20 Completely Free Date Ideas to Build Lots of Fun in Your Relationship

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I’m a simple gal. I like my dates how I like my chocolate. Sweet and cheap.

Whether you’re going on a first date or celebrating your 20th wedding anniversary, dates don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Actually, the cheaper the date, the more personal the date can be.

Some of the best dates me and my boyfriend have gone on have been completely free. They’re so memorable, and it just shows that our relationship was built on true mutual feelings instead of all the bells and whistles.

We all have a love tank, and we all receive love differently. We also all give love differently. 

How we love is one of The 5 Love Languages, There are 5 main love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, and Physical Touch.

It’s so important to communicate with your partner, so you can both find out how you each receive love. Focusing on each other’s primary love language can help both of you show your love in a way that is understood by both.

You can figure out your love language. I highly recommend reading up on it more in this book. It’s a #1 bestseller, and so many people have said it has saved their marriage.

These date ideas are probably best for those with quality time love language. Without further ado, here are 20 completely free date ideas that are actually fun.

20 Completely Free Fun Date Ideas

1. SHADOW PUPPETS

Wait for it to get dark. Grab a flashlight or use the one on your phone. Take turns making shadows on the walls. Act out a story, and get really into it.

2. CHOPPED ALL-STAR

Long before it existed on the Food Network, I would use whatever was in my house to create a masterpiece of a meal. On a date, use this same concept. You can create a meal together, or have one of you make the appetizer while the other makes dinner. Eat alongside some candles and put a little Frank Sinatra on your Pandora.

3. LET’S GO FLY A KITE

If you have a kite, get ready for this one. It builds teamwork and communication. Plus, there’s something that’s so darn fun about seeing your partner fail over and over again.

4. PLAY HIDE AND SEEK

Whether you’re outside or in your house, play hide and seek. The crazier the spots you hide in, the more enjoyable the game will be.

5. HIKE THE TRAILS

Nature is so goddamn beautiful. It’s so peaceful, and it’s so easy to bring couples together. There are so many forest preserves and state parks that you shouldn’t have to look that far to find.

6. BIKE RIDE

Again, being outside is such an easy way to bring couples together. Plus, you can get a nice peeksie at your partner’s booty as they pedal ahead of you.

7. FREE MUSEUM DAYS

Check the museum’s website for when they have free days. The hours of operation might be lower, but it’s well worth the money you didn’t spend.

8. WALK AROUND YOUR TOWN

All towns have history. Explore yours together.

9. GO TO THE BEACH

Play in the water, build a sandcastle, or bury each other in the sand. The possibilities of fun at the beach are endless.

10. CAMP IN YOUR BACKYARD

There’s nothing quite like cuddling beneath the stars. Why not bring your tent to the backyard and make a night underneath them?

11. VIDEO GAME NIGHT

Sometimes seeing your partner be competitive is the sexiest thing. Plus, when you beat a badass boss, you get to beat a badass boss together.

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12. MOVIE MARATHON

I’m not talking about a day filled with Netflix. I’m talking about choosing a movie franchise and having a legit movie marathon. My favorite movie marathons to have are Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, and K-9.

13. VOLUNTEER TOGETHER

Check out your local animal shelter or homeless shelter and donate some of your time. Couples that volunteer together stay together.

14. PLAY MAKE BELIEVE

Dress up in costumes you find around the house, and play the part of the character. Be completely different than who you already are.

15. COUPLES MASSAGE

Light some candles, play some smooth jazz, and take turns giving your partner a full body massage. Absolutely don’t forget the lotion.

16. HAVE A WRESTLING MATCH

You can also go the complete opposite route and wrestle your partner. The more you have fun with it, the better.

17. GO TO THE LIBRARY

There are always free events going on at the library. Check the website or the bulletin board and see whatever event is the most appealing to you.

18. FREE SAMPLES

We all know that one store that always has free samples. Fill up your tummy while trying a bunch of random, new food. Make it a game of who can scope out the free samples the fastest.

19. PARTNER YOGA

Yoga is one of the best joys in life. Adding a partner to the mix makes it so unbelievably amazing. It builds so much communication, and you really have to trust each other. If you’re really daring, try some acro yoga, where one of you is in the air.

20. PLAY AT THE PARK

Race down the slide, push each other on the swings, play man on woodchips. Forget that there’s an age limit on the playground.

What are your favorite dates that are completely free?

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