Out of The Box Date Ideas

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Looking for Out of The Box Date Ideas? Anyone here watch the Bachelor? If you don’t watch it, we’re sure you’ve at least heard of it. The premise is simple – dozens of women competing for the heart of one man.

text reads "out of the box date ideas" with a woman looking over a cliff to a group of hot air balloons.

Of course, the dates on the show are extravagant. Balloon rides over Paris, helicopter picnics in the mountains – as out of the box as it gets. And we are all for it!

Out of The Box Date Ideas

So without keeping you in suspense, here are our top 10 out of the box date ideas (ranging from cheap to extravagant):

Helicopter Tour 

Since we’ve already brought it up, and it’s a Bachelor date favorite, we might as well mention it first – helicopter tours!

There is no way you can be unromantic with a helicopter tour – unless maybe you’re going with your mom and dad!

And you can take helicopter tours anywhere – over the water, into the mountains, over the city – and no matter where you go, the views are stunning.

If you’re looking for a really over the top, out of the box date idea – this is it! 

Balloon Rides

Another Bachelor classic – balloon rides. What’s more romantic than riding over the city in a giant balloon with a glass of wine and the person you admire most?

Not much. The best thing about hot air balloon rides is that they are extravagant, yet affordable.

Of course, it’s a little more expensive than a regular date, so we don’t recommend it everyday.

But if you’re looking for something to do on a special occasion – this is a great date idea!

Spa Date

Okay, okay – we know what you’re about to say – “there’s nothing out of the box about a spa date”.

But we’re not talking about regular spas. We’re talking beer spas, salt caves, mud baths – there’s lots of unique spa concepts out there that we’re sure you have yet to experience.

In addition to the spa experiences above, we also love the concepts of treatments like oxygen therapy, grape skin wraps, float spas, and reiki!

Rage Room

Feeling some stress and anxiety starting to build? A Rage Room is a great place to release it all!

At a rage room, you get to smash things, break things, throw things – essentially you get to trash the place!

If you’ve ever felt like putting your fist through a wall or throwing something out of anger – this is the place for you.

A unique date concept and a great way for you and your date to let out some rage, a Rage Room will be a date you won’t forget.

Tour Homes

Whether you’re in the process of looking for a new home or not, checking them out can always be a fun experience.

Wait for a good day with lots of open houses, then take a tour around them pretending that you are a buyer on the prowl.

Most open houses will have free treats – and you might get some great ideas for your home (or future home) too. 

This is such a fun free date idea to try too!

Airport Date

Okay, we will admit this one may be a little too far out there – but if you’re really looking to push the limits, this is your date.

Head to the airport and ask for the cheapest flight. Hop on and see where the day takes you! (You might need to book off a few days for this date). 

Thrift Store Date

There’s so many different things that you can do with a thrift store datescavenger hunts, choosing each other’s clothes, finding new items for the house – the list goes on and on.

But here’s one of our favorite thrift store dates.

Head to the thrift store with the intent of finding the most hideous outfit you can find. And then here’s the catch – buy it and wear it in public together to see people’s reactions!

You could also host a competition, posting your outfits on social media to see who wins the worst outfit award, and who rocked it the best!

Or turn this into the Target Date Challenge.

Skinny Dipping

Ready to feel like teenagers again? It’s time to sneak out of the house at night for a late night skinny dip (assuming there’s no sharks where you live!).

Head for ice cream after your romantic dip, or pack a picnic and have a nighttime picnic on the beach! Who said picnics were just for lunch? They were wrong! 

You’ll feel great getting out of your comfort zone – plus this date is next to free! 

Karaoke Bar

If you love to sing in the shower, the karaoke bar might be just what you need to make your night magical.

Yes, you can sing karaoke at almost any dive bar on the assigned night, but did you know you could actually rent your own karaoke room?

Sing your heart out with no judgement! This can be a great spontaneous date to do together, or to invite friends for a double/triple group date


Some people might look at volunteering as work, but to us, volunteering is one of the best things that you can do together – especially if you want to grow your bond.

Helping others is helping yourself. So find a charity or type of volunteer placement that speaks to the both of you, and spend your day donating your time.

Whether its helping at a food kitchen, doing a fundraiser like this chinese auction, or loving on some animals…we promise – it’ll boost your sense of purpose, which will in turn positively impact the way you look at each other. 

Rock Climbing

Rent a Private Movie Theater

This fun movie date night can be a fantastic date idea that will be a truly memorable experience.

With a private theater, you and your partner can enjoy a movie without the distractions of a crowded theater.

You’ll have the whole place to yourselves, allowing you to sit back, relax, and fully immerse yourselves in the movie experience.

Plus, you can choose the movie that you both love, making it even more special. Bring your own snacks, cuddle up under a blanket, and make it a truly romantic evening.

Take a Trapeze Class

A trapeze class is an exciting and adventurous date that can help you and your partner try something new that you never have before.

This could be such a unique experience. Of course you’ll most likely have a butterflies and maybe some anxiety…but you can always start small and work your way up.

Try A Ghost Tour

Find a ghost tour in your city and explore the history and legends while also experiencing a bit of a thrill.

These tours often take you to haunted locations and spooky sites while a guide shares the fascinating stories and history behind them.

You can choose from walking tours, bus tours, or even boat tours depending on what is available in your area. If you live in a small town, then you might want to drive to another larger city that hosts this type of tour.

Make Your Own Wine

Find a wine making class in your area and make your own together! Bonus points if you can find a place that crushes grapes with your feet!

You can spend the day learning all about the process and then enjoy the fruits of your labor when it’s all done.

Sip on different wines while you’re at the winery, and walk through the vineyards hand in hand.

Book A Sensory Deprivation Tank

A sensory deprivation tank, also known as a float tank, can be a unique and peaceful new date idea you might not have ever tried.

A float tank is a large enclosed tub filled with saltwater that allows you to float effortlessly, creating a feeling of weightlessness and deep relaxation.

The water is kept at skin temperature, so you won’t feel hot or cold, and the tank is designed to be soundproof and light-free, creating a peaceful and serene environment.

As you float, you can close your eyes and let your mind wander, or you can use the time to meditate, reflect, or simply be still.

The experience of floating in a sensory deprivation tank can help you reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance your overall sense of well-being. It’s a great way to take a break from the outside world and connect with your partner in a calming and rejuvenating way.

Bonus Out-Of-The Box Date

And for those of you who are feeling a little risqué, here’s an extra out of the box date idea – head to your local adult shoppe! We’d come up with a great step-by-step date idea here – but we think you can figure this one out yourselves. Whether you’re in the mood for games, treats, or maybe even some handcuffs – let your bodies guide you on this one for a sexy date idea!

Of course, these are just a few of the many things that you can do that aren’t your typical date idea.

Take a random road trip, paint each other naked, host your own Murder Mystery party – there’s so many fun things that you and your date can do together that will make memories to last a lifetime – so never stop dating!

Sara, a seasoned expert in wedding planning and date ideas, brings a wealth of experience to our couples blog. With a background in the television industry and hands-on involvement in a dozen weddings, including working as a wedding assistant on "My Fair Wedding with David Tutera," Sara has an innate understanding of the magic that makes weddings truly special. Growing up with four sisters has given her unique insights into the dating world, making her a go-to source for practical and heartfelt dating advice. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her the perfect guide for couples seeking to infuse their relationships with creativity and love.

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