My boyfriend and I love going for dinner and a movie as much as the next couple, but we like to experience a variety of fun things together and to take advantage of all the different activities available to us in our city. Every couple has an area of overlapping interest in the Venn diagram of their favorite things, and I think there are lots of date night/day activities that are fun for both individuals.
Here are some ideas for you whether it's a first date that could turn into something special or your n-th date with your life partner.
1. Learn a new skill together.
One of the best dates I've ever had was when Bahram and I took a 4-hour couples cooking class. We cooked a three-course seafood dinner including a whole live lobster (photos here & here). It was expensive but completely worth it. We cooked and ate three fine-dining dishes under the guidance of a professional chef, drank wine (included), and left without having to do the dishes. I even got to witness Bahram get stressed out for the first time ever, which alone was worth the price of admission. It was a great experience that I want to do again as soon as possible.
Bahram and I have also been taking weekly tennis lessons since the beginning of the year, which is something I highly recommend to everyone. I love that we get to improve at a sport together, work up a satisfying sweat, and I get to let out my crazy competitive side while Bahram looks at me with a combination of amusement and alarm. If you live in Vancouver we recommend the UBC Tennis Centre.
2. Get a good laugh together
Live standup comedy is such an amazing thing. Someone stands on stage and their sole purpose is to make you laugh all night? Yes please. Laughing together is a great way to spend an evening and a life. Bahram and I went to Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club a while back and we still laugh when we remember some of our favorite jokes from the night. I try to do some research on the comedian before I go. It seems to be a good bet to see special guests with a lot of network tv appearances and comedians with corporate event experience. I've had great experiences at Yuk Yuk's so far. If you can't make it to a show, I highly recommend setting aside a night to watch Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend on Netflix with your significant other. Best standup and storytelling I have ever seen.
3. Be tourists in your own city
When was the last time you visited the aquarium, art gallery, museums, or botanical gardens in your city? Vancouver has great attractions that locals don't visit often enough. Bahram and I visited the aquarium a few weekends ago and it was awesome. Take a look on tripadvisor to see what tourists love about your city and I bet you'll find a thing or two that you've forgotten about and would love to do.
4. Get physically active
One of the great things about dates involving sports or a physical activity is that you get to kill two birds with one stone by spending time with your date and getting exercise at the same time. I love efficiencies! Dates like that usually cost very little so that's a bonus and they're great for first dates. Before Bahram and I became a couple, we got to know each other by going on running dates at a trail near my house. Nowadays we still run together and we also love to paddle board on the lake, play tennis, hike in the mountains, bike, and kick a soccer ball around. I love that there are so many free tennis courts and grass fields in the city. Other great options include indoor rock climbing, pitch and putt, kayaking, badminton, skiing/snowboarding (not cheap but I love it), and even just a walk around your neighborhood. If you want to do an activity together but don't have the skills, take lessons! (see point 1)
5. Attend a sporting event
Live sports is great entertainment. Bahram and I enjoy watching soccer so we attend Vancouver Whitecaps games on a regular basis but I've been to games for sports I don't follow or understand and I've had a great time at those too. Soccer, basketball, football, baseball, hockey - they're all fun to watch live. You get to yell and scream, watch athletes compete, and eat lots of snacks (like churros, yum). Unlike movie dates, you can have as much conversation with your date as you want, and they're great for double dates too.
If you have any other great ideas, please share with me in the comments!
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