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Alphabet Dating Ideas – Creative Date Night Ideas from A-Z

Have you heard of Alphabet Dating? We have tons of ideas to help you on date nights.

This year, we decided to give alphabet dating a shot. Last year, we completed 52 unique dates, which I’ll admit was too ambitious.

To clarify, coming up with something completely new and unique each week stressed us out, and it wasn’t fun when it became more about the idea than the actual date.

This time, we still want to keep things fresh and exciting. Most importantly, we don’t end up defaulting to a standard dinner and a movie, but we realized having repeat dates is perfectly fine, too, as long as you don’t feel stuck in a rut. No need to stress!

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Last Updated: November 29, 2023

A-Z Alphabet Dating: Fun Date Ideas from A to Z

Generally, people go in order from A to Z for the alphabet dating challenge. Since that will create more stress for us, we’re giving ourselves the freedom to go randomly. 

We came up with a ton of ideas thanks to the Scrabble Dictionary, and it only took me two days to read through every word in existence. Now, I will dominate at Scrabble!

After that, we broke them down into activities plus some places to visit since we focus our blog on travel. However, if you can’t travel, you can create a themed night at home.

The alphabet dating examples are all open to interpretation. For instance, burgers can be going out to compare your city’s best burgers, staying in and making burgers together, or simply eating at your favorite burger joint.

A Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Afternoon Tea, Apple PickingArchery

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.

Places: Acadia NPAlaskaAlbuquerque, Amsterdam, Anaheim, Arches NP, Argentina, Arizona, Asheville NC, Aspen, Astoria ORAthensAtlantaAustin, Australia, and Austria.

See More: 101 Things to Do in Austin Texas

B Date Ideas

Our Top 3: BeachBrewery TourBroadway

Activities: Baby Names, Backpacking, Bagels, Bakery, Bake, Ballet, Balloon Ride, Bamboo Forest, Banana Boat, Band, Bar Crawl, and BaristaBarre Class, Basalt Columns, Baseball, Basketball, Bat Flight, Battlefield, Bazaar, BBQ, Bed and Breakfast, Belly Dance, Bender, and Benefit. Berry Pick, Bike, Binge, Bingo, Birding, Bistro, Blimp Ride, Blog, Board Games, Boat Ride, Bodega, Bonfire, Books, and Bookstore. Boonies, Botanical Garden, Bouldering, Bourbon Trail, Bowling, Boxing, Brail – Teach Yourself, Brasserie, Breakfast, Brew Beer, Brewery, (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, Biloxi MS, Bishop CA,  Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Boston, Boulder, Brazil, Bryce Canyon NP, Budapest, Buenos Aires, and Burbank.

See More: Your Guide to the Best Broadway Shows in NYC

C Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Choose Your Own Adventure, CoffeeCrabbing

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, Climbing, 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, Carson Valley NVCentral ParkChannel Islands NPCharlestonChattanooga TN , Chicago, ChileChinaChristchurch, Colombia, Columbia SCColumbus OHColoradoCongaree NP, Connecticut, Copenhagen, Costa Rica, Crater Lake NP, Croatia, Cuba, Cuzco, and Czech Republic.

See More: How to Go Crabbing on the Oregon Coast


D Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Day TrippingDIY Project, 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 TheaterDisneyDiveDIY 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.

Places: Death Valley NP, Delaware, Denali National Park, Denmark, Denver, Des Moines, Destin FL, Dominican Republic, Douro River Cruise, Dresden, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Dubai.

See More: How to Get Dive Certified

E Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Escape Rooms, Eighties, Exotic Eats

Activities: Early Bird Specials, Eatery, Ebook, Ecotour, Edible, Eight Ball, the Eighties, Elegant, Emmys, Emporium, Escape Room, Espresso, 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.

See More: Best Escape Room Games

F Date Ideas

Our Top 3: FestivalFlower FieldsFood Tour

Activities: Face a Fear, Facial, Factory Tour, Fad, Fair, Fall Foliage, 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 RiverFlower 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.

See More: Beautiful Flower Fields in Southern California You Need to Visit This Spring

G Date Ideas

Our Top 3: GetawayGondola RideGlamping

Activities: Gala, Gamble, Game Night, Gaming, Garage Sale, Garden, Geeky, Gelato, Geocache, Geology, GetawayGeyser, Ghost Tour, Gifts, Glacier Hike, Glamping, 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, Golden BC, Granada, Grand Canyon NPGrand Teton NPGreat Basin NPGreat Sand Dunes NP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Greece, and Greenville SC.

See More: The Venetian Gondola Ride in Las Vegas

H Date Ideas

Our Top 3: HikeHot Air Balloon, Hot Springs

Activities: Habitat for Humanity, Haikus, Halal, Hammock, Hang Gliding, Happy Hour, Harbor, Haunted House, Hayride, Healthy, Helicopter Ride, and High Line. High Tea, Highway, Hike, Hobby, Hockey, Holiday Events, Hookah Bar, Home, Horseback Ride, Hot Air BalloonHot Springs, Hot Tub, Hotel, House Shopping, Hulu, Humanitarian, and Hunt.

Places: Ha Long, Haiti, Hanoi, Havana, HavasupaiHawaii, Helsinki, Hiroshima, Ho Chi Minh City, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hot Springs NP, Houston, and Hungary.

See More: Albuquerque Balloon Festival 2023 – What You Need to Know Before You Go

I Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Ice Cream, Ice Skating, Improv

Activities: Ice Bar, Ice ClimbingIce CreamIce Skating, Ideal Date, Igloo, Ikea, Improv Classes, and Improv Show. Indie Band, Indoor, Indoor Swimming, Inspiration Board, Island Getaway, and Italian Themed.

Places: Idaho, Iceland, Illinois, India, Indonesia, Iowa, Ireland, Irvine, Isle Royale NP, Israel, Istanbul, and Italy.

See More: 9 Wonderful Places to Go Ice Skating in NYC

J Date Ideas

Our Top 3: JavaJetskiJigsaw Puzzle

Activities: Jacuzzi, Jams, Jam Out, Java, Jazz, Jeep, Jetski, Jewelry, Jigsaw Puzzle, Jog, Jousting, Judo, Juggle, Jungle, and Junk Food.

Places: Jackson, Jacksonville, Jamaica, Japan, Jasper NP, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Jordan, and Joshua Tree National Park.

See More: 15 Most Beautiful Travel Puzzles


K Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Karaoke, Kayak, Kite Flying

Activities: Karaoke, Kayak, Kebabs, Keg, Kinky, Kite Flying, Kite Surfing, Kickbox, and Knit.

Places: Kanab UT, Kansas (Kansas City), Katmai NP, Kenai Fjords NP, Kentucky, Kenya, Key West FLKings Canyon National Park, Kissimmee, Knoxville, Kobuk Valley NP, Kyoto, and Kyrgyzstan.

See More: 7+ Remarkable Things to Do in Key West Florida

L Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Lake, Leaf Peeping, Local Adventure

Activities: Lagoon, Lake, Languages, Lantern Festival, Lantern Release, 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.

Places: Lake Clark NP, Lake Havasu City AZ, Laos, Las Vegas, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lima, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Louisville, Lucerne, and Luxembourg.

See More: 17 Stunning Road Trip Destinations for the Best Fall Foliage in the USA

M Date Ideas

Our Top 3 Alphabet Dating M Ideas: Meteor ShowerMuralsMusical

Activities: Magic Show (or Magic Castle), Mahjong, Mail, Make, Makeover, Marina, Market, Massage, Masquerade, Meadow, Meal, and Medieval Festival. Memoir, MessMeteor Shower, Mine, Mini Golf, Mixed Tape, Mixology, Mosaic, Morning, Movies, Mud Run, MuralsMuseum, and Musical.

Places: MadridMaineManchesterMarfa TX, Maryland, Massachusetts, MauritiusMelbourne, Memphis, Mesa Verde National Park, Mexico (Mexico City), Miami, Milan, Minnesota (Minneapolis), Missouri, Montana, Montreal, Morocco (Marrakech), Moscow, and Mount Rainier NP.

See More: 13 Stargazing Events You Won’t Want to Miss

N Date Ideas

Our Top 3: National Parks, Nature, Netflix and Chill

Activities: Nails, Nap, Narrows, National ParksNature, Nerdy, Netflix and Chill, New, NFL, Night Market, Nightclub, Nineties, Noodles, Novel, Novelty, Nudist Beach, and Nursery (Plants).

Places: NashvilleNevada, New Mexico, New OrleansNew YorkNew ZealandNewfoundland, North CarolinaNorth Cascades NPNorth Dakota, and Norway.

See More: Your Complete List of All National Parks in the US


O Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Observatory, Ocean, Orchard

Activities: Obligatory, Observatory, Ocean, Opal Hunting, Opera, Orchard, Ordinary, Origami, Outback, Outdoors, Outing, Oxygen Bar, and Oysters.

Places: Oaxaca, OhioOlympic National Park, Ontario, Oregon, and Orlando.

See More: The Ultimate Orlando Bucket List

P Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Picnic, PickleballPinterest Project

Activities: Paddleboat, Padel, PADI, Paella, Pageant, Paint, Pajamas, Palace, Parade, Park, Party, Pasta, Pedicab, Performance, Petting Zoo, and Photography. Piano Bar, Piazza, Pickle, Picnic, Pickleball, Piercing, Pinball, Ping Pong, Pinterest Project, Pirate, Pizza, Plane, Planetarium, and Plant a Tree. Plateau, Play, Poetry, Pokemon, Poker, Polar Bear Plunge, Pole Dance, Pontoon, Pool, Popcorn, Popular, Porch, Potluck, Prairie, Pregame, Pub, Pumpkin Patch, Puppet, Putt-Putt, and Puzzle.

Places: Palm Springs, ParisPennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh), Perth, Peru, Petrified Forest NP, Philippines, Phoenix, Phuket, Pigeon Forge TNPortlandPortugal (Porto), Prague, and Puerto Rico.

See More: 11 Best Places to Visit in Paris France

Q Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Quadruple Date, Quiet, Quiz

Activities: Quadruple Date, Quarters, Quartz Hunting, Quiet, Quilt, Quirky, Quickie ;), and Quiz.

Places: Qatar, Quebec City, Queens, and Quito.

See More: 15 Can’t Miss Things to DO in Quebec City Canada

R Date Ideas

Our Top 3: RecipeRock ClimbRV

Activities: Race, Racquetball, Railway, Ramen, Ranch, Random Act of Kindness, Rappel, Read, Real Estate, Recipe, Relax, Remodel, and Rent. Replica, Repurpose, Reruns, Resort, Restaurant, 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 Janeiro, Rocky Mountain National Park, Romania, Rome, Russia, and Reykjavik.

See More: Mom’s Korean Recipes

S Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Salsa Dance, StargazeSubscription Box Dates

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, SnorkelingSnowboarding, Snuggle, Souffle, Spa, Spinning, Splurge, Stadium, Starbucks, Stargaze, Staycation, Storm Chasing, Street Art, Studio, Subscription Box Dates, 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 DiegoSan Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa MonicaSarasota FL, Saudi Arabia, Savannah, SeattleSequoia NP, Seward AK, Shanghai, Shenandoah NP, SingaporeSonoma Valley, South AfricaSouth Carolina, South Dakota, South Korea (Seoul), SpainSt George UT, and Switzerland.

See More: 13 Stargazing Events You Won’t Want to Miss

T Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Tea Tasting, Travel, Tubing

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.

Places: Taiwan (Taipei), Tampa, TennesseeTexas, Thailand, Theodore Roosevelt National ParkTokyo, Toronto, Tucson, Tulsa, and Turkey.

See More: How to Shoot the Hooch – Everything You Need to Know

U Date Ideas

Our Top 3: U-Pick Farm, Unplugged, Upscale

 U-Pick Farm, Ukulele, Underground, Underwater, Unplugged, University, Unwind, Uplifting, Upscale, and Urban.

Places: Uganda, Ukraine, UNESCO Sites, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Utah, Uruguay, Utrecht, and Uzbekistan.

See More: 101 Things to Do in Utah State – Your Ultimate Utah Bucket List

V Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Vacation, Vino, Volunteer

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, Vail, Valley of FireVancouver BC, Venezuela, Venice, Vermont, Verona, Victoria, Vienna, Vietnam, Virgin Islands National Park, Virginia, and Voyageurs National Park.

See More: 15 Incredible Things to DO in Valley of Fire State Park

W Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Walking TourWaterfall HikeWhale Watching

Activities: Waffles, Walk, Walking Tour, Waltz, Wander, Wanderlust, Water Sports, Waterfall Hike, Wedding, Weekend GetawayWeird, Western, and Whale Watching. Whiskey Tasting, White Water Rafting, Wildflowers, Wind Sailing or Surfing, Window Shopping, Wine Tasting, Winery, Wings, Wish List, Whirly Ball, Woods, Woodworking, World Map, Wrestling, and Writing.

Places: WashingtonWashington DC, Wind Cave NP, Wisconsin, Wonders of the World, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Wyoming.

See More: 15 Best Places to Whale Watch in the US + When to Go

X Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Xbox, Xplore, Xtreme Sports

 Xbox, Xplore, Xhibit, and Xtreme Sports.

Places: Xalapa, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xinzhou, and Xochimilco.

Y Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Yard Sale, Yelp a New Restaurant, and Yes

 Yacht, Yard Sale, Yellow – Go Out and Photograph Everything Yellow, Yelp a New Restaurant, Yes – Go All Day Saying Yes, Yoga, YouTube, and Yurt Camping.

Places: Yamagata, Yamaguchi, Yellowstone NP, Yemen, Yogyakarta, Yokohama, York, and Yosemite National Park.

See More: Best Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park

Z Date Ideas

Our Top 3: Zipline, Zodiac, Zzzz’s

 Zero Gravity Flight, Zipline, Zodiac, ZombiesZoo, and Zzzz’s.

Places: Zagreb, Zambia, Zangye, Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai, Zimbabwe, Zion National Park, and Zurich.

See More: 11 Best Walking Dead Locations (Self-Guided Walking Dead Tour)

Regardless of how busy or crazy life gets, Jacob and I have been challenging ourselves to make time for our marriage. We would love for you to join us in alphabet dating this year!

When was the last time you prioritized dating, and can you think of more dates starting with the letters E, Q, X, and Z? Comparatively, those were the tough ones to come up with for alphabet dating! Would you enjoy an alphabet dating challenge like this?

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found 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.

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