Here are some cute date ideas for teenage couples. If you’re a little short on cash, don’t worry, because I tried to focus mostly on cheap date ideas for teens (but some of these will cost a bit of money, too.)
Whether it’s a first date, or you’ve been seeing someone for a while and you’re looking for some new ideas of things to do instead of just staying in all the time, here are some cute date ideas for teens divided into a few different categories.
Cheap Date Ideas for Teens
Let’s start with some cheap date ideas, where it’ll cost a few bucks each at most. If your partner expects you to take them to fancy dinners and expensive dates all the time, they might be using you.
Especially during the teenage years, when you’re in school and maybe working a part-time job at best, there’s nothing wrong with going on an inexpensive date so here are some great ideas. It’s about who you’re with, not how much you’re spending.
Going for a Walk
Going for a walk is the ultimate cheap date idea for teenagers because it’s free. You could always grab a pop or an ice cream, or a snack along the way, but you can also go for a walk for absolutely zero dollars.
You could just go for a walk up and down the blocks nearby, or you could find a nice park to walk through. Either way, going for a walk is a great date because it’s a good time to put the phones away, to do something physical that will put you in a good mood, it’s calm and relaxing, and it’s conducive to having good conversations.
Going for a Drive Around Town
If you already have a car and some gas, this is basically a free date idea. You can drive around for an hour or so without burning a ton of gasoline. Maybe you could show your date some areas around town that are significant to you, or ask them if they have any favorite places to visit?
Going for a Country Drive
If you don’t want to drive around your city or town, you can always head out on the nearest highest highway and take a drive through the country, depending on what the area is like nearby where you live.
Even if you don’t have one of the best cars for teenagers in the world, that’s okay – having a vehicle to get you around to different places makes the whole dating thing quite a bit more convenient. Even if you don’t have a car yet or aren’t interested in ever having one, that’s fine too, there are plenty of other date ideas.
First Date Ideas for Teens
A first date can be nerve-wracking and stressful, leaving your stomach filled with butterflies. But don’t worry, it can also be a lot of fun and can be the start of something very special! Here are some first-date ideas for teens that aren’t too over the top or formal, since it’s all about just having a nice time and getting to know someone a little better.
AVOID Going to the Movies
Going to a movie for a first date can be kind of awkawrd unless you already know the person and you’re comfortable with them, for example if you’ve been friends for a while before deciding to go on a real date.
You’re just sitting there silent at a movie, and you haven’t had a lot of time to talk or get to know them yet or to read for any signals, so you can end up sitting there unsure if you should try to hold their hand or cuddle, and if some of the people on the date is uncomfortable with this type of advance, they don’t really have anywhere to go, and it can be kind of hard to communicate discomfort when you’re in a noisy, dark theater surrounded by other people.
Going to a movie just isn’t great for a first date, maybe save it for date number two or three. If you grab a bite before the movie and have a chance to judge the chemistry a bit more, that can be a different story, but you should usually just about movies as first date ideas for teens.
Best First Date for Teens: Something You Both Enjoy!
Presumably as you’ve gotten to know this person a bit, you have some common interests, right? Or something that one of you is interested in, that the other is curious about?
Maybe you love art, or you know some of the best walking paths in town, or your date partner loves to go fishing? Whatever the case may be, rather than trying to do a “paint by numbers” for your first date idea, why not come up with something that’ll be special for both of you?
Don’t get to caught up in the details of your first date, either. There’s already enough pressure and anxiety over a first date, so the best thing you can do (for most people) is just try to keep it relatively simple, fun, and laid back. Find an activity that will give both of you a chance to feel comfortable and in your element, at one point or another throughout the length of the date.
First Date: Studying Together
If you have a class with someone, then getting together to study outside of school can be a fun time, and a very casual date, if there’s a mutual interest. I’m just including this one because it’s such a common trope in movies or TV shows, but it requires a bit of careful navigation.
Just calling something a “study date” doesn’t mean that both people will see it as a date. It’s entirely possible that if you invite someone for a study date, that they may not realize that you have a romantic interest in them, they could simply interpret it as studying together as peers.
This could lead to an uncomfortable situation if you aren’t upfront in your communication, like saying “Hey, I have a crush on you and we have some homework due soon, would you like to work on it together and get to know each other a little better?” This is a lot less ambiguous than saying something like “Hey, wanna study together?”
Stay at Home Date Ideas
Stay at Home Game Night Date
If you enjoy board games, video games, or some other type of game, then a game night can be an awesome free date. If you’re doing this as a date, you should probably put in a little extra effort to make some snacks or to set an ambiance. This is a casual date, but if you’re both into gaming, then it can be a blast.
Dinner and a Movie at Home: One Of The Classic Date Night Ideas for Teens
A good stay at home date for teens is for one of you (or both of you together) to try to cook the other’s favorite dinner and then enjoy it while watching a movie, or having a marathon of movies and falling asleep together on the couch.
This is a pretty easy date. You can even just get some snacks and hors d’eurves if you don’t feel like cooking. Ordering food is always an option, too, but there’s something special about a home cooked meal, even if it doesn’t turn out perfect, it can be a lot more memorable and really cute. This is truly one of the most classic date night ideas for teens. Here are some dinner recipes for two to help you come up with ideas of what to cook.
Fun Date Ideas for Teenage Couples
A Scavenger Hunt for Teenagers
A scavenger hunt is a really fun way to spend some time. You can do a scavenger hunt with just your partner, and making a special scavenger hunt is an amazing way to show that you care.
You can make it romantic and fun, where some of the clues and answers could even be hidden in places that are significant to your relationship, like the first place you met, the first place you kissed, and so on and so forth. You can re-visit the locations of previous dates, and the effort to make a scavenger hunt will earn you some serious points.
A Mini Golf Date for Teenagers
Mini golf is a lot of fun. It’s a game of skill, but nobody really gets too upset if they aren’t doing well, because it’s not the most serious or competitive game. Anyone could get a lucky bounce and a hole in one, or end up going +5 on a hole. Either way,
Playing in the Snow: Winter Date Ideas for Teenage Couples
Building a snow fort where you’ll have a bit of privacy, or making a snowman, or making snow angles, having a campfire in the winter, or even just going for a walk in your boots or snowshoes…
These are all great winter date ideas for teenage couples who don’t mind getting a little chilly in the name of having a nice time outside together.
More Date Ideas for Teenagers
Can you think of any more date ideas for teenagers that should be on this list? Maybe think of some of your own dates, and the ones that meant the most to you or where you had the most fun.
I hope that some of these cute date ideas for teens inspire you to have some fun and wholesome times with somebody you care about, since these are all great ways to get to know one another better.