This year, we decided to give alphabet dating a shot.
Last year we managed to complete 52 unique dates. Even though we completed our goal, it may have been too ambitious of a goal.
Coming up with something completely new and unique each week stressed us both out, and it wasn’t fun anymore when it became more about the idea than the actual date.
Continuing forward, we still want to keep things fresh and interesting, so we don’t end up defaulting to a standard dinner and a movie or netflix and chill. But we having some repeat dates are perfectly fine too. No need to stress!
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Last Updated: October 4, 2019. First Published: Jan 12, 2015
Essential Tips for Alphabet Dating
For alphabet dating, 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 checklist below, but we have a ton of ideas thanks the Scrabble Dictionary. It only took me two entire days to read through every word in existence. Now I will dominate at Scrabble!
We broke them down into activities plus some places to visit 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.
A-Z ALPHABET DATING: Fun Date Ideas from A-Z
Activities: Abroad, Abseil, Acrobatic Classes, Acting Classes, Aerobics, Agate Hunting, Airboat, Airplane, Airport, Airstream, and Aliens (Area 51 Road Trip). Alpine, Amazon Wishlist, Amusement Park, Animals, Anime, Aquarium, Arcade, Arctic Cruise, Aroma Therapy, Art Gallery, Astrology, Astronomy, Auction, Audio Book. Author Talk or Signing, Auto Race, Aurora, Autobiography, and Aviation.
Activities: Baby Names, Backpacking, Bagels, Bakery, Bake, Ballet, Balloon Ride, Bamboo Forest, Banana Boat, Band, Bar Crawl, and Barista. Barre Class, Basalt Columns, Baseball, Basketball, Bat Flight, Battlefield, Bazaar, BBQ, Bed and Breakfast, Belly Dance, Bender, and Benefit. Berry Pick, Bike, Bingo Night, Birding, Bistro, Blimp Ride, Blog, Board Games, Boat Ride, Bodega, Bonfire, Books, and Bookstore. Boonies, Botanical Garden, Boulder, Bourbon Trail, Bowling, Boxing, Brail – Teach Yourself, Brasserie, Breakfast, Brew Your Own Beer, (Boozey) Brunch, Bubble Bath, Bubbly, Bumper Cars, Bungee Jump, Burgers, Burlesque, Burritos, Busk, and Buskers.
Places: Badlands NP, Bahamas, Bali, Baltimore, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Belgium, Berlin, Big Bend NP, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Boston, Boulder, Brazil, Bryce Canyon NP, Budapest, Buenos Aires, and Burbank.
Activities: Choose Your Own Adventure, Comedy Club, Crabbing
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, Chopped, Chopper. Christmas Lights, Cigar Bar, Cinema, Circus, Clamming, Classes, Classic Films, Climb, Cloudgazing, Club, Cocktails, Coffee. (Date Like You Were in) College, Color, Concert, Cooking Class, Cook a New Recipe, Corn Maze, Cottage, Couch Potato, Coupon, Cozy, Crafts, Create, Crepes, Cricket, Crossfit, Crossword Puzzle, Cruise, Cuddle, Culture, Cupcakes, and Cycling.
Places: Cairo, California, Cambodia, Canada (Calgary), Canyonlands NP, Cape Town, Capitol Reef NP, Carlsbad Caverns NP, Central Park, Channel Islands NP, Chattanooga, Chicago, Chile, China, Christchurch, Colombia, Columbia SC, Colorado, Congaree NP, Connecticut, Copenhagen, Costa Rica, Crater Lake NP, Croatia, Cuba, Cuzco, and Czech Republic.
Our Top 3: Day Tripping, Desserts, Drive in Theater
Activities: Dance, Dapper, Dare, Darts, Deep Sea Fish, Derby, 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, Driving Range, Drum, Duets, and Duck Tour.
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, and Expo.
Places: Ecuador, Edinburgh, Egypt, El Paso, El Salvador, Ensenada, Ethiopia, Eugene, and Everglades NP.
Activities: Face a Fear, Facial, Factory Tour, Fad, Fair, Fancy, Farm, Farmer’s Market, Fashion Show, Feast, Felting, and 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, and Fruit Picking.
Places: Fez, Fiji, Finland, Florence, Florida – Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, France, Frankfurt, and French Polynesia.
Activities: Gala, Gamble, Game Night, Gaming, Garage Sale, Garden, Geeky, Gelato, Geocache, Geology, Getaway, Geyser, Ghost Tour, and 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, and Gyros.
Places: Galapagos Islands, Gates of the Arctic NP, Geneva, Georgia (state / country), Germany, Glacier Bay NP, Glacier NP, Granada, Grand Canyon NP, Grand Teton NP, Great Basin NP, Great Sand Dunes NP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, and Greece.
Activities: Habitat for Humanity, Haikus, Halal, Hammock, Happy Hour, Harbor, Haunted House, Hayride, Healthy, Helicopter Ride, and High Line. High Tea, Highway, Hike, Hobby, Hockey, Holiday Events, Hookah Bar, Horseback Ride, Hot Air Balloon, Hot Springs, Hot Tub, Hotel, Hulu, Humanitarian, and Hunt.
Activities: Ice Bar, Ice Climbing, Ice Cream, Ice Skating, Ideal Date, Igloo, Ikea, Improv Classes, and Improv Show. Indie Band, Indoor, Indoor Swimming, Inspiration Board, Island Getaway, and Italian Themed.
Activities: Lagoon, Lake, Lasertag, Leaf Peeping, Learn, Legoland, Leisure, Lessons, Lettering, Library, Lightshow, Limo, Line Dancing, and Literary. Live Music, Live Taping, Local Adventure, Lodge, Loom, Lotto, Lounge, Luau, and Lunch.
Activities: Magic Show (or Magic Castle), Mahjong, Mail, Make, Makeover, Marina, Market, Massage, Masquerade, Meadow, Meal, and Medieval Festival. Memoir, Messy, Meteor Shower, Mine, Mini Golf, Mixed Tape, Mixology, Mosaic, Morning, Movies, Mud Run, Murals, Museum, and Musical.
Places: Madrid, Maine, Manchester, Marfa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Melbourne, Memphis, Mesa Verde National Park, Mexico (Mexico City), Miami, Milan, Minnesota (Minneapolis), Missouri, Montana, Montreal, Morocco (Marrakech), Moscow, and Mount Rainier NP.
Activities: Paddleboat, PADI, Paella, Pageant, Paint, Pajamas, Palace, Parade, Park, Party, Pasta, Pedicab, Performance, Petting Zoo, and Photography. Piano Bar, Piazza, Pickle, Picnic, Piercing, Pinball, Ping Pong, Pinterest Project, Pirate, Pizza, Plane, Planetarium, and 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, and Puzzle.
Activities: Race, Racquetball, Railway, Ramen, Ranch, Random Act of Kindness, Rappel, Read, Real Estate, Recipe, Relax, Remodel, and Rent. Replica, Repurpose, Reruns, Resort, Retail, Reunion, Ride, Ring Shop, Riverboat, Road Trip, Roast, Rock Band, Rock Climb, and 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, and RV.
Places: Redwood National Park, Reno, Rhode Island, Rio de Janiero, Rocky Mountain National Park, Romania, Rome, Russia, and 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, and Symphony.
Places: Saguaro NP, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Saudi Arabia, Savannah, Seattle, Sequoia NP, Shanghai, Shenandoah NP, Singapore, South Africa, South Carolina, South Dakota, South Korea (Seoul), Spain, and Switzerland.
Activities: Tacos, Tailgate, Takeout, Tandem Bikes, Tango, Tapas, Taping, Target, Tasting, Tattoos, Tavern, Tea Tasting, and Techno. Technology-Free Date, Teepees, Tennis, Tenting, Tequila, Test Drive, Theater, Theme Park, Themed Night, Therapy, Thrills, Thunderegg, and Tidepooling. Tie Dye, Toons, Topless Beach, Tour, Tourist Attractions, Toy Store, Trail, Train, Transit, Travel, Trivia, Trampoline Park, and Trapeze. Treat Yo Self, Tree Climbing, Trek, Trendy, Trip, Tropical, Truffle Hunting, Truth or Dare, Tubing, Tunes, TV or Trashy TV, Twenties, and Twinning.
Activities: Vacation, Valley, Vampire, Variety Show, Vegan, Vegetarian, Viaduct, Video, View, Viewing, Villa, Vineyard, Vino, Vintage Shops, and Violin. Virtual Reality, Voice Lessons, Volcano, Volleyball, Volunteer, Vow Renewal, Voyage
Places: Valencia, Vancouver, Venezuela, Venice, Vermont, Verona, Victoria, Vienna, Vietnam, Virgin Islands National Park, Virginia, and Voyageurs National Park.
Activities: Waffles, Walk, Walking Tour, Waltz, Wander, Wanderlust, Water Sports, Waterfall Hike, Wedding, Weekend Getaway, Weird, Western, and 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, and Writing.
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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 in alphabet dating this year!
When’s the last time you made dating a priority, and 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 and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.