Creative Date Ideas to Try This Spring

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Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to wake up from your winter dinner-and-a-movie hibernation and go on dates! The air is warmer, the nights are longer, and seasonal allergy medication is available over the counter, so there should be nothing keeping you indoors for yet another weekend.

I checked in with a few friends to find out what spring date ideas they have up their sleeves. Try one with your significant other this weekend!

01. Take a gardening class.

“Take a gardening (or even an urban gardening) class. It would be really fun to do together and you get to go home with herbs or spring flowers for your windowsill!” — Katherine

Whether you have a green thumb or not, digging in the dirt for a day provides ample opportunity to goof around and learn something new together. This is an especially good idea for those who live in a city and need a break from the concrete jungle. Look around and I’m sure you will find little community gardens that offer classes or could use a helping hand. Who knows, you may want to go home and start your own garden!

02. Pack a picnic and go for a bike ride.

“My husband and I love riding bikes around the city. A bike ride followed by a picnic is just awesome. Last year, I looked up a handful of French sandwich recipes, made a few different ones, and packed a bottle of wine and a blanket. It was one of the best dates we've had.” — Janet

Instead of hopping in your car, take that long rambling route to a cool picnic spot on your bike. The sunshine and exercise will work up your endorphins and your appetite!

03. Browse open houses. 

“Spend the day going to open houses. The houses in my city of Los Angeles are so unique and beautiful that it’s cool to see what they look like inside. Afterward you can grab lunch and eat it at a park in the area.” — Erica

So maybe you are not in the market for a big, beautiful home, but they are sure fun to look at. Grab your guy and make a day of perusing houses open for viewing. It’s a great way to get to know your guy’s tastes—and share yours!

04. Plan a surprise hike.

“Tell your guy you are taking him on an adventure and then hike out to some cool spot you love. Bring some snacks in your pack and then finish the trip with ice cream at a local creamery.” — Megan

Hiking is an excellent date for a budding romance because it offers an easy way to be together without having to talk the whole time or stare into one another’s eyes. I don’t know about you, but being out in nature also tends to inspire deeper reflection, which in turn inspires conversation about ideas—and, as one gentleman points out, is something guys like to be able to do with the women they date.

05. Go wine tasting.

“Dates that allow for a good combination of third-party focus—like wine tasting—and one-on-one conversation are the best!” — Emma

Wine tasting at a local vineyard is a great way to soak up the spring season and relax with your man. If the vineyard permits, pack snacks and a deck of cards and find a spot to soak up the sun.

06. Visit the zoo with the kids. 

"The spring is the perfect time to spend a day with your guy at the zoo. There should be plenty of cute baby animal sightings and ample opportunity for hand-holding and flirting." — Monica

Sure, it's nice to go to the zoo just the two of you, but it is way more fun with kids! If you don't have children of your own, this is a great opportunity to reach out to a friend or sibling with kids and offer to babysit for the day. Create a scavenger hunt for your little zoo group and make it a mission to find everything before you leave—lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). Seeing him interact with the kiddos is also a great way to get to know your guy more.

07. Do a one-day road trip. 

"Being stuck in the city when the weather is warm and nature is calling can be brutal. Renting a car and heading for a nearby destination outside the city limits is a fun and adventurous way to get away with your beau." — Maggie

This adventurous date doesn't take too much planning and is a great way to spend quality time getting to know your date. Just pick a spot, rent a car if needed (hello, convertible), pack a lunch, and go! Be sure to roll the windows down, turn up the jams, and take the scenic route.

08. Hit the farmers' market. 

"Go to a farmers' market, stroll around trying free samples and meeting the vendors, buy a new vegetable (or local fare) that you've never cooked before, ask the market sellers for ideas about how best to prepare it, and (if the date is going really well) go home and cook!" — Katherine

A trip to the farmers' market is a great spring expedition with your date. A stroll through the stalls of local produce is a visual feast and you can assemble a lunch date al fresco right there.

09. Try some DIY projects. 

"If you have a knack for DIY home decorating projects like me, get your guy in on the action as well. Try refinishing that old table you nabbed at a flea market that you've been meaning to fix forever. It's much easier to do so outdoors." — Kara

Break out your sander, stain, or paintbrush, and enjoy your craft outdoors. You can show your date what you're made of while still giving him a chance to show off his creative side as well.

10. Try anything on water. 

"Go boating, canoeing, kayaking—anything on the water. I think of water as peaceful and romantic, and sometimes out of the norm of what people would think to do." — Katie

As cliche as rowing around in a canoe over languid water might be, it is pretty romantic. Anyway, you don't have to stick to pond gliding. Head out to sea in a sailboat or hit the rapids for a more adventurous approach. Getting wet is a great way to relax and flirt a little with your date.