For some couples, fun, entertainment, and together time doesn’t begin until late into the evening. This is particularly true for people that live in the big city. The bummer is that many restaurants and entertainment centers are closing up shop just as you might be ready to head out for a night on the town.
Late-Night Date Ideas
Option #1 – A nice walk under the stars
There’s something totally romantic about walking underneath the moon and stars with your partner. Maybe you want to meet your date in a coffee shop, grab a beverage, and head out for a nice long stroll. Maybe, if you are on the boardwalk, there might even be a few quaint shops open to browse.
A nice relaxing late-night stroll is an excellent date night option for you and your significant other.
Option #2 – Have some fun putting each other up to the challenge
Staying home for date night isn’t such a bad thing, as long as you’ve got something special on the agenda. How about challenging each other to some couple’s games? You could play cards, try to solve the Rubik’s cube, or maybe compete for fun doing pushups or sit-ups.
Take turns picking the challenges and have fun!
Option #3 – Have a karaoke night for two
This is a truly exciting date night idea, particularly if neither of you can sing! With this idea, you can take it on the road and go to a karaoke bar, or you can do it at home. Perhaps you want to load your favorite songs onto your phone and take your karaoke party to the park for some late-night laughs.
Use your imagination because the sky is the limit.
Option #4 – Hit a twenty-four-hour diner
Here’s another excellent late-night date idea. Skip the ho-hum movie and dinner and go to a twenty-four-hour diner, where you can eat whatever you like to your heart’s content. You can kill two birds with one stone by having some great conversation while you are refueling. This gets you out of the house, away from work, and in a “safe” zone, where you can truly connect.
Option #5 – Go watch the sunrise
Depending on how late you want to stay up, watching the sunrise together is a beautiful experience. It’s romantic and exciting, holding hands on a blanket, gazing at the bright stars while you talk about your dreams.
Even better is to watch the sunrise from a favorite spot the two of you have in the city. If you don’t have one, you can make one of your own. Sounds like that’s the beginning of something amazing.
Option #6 – You can go to a social lounge
There are many different types of social lounges in most cities, where you can instantly meet new people. If you and your significant other love being social, this is an excellent option for a late-night date. You can find a nightclub with incredible live music or perhaps find a quiet one with an open mike.
Talk about a thrilling date idea. The “not knowing” is the best part!
Option #7 – You can go bowling or play pool
Here’s another really cool option for your date night. Many bowling alleys and pool halls are open until the wee hours of the morning. You can get silly and challenge each other to a bet. The nice part about going late is that, normally, these venues aren’t that busy, particularly if you go during the week. For a bonus, many of these establishments have specials during the week to try to strum up more business.
Option #8 – You could get a little wet
Of course, you need to be near the beach to make the most of this one. What could be more romantic than a late-night dip at the beach under the star-filled sky? Walking along the sandy shore is connective and relaxing. A few moments just to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Don’t forget the blanket and jacket or sweater if it gets cooler and, of course, your towels to dry yourself off after your dip. Just make sure you don’t get into trouble with trespassing. Some beaches prohibit anybody visiting after dark.
Option #9 – Visit some late-night markets
These are especially popular in the big cities, where the fun never seems to stop. It is surprising how much these shops sell after the normal retail shops shut down. You’ll find everything from vintage items to Christmas paraphernalia.
An excellent way to make some magical finds and uncover lots of new material to talk about.
Option #10 – Take your date out for drinks
You can do this one the old-fashioned way by hitting the bars and having a few too many drinks. That can be lots of fun. However, you can make it special by trying something new, like wine tasting or testing a new craft beer.
Challenge yourself by trying drinks you’ve never had before, like maybe whiskey tasting. You will have lots of fun with this late-night date idea.
Option #11 – Have a romantic picnic out of the house
Who says you’ve got to have a picnic during daylight hours? Well, you don’t. Pick a quiet spot away from any distractions, like a park or perhaps the beach. Throw together a picnic basket with sandwiches, some fresh fruit with whipping cream, select cheese, and a nice bottle of wine.
This date idea will give you the chance to get closer to your partner, and that’s essential when you are trying to have a memorable date.
Option #12 – Try a late-night tour
You might have to do a little research for this one, but going on a late-night tour with your partner is an excellent date idea. Most big cities have everything from ghost tours, if you aren’t too squeamish, to film or music tours and everything in between.
Option #13 – Get immersed in the culture of the city
If you are looking to learn on your date, this is an excellent opportunity to do just that. Many art galleries and unique exhibits in the city are open late. This is when many artists come out to play. You can talk about your favorite paintings or artists with your date. Late night libraries are also a cool option. Pick out your favorite classics and have some fun discussing them with each other.
Option #14 – Catch a show together
There are many late-night shows designed especially for couples. You can do a little research to figure out which one you’d like to see and have a great time together. Aside from unique theatre plays, you can also look for specialty classics that usually play in specific venues.
Sometimes, there are magic shows in town that run after dark. Add a little mystical spice to your late-night date.
Option #15 – Visit the zoo or aquatic center
Some zoos and aquatic centers are open late to catch the night time crowd. Often, there are special activities going on specifically for people that pay them a visit after normal business hours. Theme parks are another excellent idea. Hopping on a roller coaster in the darkness with only the theme park lights is thrilling. There’s just something much more exciting when you are going on rides in the pitch black.
Option #16 – Make your own drive-in
This is a really neat option for a date night. All you need is a laptop or DVD drive. Download a few of your favorite movies or ones you’d like to see, snuggle up with some popcorn, and let the show begin.
Driving to a favorite location is a way to make it extra special.
If you’ve got lots of data, Netflix is an awesome place to watch movies on.
Here are a few creative date night ideas you can test out anytime!
Usually, when you start dating, having a few drinks and dinner is good enough. After a while, that style of date starts to lose its effect. That’s a signal it’s time to put the spark back into your relationship.
Option #17 – Birdwatching
Outdoor activities together are often the most romantic. Look to see if any organizations in your area offer birdwatching tours. If they don’t, you can grab a pair of binoculars and create a birdwatching tour of your own. Even if you do it in your backyard, it’s a super fun date idea.
Option #18 – Beer Tours
These are becoming more popular. Most cities have a few breweries, and they often conduct tours where you get to sample all their unique beers. Some places even have a bus that transports you from brewery to brewery, so you don’t have to worry about driving.
This is another excellent date idea.
Option #19 – Sweat It Out Together
Try taking a rowing call, aqua-fit class, or spin class together. Releasing those endorphins will get the positive energy flowing, feeling fabulous afterwards. Keep in mind there are lots of gyms that offer specific couple classes. Check it out for some great date night fun!
Option #20 – Uncover The Photo Booths
This date night idea is so much fun. Do your best to locate as many photo booths as you can in your area and spend the evening hopping from one to the next. Not only are you having fun, but you’re also making memories that will last a lifetime.
Option #21 – Test Out A Kick Boxing Class Together
Here’s another excellent way to release your negative energy, get into shape, and have a blast. These classes are widely popular, and many are catered to couples. The instructors will lead you through a series of challenging exercises that are lots of fun. Not to mention, you will be able to take a few shots at your partner!
Option #22 – Pick A Museum
There are lots to be found when you decide to have a date at a museum or two. Take a step back in time and have some fun learning about the past. There are all sorts of museums. Try to find one that’s unique or controversial. It makes for amazing conversation.
Option #23 – Pack Your Bags For A Mini Road Trip!
This one is lots of fun, too. Sometimes, the best thing to do is just hop in the car and start driving until you run into something cool and new. If you want to be a little more organized, you can brainstorm 2 or 3 places you’ve always wanted to check out and go for it.
Living and learning together is what it’s all about!
Option #24 – Have Drinks Someplace Special
You can meet for drinks at a special landmark to create your own special date night moment. Perhaps it’s the top of a tower or maybe it’s a specialty upscale restaurant at the top of a building.
It really doesn’t matter where it is, just that you envelop the moment together.
Option #25 – Get Crazy With The Pizza
This one is lots of fun, particularly when you are fooling around, making the messy dough! Make a homemade pizza with your date and throw on some wild and whacky toppings. The normal pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and mushrooms aren’t allowed!
For sure, you will make a date memory that won’t soon be forgotten.
Option #26 – Stargazing
This one is easy and so beautifully romantic. Grab your blanket and head out on a clear night to snuggle up and gaze at the stars. So quiet and peaceful, you’re not going to want this date to end.
Option #27 – Volunteer For The Cause
Here’s another excellent and creative date idea. Volunteer together to help the less fortunate. You could go down to the homeless shelter and help serve dinner or make some soup to take to an elderly friend that doesn’t get out much.
There are so many people in need. Making your date about helping other people is a win-win.
Option #28 – DIY Together
All you have to do is go online and search for DIY projects that are fun and exciting. Pick one and make an evening of it. If it happens to be a larger project, you won’t have to worry about planning your next date night!
Option #29 – Take A Dance Class
Here’s another creative way to make the most of date night. Pick a type of dancing you’ve always wanted to learn and sign up for a class. Many gyms have drop-in dance classes if you give them a call.
If that doesn’t work, you can always get on You Tube and learn how to dance together in the comfort of your own home.
Option #30 – Take Your Date Camping
This one isn’t a good move for a first date. However, if you’ve been together for quite some time, camping is an excellent way to get away from it all and spend some quality time together. All you need is a tent, blankets or sleeping bags, insect repellent, pillows, food, drink, flashlights, a lighter, and of course marshmallows!
You’ll have a blast!
Option #31- Switch Shopping
This date idea is also lots of fun. Set a budget and timeline and shop for each other. If you really want to step it up a notch, you could go home to wrap it before you give your gifts to each other. This is exciting and unique, just like Christmas morning!
Option #32 – Go For A Ride On A Ferris Wheel
This is another super exciting date. Even if you’re scared of heights, you can use it as an excuse to snuggle closer to your date. A romantic and memorable date all wrapped in one.
Option #33 – Get A Little Naughty
This date idea might get you into a little trouble, but it’s definitely worth it. How about going for a skinny dip? Maybe you want to climb the fence of the outdoor pool or, better yet, sneak into your neighbor’s pool while they are away on vacation.
There’s something thrilling about knowing you are being naughty and making sure you aren’t going to get caught. Be careful with this one and have fun!
Option #34 – Go Rent The Car Of Your Dreams
This is where you get to live your dream for a day. Both of you need to get all dressed up and play the part of people that have no money worries. Nobody needs to know you rented that red-hot Lamborghini. Stop at a fancy restaurant and make sure you get valet parking.
An awesome date to remember.
Option #35 – Go To A Fancy Restaurant
Most of us can’t afford to eat where the rich and famous do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t splurge on occasion. You and your partner need to get all dressed up, the works, and head out on the town to a restaurant that’s really expensive, one you wouldn’t normally go to.
Enjoy your one-hundred-dollar dinner and don’t fret about the one-hundred-dollar bottle of wine you just ordered.
Another amazing date to remember.
Option #36 – Go Strawberry Picking
This is another great date idea to get back with nature and a little more connected with each other. Who doesn’t like berry picking? The bonus is you get to fill your belly with fresh berries and spend some quality time with your partner.
Option #37 – Create Your Own Walking Tour
This one can be a creative walk down memory lane. Take your date on a walking tour of where you grew up. Show off your public school, favorite hangout spots, and talk about all that’s changed since your childhood. There’s no doubt that many places have been taken down to make room for a bunch of cookie cutter subdivisions that seem to be popping up everywhere.
Option #38 – Take Your Date On A Hot Air Balloon Ride
This is one of those dates nobody can resist. Riding way up high above the city. It’s both romantic and exciting. Maybe you want to make this date into a yearly anniversary?
Option #39 – There’s Only Room For Dessert
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is a perfect idea for a date. Skip the main course and have a date where you go to a restaurant and sample only the desserts. There are some places that actually have a sampler on the menu, which works perfectly.
Split what you can and save the rest to bring home. The more the better with this date!
Option #40 – Play Tell Me A Secret
This is a creative way to find a little more about each other. All you need is a couple of envelopes and some paper. On the outside of the envelope, you need to write, “Tell me a secret.”
Then each of you writes down a secret and puts it in the envelope. You pass your secret to your partner, and they pass theirs to you. Then, you can read it aloud.
This is a date idea that helps establish trust and deepens your connection, understanding, of course, that nothing leaves the room.
When you are searching for memorable late-night date ideas, it’s not always easy. Depending on how long you’ve been seeing each other, there are some specialty dates that just won’t work unless you are very comfortable together, like any that involve an overnight.
Use these date options to help you create the most amazing dates. With a little imagination and some planning, you can wow the socks off your partner and set yourself up for an amazing long-term relationship.