If you’ve been with your partner a while, it can be hard to come up with exciting date ideas. Maybe you’re stuck in a dinner-and-a-movie rut — if you’re making time to “date” at all — or perhaps you’re so active that you’ve already done everything. Or so you think. Relight the fire in your hearts by spending quality time with that ol’ gayngsta you call boo with these full-of-fun, new-to-you date nights.
1. Group Pedacycle
Traditionally a pedacycle refers to any motorized bike, like a moped, but more and more places, like Salt Lake Party Bike, are introducing pedacycles built to hold upwards of 15 riders who hop on board to jointly mobilize the vehicle with only their burning leg power. This isn’t just a trip around the block, either. Most of these rides have a purpose, like a food or booze tour of an area to get you good and snockered. Great as a just-you-two date if you like meeting other couples, or get your whole squad together for this tipsy cardio workout.
Once a month you’ll receive a box in the mail (based on your likes and dislikes determined through a preliminary personality test) that contains the makings of a memorable date designed to rekindle the romance. Could be a date night in with curated activities and snacks or you might venture out to explore never-before-visited places in familiar territory. Choose from four options — Serious, Steady, Flirting, and Digital Only — that range in price from about $33 down to $8 per month. Datebox is a monthly subscription that renews automatically, but you can cancel at any time with no penalty.
3. Hatchet Throwing
Stressed out? Hurtle your aggression across a room with an ax! Joints like Social Axe Throwing in Salt Lake (but popping up in more locations across the country) arm you with a sharpened weapon to aim toward a target that awards points for where the hatchet lands on the board. Love it enough and you could make it a weekly event by joining a league. Beats boring ol’ bowling.
4. VR Experience
Virtual reality for public consumption has been around for a few decades, but it’s become quite sophisticated in the past few years, so much so that facilities dedicated to the experience, like Virtualities in Gateway, are now opening. There are more than 20 games from which to choose at many locations that allow you to explore mountain ranges, venture into space, and become a soldier in fully immersive scenarios that give players an hour in a variety of games for about $25 per person.
5. Fun with Science
You’ll get a hands-on education during a visit to a science center. Places like The Leonardo or Clark Planetarium offer plenty of interactive activities to do with your partner, like kissing underneath the stars in a planetarium, making paper airplanes, petting stingrays and studying the human body. Consider the last one a refresher course.
6. Make-and-Take Activities
Huge fan of make-and-take activities over here, and I’m always looking for the next best to-dos. Recently my boyfriend and I participated in Plant Nite — an offshoot of the very popular sip-and-stroke Paint Nites — where we designed our own succulent terrariums. We’ve also rolled up our sleeves to make candles, blow glass and create DIY projects in the free workshops offered by Home Depot.
7. Fitness Challenges
My guy and I participate in the Rugged Maniac race every summer — it’s a great workout with a lot of teamwork and even more laughs — and we sign up for other fitness challenges when we’re feeling competitive, like the Utah Undie Run, a pantless party. That’s reason enough for us.
8. Period Dress for a Road Trip in a Classic Car
Get dressed like you’re going to a sock hop, rent a ’57 Chevy, and roll into an unexplored town like you just drove through a hole in the space-time continuum. You’ll turn a few heads for sure.
9. Campy Camping
Upscale camping becomes even more accessible thanks to companies like Conestoga Ranch at Bear Lake, which helps wanderlusters find the beyond-cool accommodations they never knew they wanted. There’s also the hippy-owned Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah where you can stay in a true pioneer cabin or a converted hippie school bus and soak in the hot springs. If you prefer a little more luxury and filth in your vacay, check into Club Getaway’s Camp John Waters (there’s currently a waitlist), offering a weekend in the woods of Kent, Connecticut with everyone’s favorite pencil-’stached homo-con and featuring activities like Hairspray karaoke, burlesque lessons, a JW film marathon, and a one-man show from Mr. Counter Culture himself.
Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. He lives with his dog Jaxon. Connect with Mikey on Twitter @mikeyrox.