Last year we managed to complete 52 unique dates, which meant every week was something different. Even though we did complete our goal, it may have been too ambitious of a goal. It stressed us both out to find something completely new every week that it became more about the idea than the actual date. This year, we still want to keep things fresh and interesting and not default to a standard dinner and a movie or netflix and chill, but we realized having some repeat dates are perfectly fine too. No need to stress!
We decided to give alphabet dating a shot. Some people go in order from A to Z, but we’re going to give ourselves the freedom to go randomly. There are three choices for each on the image, but we have a ton of ideas below that thanks the Scrabble Dictionary. It only took me two entire days to read through every word in existence. Now I will dominate at Scrabble.
A-Z ALPHABET DATING: Fun Date Ideas from A-Z
Last Updated: July 28, 2018 First Published: Jan 12, 2015
I broke them down into activities and places to have your date since we focus our blog on travel. If you can’t travel there, you can also have a themed night at home.
The examples are also open to interpretation. For example, burgers can be going out to compare your city’s best burgers or staying in and making your own burgers.
Activities: Abroad, Abseil, Acrobatic Classes, Acting Classes, Afternoon Tea, Aerobics, Agate Hunting, Airboat, Airplane, Airport, Airstream, Aliens – Area 51 Road Trip, Alpine, Amazon Wishlist, Amusement Park, Animals, Anime, Apple Picking, Aquarium, Arcade, Archery, Arctic Cruise, Aroma Therapy, Art Gallery, Astrology, Astronomy, Auction, Audio Book, Author Talk or Signing, Auto Race, Aurora, Autobiography, Aviation
Places: Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Acadia NP, Acapulco, Adelaide, Afghanistan, Aizuwakamatsu, Alabama, Alaska, Albania, Albuquerque, Alexandria, Algeria, Alps, Amsterdam, Anaheim, Anchorage, Angola, Ann Arbor, Ankara, Antwerp, Arches NP, Argentina, Arizona, Arkansas, Arlington, Armenia, Aspen, Athens, Atlanta, Auburn, Augusta, Auckland, Austin, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan
Activities: Baby Names, Backpacking, Bagels, Bakery, Bake, Ballet, Balloon Ride, Bamboo Forest, Banana Boat, Band, Bar Crawl, Barista, Barre Class, Basalt Columns, Baseball, Basketball, Bat Flight, Battlefield, Bazaar, BBQ, Beach Day, Bed and Breakfast, Belly Dance, Bender, Benefit, Berry Pick, Bike, Bingo Night, Birding, Bistro, Blimp Ride, Blog, Board Games, Boat Ride, Bodega, Bonfire, Books, Bookstore, Boonies, Botanical Garden, Boulder, Bourbon Trail, Bowling, Boxing, Brail – Teach Yourself, Brasserie, Breakfast, Brewery, Brew Your Own Beer, Broadway, (Boozey) Brunch, Bubble Bath, Bubbly, Bumper Cars, Bungee Jump, Burgers, Burlesque, Burritos, Busk, Buskers
Places: Badlands NP, Bahamas, Bahia Blanca, Bahrain, Bali, Baltimore, Bandung, Bangladesh, Bangkok, Bangalore, Barcelona, Basel, Bath, Batu Pahat, Beijing, Belarus, Belfast, Belgium – Brussels, Benin, Bergen, Berlin, Bern, Big Bend NP, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bishkek, Biscayne NP, Bhutan, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Bogota, Boise, Bolivia, Bordeaux, Bosnia and Herzegovinam, Boston, Botswana, Boulder, Brazil, Brisbane, Bryce Canyon NP, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Buffalo NY, Bulgaria, Burbank, Burkina Faso, Busan, Burundi
Activities: Cabaret, Cafe, Cake, Camel Ride, Camera, Camp, Campervan, Candle Making, Candlelit Dinner, Candy, Canning, Canoe, Canvas, Car, Cards, Carnival, Carousel, Cartoons, Casino, Castle, Casual, Cat Cafe, Cave, Cellar, Cellist, Cemetery, Champagne, Cheap, Cheese, Cheesy, Chef, Chess, Chill, Choose Your Own Adventure, Chopped, Chopper, Christmas Lights, Cigar Bar, Cinema, Circus, Clamming, Classes, Classic Films, Climb, Cloudgazing, Club, Cocktails, Coffee, Date Like You Were in College, Color, Comedy, Concert, Cooking Class, Cook a New Recipe, Corn Maze, Cottage, Couch Potato, Coupon, Cozy, Crabbing, Crafts, Create, Crepes, Cricket, Crossfit, Crossword Puzzle, Cruise, Cuddle, Culture, Cupcakes, Cycling
Places: Cairo, California, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada – Calgary, Canyonlands NP, Cape Verde, Cape Town, Capitol Reef NP, Cardiff, Carlsbad Caverns NP, Casablanca, Cebu City, Central African Republic, Central Park, Chad, Changwon, Channel Islands NP, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chiang Mai, Chicago, Chile, China, Christchurch, Chuncheon, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colombia, Columbia SC, Colorado – Colorado Springs, Columbus, Congaree NP, Congo, Connecticut, Copenhagen, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cozumel, Crater Lake NP, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cuyahoga Valley NP, Cuzco, Cyprus, Czech Republic
Activities: Dance, Dapper, Dare, Darts, Day Trip, Deep Sea Fish, Derby, Desserts Only, Detour, Dirtbike, Disc Golf, Disco, Dim Sum, Diner, Dinner, Dining in the Dark, Dinner Theater, Disney, Dive, DIY Project, DJ, Dodgeball, Dolphin Swim, Dominos, Donate, Donuts, Doodle, Downtown, Drag Show, Drama, Dramedy, Draw, Dream Date, Dream Home, Drinks, Drive, Drive-in Theater, Driving Range, Drum, Duets, Duck Tour
Places: Daejeon, Dakar, Dallas, Damascus, Dar Es Salaam Darwin, Dayton, Death Valley National Park, Delaware, Denali National Park and Preserve, Denmark, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Dhaka, Djibouti, Doha, Dominican Republic, Dongguan, Dortmund, Dresden, Dry Tortugas National Park, Dubai, Dublin, Dunedin, Durham, Dusseldorf
Activities: Early Bird Specials, Eatery, Ebook, Ecotour, Edible, Eight Ball, the Eighties, Elegant, Emmys, Emporium, Escape Room, Estate Sale, Estuary, Evening, Exercise, Exhibit, Extreme, Exotic Eats, Expo
Places: East Timor, Ecuador, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Egypt, El Paso, El Salvador, Elk Grove, Ensenada, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Eugene, Evansville, Everglades National Park
Activities: Face a Fear, Facial, Factory, Fad, Fair, Fancy, Farm, Farmer’s Market, Fashion Show, Feast, Felting, Fencing, Ferris Wheel, Festival, Fiction, Fiesta, the Fifties, Film, Film Festival, Fine Dining, Firepit, Fishing, Fjord, Flea Market, Flight of Beer or Ice Cream or Coffee, Float a River, Flower Fields, Fly, Foam Party, Foliage, Fondue, Food Tour, Football, Forage, Forest, Formal, Fort, Fossils, Freebies, Frisbee, Frugal, Fruit Picking
Places: Fayetteville, Fez / Fes, Fiji, Finland, Florence, Florida – Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, France, Frankfurt, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Fuji
Activities: Gala, Gamble, Game Night, Gaming, Garage Sale, Garden, Geeky, Gelato, Geocache, Geology, Getaway, Geyser, Ghost Tour, Gifts, Glacier Hike, Glamp, Gluten-Free, Go Karts, Goals, Golf, Gondola Ride, Gorge, Gospel Brunch, Gourmet, Graffiti, Grocery, Grub, Guitar Lessons, Gun Range, Gym, Gymnastics, Gyros
Places: Gabon, Galapagos Islands, Gambia, Gates of the Arctic NP, Geneva, Georgia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Giza, Glacier Bay NP, Glacier NP, Gold Coast, Granada, Grand Canyon NP, Grand Rapids, Grand Teton NP, Great Basin NP, Great Sand Dunes NP, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Greece, Green Bay, Guadalajara, Guadeloupe, Guadalupe, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Guangzhou, Guatemala, Guayaquil, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana
Activities: Habitat for Humanity, Haikus, Halal, Hammock, Happy Hour, Harbor, Haunted House, Hayride, Healthy, Helicopter Ride, High Line, High Tea, Highway, Hike, Hobby, Hockey, Holiday Events, Hookah Bar, Horseback Ride, Hot Air Balloon, Hot Springs, Hot Tub, Hotel, Hulu, Humanitarian, Hunt
Places: Ha Long, Haiti, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hanover, Hartford, Havana, Hawaii – Haleakala National Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Honolulu, Helsinki, Himeji, Hiroshima, Ho Chi Minh City, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hot Springs National Park, Houston, Hungary, Hyderabad
Activities: Jacuzzi, Jams, Jam Out, Java, Jazz, Jeep, Jetski, Jewelry, Jigsaw Puzzle, Jog, Jousting, Judo, Juggle, Jungle, Junk Food
Activities: Karaoke, Kayak, Kebabs, Keg, Kinky, Kite Flying, Kite Surfing, Kickbox, Knit
Places: Kandy, Kansas – Kansas City, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Kathmandu, Kazakhstan, Kenai Fjords NP, Kentucky, Kenya, Kings Canyon National Park, Kingston, Kissimmee, Knoxville, Kobuk Valley NP, Krakow, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait – Kuwait City, Kyoto, Kyrgyzstan
Activities: Lagoon, Lake, Lasertag, Leaf Peeping, Learn, Legoland, Leisure, Lessons, Lettering, Library, Lightshow, Limo, Line Dancing, Literary, Live Music, Live Taping, Local Adventure, Lodge, Loom, Lotto, Lounge, Luau, Lunch
Places: Lafayette, Lake Clark NP, Lancaster, Laos, Las Vegas, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Latvia, Lausanne, Lebanon, Leipzig, Leon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lima, Limerick, Lisbon, Lithuania, Liverpool, London, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Louisville, Lucerne, Luxembourg, Luxor, Lyon
Activities: Magic (Castle), Mahjong, Mail, Make, Makeover, Marina, Market, Massage, Masquerade, Meadow, Meal, Medieval Festival, Memoir, Messy, Meteor Shower, Mine, Mini Golf, Mixed Tape, Mixology, Mosaic, Morning, Movies, Mud Run, Murals, Museum, Musical
Places: Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Madison, Madrid, Maine, Malaga, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mammoth Cave NP, Manchester, Manila, Marfa, Marseille, Martinique, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mauritius, Medan, Medellin, Melbourne, Memphis, Mesa Verde National Park, Mexico – Mexico City, Miami, Michigan, Milan, Milwaukee, Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minsk, Mississippi, Missouri, Modena, Moldova, Mongolia, Montana, Montenegro, Montgomery, Montpellier, Montreal, Morocco – Marrakech, Moscow, Mount Rainier National Park, Mozambique, Mumbai, Munich, Myanmar
Places: Nagano, Nagasaki, Nagoya, Nairobi, Namibia, Nanjing, Naples, Nara, Nashville, Nassau, National Park of American Samoa, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Delhi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New Orleans, New York, New Zealand, Newcastle, Newport, Nicaragua, Nice, Niger, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Cascades National Park, North Dakota, North Korea, Norway, Nottingham, Nuremberg
Activities: Obligatory, Observatory, Ocean, Opal Hunting, Opera, Orchard, Ordinary, Origami, Outback, Outdoors, Outing, Oxygen Bar, Oysters
Activities: Paddleboat, PADI, Paella, Pageant, Paint, Pajamas, Palace, Parade, Park, Party, Pasta, Pedicab, Performance, Petting Zoo, Photography, Piano Bar, Piazza, Pickle, Picnic, Piercing, Pinball, Ping Pong, Pinterest Project, Pirate, Pizza, Plane, Planetarium, Plant a Tree, Plateau, Play, Poetry, Pokemon, Poker, Polar Bear Plunge, Poledance, Pontoon, Pool, Popcorn, Popular, Porch, Potluck, Prairie, Pregame, Pub, Pumpkin Patch, Puppet, Putt-Putt, Puzzle
Places: Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Paris, Pennsylvania – Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Perth, Peru, Petrified Forest National Park, Philippines, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Pinnacles National Park, Plano, Poland, Portland, Portugal – Porto, Prague, Provo, Puerto Rico, Punta Arenas
Activities: Quadruple Date, Quarters, Quartz Hunting, Quiet, Quilt, Quirky, Quickie ;), Quiz
Places: Qatar, Qingdao, Quebec City, Queens, Quito
Activities: Race, Racquetball, Railway, Ramen, Ranch, Random Act of Kindness, Rappel, Read, Real Estate, Recipe, Relax, Remodel, Rent, Replica, Repurpose, Reruns, Resort, Retail, Ride, Ring Shop, Riverboat, Road Trip, Roast, Rock Band, Rock Climb, Rocket Launch, Rodeo, Roller Coasters, Roller Skate, Romantic, Rom-Com, Rooftop Bar, Routine or Ritual – switch to your SO’s for the day, Rowboat, Rugby, Ruins, Rum, Run, RV
Places: Rabat, Rajkot, Raleigh, Redwood National Park, Reno, Rhode Island, Richmond, Rio de Janiero, Rochester, Rocky Mountain National Park, Romania, Rome, Rotterdam, Russia, Rwanda, Reunion, Reykjavik
Activities: Safari, Salsa Dance, Samples, Sand Castles, Scavenger Hunt, Scramble, Scrapbook, Scuba Dive, Sea, Seafood, Seventies, Sext, Shooting Range, Shop, Show, Shower, Shuffleboard, Siesta, Sing, Sixties, Skate, Ski, Skinny Dip, Skydive, Skygaze, Skyline, Sled, Snorkeling, Snowboarding, Snuggle, Souffle, Spa, Spinning, Splurge, Stadium, Starbucks, Stargaze, Staycation, Storm Chasing, Street Art, Studio, Summit, Sundaes, Sunrise, Sunset (bonus if it’s sunrise and sunset in one day), Surf, Sushi, Sweets, Swim, Symphony
Places: Saguaro National Park, Saint Petersburg, Salt Lake City, Santiago, Salzburg, San Antonio, San Cristobal, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Sao Paulo, Sapporo, Saudi Arabia, Savannah, Scottsdale, Seattle, Senegal, Seoul, Sequoia National Park, Serbia, Shanghai, Shenandoah National Park, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Bend, South Carolina, South Dakota, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Spokane, Springfield, Sri Lanka, St Louis, St Paul, Strasbourg, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Sydney, Syria
Activities: Tacos, Tailgate, Takeout, Tandem Bikes, Tango, Tapas, Taping, Target, Tasting, Tattoos, Tavern, Tea Tasting, Techno, Technology-Free Date, Teepees, Tennis, Tenting, Tequila, Test Drive, Theater, Theme Park, Themed Night, Therapy, Thrills, Thunderegg, Tidepooling, Tie Dye, Toons, Topless Beach, Tour, Tourist Attractions, Toy Store, Trail, Train, Transit, Travel, Trivia, Trampoline Park, Trapeze, Treat Yo Self, Tree Climbing, Trek, Trendy, Trip, Tropical, Truffle Hunting, Truth or Dare, Tubing, Tunes, TV or Trashy TV, Twenties, Twinning
Places: Tacoma, Taiwan – Taipei, Tajikistan, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tangier, Tanzania, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Thessaloniki, Tianmen, Tijuana, Togo, Tokyo, Toronto, Tucson, Tulsa, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan
Activities: Vacation, Valley, Vampire, Variety Show, Vegan, Vegetarian, Viaduct, Video, View, Viewing, Villa, Vineyard, Vino, Vintage Shops, Violin, Virtual Reality, Voice Lessons, Volcano, Volleyball, Volunteer, Vow Renewal, Voyage
Places: Valencia, Valparaiso, Vancouver, Venezuela, Venice, Vermont, Verona, Victoria, Vienna, Vietnam, Vilnius, Virgin Islands National Park, Virginia, Voyageurs National Park
Activities: Waffles, Walk, Walking Tour, Waltz, Wander, Wanderlust, Water Sports, Waterfall Hike, Wedding, Weekend Getaway, Weird, Western, Whale Watching, Whiskey Tasting, White Water Rafting, Wind Sailing or Surfing, Window Shopping, Wine Tasting, Winery, Wings, Wish List, Whirly Ball, Woods, Woodworking, World Map, Wrestling, Writing
Places: Waco, Warsaw, Washington, Washington DC, Wellington, West Virginia, Western Sahara, Westminster, Wichita Falls, Wind Cave NP, Winnipeg, Wisconsin, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Wonders of the World, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Wuhan, Wuxi, Wuzhen, Wyoming
Activities: Xbox, Xplore, Xhibit, Xtreme Sports
Places: Xalapa, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xinzhou, Xochimilco
Activities: Yacht, Yard Sale, Yellow – Go Out and Photograph Everything Yellow, Yelp a New Restaurant, Yes – Go All Day Saying Yes, Yoga, YouTube, Yurt Camping
No matter how busy or crazy life gets, Jacob and I have been challenging ourselves to make time for our marriage. Would love for you to join us and try it for yourselves this year!
When’s the last time you made dating a priority? Can you think of some more dates starting with the letter E, Q, X, and Z? Those were the tough ones! Would you enjoy a challenge like this?
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ESTHER + JACOB
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 25 travel blogs in the world. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city every year and currently base themselves in NYC.