Getting Creative with Date Night: Part Two
A few weeks back, I started a series about spicing up date night. Because you see, I’m a big believer in date night. Whether you are just getting to know each other, or you’ve been together for 15 years, we all need dates that encourage connection with our partner in crime. And sometimes, finding that connection is all about doing something new and fun with each other.
That means getting away from the standard dinner and a movie date, and doing something just a little bit different.
My next creative date night idea for you isn’t all that crazy when you think about it. It’s something you probably do every now and again with your friends anyway; or maybe something you used to do, but haven’t in a while.
That’s half the fun: tapping back into some of the joys of your youth.
What am I talking about? Well, I’m suggesting you take this date on two wheels: a bike ride along the coast.
I mean, we live in San Diego. Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of our gorgeous weather (and even more gorgeous scenery) on a date? Why hole yourselves up inside a cold, crowded theater, when you could be out breathing in the fresh air, getting your heart rate up, and laughing as you speed along?
You don’t even have to have bikes of your own (though, if you don’t already have them, you may want to get them after this date!) There are bikes for rent just about everywhere in San Diego. You can even find them along the boardwalk, just lined up and waiting for your credit card to confirm the rental. So for a first date, you could totally pretend the bike riding is completely spontaneous. Say you want to head down to the beach for a walk, and then commandeer some bikes as soon as you happen upon them. There is something about just going with the flow on a date that can be even more fun—jumping into the next new adventure, whatever it may be.
The beauty of a bike ride is that you can explore a bit together, and there isn’t the same pressure to sit and stare deeply into each others eyes while engaging in intense conversation that might exist if you were to head straight to dinner. Instead, you can laugh, race each other, and weave in and out of various obstacles.
Always making sure you’re somewhere serene for sunset, of course.
When you’ve had enough of the bikes, you can stop in for happy hour somewhere along mission bay or the boardwalk. Getting some drinks and appetizers out on a patio deck is the perfect way to cap off a fun and athletic date night.
The best part is, you can make this date as leisurely or athletically grueling as you want. If you both like a challenge, decent mountain biking can be found within 15 to 20 minutes of just about anywhere in town. And if neither of you really want to work up a sweat, hitting up the boardwalk and taking your time is totally the way to go.
That’s kind of the point: there are no set rules with a date like this. You don’t have to pay attention to the time, worrying about making your movie or dinner reservations, and you don’t have to stick to any specific plan. You can maintain the spontaneity of, “let’s just see where the night takes us,” throughout the date.
Which almost always makes for the best date nights.