Dinner and a movie is overrated. Whether this is your first date or fifty-first, make sure it’s one they won’t quickly forget. Try these twelve out-of-the-box dates to get your hearts racing and the feelings flying.
1. Bare all with a skinny dip
Peel back the layers and expose your trues selves for a romantic skinny dipping date. Enjoy a moonlit swim in a warm lake or dive into to a freezing ocean for some guaranteed squeals and laughter. Share some body heat to warm each other up afterwards!
2. Brave the open mic–with a difference
Listening to mediocre musical talent at your local bar is one way to do open mic night, but it’s not the only way. Kick things up a notch and whisk your date off to a comedy club. Show them your wittiest, whimsical self or see if you can convince them on stage. You’ll get to share your funniest stories with each other, and just maybe write a new one.
3. Make a splash with a scuba expedition
Discover a whole new world together, exploring tropical reefs and shipwrecks or swimming with sharks, eagle rays or dolphins. Take lessons if you’re not yet licensed. Who knows, it might become your new hobby!
4. Spell out your feelings with a trip to the tattoo parlor
Few gestures communicate as much as a mutual tattoo experience. Show you’re brave, artsy, and committed all at once! The shared pain will be an unforgettable experience, and you’ll have a permanent reminder of your crazy date.
5. Get to know each other with a Thai massage
A Thai massage class offers the ultimate combination of relaxing and exciting. Bond through the awkwardness of the first five minutes, then settle into some heartfelt pummeling, kneading and stretching. You and your date are bound to be left wanting more.
6. Ride the wave with a white water rafting trip
Scream, gasp and laugh your way down a torrential river, holding on to the rope or each other for dear life. Bring a waterproof camera; there will be some views and facial expressions you’ll want to revisit.
7. Flex up for some partner yoga
If a fitness class doesn’t spring to mind as the perfect date night activity, you’ve never tried partner yoga. A couples’ class is the perfect way to connect physically, emotionally and spiritually. And hey, if all else fails, you at least get to enjoy each other’s sweaty sexy look!
8. Reach the heights of love with rock climbing
Channel your inner Spider-man and race your partner to the top of a rock face. Take in the view before abseiling down to a well-earned dinner date. If the weather’s too cold or wet for an outdoor climb, check nearby outdoor stores or climbing association centers for an indoor wall.
9. Break out the body paint
More artistically than athletically inclined? Buy a body art kit online or pick up some non-toxic paint and large canvasses. Cover each other with paint (no paint brushes allowed!) and then press your bodies against the canvas for a uniquely personal piece. Be sure to shower that paint off each other afterwards.
10. Bungee jump–couples style
Harness up with your sweetheart, take a deep breath, and soar through the air together. Plummeting to your potential deaths makes for a bonding experience unlike any other!
11. Whisk them off their feet with a helicopter ride
Take ‘seeing the sites’ to a whole new level with a helicopter ride over your city. The roar of the blades may rule out talking, but there will be plenty of opportunities for dazzled expressions and loving glances.
12. Get your head in the clouds for some skydiving shenanigans
Is bungee jumping a been-there-done-that? Helicopter rides too tame? Deliver the ultimate wow-factor with a skydiving trip. Hurtling out of a plane will reveal a lot about you to your date, but don’t let blind terror (or a weak bladder) get in the way of a good time!
Butterflies and adrenaline should feature in any date–this list will guarantee both. Just be warned, these dates set the bar high. Get ready to be their real-life rom-com hero!