Rainy Day Date Ideas for Going Out and Staying In

A couple using one of these rainy day date ideas, running through the rain while holding hands.

Rain. The ultimate downer for a date, usually anyway. When the weather gets bad, your options are limited, and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. Have a date planned? Don’t worry, there are still a lot of things you can do. You just need to be a little flexible, and a little creative.

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to have a great date when the weather isn’t working in your favor, here are eight of my favorite rainy day date ideas.

Board Game Night
On a rainy day the name of the game is staying inside, and there are few better ways to kill time under a roof then playing a good board game. There are a number of fun board and tabletop games that are great to play with two people, like Bananagrams, Codenames: Duet, and Rivals for Catan.

Cooking a Meal
Making a meal with a date is always a fun time no matter what your skill level is. If you’re both terrible, it’ll be a lot of laughs and you’ll get to learn together. If one of you is a great cook and the other is still learning, one person can lead and the other can teach. If you’re both great, well, the prize is a tasty treat at the end. Either way, an activity that you can both work at like cooking can be both romantic and fun.

Dinner and a Movie
Of course, you’re no stranger to this one. Dinner and a movie is the classic romantic date combo and it still holds up today. It has all the makings of a good rainy day date: something to talk about (the food, the film) and it’s indoors. You’ll catch a few droplets driving from location to location, but I’m sure you’ll survive.

Escape Room
This is another activity that’s better once you’ve been dating for a while. For the uninitiated, escape rooms are puzzle challenges where you have to use a series of clues at your disposal to, you guessed it, escape from a room. While they’re a little on the pricey side, they’re almost always a memorable experience and, of course, you’ll stay dry.

Coffee Shop
You know this one already and there’s a reason: coffee and tea dates are a great way to get to know each other. Not to mention, when it’s freezing cold and rainy, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of drinking a warm cup of coffee. It’s comforting and it will perk you up on a day you might otherwise have preferred to spend in bed. Pro tip: you’ll win points if you pick a coffee shop closer to them.

Museum
Museums are great spots for a rainy day date for all the reasons you might imagine. Educational betterment aside: they give you something to talk about, they’re interesting regardless of how interesting your date is, and it takes pressure off the conversation, because you’re not directly seated across from your date the whole time. Art museums and science museums are both great, so you can’t really go wrong with either.

Mini Road Trip
Sometimes when you want the sun, you want the sun. Maybe, all you have to do is drive for it. Take your date for a drive into the neighboring town where the forecast reads clear skies. Little day trips like these can be great for escaping the rain and for the simple feeling of adventure. Unfortunately, these little sun quests are a bit tenuous, because you never know if you’ll ever be able to get out of the rain, but it’s worth a shot.

The Bookstore
When it’s raining, few things sound better than snuggling up with a book and hot cocoa. Too bad you already committed to a date. It’s not too late to grab a book, however. Book shopping can be fun, because a) you’re dry, b) your date’s taste will give you some insight into who they are, and c) because your English teacher would be proud of you. Also, singles don’t often get asked to go to a bookstore for a date, and it’s cute way to spend some time.

These are my favorite ways to get have a fun date when the weather isn’t working in your favor and I hope they’ll work well for you too. So take a deep breath, grab an umbrella, and get out there.

Alex Bocknek

Alex Bocknek is the senior editor of The Date Mix and works at Zoosk, the online dating service. He’s also a recovering music critic and an aspiring fiction writer (probably lost) on the way to an independent bookstore near you. He can be found occasionally musing about politics, philosophy, and love in the modern world.

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