Sometimes it really is the thought that counts. You could be cliché and take your date to a dinner and a movie, but why not try something new and entertaining. There are many places you could take your date that are both fun and inexpensive.
When was the last time you went to the park? Rediscover your childhood together with a picnic. Spend a day on the swings, slide, and merry-go-round. Pack lunch and have a picnic on the fields with your date’s favorite foods. Stop by the dollar store before you head out and buy a kite. Spend time flying it and just letting loose. Just act like the inner-child that is still in you and have fun.
For any date, especially the first one, you don’t want a night of awkward silence and stares. Go to a comedy night and laugh throughout the date. Some comedy clubs can get expensive so just go on amateur night and you can support aspiring comedians while saving yourself some cash. This is good for when you are having a bad day and just want to laugh it out. Many comedy clubs offer free tickets to college students.
Price Range: $0 – $10
Whether it’s roller blading or ice skating, you are sure to have a fun time. Roller blading is like a blast from the past, plus you can help your date if they aren’t having an easy time with it. You can rent skates at the rink so you don’t need any special equipment.
Some rinks have special nights, such as 80′s nights, where you can dress up for the theme. Ice skating rinks are good because they can be very romantic, just be sure to call ahead so you don’t end up going on kids night. For cheaper prices you can just go during the school week or early on weekends.
Price Range: $0 -$10
Get in a car and just drive. Keep it to no more than two hours away and just go where the road takes you. If you are much more into planning, look around on the internet for new and interesting places that are not too far from where you live. Make a playlist of your favorite songs and enjoy the road and each other’s company. If you don’t want to be alone with your date for such a long car ride, just bring along another couple and make a party out of it.
Price Range: $10 – $20 (Depends on car)
Take a Class
Do something that you and your date have never done before. Take a class where you both learn how to do something for the first time. Whether it is painting, pottery, fencing, dancing or cooking you and your date will be sure to have a good time. Neither of you will be able to forget the first time you learned to do something and if you make something in the class you can exchange it with each other so you will have a remembrance from the date that will last.
Price Range: $5 – $45
Chances are that your date will never have been to a shooting range before. It is not a typical date, but it is surely something they will remember. You want to keep things interesting. If you’ve never done it before either you should try to practice beforehand so you can impress your date and help them if they are having trouble.
Price Range: $7 – $25
Many museums are free or offer days for guests to attend for free. Have fun laughing and looking through all the art or historic work. If you are not into museums check out your local zoo. Go during times that won’t be as busy, such as hours children are at school. Spend the day going through the near empty zoo as if you are the only two there. This is sure to be a fun, yet romantic date.
Price Range: $0 – $20
Sometimes it’s fun to just kick back and relax in nature away from all the stress of school. Fill a backpack with plenty of snacks, drinks, and sunscreen and get ready to share a canoe for the day. Plan having the canoe for the entire day so you don’t have to worry about getting back by a certain time and you can just relax and enjoy the peacefulness of it. Just getting away from school and everyone else will make this date memorable.
Price Range: $20 – $40 (all day rental)
There is nothing wrong with a free date, especially in college. Hold hands and gaze at the stars while pondering the meaning of the universe. Just lie out on some blankets and enjoy pointing out different stars and constellations to your date. If the area you live in is not good for star-gazing, find out if there is a planetarium in your area so you can enjoy the stars in a different setting.
Price Range: $0
Night at the Arcade
Most people have a competitive side to them, so go to the arcade and let that side show. Spend the night trying to beat each other in games from your childhood. Compete side by side the entire time and see who can get the most tickets by the end of the night. Don’t be afraid to let your date win every once in a while if you are dominating throughout it. Some places have discounts on weekdays where you can play unlimited or at half-off, so just keep an eye out.
Price Range: $10 – $30