Romantic Story Date Ideas

I’m wondering what your best ideas are for dates in romance stories. Ideally, it should be something with the potential to generate a plot twist.

a) Dates you’ve actually been on that turned out interesting
b) Dates you’d like to have but have never done for one reason or another
c) Dates you’ve only read about but impressed you
d) Dates that would only be possible in a fantasy world
e) Dates you can’t afford
f) Any other thoughts on dates

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Oh, dates that can only happen in a fantasy world sound interesting- but it really depends on the fantasy world and what’s possible there.

Dragonback cruise through the skies? Only works if theres dragons like that, and they’re up for hire. It sounds pretty thrilling though!

A date where the characters get into a fight would be interesting- and would probably help develop their relationship if the fight comes organically out of their problems and is resolved in a beleivable way.

I personally like the idea of weird not very romantic dates, like going to a place and finding out it’s not very romantic or comfortable and having to do a desperate search for the bathrooms but overall having a good time anyway.

Another cool thing is like amazing experiences, like a breathtaking view that gets burned into the daters minds that they wouldn’t have seen normally, like a giant waterfall or the abandoned dwarven mines or whatever XD.

All I know about dates is what I’ve learned from anime and manga though. I find books about romance hard to read, so I’m no expert here. And I don’t date or dream about dating either. But it’s still an interesting plot thing to think about, especially if I want to write actual romance in the future.


I’ve had two interesting dinner dates around Cancun a few years ago. One was at the Thai lounge, where you’re basically in this comfy asian-style booth right next to a dolphin aquarium. You watch dolphins swim and interact with you while you eat amazing food. Not sure I’d still encourage this, but it was definitely unique.

The second one was at Alux, a restaurant that’s inside a huge cave. It’s beautiful and unlike any experience I’ve had before. Definitely not for the claustrophobic though!


Have only been on a few creepy dates in my life.

What I wish I had been on with a date:

Hollywood Bowl box with picnic

Going to the theatre

Romantic dinner at a seaside restaurant where you can watch the sunset and hear the waves crash against the rocks

Day trip to a state or national park like Sequoia.

Road trip with no destination in particular

Stay at home pizza and videogame night


Fireworks on July 4

Christmas sleigh ride


Never been on a date before. Don’t know why…
I’ve always wanted to have a picnic date or go to the amusement park. A date that I would like to try but will probably never do it in real life is to sneak in at night and trespass through Disneyland haha. I think I read this scene in a popular Wattpad book. I forgot the title. All I remember is “pineapple” from the writer’s username. Another date I think would be awesome is go on a hot air balloon ride!


Some things that I love:

Long walks (can be anywhere and not necessarily on a beach)

spending time at local coffee shops (during collage), and keep ordering as long as the conversation lasts LOL

Visiting planetarium

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How about… a date in a scrap metal junkyard, inside a dingy and broken down school bus from their childhood, star-gazing through the torn off roof?


These are some pretty awesome ideas so far. It reminds me how I have not been on a good hike in a while.

Yes, please! Until the homeless man comes in drunk, trying to kick you out of his home!

Can I just say I love/hate these types of dates in books- where the guy takes the girl to his hidden spot.
I think it’s adorable, but at the same time I feel like it’s in every book.

Stolen directly from Notting Hill movie.

I’ve only done a couple date stories, but they were fun to write because in both cases, one of the two people was mental- a fact that slowly revealed itself as the story progressed. One reveal took place in a darkened theater (during a scary movie), and the other at a dance. In both cases, the plot twist was easy to come up with, and made for some pretty good dark humor…

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Am I weird, or do any other girls like playing video games with guys?

I’d love to have a date where the guy and I would just sit and talk about random things. Or walk in the park, taking goofy pictures of each other and together.

It wasn’t a date, but a proposal after the two characters had been married for a year. It was their first anniversary and their siblings’ wedding (to each other) was a few days away. Hence, everyone was busy in the wedding preps. However, Rishaan (the male protagonist) remembered and decided to surprise Amaya (female protagonist) by arranging all the pics of her that he had clicked in a garden.Then, when she turned around to find him, he was on his knees with a diamond ring!!

My crush and I in V.V. Puram (food street in our hometown, Bengaluru) from around 3 in the afternoon to like 9 at night. Then, maybe staying up all night watching movies or listening to music.

Same as above.

oops! Wrong place :sweat_smile::sweat_smile:

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Those all sound totally awesome! I’ve been on plenty of park dates, sometimes starting from a coffee shop and then walking to a nearby park.

No, I do too. Though I’ve never done it in the “date” sense.

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I once went on a date with a girl who lived in a small town almost 2 hours away from me. She wanted to show me her high school. What I didn’t know was that we would be breaking into it

I have always wanted to take a girl on an old-fashioned Christmas sleigh ride. I have never done it because the two closest places that do it near me are Chicago or Madison

Foreign Vacation. I have never taken a girl overseas but I have read about them

Flying to the moon

A wonderful weekend getaway. It is something I have always wanted to do with a girl but money has always been tight

I generally like to make my first date coffee with a girl because coffee can last 10 minutes or it can last 10 hours. I don’t take girls to bars on first dates because alcohol leads to bad decisions. Dinner usually ends up me paying for the whole thing. Just once I would love to go on a date with a girl and for her to say, “I’m paying for the whole thing,” just so I can say, “I’ll have the lobster.”


That’s awesome! Thanks for your thorough response! I love it :slight_smile:

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Your topic is much more suited to the Improve Your Writing area and will likely get more response there. I’m moving it there for you.

Thank you for your understanding
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