Dating can end up being pretty pricey after a while — which is the reason we compiled a list of cheap date ideas available in any city. Ultimately, dating is about creating memories and getting to know another person. A great date never has to break the bank — even a thrifty (or cheap) person can show a date a fabulous time. If you approach dating with an open mind, these budget-friendly ideas are packed with potential.
Go to an art museum or gallery. If you are both into art visit a local art gallery or museum in your city. Visiting an art gallery or museum is an engaging activity, which will allow both of you to experience something new, and different during your date. Throughout the United States you can find a variety of art galleries or museums with cheap admission prices to visit on a date. Search on a site like Yelp for popular options in your area. One of my personal favorites is The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. Located in the lovely neighborhood of Dupont Circle — it features a solid collection of artwork by O’Keeffe, Renoir, and countless others.
Plan a picnic. The epitome of romance is a leisurely date in a scenic park enjoying delicious picnic refreshments. Consider packing light snacks for a relaxing date during the day in your favorite park. You want to picnic in a soothing environment where you can experience nature, so avoid parks with too many children or adults. If you decide to pack a few snacks — crackers, various types of cheese, and grapes are ideal. Sparkling water or an inexpensive bottle of wine provide the perfect accompaniment. For dessert consider your favorite plain bakery item or strawberries, and spread on some Nutella, the sweet chocolate-hazelnut spread — or prepare chocolate dipped strawperries with the hardshell chocolate coating in advance at home. These picnic ideas bring back memories of the most creative first date I ever had, which was years ago. My date was a cute grad student from Match.com. At the time, he was still in school, and we were both definitely looking for cheap date ideas that were practical but fun. Prior to meeting — we chatted on the phone in depth, and found out we both are quite passionate about art — specifically drawing and painting. For the date, he surprised me with a fresh bouquet of lilies, a picnic basket with countless goodies, a picnic blanket, — along with sketch pads and new charcoal for sketching. That date was a true winner — A+. It ranks as one of the most thoughtful and unique first dates I have ever experienced in my life.
Go to the zoo. Although going to the zoo may sound a bit juvenile as a date idea — dating and relationships are exciting when you keep things fresh and new. If you are the type of person who knows how to create new experiences while dating — you will do well forming lasting relationships. For your next date, make plans to see the lions, monkeys, and tigers at your closest zoo. Pack a light lunch to save money on food. Sandwiches, chips, and cookies are cheap options for food to eat during a fun lunch date at the zoo.
Try a wine tasting. Even for people who know nothing about wine, an actual tasting and winery tour provide a memorable experience. Two people on a date can often visit a local winery for a low or reasonable amount of money. The great thing about a taking a date to a winery is you are provided with an opportunity to sample wine, and share a new experience together.
Go to a lecture. If you and your date enjoy constantly educating yourselves, find something mentally stimulating like a lecture. Often bookstores and universities have visiting authors and experts come speak, on a multitude of subjects. Look in your local newspaper to see if the universities will have any notable speakers in the near future. Search online for upcoming events that are reasonably priced or cheap in your local area. Select an event based upon your preferences and budget. If going to a lecture is not really your date’s cup of tea — it is a good idea to avoid this type of date.
Go for a hike. Sharing a physical activity is an excellent way to bond with a person you are dating, and save some money. Find out where the light to moderate trails are in your city. If you are still in the early stages of dating, avoid trails that are too challenging unless you are 100% sure the other person loves fitness. A leisurely hike allows you to spend an afternoon talking, and sharing a physical activity with your date.
For more cheap date ideas and tips take a look at this article in Marie Claire.
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