Just because it's Friday and you just got paid does not necessarily mean that you want to spend all of your hard-earned cash on a date. The best cheap date nights don't require a ton of cash but are fun and innovative ways to take your date out for a night on the town. Whether you want to stay in or head out on the town here are few ideas to get you started!
Skating in Circles at Public Rinks
Many ice skating rinks offer ice time in the evenings to the general public. Check ahead of time and to see if adult skating is offered to avoid children's birthday parties or little league hockey league games. Admission is cheap and will give you plenty of time to skate. If you don't already own ice skates, many places offer cheap rentals as well. To add a special romantic twist to your skating adventure, look for outdoor rinks that are lit at night or take your date to your favorite pond and bring flashlights. Just check in advance to make sure the ice conditions are safe. If ice-skating is not your cup of hot chocolate, try hitting up one of the local roller rinks. Roller-skating is a classic date night activity that won't hit your wallet hard that both you and your date can enjoy.
Throwing Strikes at the Bowling Alley
Another classic and great cheap date night is hitting up the bowling alley with your date for a couple of games. Shoe rental and games are both cheap, just watch the prices of food which can tend to be the wallet buster. Bowling is also a great group date if you want to double date or triple date with friends. Invest in a couple of cheap pitchers of beer and start throwing strikes. Everyone can enjoy a little bit of healthy competition.
Climbing the Walls, Literally
If you and your date are feeling adventurous, check out your local rock climbing walls. If it is your first time, there most likely will be a fee for an educational class if you want to climb the top-ropes as well as a harness rental fee. However, it is a one-time only fee and if you are a seasoned climber, you will only pay for the entrance fee, usually under 10 dollars. To keep it even cheaper, stick to the bouldering walls, which are just as challenging. Shoe rental is optional if you don't already have your own pair. Most climbing walls offer a discounted night once a week so check ahead. Adventurous dates like climbing are a good way to bond with your date while doing an exciting activity.
Wishing on Shooting Stars
Another fantastic cheap date is one of the easiest dates to plan out there. Bring a couple of blankets and a thermos of coffee of hot chocolate and watch for shooting stars. For an added bonus, pick nights with predicted meteor showers and watch the show from the comfort of your backyard or a local park.