5. Visit a gallery/art show. Many cities have local art shows or photography exhibitions that are free to visit. Some even offer complimentary hors d’oeuvres, like wine and cheese. Look in your local newspaper or city’s website for listings near you, then go enjoy a little culture together.
6. Watch movies. Instead of spending crazy money at the movie theater, try occasionally staying home and watching one of your favorite films together. Take turns picking the movie(s). You’d be surprised how much you can learn about someone from their movie selection. Or, you can also watch a TV marathon of your favorite TV show (especially if there’s a season you missed).
7. Go for a drive. A relaxing drive does wondrous things for the soul, and offers a great opportunity for couples to catch up in a quiet, relaxed environment. Bring good tunes and snacks to round out the moment.
8. Get active. Going on a date AND burning some calories? Great idea! Even better, there are so many possibilities. Like to walk? Pack some water and healthy snacks and go for a hike. Want to explore? Go for a scenic bike ride and discover new areas together. Want to stick to the park? Play catch with a Frisbee, shoot some hoops, or even relive your childhood and revisit the playground. Feel like staying indoors? Many studios offer complimentary trial yoga or other fitness classes.
9. Volunteer. If you share a passion for animals, volunteer at a local pet shelter. If you’re more interested in hefting a hammer, look into Habitat for Humanity. There are volunteer opportunities for all passions, so just find the one that best suits you both and have fun!
10. Attend amateur night at a coffeehouse or bar. Many local coffeehouses and bars have amateur nights, where people can come in and perform or read poetry and you get a great night’s entertainment for the price of a cup of coffee or a drink. You never know what kind of performances you’ll find, so expect the unexpected. If you’re bold, you might even jump in and participate!
11. Learn something new. Bond the intellectual way by learning something new together. Take a cooking class, go to a museum, head over to the local library, form your own book-club-for-two by reading and discussing books that interest you both, or test out your foreign language skills by borrowing/downloading a foreign language program. You can also tap into the Internet for infinite learning possibilities on culture, history, art, politics, and more.
12. Cook together. There are few things more romantic than planning and whipping up a delectable meal together. Whether it’s a shared favorite dish, or you want to try out a new recipe, shop for the ingredients, figure out who’s going to chop, mix, or prepare what, then enjoy the delicious fruits of your labor with your sweetheart.