A lot of people know the concept of bucket lists as a repository of the things they want to achieve before they die. They can be anything from traveling around the world, conquering a fear of public speaking, to learning a new language. Someone’s bucket list can tell you a lot about who they are as a person. It shows a person’s priorities and aspirations.
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- Romantic Date Night Bucket List Ideas
- Adventurous Date Night Bucket List Ideas
- Simple or Cheap Date Night Bucket List Ideas
Couples can also create bucket lists to accomplish together, as it can be easy to fall into a rut when it comes to dating. Creating a bucket list can help you shake up your romance routine.
Alternatively, it can remind you to embrace simpler traditions. Here are some suggestions for date night bucket list goals.
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Romantic Date Night Bucket List Ideas
In our busy lives, romance often gets put on the back burner. Add some of these items to your bucket list to help rekindle that spark.
1. Get a couple’s massage
Life gets hectic. Take some time to relax together. Book a couple’s massage at a spa and enjoy getting to unwind side by side.
2. Have a tech-free evening
It’s hard to devote your full attention to someone when you can get so easily sidetracked by phones, computers, and TVs. Unplug all your devices for the night, cook a nice meal together, and actually take the time to engage fully in conversation.
You may be surprised by how plugged in you can feel to your partner.
3. Go stargazing
Sometimes staring at the fathomless night sky can make you feel even closer to your partner. Grab a telescope, head out of town and away from bright lights for the clearest view.
4. Create playlists for one another
Sometimes a song plays on the radio that reminds you of a specific moment in your relationship.
Put a playlist together for your partner with all the songs that immediately bring them to mind and ask them to do the same for you. It will be interesting to see what tracks overlap.
5. Have a picnic
Pack a basket with a bottle of champagne and some of your favorite foods. Visit a place your both fond of, or one that is significant to your relationship and dine al fresco.
6. Recreate your first date
Nostalgia can be a very powerful force. Take a trip down memory lane by revisiting the site of your first date.
7. Embrace cliches
Certain sites for romantic date nights are so self-evident they have become tropes. Lean into the sweetness of those traditions.
You can split a milkshake at a diner, kiss on top of a Ferris wheel, or canoodle at a drive-in movie. Enjoy the sweetness of iconic moments like these.
8. Enjoy a sunset
There are few sights as beautiful as a sunset. If you live near a beach, stroll down the sand hand-in-hand while admiring one of nature’s most spectacular sights.
9. Enjoy a romantic bubble bath
If your tub is large enough, you can create a magical romantic atmosphere without breaking too much of a sweat. Light some candles, play soothing music, and fill the tub with scented bubbles. Then settle in and enjoy relaxing in such close proximity to your partner.
10. Take dancing lessons
Even if you have two left feet, a patient dance instructor can teach you to tango (or rumba, or waltz).
Adventurous Date Night Bucket List Ideas
Tired of the old standard dinner-and-a-movie dates? Be more adventurous with these bucket list-worthy ideas. Check out our list of travel bucket list ideas if you need more suggestions.
11. Take a weekend getaway
Go beyond date night and plan an extra special date weekend. Drive a few hours out of the city to a cute bed and breakfast. Sleep in late, wander and explore a new town, and try new restaurants. You’ll return home fresh and reinvigorated.
12. Go skydiving
Feel like your relationship is a little stale? Nothing will inject some excitement into your love life quite like jumping out of a plane.
13. Sleep under the stars
Whether you’re a novice camper or an experienced hiker, there’s something very freeing about being under the stars while sleeping.
14. Go skinny dipping
Feeling a little saucy? Strip down with your partner and jump into the ocean or a swimming pool under the cover of darkness. Even if you’re in the privacy of your own backyard, you’re bound to feel the thrill of adventure.
15. Go to an amusement park
Riding roller coasters with your partner is a great way to boost the production of adrenaline. Long after the rides stop, you’ll still be riding high on the endorphin rush.
16. Pick up a new hobby
Get out of your respective comfort zones by trying an activity that’s unfamiliar to you and your partner. Bonus points for choosing something challenging and exhilarating like a trapeze class.
Alternatively, you can buy them a small item to help them jumpstart a new hobby. Read our guide on the best bucket list gifts to get started.
17. Get your motor running
Driving fast can certainly be a thrilling experience, but it’s dangerous and not strictly legal. Many cities though are offering virtual reality experiences where you can feel like you’re racing a Formula One car.
Many also offer opportunities to virtually pilot helicopters and fighter jets. It’s an out-of-the-box date experience that’s safe and secure but still exciting.
18. Go rock climbing
Head to your local climbing gym to get instructions on how to navigate footholds and handholds to scale to the top of the wall.
If the weather is nice and you live in a mountainous region, you can also hire outdoor guides to help you learn climbing tips and techniques.
19. Go on a sightseeing experience
Get a view of your city that you’ve never experienced before - a bird’s eye view, that is. Hire a helicopter to take you on an aerial view of your city. You might be surprised by what you can learn and observe from so high up.
20. Confront your fears together
We all have things that scare us. Facing them alongside your partner can give you the courage to try a little exposure therapy.
Afraid of jump scares? Have a horror movie marathon. Scared of sharks? Go for a dive in a shark cage.
Simple or Cheap Date Night Bucket List Ideas
Wine and roses are nice (if not a little obvious), but they can get pricey. You don’t have to splurge to have a special date night. Here are some creative ideas for your date night bucket list that are both fun and affordable.
21. Build a blanket fort
Blanket forts aren’t just for kids. You can construct an epic blanket and pillow fort fit for a king. Gather all your blankets and bedding and use your superior understanding of physics to build a fort that would have blown your younger self away.
Bring in a laptop and a bottle of wine and snuggle up with your significant other.
22. Prepare a low-maintenance meal
Staying in and cooking can sometimes feel more like a chore than a date night. Make it easy on yourself by having appetizers for dinner.
Throw together a board with cheese and smoked meats, and bake up a few frozen appetizers like mini spanakopita and other flaky pastries. It will seem super fancy but feel very low-impact.
23. Become amateur mixologists
Going out for craft cocktails can be pretty pricey. Instead, visit a local spirits store and get some fun ingredients. Get a few bottles of bitters and some flavored simple syrups.
Sparkling waters with exotic flavors are inexpensive and easy to find, and organic vodkas and gins can be found at a reasonable price point, too. You can make the fanciest drinks in town at low prices.
24. Go to the library
Bookstores are a go-to date night spot. Libraries have all the same components, but the books there are free. Pick out some titles you and your partner are interested in and start your own little book club as a side benefit.
25. Put a puzzle together
Putting together a large puzzle requires teamwork and tenacity. These two qualities are also good to have in a relationship. Set up a dedicated puzzle table and work on putting it together over the course of several date nights.
You can chat about your day while putting it together and connect. By the time it’s complete, you’ll feel a real sense of accomplishment.
26. Have a karaoke night
Pick a fun dive bar with good drink specials and head on down to croon some love songs. You get extra credit if you and your significant other channel your inner Captain and Tenille and sing cheesy duets.
27. Go vintage shopping
If you live with your partner, you can combine shopping for your living space with a date. Road tripping on weekends to fun flea markets and antique fairs can give you bonding time on the ride, even as you source budget-friendly furnishings for your home.
28. Play board games
You may think board games are for big groups of people, but there are plenty of board games that are perfect for two players. Begin curating your own collection for date night at home on-demand. You can also invite another couple over for a double date.
29. Go fruit-picking
Sure, you can always get produce at the grocery store. But orchards and U-Pick farms offer a wide array of locally-grown produce, too.
You can get tasty fresh fruits and veggies, support local farmers, and get out of the house on an unusual and affordable date.
30. Have a dessert date
Going out for dinner at an upscale restaurant can be pricey. Instead of having a multiple course meal, try going out just for coffee and dessert. It’s a more affordable way to splurge on going out somewhere nice.
Head over to our list of simple bucket list ideas if you're looking for more affordable activities.
Build a Strong Connection With Your Partner
Creating a date night bucket list is a great way to help couples open up lines of communication. Your bucket list items can spice up your love life and help reignite your love for adventure. They can get you out of a dating rut and rekindle the romance in your relationship.
Your bucket list will be unique to you as a couple. Ultimately, it should help you get on the same page when it comes to defining your love as you move forward.