It’s easy to fall into a rut when you’ve been with someone for a long time. But you don’t have to settle for boring old dinner and a movie every time date night rolls around. Here are 21 adventurous date ideas that are sure to spice up your love life.
1. Get lost … then found
The next time you take a trip together, make a point to get lost separately. Then, turn your phones off and try to find each other based on what you think your partner would want to check out. (Pro tip: Set a time limit so you can call if you can’t find each other within a couple of hours. You don’t want to spend your whole vacation apart!)
2. Go for a hike
Take a short road trip to a new hiking location. Ideally, you’ll hike up a hill or mountain with a view so you can pack a picnic (and maybe a bottle of wine) to enjoy when you make it to the peak.
3. Sign up for an adventurous marathon
Combine your training with a vacation by signing up for one of these crazy marathons! Having a partner to train with will motivate you, and you’ll be able to enjoy an unforgettable vacation once the race is over.
4. Go white water rafting
Nothing says love quite like getting thrown out of a raft together as you make your way across raging rapids.
5. Go skydiving
This is the ultimate adventurous date. If you aren’t quite ready to jump out of a moving plane, check out indoor skydiving to get all the adrenaline of skydiving without, you know, jumping out of a moving plane.
6. Have sex somewhere new
Switching things up by getting outside of the bedroom can feel like an adventure. Get it on in another room in your house, in your (privacy-fence enclosed) backyard, or even in the shower to get out of a rut and have a sexy adventure.
7. Roleplay … in public
Roleplay in bed is an adventure in itself but take it a step further by starting your roles outside of the house. Head somewhere that’s new to you, like a bar a few cities over. Play the role of strangers meeting for the first time, then see where the night takes you.
8. Go rock climbing
Look for rock climbing tours outdoors or check out a local indoor rock-climbing gym. Either way, you’ll both enjoy the thrill of conquering a rock wall together. As an added bonus, that adrenaline will likely carry over into bedroom activities.
9. Check out a free fitness class
From Boxing and Salsa dancing to drum circles and American Nina Warrior-style workouts, you can find fitness classes for just about anything. And, usually, gyms let you try them out for free. So, next time you’re bored on a Saturday, check out gyms in your area to see what’s on the calendar that will be a new experience for both of you.
10. Go on a ghost tour
No matter how long you’ve lived in a city, taking a nighttime ghost tour will open your eyes to a whole new way of viewing it. Most major cities have ghost tours around Halloween, and many have them all year long.
11. Go to an amusement park
If you’re afraid of roller coasters, you aren’t alone. But having your love by your side can help you face your fears and get your adrenaline pumping! You can also just sit back and people watch as you make your way to the more tame rides. (No judging here.)
12. Get tattoos together
Getting a matching or complementary tattoo with your loved one is a thrilling adventure that can bring you closer together. If you don’t want your tattoo visible to the outside world, get it in an area where only the two of you will ever see it (you know what we’re talking about). Sexy secrets are the best secrets.
13. Go snowboarding
There’s just something about snowboarding that’s so much more hardcore than skiing. Hit up a local resort in the winter to learn how to snowboard. You can laugh at each other as you fall down the hill, then cozy up by the fire with some hot cocoa.
14. Hit up a random concert
Who cares if you don’t know the band playing at your local dive bar? Head down there to see what they’re all about. You’ll have fun learning about a new musician and you might even end up with a new favorite.
15. Take a road trip to nowhere
The next time you have a free weekend, hop in the car with no expectations. Head out on a road you rarely take and make a point to stop whenever you see something interesting. It’s amazing what you can find by just getting an hour or two outside your city.
16. Go on a scavenger hunt
If that sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry. There are companies that specialize in putting together scavenger hunts in cities to give you a new perspective and a chance to make some new friends along the way. Check out Scavengerhunt.com or Adventure Hunt to get started!
17. Take a wine tasting tour
There’s nothing more romantic than sipping on local wine as you stroll through vineyards with your love. Book a wine tasting tour or create your own based on wineries in your area.
18. Go roller skating
Get out your best 80s clothing and hit up the local roller skating rink. You can rent skates there or bring your own! Bonus points for winning the races.
19. Go horseback riding
Check out horseback riding in your area or book a horseback riding tour on your next getaway to see your destination at a slower pace.
20. Go bungee jumping
This one’s for the ultimate thrill-seeking couple. Nothing says “I love you” like jumping off a bridge together!
21. Sign up for an obstacle course race
Obstacle course racing (OCR) is the hottest thing in recreational sports these days. Check out Mud Run Guide to pick one near you or to choose a place to travel to for an adventurous weekend getaway.