Whether you are planning a first date or have been dating someone a while, here are a few teen date ideas that are fun to do together!
Cheer on your Favorite Team
Have a local sports team that you both would enjoy watching in action? Buy tickets and make an afternoon of it! Check out the local minor league baseball team, polo club, or tennis match at your high school – there are spectator sports of all kinds and price ranges!
Visit the Zoo for Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!
Who doesn’t enjoy the zoo? It is a great place to explore different animals, reptiles, fish, birds, and insects. Take a camera to capture the cute creatures and stop by the gift shop for a small souvenir to remember the day.
Anyone for Bumper or Paddle Boats?
The warmer seasons call for sunshine and fun and peddling around in a small boat on a pond or pool is a fun way to cool off. See if your local water park has bumper boats with water guns so you can duel each other or race across the pond in paddle boats.
Have a Scavenger Hunt – Photography Style
Grab a camera and create an objective list and tour around your city or a local festival snapping pictures of things on your list. Perhaps you can look for different types of letters to spell your first names in a collage, pets in funny costumes, or objects in every color of a 24 pack of crayons. Whatever it is, get creative!
Have a Picnic in the Park
A picnic is a great date idea for all ages. Grab a blanket and pack a basket with sandwiches, fruits, snacks and refreshments and toss in a few activities to do while enjoying the park, such as a Frisbee, sidewalk chalk, and some bubbles. Be sure to have some cash on hand just in case the ice cream truck comes by!
If you are both up to a little exercise, go rollerblading at a local park or boardwalk. Take a break and enjoy a light snack at a sidewalk café or share a snow cone.
Visit the Book Store – But Not for Books
Many bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, offer more than just the latest bestsellers. They also have unique games, puzzles, crafts and kits. From unique board games, sock monkey crafts and origami kits, they have quite a selection of items to fill an afternoon or evening of entertainment.
Watch for Shooting Stars
A fun thing to do together on a clear night is to go stargazing! Pack a blanket, flashlight, star guide, and snacks and relax outside while watching the stars pass by. Depending on the season, pack some refreshing lemonade or hot cocoa to take with you.
Have Dinner at a Theme Restaurant
Tired of visiting the same restaurants for your date? Try something different – visit a theme restaurant! From the Medieval Times (dinner and tournament), Hard Rock Café (dinner and music memorabilia), Dave & Buster’s (dinner and arcades) and Rainforest Café (dinner in a rainforest atmosphere), you are sure to be surrounded by conversation topics!
Hit the Bullseye in a Game of Darts
Challenge your date to see who has better aim by playing a game of Cricket. The one who is last to close all the cricket numbers can buy the winner an ice cream Sundae afterwards.
Take Fido to the Dog Park
Looking for a casual date that is animal friendly? Grab some pet appropriate balls and a Frisbee and take your date to play with Fido at the local dog park. You’ll get a chance to play with other dogs and you can sit and chat while your dog romps around the play area.
Have a Nostalgic Date at a Drive-In Theatre
If you are lucky enough to have a drive-in theatre near you, it would be fun to take your date to watch a movie at a local outdoor theatre. Pop down the roof of a convertible or hop in the back of a truck and watch movies on the big screen like generations before. Be sure to take some blankets for comfort and check to see if they permit bringing your own beverages/snacks.
Stay Home for Game Night
If you’ve been dating a little while and are looking for something to do at home, challenge your date to an evening of games you both enjoy. Games like Jenga, Sorry, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Chess and Checkers are fun for two people to play or you could go outdoors and play Horseshoes, Ladder Golf, Bocce Ball, Badminton or Ping Pong. Want more ideas? Check out Two Player Games for Couples, Part 1, and Two Player Games for Couples, Part 2.
A classic date idea! Take your date bowling and see who can get the most strikes. You can also see if the bowling center has other games to play, such as pool, laser tag, shuffleboard, darts, or arcade games.
Keep an Eye on the Ball at the Batting Cages
If you are looking for something sportier to do on your date, visit your local park for some batting practice. You can find batting cages both indoors and outdoors – so it’s great for all seasons!
Race Each Other in Go-Carts
Most everyone enjoys racing around the track in go-carts! See who has the best lap time around the track and the one with the second fastest time buys the winner dessert.
Enjoy Outdoor Trails While Hiking or Biking
If you enjoy the outdoors, take a hike or bike together around a local park. Take some snacks to enjoy mid-way. Don’t forget to pack some bug spray and a small first aid kit just in case!
Hold Hands while Ice Skating
Take your date to an ice skating rink and between sessions, stop and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.
Have Fun at an Amusement Park
Visit a local amusement park or fair and take a ride on the Ferris wheel, attempt to win the biggest stuffed animal in the midway, search for each other in a house of mirrors, and share some cotton candy or funnel cake.
Check the Listings for Local Seasonal Festivals
Every season is full of fun festivals, from hot air balloons to music to renaissance, there are all sorts of festivals you can attend for an afternoon of fun and games.
Another classic date idea – miniature golf! Luckily, you don’t need much skill and it’s fun and easy to play.
Volunteer for a Cause
If you are both active in the community, how about volunteering together at a local charity or non-profit organization? You can help the local humane society walk or bathe pets to get them ready for adoption, assist the local food bank to collect food for their pantry, or perhaps clean and repair local parks for kids to enjoy.
View Life Underwater at an Aquarium
Take your date to explore underwater nature at a local aquarium. Be sure to check their calendar for special feeding times and events as they sometimes offer educational or petting opportunities.
Tour Unusual Galleries or Museums
If you are looking for something to do that is a little out of the ordinary, take your date to a local museum that is off the beaten path. There are museums of all types – the International Spy Museum, Museum of Bad Art, a Pez Museum, a Cockroach Hall of Fame, you name it! Just use Google to find one near you.