Nothing can beat the joyful simplicity of a spring date. The weather is just right—not too hot or too cold—the flowers are blooming, and the energy in the air feels refreshing and new. Especially coming off the winter season, when (hot take) you can’t really have fun dating! Sure, ice skating and building snowmen are cute winter dates, but frigid temperatures, limited daylight, and snow are major turn-offs. Plus, it’s really really hard to look hot in a puffy sweater.
Dating in the spring? It’s like you’re a brand new person, excited to either revamp your relationship or renew your single-girl era. But because there is literally so much to do in the spring—outside and inside!—planning dates can be a bit overwhelming, and nothing kills the mood faster than prep work.
Whether you’re someone who likes going on bold adventures, or a homebody who prefers a low-key get-together, these 22 spring date ideas are packed with outdoorsy activities from bike riding to romantic strolls in the park, with a few laid-back dates like museum tours and sunset watching sprinkled in between. Oh, and did I mention this list works for both long-term couples and first dates? Because let’s be honest, you can never go on too many dates with your long-term love, and you can do way better than happy hour drinks for a first meeting.
Enjoy this editor-approved spring date ideas list, perfect for a warm afternoon or evening. Soak it all in before it officially gets too damn hot to do anything outdoors!
1.Go Mini Golfing
A romantic cliche? Maybe, but dare I say it…mini golfing is the perfect starter date for spring. The weather is warming up and the sun is shining longer, so you can bask in the outdoors while playing a competitive and flirty game. Plus, if the weather is a bit dysfunctional (one of the few downsides to spring is that if it’s not nice out, it’s 100 percent raining), you can turn this outdoor activity indoors.
2. Watch the Sunset Together
If rom-coms have taught me anything about love, it’s that watching the sunset together is pure romance. Wanna impress your S.O.? Take them to a rooftop, bring a platter of cheese and crackers with some good wine, and a picnic blanket in tow. Enjoy watching the sunset while you feed each other grapes, olives, and pastrami.
3. Go Strawberry Picking
Another romantic date that every couple should do, IMHO. Not only will you have fun plucking some berries with your partner—a cute Insta moment to document— but you’ll also bring back a bucket of fresh strawberries that you can use to make jams, shortcakes, and even cocktails!
4. Try Indoor (Or Outdoor) Roller Skating
Channel your inner Eleven and Mike by going roller skating. An inexpensive dating option that works for first dates when you’re looking to get to know one another, or long-term couples wanting to have some fun. Plus, there’s nothing cuter than you and your partner struggling to stay upright on the rink. Because couples who fall together, slay together…or whatever the saying is.
5. Head to a Local Sip N’ Paint
Sure, this date idea can work for any season, but it’s extremely special in the spring because you can take it outdoors. Take advantage of the beautiful scenery—fresh blooming flowers and vibrant green trees—by painting it on canvas. Add in a little wine to help get those creative juices flowing, and you’ll have a masterpiece by the end of the session.
And if you’re not up for spending some coin on a painting lesson, you can DIY a sip n’ paint by buying an easel and a few tubes of paint at your local craft store. Throw in a few bottles of Trader Joe's wine and a Bob Ross YouTube tutorial, and you’ll be all set.
6. Create Your Own Book Club
Allergies can get really bad in the spring, so going out every weekend for date night is just impractical. But who said you can’t have fun right at home? A one-day book club with your S.O. is the perfect indoor activity. Simply choose a book—I personally recommend a short read because uh, not everyone is a fast reader—and read it together before debriefing each other on your thoughts. Bonus points if it’s a book-turned-movie or TV show.
(And if this spring date idea turned out better than you expected, then why not make it a regular monthly occasion?)
7. Go to an Amusement Park
Aside from mini golfing, visiting an amusement park is *the* cutest warm-weather date. But, doesn’t eating hot dogs and funnel cakes while going on drop-down roller coasters just sound like a good time? Like, I know we’re not 16 anymore, but something about an amusement park date just hits different. Making out at the top of the Ferris wheel? Sharing a funnel cake together? Watching the fireworks? Ugh, the feels.
8. Go Out on a Boat
If you’re near any sort of lake or body of water, a nice cruise on the water in a cozy sweatshirt and sweatpants is always the move. But if that's not feasible because, hi, no boat, do some research to see if renting a row boat for two is possible. Nothing is more romantic than enjoying the water on a boat and passing by some ducks. Plus, rowing is actually hard work, so the added teamwork is a plus.
9. Take a Mini Road Trip
One of my favorite things to do in the spring is take a long drive somewhere. Very few other things feel as freeing as putting down all the windows, blasting your favorite throwbacks, and enjoying the scenic views in the spring. Having someone along for the ride—or better yet, to drive the car? Just perfect.
10. Check out your Fave Museum
On days when the weather isn't great (and for all my babes suffering from allergies), move the party indoors to your favorite museum. Ponder at art, think profound thoughts, and of course, get the perfect Insta pic for later.
11. Go to the Park
Do you remember how much fun it was just swinging on the playground? Well, who says you have to give that up? Because there's no better way to connect with someone than to help bring out their inner child.
12. Make a ~Real~ Connection via Spotify
If you're not ready for an IRL date, this is the next best thing. Using Spotify's new Group Sessions feature, share your fave songs with your match in a playlist or send each other text 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."
13. Shop Together
I don't know about you, but shopping is the only thing that gives me peace. (I think that's why they call it retail therapy?) So go 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 you walk to the register.
14. 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.
15. Walk Around a Botanical Garden
When it's not raining, spring time is the best time to be outside. 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.
16. Have a Picnic
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.
17. 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.
18. 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 by taking a bunch of Good Bois on walks and cleaning out their crates.
19. Go on a Pizza Tour Around Your City
It doesn't have to be pizza—tacos and ice cream are 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 pizza be your next date spot?
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. Or, Go Sip Some Wine at a Real Vineyard.
Get wined, dined, *and* have experts tell you all about the selections you’re probably going to chug anyway. Not only will the conversation flow more easily with some tipsy, liquid courage, but you'll try new wines you and your date can order out later.
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