When life gets busy, it’s hard to plan your next night out. But a great date doesn't have consist of an expensive dinner or some long, drawn-out evening. There are a lot of quick date ideas that only take about an hour, and they can be super easy to plan. Here are ten ideas to get you started:
This is the ultimate minimal-effort quick date night. Think about it: all you have to do is make an appointment and show up! The only other requirement is that you lay down, and you get to savor a relaxing, 60-minute massage with your partner. It's a more laid-back version of a date and you'll come out of it feeling rejuvenated, not more stressed.
A brewery tour and tasting only takes a little bit more planning than “going out for a drink,” and yet it feels like a much bigger event. The best part is that most brewery tours only take between 30 minute to an hour. And while we enjoy ogling at giant aluminum vats filled with something called “wort” as much as the next person, the real treat is getting to sample the product, often included at the end of your tour.
There’s literally a timer on this kind of date, and it’s usually a countdown to see if you can break out of prison, stop an assassination attempt, or something even more dramatic. Find out if all those episodes of NCIS: New Orleans you watched pay off when you take on an escape room, where you and your partner use logic to beat the clock and escape from a themed room. Consider yourself warned, your competitive edge will surely come out.
Head to your local art, science, or history museum to see the exhibit that everyone has been talking about. Take advantage of the fact that you're only there to see, for example,the special jellyfish exhibit at the aquarium. That way, you'll be more patient with the crowds and guilt-free when you spend all your time there, instead of running around trying to see everything available. That's for another day. For now, it's just jellyfish time.
Mini-golf is a classic for a simple-yet-playful date. Instead of spending four hours tackling 18 holes of regular, competitive golf, you take 45 minutes to play 18 holes of silly, carefree golf. Along the way, you can chat, poke fun at your date for their poor putting skills, and wax poetic about your love of windmills.
One of the best quick date ideas is to take a pottery, ceramics, or local BYOB paint-and-sip-class together. These art classes are both productive and relaxing, and you and your partner can sign up for a 4- or 6-week class so that a weekly date is consistently on the calendar. Best case scenario, you find your calling. Worst case scenario, you now have a strangely inferior version of The Starry Night you can call your own.
Take your relationship into the 21st century by spending an hour together in an imaginative, virtual world. VR lounges typically offer dozens of different experiences, so you and your date could conceivably fly off to distant planets or battle zombies in a post-apocalyptic future...and be back in time for dinner.
If your date still wants to be seen with you after you hit all the high notes in Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” then you’ve found a keeper. A karaoke date night will not only show each of you at your goofiest, it’s also constantly entertaining no matter who’s singing. Check out our list of the best karaoke songs to sing, as picked by actual karaoke DJs.
A kayak tour is one of the great date night ideas (or date day ideas) that are both sporty and artsy. They offer an interesting vantage point to nature or a cityscape that you wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to see. For an extra romantic angle (and a way to foster teamwork), try to find a tandem kayak.
There are certain places you want to go but don't need more than an hour to cover all the grounds. Botanical gardens are just that. See all the beautiful flowers and plants, enjoy the open air, and smell the roses (literally and figuratively). Throw a nice filter on the pics you took, post one to Instagram, and you just had yourselves a quick and easy date.