Everyone loves a cheap date—and if a date is free, well, that’s just perfection. The only hitch is, coming up with free date ideas that aren’t a little lame is not super easy.
Dating can be a lot of things: exciting, fun, nerve-wracking… and also pretty expensive. Getting rid of the pre-date jitters is easier said then done, but solving the pricey problem is definitely doable. From hiking to hosting an at-home movie marathons, great dates don’t have to cost a fortune—or anything at all.
Here are a few free date ideas that are actually pretty cool.
1. Go on a hike
Head to the closest trail and go on a hiking date. If you and your date happen to be morning people, make it a sunrise hike—you’ll get some killer Instagram shots.
2. Pick a random neighbourhood and head off to explore
Be a tourist in your own city! Take the train or bus, get off at a random stop you are unfamiliar with, and explore. It’ll feel great to spend a day with no inhibitions and hey, the date practically plans itself!
3. Find a free concert
No matter where you live, there’s usually a good, free band playing somewhere. Plan a date around it, and soak in both the music and some good company.
4. Seek out a food market with lots of free samples
Feeling hungry but don’t want to splurge on a restaurant date? Head over to a local food market or food festival with your date and snack on some delicious samples.
5. Plan a game night
This is the perfect group date activity. Split up into teams and let the dice (and the good times) roll. A little tip to make it extra fun and a little saucy? Cards Against Humanity is always a hit!
6. Spend a night at the museum or art gallery
Look online for times that local museums offer free admission (it’s usually in the evening) and roam around with that special someone.
7. Go roller skating
Strap on some roller skates and roll around town, a nearby park or the local roller rink with your date. Be careful though, this date could end in broken bones and a bruised ego if you are not confident on 8 wheels!
8. Volunteer together
Whether you want to play with the puppies at an animal shelter or help out at a soup kitchen, volunteering with your date is not only super fulfilling, but you’ll make some awesome memories in the process.
9. Have a movie marathon
Pop some popcorn, cuddle up together on the couch, and start up a movie marathon, a.k.a. Netflix and chill. Take turns watching picking what to watch.
10. Go camping in your backyard
Pitch a tent in the backyard for the night. Make a bonfire, roast a marshmallow (or two, or three) and end off the evening with some stargazing—there’s nothing more romantic than that! Or if its too cold outside, build a fort in your lounge room and sip wine and munch on cheese!
There is so much more you can do that doesn't cost an arm and a leg you just have to think outside the box.