to a cable and sent off. Then someone is at the ending platform to ensure you break properly.
If you’re not in the mood to travel, there are also zipline parks in many cities and zoo’s to try it out on a smaller scale.
42. Try your hand at axe throwing or range shooting.
Both of these activities may seem rather primal, but they are actually really fun as far as double date ideas go. They are also great for dexterity.
Similar to darts, axe throwing is a sport in which the competitor throws an axe at a target, attempting to hit as close as possible to a bullseye. Range shooting is typically done in a private facility, using a handgun.
You wear protective ear and eye covers and are taught how to hold the gun, load the gun, turn on the safety, etc… via an introductory lesson. You are in the room with a professional the entire time, trying to hit a target at varying lengths.
43. Train for a biathlon or triathlon.
Strength in numbers. Accountability in partners. Whenever you set your mind to trying something new, especially physical in nature, it’s important to have a support system. This is why training for a bi or triathlon is a great activity for couples to do together, especially if you enjoy more than just running (like cycling and swimming).
Still, you can always start smaller and just train for a 5K or 10K together, which are both much more lowkey… with some racers even walking. It’s not about how fast you finish, but that you do finish.
When it comes to true friendship, it’s less about what you do and more about who you’re doing it with. Throughout your life, you will make all different types of friends… each of whom bring something different to the relationship and enrich your life in some way. Or at least that’s the hope.
Friendships come and go and change as we change. That is how life works. I still keep in touch with a few friends from my childhood via social media and love watching their adventures online. The same goes for my college friends who’ve moved away and started families of their own.
And I speak from personal experience when I say that my priorities have changed since having children… and so my single friends and I have less in common than we used to, which translates to speaking less frequently. But that is ok. People have a tendency to enter our lives just when we need them to, and the impact of those new and lasting friendships can be life changing.
There is sure to be something on this list of double date ideas that will give you and your friends the perfect opportunity to enjoy your time together and make every moment count… while making memories that will last a lifetime, no matter how simple or grandiose. For more fun ideas, be sure to check out our read on bucket list ideas for couples!
Nicole Krause has been writing both personally and professionally for over 20 years. She holds a dual B.A. in English and Film Studies. Her work has appeared in some of the country’s top publications, major news outlets, online publications and blogs. As a happily married (and extremely busy) mother of four… her articles primarily focus on parenting, marriage, family, finance, organization and product reviews.