Your love may not cost a thing, but dates sure do. Don’t worry because we’ll be listing 60 chill date ideas so you won’t break the bank, perhaps learn something new, all while still keeping your romance alive!
We’re going for chill date ideas, folks—and it starts with some actually-easy fun date ideas. They don’t have to be expensive, and they don’t need plenty of energy, either. All you need is a bit of thoughtfulness and pre-planning. Whether you’ve been married for 15 years or this is your first date, you will be able to pick a date idea that is perfect for you and your date. You’ll have a fun time, and your date will love you even more for getting creative, so it’s a win-win situation.
What exactly is a “chill” date?
As we hinted earlier, a chill date doesn’t need a lot of money and energy. The idea of “chill” here can be quite loose, and so long as it’s easy to do and a great way for you two to unwind, then it could be considered a chill date too.
If you’re tired of date clichés like having a fancy dinner out or hitting the bar, we get it—there’s so much out there if you truly take the time to look. Cities have grown in their capacity to offer truly unique experiences, and if you don’t live in a metropolitan area, you can at least recreate some of these chill ideas at home. When you’re trying to get intimate with someone, you may want an experience that feels more natural, like taking a class together or just hanging out.
Many of the chill date ideas we’ll be discussing can take place in silence or give you ample opportunity to discuss what’s going on around you. The ideas here are super simple and affordable, perfect for more laidback couples who want to experience something unique but not spend too much. With these chill date ideas, you’ll get to know your partner even better by sharing new or semi-familiar things.
60 Chill Date Ideas
We’ll be breaking down 60 chill date ideas, ranging from at-home activities to ones you could try outside. These are all super easy and will surely help you have a fun and relaxing time with your partner. So get ready to take some notes and pay attention.
At-Home Chill Date Ideas
If you would like to stay indoors but still enjoy a nice date, here are some of the activities we highly suggest you try:
1Play board games together.
Board games can be a super fun idea for a date night. Get stretching with Twister or see how competitive your love match gets over Monopoly. Or, if you want to make a transition to more naughty plays, you could try playing truth or dare card games.
2Schedule a movie night.
We know we said no more Netflix and chill, but instead of the doom scroll, a well-planned themed movie night (with both of you picking a film earlier on) complete with junk food snacks is a pure cozy pleasure.
3Play video games.
This is something many couples love to do. Make a date night to play some games. One can teach the other, or you can learn a new game together. This shared experience is a great way to boost your intimacy while getting a kick out of wholesome play!
4Sketch portraits of each other.
Draw each other using pencil, watercolor, charcoal or acrylic paints. This is an easy relaxing way to spend time with each other as a couple. It’s fun to get super creative using a medium you don’t often use while depicting the person you love the most.
5Try out some coloring books.
This one is still on the artsy and super relaxed side. It’ll give you lots of time to talk and can be quite soothing. Just make sure it’s something your date will enjoy. It’s great to do indoors, or you can also do it at a park or a coffee shop.
6Write a story together.
This is a date idea that is a little bit short but is still pretty stimulating. Grab a piece of paper. You write two sentences of a story, then pass it to them, then they write two sentences. Then you write two sentences, they write two sentences, and so on. The story gets pretty wild pretty quickly.
7Teach each other something new.
You probably know some things your partner doesn’t, and they probably know how to do something you don’t. Whether teaching the other how to bike or learning a new language, this is the perfect opportunity to teach each other.
8Complete a puzzle together.
This suggestion may sound quite lame, but hear us out. Puzzles are underrated, and they’re way more fun to do with someone else. Try out a tricky puzzle and time yourself to see how quickly you can complete it together. Or you could put together your puzzles and see who finishes theirs first as a fun competition.
9Try out workout videos on YouTube and do them together.
This date idea is surely better if you both are into fitness and working out. It doesn’t work so well if neither of you is into fitness or if only one is. Make sure both of you are into it so both can enjoy a good time.
10Play hotel room.
If your time or budget can’t stretch to a sexy night in a hotel, you can recreate the experience at home. Prepare fresh sheets, a minibar, and a freshly cut set of flowers to get you in the dream vacation mood.
11Watch youtube videos.
Show each other the funniest videos your partner hasn’t watched yet. Or you could get nostalgic and show each other the most fun videos you’ve seen as a teen. Get ready to laugh loud and have a good time!
12Have a karaoke night.
If you don’t have them already, you can have karaoke at home with affordable wireless karaoke mics, or you could also do them outside in private rooms. Everyone’s a star at karaoke, The sappier ballads you can belt out, the better.
13Shoot goofy or artsy videos.
Whether instructional, funny, or whatever, having a common goal or task can be a great way to have a date. Plus, what better than to make goofy videos to put on YouTube or Tiktok. Even if you don’t post the videos publicly, it can be a lot of fun making them together and then looking over them.
14Listen to music together.
Have a chill date night by listening to records or each other’s playlist. Or if you’re looking for romantic and sensual songs to explore, we suggest you try our very own curated playlists in those genres. Get some inspiration by listening to your favorites along with new tunes together and maybe even ask your partner to dance!
15Plan out the perfect vacation.
Planning a special trip can also be a great chill date. This works best if you two share a laptop. Otherwise, you end up both looking at your phones or looking at your separate laptop. Find a destination to visit, choose what you want to do, pick some impressive hotels. You’ll be able to see what they find fun and exciting and maybe get some more date ideas for next time.
16Have a spa night.
Another at-home date idea is having a spa night! Turn your room into a relaxing space filled with scented candles and zen music. You can then spend the night getting the pampering you deserve; don’t forget to prep the massage oils and face masks.
17Paint each other’s nails.
Painting each other’s nails can be an excellent chill date activity because it’s a way of adoring each other with delightful colors and a sweet way of pampering. You can include a whole manicure/pedicure routine to get each other that relaxing spa treatment.
18Do each other’s make-up.
This is probably more for couples looking for creative date ideas. You have to make sure both of you are down for it. But if you do this one, it can lead to some hilarious and perhaps gorgeous results.
19Look for love toys together.
What can be more chill than searching for love toys with your beau? Looking for couple love toys and accessories you can use for wilder plays in the bedroom in the future can be a great way to learn what stimulates you as a couple. Plus, it opens you to more erotic possibilities.
20Have an ice cream and pizza night.
Make or oder your pizza and follow up with some homemade ice cream for a binge-worthy date made in heaven. Binging on some yummy comfort food is always a great chill date idea because you can also have long conversations as you munch.
21Have fun with a sexy scavenger hunt.
Yeah, we may not be kids anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a swelteringly sexy scavenger hunt. From super-steamy email clues to naughty notes stashed under dinner plates, the prize can be lingerie, a sex toy, or some other mysterious delight.
22Treat your partner to a cozy breakfast in bed.
There is nothing more intimate than making a cozy breakfast in bed. Add a flower and gently wake your boo up to a delicious breakfast served in bed.
23Cook a fancy meal together.
Making a meal with your special someone is a splendid way to spend some quality time together. Look into youtube for some new recipes and use some ingredients you don’t normally buy. Preparing a meal and enjoying it afterward makes up for a cozy time to talk and be with each other.
Who wouldn’t love freshly-baked cookies? If you find it daunting to prepare a full dinner, baking cookies is a casual way to spend time together in the kitchen. Plus, you’ll get the perfect opportunity to chat while your treats are in the oven.
25Eat takeout by candlelight.
This can be an extension of the pizza and ice cream date but made fancier with candlelight. If you’re not up to cooking at all, you can always order takeout from your favorite restaurant. Eating this way is a real treat. Give it a try and enjoy a bountiful meal with your partner.
This will let you feel very close and can also be intimidating and make you feel vulnerable. Give it a try, and you may learn more about your partner. Try transcendental meditation for 20 minutes and see where your awareness goes during this intimate activity with your significant other.
There are literal studio spaces you can go to do this, or you can buy a kit online and make them at home. Either way, it’ll make setting the mood much more memorable the next time you *light up.*
28Make life lists.
Make a list of things you’d like to do together and separately, and then share them. This will help you learn and share each other’s goals and help you get some of the plans in the works!
29Take a trip down memory lane.
Take out old photos or family videos, and spend some time reminiscing. This is a great way to learn about each other and appreciate your personal journey.
30Buy or rent an instrument and learn to play it together.
If you both aren’t too musically inclined, this can be fun. If one of you seems to have a knack for it, hey, now there’s a new instrument you can take up! It won’t be hard to find some tutorial videos online, and you can spend as much or as little as you want on the instrument. From a mini harp or harmonica to a violin or tuba, instruments run the gamut of prices.
31Tell each other why you love the other so much.
Most relationships tend to overlook showing appreciation for one another. Like, yeah, of course, we love each other! But, really telling each other those things is a surefire way to express your appreciation for them.
32Build a blanket fort.
Have all your other chill indoor date ideas been rained out? Grab some pillows and blankets and build your fort. String some Christmas lights inside for a little ambiance, then grab a bottle of wine and some snacks and “camp out” in your bedroom!
33Have an at-home wine or beer tasting.
Hold a tasting session at home when you can’t get to a brewery, winery, or distillery. Pick up some bottles you’ve wanted to try, portion them out into tiny glasses. Compare and contrast the flavors. You can even print out details about each drink to share as you sip to up the education factor.
Outdoor Chill Date Ideas
You want to head out, get some fresh air, and have an awesome time with your partner. Check out these chill date ideas you can try outside:
1Go for a walk together.
Going on a chill stroll with your partner is so simple yet so effective. Having a stroll around the block or through a nearby park takes little effort, and moving around allows a conversation to flow more naturally than it would if you two were staring at each other from across a table.
2Enjoy a hike.
This may be a more intense physical activity than walking but hiking in the fresh air under a sunny sky? You just can’t beat it! Be sure to keep track of how far you’ve walked so you aren’t making your date hike 20 miles, or you can hike for less if you’re new to it.
3Cozy up at a coffee shop.
Just like going out for ice cream, getting coffee is much quicker, much more affordable, and far less formal than a dinner date. You could even offer to pay without breaking the bank or making your date feel awkward.
4Give origami a try.
Even if you’ve never tried origami, it’s something you can pick up and start learning. This is also great if you’re more crafty. It’s a lot more fun with some beautiful scenery, like at a cozy coffee shop. So find yourselves someplace nice and fold away.
5Recreate a memorable date.
Think of a favorite date in the past, something that means something special to you as a couple; your first date together, where you first met, where you professed your love, or popped the question. Going back in time with a recreated date will let you appreciate the journey with each other so far.
6Run errands together.
Perhaps you need to pay the bills and do some grocery shopping. These may be simple things, but doing them with your partner can be a great chill type of date too. You can buy each other simple treats like flowers or their favorite ice cream along the way.
7Play badminton in the park.
Badminton sets are very affordable, and they can be a fun way to spend time in the park. Plus, it is just physically challenging enough to be enjoyable but not enough to notice if you have differing levels of physical ability.
8Watch the sunset with a simple picnic.
If you’re looking for romantic yet chill date ideas, go for this one. Prepare a basket filled with each other’s fave snacks, visit the nearest nature trail with your boo, or any open area with a dazzling sunset view. Enjoy the stunning view, peaceful space, your partner on your side, a wide array of delish food— that’s heaven right there.
9Be a tourist in your city.
Roam around your local area like you don’t know what’s going on and try to see your city in a new way. Exploring with your partner can make all familiar things seem new again if you observe with genuine curiosity.
10Try out an easy art project together.
Find items indoors or outdoors and make an art project together. Be it a college or trying your hand at a ceramics class. You could even do a home decorating job and take the time to make it artistic. Look for furniture that can spruce up your space or even make one, like hanging new frames or creating homemade rugs.
11Take photos of each other.
Maybe your social media profile pictures are a bit out of date. You can also do this indoors, but doing a shoot outdoors will allow you more room to get varying shots. Spend an afternoon photographing each other and see where it goes.
12Visit your local market.
Whether it’s a farmer’s market or a bazaar, wandering from booth to booth is a fun way to date, converse with each other and explore. You may even find some food or goodies along the way!
13Buy some kites and fly them.
This should be done when the weather permits, of course. Who doesn’t enjoy flying a kite? This is one of those rom-com ideas, but it’ll be fun. Plus, it makes up for a perfect trip to the park.
14Get to tie-dyeing.
Seventies fashion is having a revival, so it’s the best time for you and your date to jump in on the trend. Pick up a tie-dye kit at your local craft store, set up outside, have a chill creative time, and see who can create the most colorful tee.
15Visit an art gallery.
Whether you’re a true art buff or just a casual browser, an art gallery is a great quiet setting for both of you to gauge each other’s interests and conversational skills. Pick a fun, exciting gallery or photo exhibit that’s not too obscure if you’re anxious about not having enough to talk about.
16Take a dance lesson.
Plenty of dance studios offer affordable, simple dance instructions with time afterward to learn and rehearse your moves. This is a great way to perfect your ballroom, salsa, or disco dance moves together.
17Buy a bunch of seeds, plant them all over in random places, and see what grows over time.
This may sound weird, but it can be a lot of fun visiting new places and secretly or not so secretly planting seeds. It makes you look at your surroundings in a new light. Plus, it’s very cool when you start seeing the plants begin to sprout and bloom.
18Try yoga class together.
Most yoga studios offer free yoga, and it’s fun to go together. See how funny you are with each other in the poses. The worse you are at yoga, the more fun and exciting it will be, making it a memorable activity with your partner.
19Go for a swim at a nearby pool.
Get your float on and have a cozy swim date at a free local pool or hotels that offer deals. This can be a great way to unwind and get your swim game on with your boo.
20Go on a double date.
Take any of these chill date ideas and do that with two more people you know. This is great if you also want to hang out with friends, so the more, the merrier!
Whether it’s a day for tree planting, or walking dogs at the local shelter, finding a volunteer opportunity for your advocacy as a couple is an awesome way to bond and give something back to your community.
22Have a bike ride.
Go for a scenic trail or local park and rent bikes to go exploring. This is the perfect way to dress in your favorite cozy fashion as you pedal, do a spot of snacking along the trail, and generally have a chill, wholesome afternoon.
23Create a time capsule.
This is among those chill date ideas that will be interesting and boring to others, so make sure you are both willing to do it. After you make sure it’s something you are both interested in, get yourselves a waterproof container and fill it with all kinds of interesting stuff. After that, find some random place to bury it.
24Play tour guide and take your partner to your favorite spots.
By becoming a tour guide, you can share some of the sights and places you enjoy and see if they enjoy the same types of things you do. Plus, you are already familiar with the area, so you can show them around and make sure they get the best experience out of it.
25Recreate a field trip you enjoyed as a kid.
We all took field trips as kids, but when have you taken one as an adult? Get in touch with your inner elementary school self and relive an awesome field trip from the past.
26Take a scenic roadtrip with your boo!
If driving around for hours is something that you and your partner enjoy doing, spend a day having a fun roadtrip with your partner. Prep the playlists, order each other’s favorite snacks and see where the car takes you.
27Peruse a bookstore together.
When you’re both bookworms, a day spent browsing at your local bookstore is the ideal place to get you two bonding over your favorite titles. This chill activity also allows you to give each other suggestions on what to read next. Just making sure you’re not getting too lost among the shelves that you forget about your date.
Ultimately, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a truly memorable date. With all these chill date ideas, with trying at least once, you’re surely equipped to have a good time with your significant other. You’re not just having a chill date; you’re also strengthening your relationship as you’re exploring new things with your partner.
So what are you waiting for? List down your favorite chill date ideas for couples from this guide, and have a cozy time!