Ultimate Date Night

Ultimate Date Night
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 05, 2009

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The President and First Lady just celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary by enjoying a romantic, quiet (and affordable!) dinner out on the town. Following their example, we’ve rounded up both creative and cost-conscious date ideas that are ideal for couples who just started dating to those who have been married for decades.

Enjoy and you’re welcome!

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Don’t let the kids have all the fun. Have some belly laughs at your local zoo, aquarium, amusement park and circus. And promise not to tell, if your guy screams.

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Have you and your honey been fantasizing about a trip to Capri but not able to afford the Mediterranean excursion just yet? Well, check out an Italian film (foreign film with subtitles can be super-sexy) and then grab a meal at your fave Italian restaurant afterward. You can even try “visiting” a different exotic locale every month.

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Don’t let the cold temps stop you from pulling out the straw basket and checkerboard tablecloth for a good old fashioned picnic in your den or living room…It just might lead to the bedroom!

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Get cultured with your beau at a local museum or art gallery. You can bond and learn at the same time. Most museums in major cities even host events once a month like the First Saturdays social gathering at New York’s Brooklyn Museum, which is a popular venue for couples and singles alike.

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Make learning sexy as you and the beau tackle a class together. Get your hands dirty with a pottery class or cooking class. Or find your funny bone with a improv comedy lesson.

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It’s a blessing to find someone special. Give honor to the Most High with a soulful gospel brunch and enjoy the company of the gentleman placed in your path.

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Strengthen your bond along with your abs with a couple’s workout. You’ll push yourself for one more rep with such a handsome guy to spot you. Unwind with fruit smoothies after breaking a sweat.

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Let your adventurous side out for some action with horseback riding. And if you’re too chicken or can’t find riding available in your area, try a romantic horse and carriage ride.

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Skip the latest romantic comedy and enjoy the local talent your city has to offer at an amateur theater (where Tyler Perry and many of our favorite playwrights got their start). Tickets are budget friendly and you’ll have plenty to discuss once the curtains close.

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Explore the town in your favorite pair of non-car wheels. Break out your old bike or rent skates or roller blades to get around.

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We know men don’t like to shop with us, but we’re sure he’ll love this mall adventure. Present your guy with a gift card to your favorite lingerie shop. Tell him he gets to choose what he wants to see you in. Strut your stuff as you model the options.

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You may not like to watch them, but experiencing a live sporting event is a good time for two. Spice up the game by agreeing to kiss on every first down or when the home team scores. Everybody wins!

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Since eating is a requisite for living, why not make it fun whenever possible? Create a theme night by cooking food indicative of a place that holds special memories for you (Relive the memories of your honeymoon in Hawaii!) or a time period you both love (Think back to the Harlem Renaissance!) and play music that evokes related memories while you and your sweetie savor your meal together.

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Consider helping out at a local soup kitchen or pitching in to build houses for Habitat for Humanity together on a Saturday afternoon. We guarantee your man will look even sexier to you after you watch him perform such selfless acts.

Tell us, what is your favorite out-the-box-date activity and why?