Forget Dinner And A Movie! 7 Ideas That Will Get You And Your Date’s Hearts Racing

Whether it’s your first date or fourteenth with someone, if you want to make a big impression, any of the following seven date ideas will do the trick:

Go On a Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve been dating someone for awhile, the two of you can create a scavenger hunt based around things you know about each other. But even if it’s just going to be one of your first dates with someone, you can still use this idea. All you need is the help of an app like Stray Boots.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Although all of the dates on this list are quite exciting, most are also very budget friendly. But if you want to celebrate a very special occasion and aren’t worried about shelling out some cash to do so, taking a hot air balloon ride together is an amazing experience. When the two of you are cruising through the air at around 2,500 feet above the ground, the last thing on your mind will be the several hundred dollars you spent to make this incredible experience a reality.

Fire Away at a Gun Range

Politics aside, it’s hard to deny the appeal of holding a gun in your hands and firing away at a target. The smells, sounds and sensations of this experience are guaranteed to get you and your date very excited. If you’re interested but don’t have any experience shooting a gun, check out the Guns & Range page of to find out everything you need to know about standard gun range policies, prices and even what it looks like inside.

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Don’t Speak

In most cases, this isn’t an idea that’s going to work well for a first date. But if you’ve gone on a few dates with someone and feel like you have a good connection, this is a good way to put it to the test. What’s cool about this idea is your plans for the evening actually aren’t all that important. Instead, it’s all about what you do during the evening. Or more precisely, it all about what you don’t do, which is talk. If you’re wondering how not talking can be fun and keep both of you very excited throughout the night, just check out this three-minute scene from the movie A Lot Like Love.

Head to the Beach (But Not for a Long Walk)

Surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding are just a few of the physical activities you can do at the beach. Keep in mind that even if neither of you know how to do one or more of these activities, learning together can be a whole lot of fun.

Pretend You’re 17 Again

If you’ve graduated from college and have a full-time job, you probably feel like an adult most of the time. And while acting like an adult is generally a good thing in terms of creating an appealing future for yourself, that doesn’t mean you have to embrace being an adult 100% of the time. It wasn’t that long ago when you were just 17.

So even though you may not want to be the high school version of yourself every day, reliving that time with someone you like for one night can be a blast. Hanging out a skating rink, convincing a stranger to buy booze for you and sneaking into an apartment or hotel pool are just a few of the hijinks the two of you can get into together!

Dye Each Other’s Hair

At the point in your relationship where you feel like you can really trust each other and are so into each other that you don’t really care what anyone else thinks? If so, what better way to have a memorable evening than dyeing each other’s hair. Since this is a big and at least short-term change, you may want to start by enjoying a glass wine together. Then once your courage levels are up, the two of you can dive in and at least temporarily transform each other’s appearances.

There’s nothing wrong with traditional dates. In fact, when you’re with someone you really like, they can make for perfect night. The important thing to remember is if you start to feel like you’re in a date rut, all it takes is a little creativity to come up with a date that you and the person you got out with will remember for a long time.

Greg Ashby has been passionate about writing since the age of seven. Although it took several decades before he turned his passion into a career, he loves that he can now use his writing to teach and help others.

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