Sometimes fun date night ideas are hard to come by, especially if you enjoy being active. If you’re tired of Netflix and chill or dinner and a movie, try a few of these active date night ideas to burn some calories with your sweetheart.
30 Active Date Night Ideas
1. Trampoline Park
Remember when you used to rule the trampoline with your toe touches and backflips in fifth grade? Find a local trampoline park to book your next date. You can work up a sweat while showing off your sweet airborne moves. Just make sure to wear a decent pair of socks and pants that can twist and bend with your sick moves.
Bowling is a classic, but don’t fix it if it isn’t broken, right? You can have your date get cozy by showing you the perfect bowling techniques while also exercising your competitive sides. Bonus points if you go when they turn on the black lights and play fun music.
3. Laser Tag
Laser tag is like a fine wine — it just gets more fun with age! This is the one time you’re allowed to stalk your date without it being creepy. Strap on your vest and make sure the loser buys ice cream afterwards.
4. Aerial Yoga
Looking for a trendy new way to test your core strength? Invite your date out for a night of aerial yoga. You can read our article here on what to expect if you’ve never given it a swing before. One of the most important things to remember is to wear tight, longs sleeve clothing.
5. Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor rock climbing is challenging even if you consider yourself to be pretty athletic (ahem, trust me, I found out the hard way). The great thing about this date night idea is that it can be done regardless of the weather outside. Grab some tennis shoes with good tread and some chalk for your hands. Last one to the top is a rotten egg!
6. Paddle Boarding
If the weather permits, paddle boarding is an awesome core workout and an easy way to bond with your significant other. Want a romantic bonus? Pack a lunch in a water proof bag and eat overlooking the lake.
Spikeball is a close cousin of volleyball and is generally played in teams of two, so you might want to invite your favorite couple friends over for a night of competitive fun.
Spikeball gets its name from spiking, which is volleyball is an aggressive downward serve that is notoriously difficult to return. You use this same method to move the ball back and forth during Spikeball — other volleyball passes like the more gentle “bump” are not allowed.
If you and your partner are the adventurous type, try out Geocaching. You start by creating an account at geocaching.com. Then, you have access to hundreds of thousands of items around the world that have been hidden by other geocachers for you to find. It’s a giant treasure hunt for adults.
9. Take a Dance Class
Dump those two left feet and take a salsa or waltz class with your honey. You guys can enjoy looking silly together while also picking up on a new wedding trick.
10. Play Hide ‘n Seek
You’re never too old for a good game of hide ‘n seek. The bigger the area, the more fun it gets. Ready or not, here I come!
11. Try Out Your Local Bike Share Program
If you live in a bigger city, chances are you have a bike sharing program, which can make for a fun day or night date. Pick out a few fun destinations to visit, grab your bike and roll through the streets together.
12. Try a Couples Only Kickball Game
Looking to really show off your competitive streak? Get a few other couples together for a kickball tournament. You can divide the couples into teams or do a battle of the sexes to really make things interesting.
13. Sign Up For a Race Together
There are so many different fun races to try these days. You and your spouse can get down and dirty in a Tough Mudder or get your super hero on. Click here to read our article on more fun 5Ks.
14. Go For A Round of Golf
Golf is great exercise, but if neither of you are Arnold Palmer, you can stick with mini golf. Remember, the lowest score wins, so be sure to use all your charms to distract your partner during their swing.
15. Take a Hike
There’s nothing more exhilarating than a beautiful view after a long hike. Pack a lunch and some bug spray and set off on a local trail.
16. Flag Football Isn’t Just For The Guys
Grab a few couple friends for a friendly flag football game. The losing side has to buy the other team’s beer afterwards.
17. Find a Local Ropes Course
Nothing says vulnerability like trying to do a date two stories into the sky. Find a local ropes course where you can practice climbing, balance and sometimes even zip lining for a fun, active date.
18. Go Rucking
Have you ever tried rucking? Rucking is technically just putting weight on your back and walking around with it — you can read more about it here. However, you can also find rucking meet ups in your city or even take the official GoRuck Challenge with your partner (and lots of other people) to emphasize teamwork.
19. Go Swimming
Although this may seem like an obvious choice, you can go swimming any time of year. If you want to spy your sweetie in a bathing suit during cold weather season, check in to a hotel with an indoor pool for an afternoon or day of water fun!
Bouldering is the most basic form of rock climbing, as it doesn’t involve using any safety equipment, such as harnesses or ropes. Find a local area and give your partner a boost up. Bouldering is a wonderful way to work on upper body strength. However, since you don’t have safety equipment, remember to put safety first and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
21. Do a Scavenger Hunt
Want a date night that’s romantic and active? Ask your partner to design a scavenger hunt of their favorite places from their childhood. If you need a small radius, a scavenger hunt with candy prizes or sweet notes in your local park is fine too.
22. Try Some Pokemon Go
The Pokemon Go phenomenon took over the world at the end of 2016. If you’re into hunting small digital creatures, it’s a great way to get outside and get moving with your partner. Join the same team for a little romantic bonding or join opposite teams and battle each other for gyms if you want to bring out their competitive side.
23. Add Some Fitness to Your Favorite TV Show
Who says you can’t get active while watching television? Find a workout plan that accompanies your favorite show. For example, my husband and I love The Walking Dead, so we may design a workout plan that has us doing 10 push ups every time a zombie gets killed, 5 squats every time Rick says “Caaaarl”, and 15 sit ups every time Negan kills someone. If you don’t feel like coming up with your own, use Pinterest to find one by searching “Your Favorite Show + Workout”. Good luck!
24. Get Your Robin Hood On
If you’ve never tried archery, use your trusty friend Google to find a class or range nearby to try your hand at. For the best luck, you and your bullseye should find somewhere where you can use or rent equipment. Get ready to feel that bicep and lat burn!
25. Use Your Own Backyard
Don’t feel like leaving the house? There are so many fun ways to get active right at home. Put up a volleyball net in the backyard or use spray paint to create your own backyard Twister in the grass. Buy a giant backyard bowling set or try your hand at horse shoes.
26. Go Walk Some Dogs
Walking the dogs is a fun date night because you can talk and get to know each other and…ahem, there’s dogs involved. If you don’t have a canine, try your luck by volunteering to walk dogs for your local shelters.
27. Hit Your Local Roller Skating Rink
Throw it back to 1999 and hit the local roller skating rink. You and your honey can spend the night like a scene straight out of a Gene Kelly movie.
28. Break Out the Wii
Who says you can’t get active with video games? Grab your Wii or find a game like Guitar Hero or Just Dance and get moving. Be sure to record yourselves for a good laugh later!
29. Get Your Paintball On
Team up or go against each other at your local paint ball course. Be prepared — those nasty little boogers can leave some pretty gnarly bruises, but it’ll be worth it for the camaraderie and bragging rights.
30. Plan A Day at Your Local Zoo
What better way to get moving than by walking around and looking at adorable animals?