Spring dating is simply le best. The weather is better, people are genuinely happy to leave their winter cave, and there’s way more to do than just Netflix all day. (Though totally not complaining when a show like Bridgerton is on there.)
But while the disastrous year of 2020 might be over, it doesn’t mean we’ve fully escaped the global pandemic. And unfortunately, this means your normal spring date ideas may have to be a lil fine-tuned this year to accommodate.
Literally no worries, though. Just because COVID-19 is still A Thing doesn’t mean you can’t still (safely) date and get to know your online dating app matches.
To help, we’ve rounded up a list of spring date ideas that you can fully enjoy in These Times—with masks and plenty of distance between you both. Enjoy!
1. Make a ~real~ connection via Spotify.
Okay so maybe this isn't your typical "spring date," but the good thing about this one is it can be done anywhere: on Zoom, in the park with headphones, via texting, whatever you're comfortable with.
Using Spotify's new Group Sessions feature, share your fave songs with your match in a playlist or send each other prompts like "Play a song that reminds you of college" and "Play a song that will always have a special place in your heart." It's like the easiest, best way to get to know someone without formally getting to know them. One Cosmopolitan writer said here it "single-handedly saved her dating life during quarantine."
2. Online shop together.
I don't know about you, but shopping is the only thing that gives me peace during a time like this. (I think that's why they call it retail therapy?) So go virtual online shopping with your date. It sounds cliche, but think about all the things you can get to know about them from just that: Will they spend $70 on a scrunchie? Do they hate crewnecks?
Better yet: Make it a game. Designate a set amount of money to spend on each other and keep it a surprise until your packages arrive.
3. Do that fun TikTok date trend.
You know the one. Get in your car and play rock, paper, scissors with your date. Winner gets to pick what drink you both get. Drive to said place to get drink. Then, play rock, paper, scissors again. Winner gets to pick the appetizer. Drive to said place to get the appetizer. See where I'm going with this? Do it for a drink, appetizer, dinner, and dessert.
4. Walk around a botanical garden (or really anywhere outside).
Spring time is the best time to be outside (juust make sure you're wearing your mask if you're in close vicinity to other peeps). Go on a walking date around your nearest botanical garden because not only is it cheap—or better yet, free–but because the flowers make for the perf background for a couple's pic.
5. Have a picnic.
ICYMI, food is the way to everyone's heart. It's just science. When you combine that with being outside in the cool, crisp, spring air, your relationship literally can't help but bloom. Try out any one of these easy, portable spring recipes for when you venture outside. Oh, and obvi, don't forget the wine.
6. Go on a bike ride together.
Are you noticing a theme here? Clearly, the move is to be outside. Meet your date and bike around the city you live in, making sure to hit all the spots you love and all of the ones you want to see. You'll be putting in some active miles while helping the environment (which, yay!).
7. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
Want a dog, just can't afford one in your teeny, tiny home? Visit your local dog pound or shelter to put in some community service hours with your Tinder match. To be honest, I don't know a better way to get to know someone than taking a bunch of Good Bois on walks and cleaning out their crates.
8. Go on a pizza tour around the city.
It doesn't have to be pizza (tacos and ice cream are low-key clutch too), but compile a list of all the places you've been to and the spots you want to try, plot them in Google Maps, and create a map of where you'll start and finish this foodie journey. Then, begin your food tour and nibble on some slices outside while ranking them 1 out of 10. Might I suggest the top ranking 'za be your next date spot?
9. Get active together.
Whether it's a run outside or an at-home YouTube class, boost those endorphins by sweating everything out. You’ll be an IRL version of #couplegoals and ready to take a shower together by the end of it—which, like, count me in.
10. Sip some wine and pretend you're at a vineyard.
Pretend like you're at a fancy vineyard and grab a bunch of $5 wines from your nearby grocery store. Lay out all your wine glasses, buy (or make!) a charcuterie board, and voila. You're basically in Napa Valley...on your couch.
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