99 Romantic Things To Do With the One You Love
When we first meet a romantic partner, we spend a lot of time doing fun activities together and creating memories.
We believe this blissful stage in our relationship will last forever. But with time, that initial euphoria wanes, life resumes its normal course, and we refocus on our everyday lives.
Once we are in our busy routines, we forget to schedule the time to have fun together as a couple the way we did in the early days.
However, studies have shown that there is a high correlation between having fun and having a happy marriage.
The more fun you have with your partner throughout your years together, the happier your relationship will be over time. It is important to make positive memories with your partner to keep your relationship healthy and thriving.
You and your partner can do this by going on adventures together, challenging each other, and kindling their romance with new experiences to keep your sense of love for each other fresh.
Sometimes it is difficult to think of new things to do with your partner that can add some fun and adventure to your lives.
Having a list of romantic things to do handy will ensure that you can always have ideas for shaking things up and creating memories with your partner.
Here are 99 romantic things to do with the one you love.
Romantic Date Ideas
1. Bring a picnic to the park.
If it is a sunny day or a nice evening, pack up a picnic and take it to a local park. Sit on the grass, watch as other people go by, and enjoy a leisurely meal together outside. If there is a pond, make sure to save some bread crumbs from your meal to feed the ducks.
2. Watch the sunset.
Find a beautiful setting, whether in a clear field or on top of a hill, to watch the sunset. Look at the colors of the sky together and slowly watch as the sun settles below the horizon.
3. Rent a paddle boat.
Find a local lake that rents paddle boats for the day and spend an afternoon on the lake alone with your partner, enjoying the views and the quiet sounds.
4. Take a dance class.
Nothing is more romantic than a night of dancing. Often, you can find studios that offer classes for newbies and couples. Try out a form of dance that is new to both of you, such as salsa or swing dancing. Don’t stress out about doing the steps perfectly, just have fun with it.
5. Find a fireplace.
There are very few things that are more romantic than sipping wine in front of the fire. If you do not have a fireplace in your house, find a local restaurant or hotel that has one that you can enjoy.
6. Tour your hometown.
Because you live there and experience your area every day, you may wonder why other people see your hometown as a vacation destination. Find the things around your town that a tourist would definitely have on their itinerary and rediscover your roots.
7. Go to a spa.
Sure, some guys may feel intimidated by the thought of a couples' day at the spa, but once you get there, your man will probably be thanking you. Purchase a couples' treatment package like a massage or a mud wrap. Try to find a spa that offers a lot of services so you can make the experience into an entire day of relaxation.
8. Go to a fondue restaurant.
Feeding each other fondue can certainly make for a romantic dinner, and it's a lot of fun. Find a local fondue restaurant and make sure you get dessert.
9. Make a fort.
Sure, this may seem childish at first, but in the end, you will have a cozy little area to snuggle for the rest of the evening. You will feel even more private in the privacy of your own home.
10. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
This is probably something that you are only used to seeing on television, but these carriage rides are very romantic and can be taken in almost any city. Pick a cold day and bring a blanket so you can cuddle up.
11. Take a pottery class.
Have you ever seen the movie Ghost? If so, you know how romantic making pottery can be.
12. Go to a local bed and breakfast.
Take a staycation at a unique B and B with a romantic room, and let someone else prepare breakfast for you in the morning.
13. Go to a drive-in movie.
Yes, these still exist in some cities. Cuddle up in the back of your car with your partner and watch a movie out in a little more privacy than you would in a movie theater.
14. Make dinner together from scratch.
Spending time in the kitchen with your partner can be really romantic, and then you can sit down to eat a candlelight dinner that you created yourself!
15. Walk through a botanical garden.
Botanical gardens are beautiful and refreshing. Take a stroll through one and enjoy the beauty of nature in a uniquely designed setting.
16. Go for a hot air balloon ride.
Scared of heights? Your partner can hold on to you while you are overlooking your city.
17. Go to a vineyard.
Wine tasting can be incredibly romantic. Pick your favorite variety and take a bottle home to enjoy with a nice dinner for two.
18. Rent a plush hotel suite for the evening.
You can pretend you are on an expensive vacation for the night. Treat yourself to room service and just spend the evening with each other, knowing that someone else will pick up after you.
19. Swim with the dolphins.
You have to do this at least once in your life! It will be romantic to experience getting up close and personal with these beautiful creatures and share this adventure with your partner.
20. Take a pole dancing class together.
Not only is this sexy and romantic, but you will get a good workout! You may also walk away with some laughs.
21. Watch fireworks.
It doesn't have to be the 4th of July to watch fireworks. If they are legal in your state, buy some and set them off in a field or at the river. Or, go out and buy some sparklers and play with them in the backyard.
22. Practice yoga in the park.
Relaxing and focusing on your breath with your partner can be both calming and relaxing. This is a romantic way to bond with your partner and generate a sense of inner peace together.
23. Go to a new coffee shop.
Discover a new, funky coffee shop instead of going to your usual chain coffee shop. Find a quaint, locally owned shop to support a local business and cozy up in a corner with your partner to enjoy a cup of coffee.
24. Go on a ferry ride.
This slow-moving adventure is a great way to go sight-seeing and relax with your partner. Enjoy taking a ferry from one side of a river to the other and do a little sightseeing before returning.
Romantic Stay-at-Home Ideas
25. Watch a romantic movie.
Or, rent a few of them and have a movie marathon. Make sure to find some from several decades ago and compare them to the romantic movies that have come out in more recent years.
26. Write letters to each other.
Write a letter to each other, communicating how you feel and what you most love about your partner. Exchange the letters after you write them and then talk about why each of you chose to write what you did.
27. Watch old home movies.
If you have been with your partner for several years, look back at some old videos or photos of when you first met. This can bring you back to those butterfly feelings that you had for each other when you crossed paths for the first time.
28. Paint a room.
While this may seem like a boring thing to do, it can be really cathartic and relaxing to paint a room. Take some time at home with the one you love to listen to some great music and repaint a room of your choice.
29. Plan your dream vacation.
Money is no object! Get on your computer and plan a dream romantic vacation that you would love to go on together. Who knows, maybe one day your plan will materialize.
30. Make breakfast.
If you had a romantic night, wake up and keep the togetherness going. Team up to make a decadent homemade breakfast and eat it in bed. Pancakes include simple ingredients that most people have on hand, so whip some up, put on a pot of coffee and listen to some Sunday morning jazz.
31. Turn your power off.
Act as if you don't have power and as the sun goes down, light some candles and turn off your televisions and phone. Spend the evening in the glow of candlelight talking and spending quality time with each other instead of focusing on electronics.
32. Make a scrapbook.
Go through all of the papers that tell the story of your relationship and put them in a scrapbook. This may include plane tickets, movie tickets, wedding invitations, or even theater programs. Make a book that describes how your relationship has unfolded and evolved.
33. Host a game night.
Have a few other couples over and enjoy having a game night with your closest friends. Having fun together and being able to laugh is always a good way to strengthen a relationship and add some romance to your life.
34. Bake a cake.
It doesn't have to be for any event or occasion — just bake a cake with your partner as a romantic activity and splurge on it after dinner.
Clear the furniture in a room to make some space to have a two-person dance party. Pick any genre of music you want and just dance with each other. You don't have to worry about people watching you or judging your moves.
36. Take a bubble bath.
You can't get more romantic than this. Wait until it is dark outside so you can take a candlelit bath. Put on some soft music, keep the water warm and just soak and relax with your partner. You can even add some essential oils to make the bath even more relaxing.
37. Drink some champagne.
I'm sure you have some lying around for a “special occasion.” Just break it open and enjoy it on any given day and celebrate being home and spending quiet time together.
38. Hand-feed each other chocolate.
This is a slow and romantic way to set the scene for a romantic evening at home. Make chocolate covered strawberries and take turns with your partner feeding them to each other.
39. Play “Would you rather.”
This game opens up a lot of new conversations that you likely have never had with your partner. You can learn more about each other and likely even more about yourself. There are some creative questions out there for this game, so do some research and find some really outlandish questions to ask each other.
40. Give each other a massage.
Take turns giving each other a massage. You can do this in front of a movie or in bed while listening to relaxing music. The physical touch will be relaxing and romantic.
41. As each other powerful questions.
This can be really fun and enlightening, especially if you have been married for a long time and think you know everything about each other. This will definitely have the two of you connecting and laughing in no time.Related: 201 Relationship Questions
42. Create a theme night.
Pick a theme and plan your whole evening around it. For example, if you want to pick an Italian theme, eat some spaghetti and gelato and then watch a movie like La Dolce Vita. You could also do some other themes, such as 1980's, Asian, Christmas in July, children's theme, or anything else you can think of.
43. Conduct a “year in review.”
Spend some time with your partner recounting everything you have done over the past year. Highlight the best times you've had together and talk about how you were able to be resilient through the tough times. Think about how much you have grown as individuals and as a couple. Then, talk about your goals for next year.
44. Break a record.
Look in the Guinness Book of World Records and spend the day or evening trying to break one that piques your interest. You can either try to do this together as a team or create a competition out of it and compete against each other to find out who has the best record.
45. Play Twister.
This can get very romantic, depending on what kinds of positions you end up getting into. Also, it will bring out the kid in you.
Surprise Ideas for Your Partner
46. Rent a limo.
Hire a limo to show up at your house for a dinner outing. Spend some time just driving around the city in luxury, even if it is not a special occasion.
47. Surprise your partner with a candlelit dinner.
When your partner gets home from a long day, he or she will be delighted to see a nice, homemade dinner for two set up waiting and ready. Get some good wine and spend the evening together as if you were at a fancy restaurant.
48. Take your partner to a concert.
Don't let them know ahead of time that you have scored tickets for one of their favorite bands. Just don't make other plans that night and then spring it on them at the last minute.
49. Go skydiving.
Make something up to get your partner in the car — perhaps tell them you are going to visit a friend. Then when you start heading towards the skydiving location, surprise them with this exciting adventure. Just be sure this is something your partner would find fun.
50. Rent a sailboat.
This would be such a fun surprise for your partner. Hire a captain if you do not have any sailing experience, or take the boat out yourselves if you know what you are doing. Either way, it will be both exciting and relaxing.
51. Surprise your partner with a trip.
This can be just a weekend away or a longer trip to a fancy destination. Don't tell them where you are going until you get on the airplane. Just tell them a few necessary items that they will need to pack.Related: 19 Of The Best Books For Couples
52. Go back to where you first met.
Recreate your first date with your partner. If you went to a restaurant, try to sit at the same table you sat at on your first date. You can even go so far as ordering the same meal!
53. Prepare a scavenger hunt.
This can either be just around your house or around your entire city. At the end, you can have a small gift, or, if you want to make it into an extra surprise, end the scavenger hunt with a gift that they have been wanting for a while.
54. Take your partner camping.
Spend the evening under the stars with the person you love. Pack everything up that you will need for your camping trip before surprising them with your plans.
55. Throw a surprise party.
Is it close to your partner's birthday? Plan a surprise party with all of their favorite people. Plan to have all of their favorite foods and drinks there and play their favorite music. This will let your partner know how much you care about them and want them to feel loved.
56. Go to a murder mystery dinner.
This is probably secretly on everyone's bucket list. Get some tickets and lead your partner to believe that you are just going out to a normal dinner. This will be such a fun surprise!
57. Go to a sports game.
What is the local sports team in your city? Score some tickets and go watch them play live. People always love to be surprised with experiences and they always end up being fun and exciting.
58. Build a campfire and make s'mores.
You can get the campfire set up and ready to be lit and get your ingredients outside to make s'mores before your partner comes home. Once it is dark, bring them outside and surprise them with this special dessert.
59. Take your partner to a cooking class.
This can be such a fun experience and you can take what you learn with you and apply it in your own kitchen. You can pick any kind of cooking class, from sushi making to baking cakes.
60. Go to a play.
Look what plays are in town and when one comes up that would interest your partner, get some tickets! Take your partner out to dinner beforehand and then surprise them with tickets to the play after you eat.
61. Create a song.
Write a song for your partner and surprise them with it over dinner. Use this opportunity to express how you feel about your partner and your general appreciation for him or her. While this may seem like more of a surprise gift than a date, it can lead to a night of playing music together.
62. Go to a comedy show.
This is such a fun surprise! You can laugh together all night and then leave in a good mood. This will definitely melt away the stress of the work week and let you two unwind.
63. Go to a raceway and ride go-carts.
This would be a great surprise for anyone who loves to have a little adventure and competition. Take your partner go-carting and see who can maneuver their cart around the best.
64. Paint some pottery.
Go to one of those places that offer unpainted pottery and allows you to paint it there. This way, you can get creative together and have something tangible to take home with you to remember your date.
65. Play arcade games.
Enjoy a blast from the past and take your partner to a local arcade for some old-fashioned games.
Romantic Getaway Ideas
66. Go to an overnight spa.
There are many resorts that offer spa packages. Do this as a couple to take a short getaway with long-lasting relaxing effects.
67. Go to Napa Valley.
Go wine tasting and sightseeing. This is one of the most romantic places to visit in the U.S.
68. Red Rock State Park
The rocks at this park in Arizona are amazing and the sunsets are to die for. This is a romantic getaway that you will not soon forget.
69. Go to Mexico.
This tropical getaway will definitely get your mind off of the stressors of your everyday life and allow you to bond with your partner.
70. Go to the Dominican Republic.
If you love nature, the Dominican Republic is a great place to have a romantic getaway. There are forests, lots of options for hiking, and some zip lining adventures to explore.
71. Try out a national park.
National parks are great for people who love the outdoors and enjoy camping, and there are 58 of them in the U.S. full of majestic beauty.
72. Go to New York City.
Explore some of the best sites, shopping, theater, and restaurants in the world and experience the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.
73. While you're at it, go to Vegas.
Everyone has to go at least once. Try some gambling. See a few shows. Maybe even stay at the Bellagio!
74. Rent a cabin in the mountains.
Spend the weekend in a beautiful mountain setting with your partner. Find a cool but rustic cabin with a fireplace and a hot tub, and create a romantic getaway.
75. Go to Belize.
Belize is surprisingly close to Florida and it has so much to offer. You can go snorkeling, diving, and zip lining. This is a great tropical trip to take if you do not want to travel too far.
Unique Date Ideas
76. Play MadLibs.
Do you remember doing this as a child? You and your partner will be in tears laughing, which will help you bond and set the stage for a romantic night.
77. Go to a local farmer's market.
Pick up the fresh, local ingredients to make a romantic dinner for two.
78. Play board games.
This may seem a little old-fashioned, but it's surprising how much fun board games can be. Here's a list of fun board games for couples.
79. Discover your family trees.
Trace your roots back as far as you can do you can and get to know each other on a deeper level.
80. Play pub trivia.
Go to your favorite bar and play pub trivia together. You don't know how addicting these games can be unless you try them.
81. Go bowling.
It has probably been a while since you last went bowling! Put on those glamourous bowling shoes, grab a couple of beers, and see if you have lost your touch.
82. Play pool.
Check out a local pool hall and spend the evening with your partner giving it your best shot.
83. Create your own water park.
Grab some sprinklers, a hose, and even set up a Slip and Slide in your backyard on a hot summer day. Or just wash the car together and get soaked. Then spread out towels in the grass, put on some music, and let the sun dry you off.Related: 13 Creative and Fun Date Night Ideas
84. Train for a race together.
The more healthy you both are, the more likely you will be able to feel good about yourselves and have a positive relationship. Plus, working together toward a big goal like this is a bonding experience.
85. Go bird watching.
This is surprisingly romantic. It may seem weird at first, but being alone in the wood with your partner is never dull.
86. Go to an Improv class together.
This is another way to bond in a unique way. Discover each other's talents and silly humor.
87. Take a tour of a local brewery.
Not only will you learn something, you will also get to try some new beers!
88. Visit a bookstore.
Peruse the books that have come out and that interest you and enjoy a little literary time together.
89. Take a Zumba class.
You may both feel a bit awkward, but at least you will feel awkward together. Besides, no one will be paying attention to your moves but you.
90. Go to a morning movie.
Chances are, you will have the entire theater to yourselves.
91. Volunteer to walk dogs at a local shelter.
Giving back to your community together is a really romantic thing to do, and it will make both of you feel good about yourselves.
92. Make homemade ice cream.
You can get an inexpensive homemade ice cream maker and play around with some creative flavors that you make up together.
93. Dance in the rain.
Of course, you will only be able to do this if the weather permits, but it makes for a very romantic memory.
94. Go to a karaoke bar.
No one really cares how badly you sing. Just get out of your shell and have a great time singing your favorite songs. A few drinks beforehand always helps!
95. Learn a new language.
Or, at least take a lesson. Then you can plan the romantic trip to the country that you hope to visit one day and maybe speak the language enough that the locals will understand you.
96. Go to a film festival.
This is a great way to bond over movies that you would never otherwise see.
97. Go to some open houses.
Even if you aren't in the market to buy a new home, check out some of the houses around your city and see how other people decorate and set up their living spaces.
98. People watch.
Sit somewhere outside where a lot of people tend to walk by and come up with crazy backstories for people as they pass you by.
99. Go thrift shopping.
This is the ultimate treasure hunt! You never know what you are going to find and it is a fun to do with your partner so you can share the thrill.
If you are in a rut for date ideas, there are a lot of things you can do to shake things up a bit and bond with your partner.
Try a few of these date ideas with the person you love. You may get a chance to see them in a new light or learn something new about each other.