Date Night: 25 Kickass, Nerdy, and Fit Date Ideas

Date night!

Maybe you used 20 seconds of courage and talked to a stranger. Maybe you got introduced to a friend of a friend and you’re ready to hang out with them. Or maybe somebody is babysitting the kids and you got a night alone with your wife/husband/self aware operating system.

Awesome!

After all, many people are here on Nerd Fitness because they want to look better and feel better about themselves, and hopefully find that special someone.

I love it.

Regardless of whether it’s your FIRST date, or the 1,000th date with your spouse of 20+ years, here are some options for fun dates that don’t involve drinking and dinner, or sitting on your ass in a movie theater. Of course, there is a time and place for those dates as well, but at Nerd Fitness we felt our role was to give you nerdy and fit date ideas so everybody wins. Or, in Michael Scott’s opinion: win win win.

Here are 25 kickass date ideas that are nerdy, fit, and sure to introduce something different into your life. We’ve ranked each date idea on a scale from 1-3 on nerdiness, fit factor, and cost.

The more $, the more expensive.
The more ▲, the nerdier.
The more ♥, the more the activity contributes to your fitness and health.

Swing dance lessons

swing dance

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥

I promise that learning to swing dance is a lot easier than it looks. When we hosted swing dancing lessons for the Level Up Your Life book tour, everyone overcame initial hesitations quickly and had a TON of fun!

Rock climbing

Rock Climbing

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲▲ (You’re “solving” problems!)
Fit:     ♥♥♥

Head to a rock climbing gym and give both bouldering (climbing at lower heights without rope) and top rope a try (using rope to climb higher walls). There are usually routes at a wide variety of skill levels, so just like we preach – there’s always something for you to tackle and master next.

AcroYoga

acro_yoga

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥♥

I just did this one last week and it was really interesting (fun fact, this is also a GREAT place to meet somebody if you’re single!).

Walk in the park

couple park
Cost:  $

Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥

Buy an iced coffee (black) or tea (black or green) and go for a walk through your park. You can stop on various benches and discuss things.

Rent bikes and ride together – please wear a helmet!

sunset
Cost:  $

Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥

Tossing a frisbee casually in the park

frisbee Cost:  $
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥

Put together a picnic or go for a walk afterwards!

Take a cooking class together

cooking class

Cost:  $$$ 
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥♥ (Nutrition is 90% of the battle!)

While cooking classes can be expensive, they can impart valuable skills that you can carry with you for the rest of your life! Plus, they are an awesome bonding experience.

Ice Skating 

iceskating

Cost:  $
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥

This classic romantic date has fitness built right into it!

Ping pong

pingpong

Cost:  $
Nerd: ▲▲
Fit:     ♥♥

You may not be as good as these guys, but ping pong makes for some simple, easy fun!

Live Action Roleplaying

LARP

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲▲▲
Fit:     ♥♥♥

LARPing has it all. Depending on what gear you already have, it can also be incredibly cheap (especially once you have what you need).

Frisbee Golf 

discgolf

Cost:  $
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥

Find an existing course or set up your own on the fly!

Hit golf balls at the driving range

golf

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥

This low key activity gets you out and doing something, while giving you an opportunity to easily chat up your date!

Laser Tag

laser tag

Cost:  $
Nerd: ▲▲▲
Fit:     ♥ ♥

There’s never been a better bonding experience than dominating the kids at your laser tag arena with your date. It worked for Barney.

Mini-golf

mini golf

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲▲
Fit:     ♥ 

Another classic that gets you out and about while strategizing like a nerd how best to miss the windmill while making it over the waterfall.

Improv class

improv

Literally make your date up as you go along; it’s a great experience to bond over!

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲▲▲
Fit:     ♥ 

Home cooked meal together 

cooking

Cost:  $
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥♥ 

It’s cheap, it’s impressive, and there’s something about working with food together that is always a great time.

Geocaching mission 

geocaching

Cost:  $
Nerd: ▲▲▲
Fit:     ♥♥

Think of Geocaching like a real world version of National Treasure: you’re on a real life treasure hunt, set up by other people.

Do an informal (or formal, if you’ve got one) walking tour of your town. Ghost tours and historical.

citywalk

Cost:  $
Nerd: ▲▲
Fit:     ♥♥ 

It’s easy, creates a great conversation opportunity, and is incredibly cheap!

Survival course/5k/color run/charity walk

race

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲▲
Fit:     ♥♥♥

Do it in a costume for bonus points!

Group painting class, or a drink ‘n’ draw session 

painting

Cost:  $ 
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥

It doesn’t matter if you’re not very artistic; in fact, it can be part of the fun!

Walk around or explore a Planetarium/Science Center/Museum 

beakers

Cost:  $ 
Nerd: ▲▲▲
Fit:     ♥

If you find a fellow science/space nerd, this is an incredible date. There’s nothing more romantic than nerding out about our amazing universe.

Hiking and picnic

hike

Cost:  $ 
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥♥

Your hike can be as long or as short as you need it to be. Prepare a picnic for bonus points!

Driving range, batting cage, firing range, or archery: 

archery

Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲-▲▲
Fit:     ♥-♥♥

Learning or simply doing a skill based activity makes for great discussion and connection. Revel in how much better one of you is than the other, or how you both suck!

Stand-up paddleboarding 

paddling
Cost:  $$
Nerd: ▲
Fit:     ♥♥

It’s a lot of fun and a great workout!

That’s our best shot at 25 nerdy, fit dates.

Romantic nerds out there, what ideas did we miss?

-Steve

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photo source: date night, improv, laser tag, geocaching, LARP, swing, acro, rockclimbing

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  • Jozette

    My husband and I are doing some craft coffee and beer tours or classes in the upcoming weekends. The cool thing is that you can learn about how your favorite beverages are made and see different examples of it. Sometimes you even get to try your hand at making things yourself! My husband has gotten super into craft coffee and scientifically tracks the metrics of different beans he roasts and cups he makes. It has definitely sparked a nerdy passion in him!

  • DeahH

    Wow, I love these ideas and I’m proud to say that we have actually done a few! I just texted my husband a note to pick up a frisbee before our vacation next week so we can toss it around on days when we’re just hanging out at a beach or a park. Fun!

  • drone88008

    I know it’s probably a stock photo, but there are SO many things wrong with the archery picture it’s not even funny. Hope he didn’t injure his ear or finger.

  • Lucius Exitius

    Disc golf is awesome, its usually free outside of the discs and most of them are basically hiking trails!

  • Hinermad

    My fiancee and I only get together about once a month, but there’s a wonderful wine region in between us so we’ve done a lot of winery tours and tastings. It’s a nice way to learn what your partner likes, so gift giving is just a little bit easier.

    We like going to yard sales and flea markets too. Even if neither of us is looking for a particular item it’s fun to see what people have collected over the years and what they think it’s worth.

    We had one memorable moment in a little second-hand shop last year. My fiancee asked the shopkeeper if she could use the washroom, and was directed upstairs. While she climbed the stairs the shopkeeper chuckled, and quietly pointed out to me a jar on a shelf. It was specially designed for just such emergencies when it was too dark and cold to walk to the outhouse.

  • Dannielle Levan

    I’m looking at doing an acro-balance class with my husband at the local circus school. We also like to find new parks and explore them, see how much wildlife we can find!

  • Michael Kirkey

    From a western approach, but there are several Asian styles that use a thumb-draw and align the arrow on the far side of the bow. Can’t say it’s perfect form for any style, but many of the errors you see may not actually be errors.

  • Christina

    My spouse once arranged a running tour date for us. He picked out interesting sculptures/points of interest and a casual restaurant, and we ran from one to the next, each one a surprise to me. It was really sweet.

    A date I want to do is an alt-transit date where multiple forms of alternative transportation (including possibly walking, cycling, bus, train, kayak, roller blades, trolley, unicycle, ferry, hot air balloon! etc) are used to go to a few points of interest, say a museum, then a restaurant, then a bar. Having metro and bike share make it easy to do one way trips, but I haven’t figured out how to deal with the kayak….

  • YoAdrian

    Hitting (HA) the batting cages is also a good option. Our town has a batting cages/go carts/mini golf/bumper boats/magical childhood fantasy dreamland.

  • simon

    I thought it was just me but i count 24? Come ONNNN! ;P

  • Nelson Maldonado

    I’ve always been curious about LARPing but not as a participant. Is watching allowed?

  • AHP

    I can vouch for the Science Museum date. I met my husband there and we still go regularly. There is a big park near the museum, too, for more walking. We also walk from our house to a local health food/bar.

  • Katie Berryhill

    Couldn’t help but smile at the science museum suggestion. My husband and I went to a science museum on our first date, and we spent our honeymoon in Washington, DC visiting various Smithsonian museums. 🙂

  • Shay Hinskens

    Here in my town, you can definitely watch. People that don’t want to be involved in combat wear an orange scarf (photographers, players, nonplayers… for many different reasons), so you can safely follow along and watch without getting attacked. Sometimes there are rules about what you can wear, but it will depend on your local group. Lots of fun!

  • HollieG

    Here in the UK my husband and I visit historic houses. They usually have large gardens/ grounds so you do a heck of a lot of walking. Some have traditional games to play, like croquet or hoops. Get the right day and you can experience sword fighting and other activities. Always finish the day with a proper cup of tea.

  • Rebecca

    Similar to the museum, but usually outdoors: visit a medieval/renaissance fair. I do that a lot during summer and like to dress up accordingly. It’s not as intense as LARP (as a visitor; around here, the participants/exhibitors usually camp and live like in the old days for the weekend which I find cool, but dislike camping in general 😉 ), yet I can escape into a different world for a few hours.

  • Andy1118

    The hubby and I are planning on going to the gun range tomorrow while my parents have the kids. Bringing the minions along tends to be frowned upon…

  • http://alphajon.com/ Jon

    A walk in the park and ping pong are my go to activities. It works for me!

  • PositiveBlue

    Most LARPs allow spectators but it may be event dependent (I met my husband while LARPing). There are a number of different communities too, so there may be different rules for each. In our LARP, tournaments were good for spectators but the weekend long questing events, probably not the best (though help in the “tavern” was always welcome).

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  • http://www.datingjungle.org/ Frank Von Majik

    Absolutely! Sometimes a night in is a great and relaxing date night. 🙂 In terms of games, have you ever tried Gloom? Pretty fitting for two people, but can also fit more for when you have friends over (but everyone needs to have a bit of a morbid sense of humor).
    DatingJungle