Date Night Ideas That Cost Nothing

Whether you've been married for years and are looking to keep that spark alive, or you're newly dating and want something fun to do while getting to know each other better, date night doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to make it a time you'll both remember. The point of date night is being together, not trying to impress each other with lavish entertainment. In fact, you'll have better ""us"" time engaging in activities that encourage conversation and togetherness, rather than spending $500 on those front-and-center concert seats where you won't be able to hear each other talking. If you're looking to impress that special someone without breaking the bank, these date night ideas won't cost you a thing.

Couples that Play Together Stay Together

It doesn't matter if it's summer or winter -- if you and your partner are active, turn date night into a play date and head to your local public park. Shoot some hoops, play one-on-one soccer or hit the jungle gym and swings and relish in feeling like kids again. No matter the activity, the fun is free, the parks are usually lit after dark and you just might learn something about your mate as you watch him or her unleash his or her inner child.

Take a Hike

Literally! If it's summer, why not enjoy our extended daylight by lacing up those hiking boots and heading to your nearest nature trail. Many remain free and there's nothing better than spending time with your significant other enjoying all the beauty nature has to offer. Pack a picnic dinner and BYOB - sparkling cider so you don't get into trouble! It's much more romantic enjoying a meal by a trickling stream or roaring waterfall than in a pretentious, pricey restaurant.

Stroll Hand-in-Hand

If you live in the big city far away from hiking trails, don't fret, you can still take a romantic stroll with your beloved. If you live near the beach, walk along the water and then check out the pier; if your city has a popular nighttime city walk, enjoy the vibe together. If either of you has a dog, even better! Hook up its leash and enjoy a leisurely walk to a nearby dog park where you can sit on a bench and talk while the dog romps with its canine companions.

Go Window-Shopping

Window-shopping is a fun no matter how you slice it, and the best part of it is it can apply to any phase in your relationship. For a first date, have fun gawking at the items in your closest novelty-store window; if you're ready to celebrate your umpteenth anniversary, window-shop furniture stores to decorate your dream house. For those in between, who knows? Maybe he will notice you eyeing that engagement ring in the jewelry store window, after all.

Star Gaze

With the cost of movie tickets these days, this type of stargazing does not involve Hollywood. There's nothing more romantic than cuddling with your love underneath a starlit sky, and you can do this anywhere free. Whether you snuggle on your back porch, drive out to the country and lay on the hood of your car, or drive up to ""inspiration point,"" perhaps the best free date-night activity is watching for shooting stars with the one who rockets your blood pressure into the skies.

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