With the long nights and cold, snowy days of winter coming to an end, you can finally emerge from your house. For couples or those hoping to find love, the coming of spring means you can finally stop those endless date nights of watching Netflix or hunkering down in bars and restaurants after walking through snow, ice, and slush.
I’m a big fan of mixing up your date night activities so that you can keep your long term relationship fresh. I’m also all in favor of unique first date ideas so that you can be more memorable by sticking out from the crowd.
So, with the seasons changing, if you are looking for some creative, high quality spring date ideas for singles or couples, then this article is for you!
Visit A Garden
Spring is a beautiful, colorful time in most parts of the world. You have the vibrant green grass, the pinks and whites of the tree blossoms, and the rich oranges, purples, and yellows of spring flowers. Why not go out with someone you love (or want to love) and take it all in?
Many cities have botanical gardens or other public nature areas where you can take in the beautiful landscape all while not having to even get your feet muddy. This list of botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States will get you started.
However, you can look for other options in your country or area. Sometimes, local places will have smaller gardens open to the public that might be even more intimate settings for a date.
Take A Hike
If you want something a little more adventurous, to see wildflowers, or just to get outside after a long winter, hiking can be a great spring date idea. Many places have parks, preserves, and other areas where you can do everything from taking a leisurely stroll to bird watching to a vigorous hike.
This kind of date is great for people who love to get outdoors, want exercise, or just like to enjoy nature. Although spring can be rainy and wet, if you go on a good day, you can experience many colors and patterns you can’t see most of the year.
Not only that, but getting out in nature is relaxing and stress relieving, which can make you more comfortable around your date and then lead to increased attraction and rapport building.
I’ve always been fascinated by the stars and planets. There’s something humbling and awe inspiring about watching the stars on a clear, warm night. Not only is it cool to do, but it can also be very romantic if done with the right person.
If you know the weather is going to be nice (i.e. warm and clear), then find a safe spot in the country and go watch the stars! You can do this in any type of setting, like a park or on someone’s property. Many people find lying on a blanket to be extra romantic.
Make sure you go to a place without a lot of artificial light (e.g. street lamps) for the best results. This astronomy calendar will help you find unique events to see in the sky if you’re looking for a great show.
If you want a more active date, but prefer to avoid getting muddy or going too off road, taking a bike ride can be a great option. If you don’t own bikes, you can always rent them for a ride around the city, countryside, or even on a bike path. Where you go and how much much you want to exert yourself will be up to you. Some might prefer exercise, but you can also take it easy.
Riding a bike can be a fun way to talk and be active. And, you don’t just have to ride. You can always go somewhere, enjoy a lunch or cup of coffee, then ride back. All in all, a bike ride can be a part of an entire afternoon of a cool spring date.
My grandma used to talk about the picnics she would go on with my grandpa when they were first dating. And, this spring date idea is definitely considered old fashioned by some. However, getting outside and sharing a meal can be a fun, romantic way to bond with your husband or wife. It can also be a great way to get to know someone new on a first date.
A picnic doesn’t have to be making sandwiches and eating them on a blanket on the grass in the park. However, if the traditional picnic idea sounds appealing and romantic, then by all means go for it.
But, you can even have a more non-traditional picnic where you bring Thai food to a nature preserve and eat it on a picnic table. Or, you could both enjoy hot chocolate in a shelter house while watching the sunset. The key to a picnic is food and/or drink in an outdoor setting. Get creative!
Go for a Drive
If you don’t really feel like getting outdoors, but still want to spend time with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can always go on a drive. Perhaps you can make it as a part of a road trip. Choose a nice day and take in the scenery as you drive to a fun destination. If you’ve felt cooped up from the winter, simply getting in the car can be very freeing.
You might even want to pick a unique and enjoyable destination. There are many places within an hour or two from you that you might never have even noticed. A roadside cafe, local vineyard, or unusual tourist spot could provide one of your most memorable dates ever. Usually it’s just a matter of looking around and having an open mind.
So, as the weather gets better, the snow melts, and you emerge from relative hibernation, get out in the spring and find love or nurture the relationship you already have with some of these romantic ideas.