We’ve divided all of the date ideas into categories based on the verb that the date is based on, (attend, eat, play, etc.) so take a browse and find an idea for your next date!
In the evenings the School of Music holds student and faculty recitals including solos, small ensembles and chamber music. Often the recitals are in the Madsen Recital Hall in the HFAC. At noon, other small groups perform in the main gallery space of the HFAC
Go so see the largest collegiate men’s choir in America.
Play an instrument or like to sing? The Wall provides an open stage every Tuesday night.
Downtown Provo has a great concert scene. Venues like Muse and Velour have concerts throughout the week for reasonable prices ($3 to $7).
Take part in this interactive improv experience. Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door.
Have a picnic in your apartment
Set up a picnic on the floor in your apartment. This is a great idea for a rainy day.
Have a barbecue for two
Grill chicken or burgers outside and enjoy a sunny day in the spring or summer.
No need to go out to eat, and no need to do dinner. Try breakfast. Make pancakes or crepes, and enjoy an early meal together.
Have a chocolate tasting night
Sample a variety of rich, creamy chocolates. The BYU bookstore has a good variety.
Cook with a dutch oven
Find a dutch oven (available for rent at BYU Outdoors) and enjoy meat, potatoes or even apple crisp.
Have a fancy fast food night
Set up a tablecloth and candles and eat your favorite fast food as if you were at a five-star restaraunt.
Cook your favorite childhood recipes
Share meals from your childhood that remind you both of what it was like to be a kid.
Cuddle by a fireplace with hot chocolate
This is perfect for a snowy day.
Have a fondue night and make cheese fondue to dip bread and apples. For dessert, make chocolate fondue and dip strawberries and bananas.
Visit Hatch's Chocolates
This chocolate shop located in Salt Lake City has many handmade chocolates and a famous Hatch’s hot chocolate that is made using a blend of melted solid chocolate.
Make a fire in an approved location in Provo Canyon, at a city park, or roast marshmallows over your stove.
Cook mission food
Show her a piece of your mission’s culture. If she served a mission, make a course that is from where she served.
Plan a potluck picnic
Have every couple bring something to a group date.
Have a picnic on the roof
Add a twist to your typical picnic.
Have dinner on a median/roundabout
Set up a table and have a nice dinner in the middle of the street.
Make chocolate-covered strawberries
This rich dessert is a romantic finish to an ejoyable evening.
Make taffy or honey candy
Enjoy making as well as eating this sweet treat.
Make a tinfoil dinner
Pretend you’re camping and make tinfoil dinners.
Cook and bake in your kitchen
Instead of going out to eat, find some good recipes and make dinner and dessert together.
Plan a progressive dinner
Get three or four couples together and jump from apartment to apartment for each course of the meal.
Have a picnic in Provo Canyon
Don’t forget a blanket and picnic basket!
Host a tea party
Make sandwiches and fruit punch. Dress up and enjoy a sophisticated brunch.
Go ice skating
Ice skating is the perfect excuse to accidently grab her hand as you lose balance on the ice. Or become her hero when you save her from a fall.
The Quarry is a popular indoor rockclimbing facility in Provo. Just the two of you can go, or you can bring a group.
Get cheap rates for rentals at BYU Outdoors.
Hike at sunrise
Get up early and hike to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise from an incredible view.
Hike Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is a short scenic hike, and it makes for an enjoyable day date.
The perfect sport for men and women.
Hike the Y
Hiking the Y is a BYU tradition. Make sure to wear good shoes and bring water.
Train for a run together
Sign up for a race that is coming up, and train together. Working towards a goal together will make your relationship stronger. Find local races online.
Combine exercise and dancing and have a blast.
Rent a tandem bike
Go for a ride with your sweetheart. Rent one from BYU Outdoors for $7 per hour or $25 for the day.
Go for a bike ride
Even pack a picnic for when you reach your destination. Bikes are available at BYU Outdoors.
Rent kayaks in Provo and spend a day on the water.
Go through a corn maze
Try the 12-acre corn maze at Cornbelly’s, located at Thanksgiving Point.
Go to an art walk
Galleries in downtown Provo are open late every first Friday of the month for the Downtown Provo Art Stroll.
Go to the lake
As the sun sets each night, the lake turns into a romantic getaway.
Play the alphabet game at the MOA
Look for objects that start with each letter of the alphabet.
See the Christmas lights on Temple Square
During the Christmas season, drive to Salt Lake City and enjoy the lights while walking around Temple Square.
Go to the hot springs
Go at a cool time of the year or at night during the summer.
Go to the farmers market
The Provo Farmers Market is full of fresh foods and crafts. It is open through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at Pioneer Park. The LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or dusk (whichever is earlier) in the south stadium parking lot, Thursdays from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31.
Race to the finish and see who is faster behind the wheel.
Ride the Heber Creeper
Go on a scenic train ride. Themed rides are offered for certain holidays. Tickets can be purchased online.
Take a walk
Take a stroll through Provo and visit your favorite parks and ponds.
Drive the Alpine Loop
Check out the scenic Uinta National Forest on this 20 mile loop.
Drive around town looking at Christmas lights
Get into the Christmas spirit.
Grab a GPS and seek out various locations.
Go horseback riding
Become a cowboy and cowgirl for the day. High Country Adventure offers online registration for rides in Provo. There are also other horseback riding services in the Utah Valley area.
Take a mini road trip
A short road trip to nowhere creates the perfect atmosphere for spending time and talking with your significant other. And who knows what you’ll discover in the outskirts of Utah.
Do a ropes course
Try the CLAS Ropes Course in Provo.
Fly over the Wasatch Mountains near Provo River.
Go to a local bookstore to read and drink hot chocolate
Take a trip to Barnes & Noble, and search for some interesting finds.
Have a culture-themed night
Pick a culture and play its music, eat its food, and do an activity that is popular in that culture.
Learn photoshop at the HBLL
Basic photography skills will be useful for the rest of your life.
Share mission pictures
Learn about each other’s best two years.
Take BYU's compatibility test
For $20/person, learn what kind of person is most compatible with you
Read children's books at the HBLL
Pick out your favorites from childhood and read them together.
Play Twenty Questions.
Write a list of 20 questions to ask each other. Share your answers afterward.
Learn vehicle maintenance
Change the oil in your cars, or change a tire, or jump start the engine, or try all three.
Sketch out a blueprint of your dream house
Discover each other’s amibitions and show off your drafting skills.
Make boats and race them
Build boats out of paper or popsicle sticks. Go to the stream by Heritage Halls and watch the boats float or flop.
Write a bucket list
Share your lifelong goals and ambitions with your date.
Make cards for each other and then send them in the mail.
Draw pictures and get creative.
Make a blog together
There are plenty of free services such as Blogger or Tumblr.
Decorate a Christmas tree
Decorate a christmas tree together. It can even be a tree outside. Your decorations could be homemade, or you could buy cheap ones from the dollar store.
Make a fort
Make a fort in your apartment with blankets and chairs. Then eat dinner or watch a movie inside it.
Go on a color-themed date
For example, wear orange, eat orange, play orange games.
Make a movie
Check out a camera and tripod at the Multimedia Lab. Even try making a music video or a stop-motion film using a series of pictures.
Make paper airplanes
See who builds the most sound aircraft.
Make a paper lantern
Make floating lanterns like the ones in Disney’s “Tangled,” and let them go over the lake.
Spell your names in photography
Pose in the shapes of different letters, or look for letters in objects on the street. For example, a light post could be an “r.”
Have a photoshoot
Gather props and take cute pictures together. Find a Polaroid camera for an old school twist.
Go on Pinterest and find a DIY Project
Find a craft that you both will enjoy.
Write cheesy poems for each other
See what sappy rhymes you can conjure.
Go to Color Me Mine. Paint pottery and then exchange your creations.
Build them at a volleyball court on campus.
Draw with sidewalk chalk
During mild months, draw pictures with chalk on the sidewalk together. When the weather isn’t so pleasant, go the The Wall or The Awful Waffle and draw on their chalkboard walls.
Cup fence design
Using plastic cups, design a picture or message in a fence.
Dye easter eggs
Pick up a kit at Smith’s or make your own dye.
Have a homemade gift exchange
See what you can make without spending any money.
Build gingerbread houses
Use graham crackers instead of gingerbread for a cheaper and more easily accessible option.
Cut up a newspaper and make a story
Say something about your date using only the words you find in the paper.
Play with newspaper
Build towers or make clothes.
Design something out of post-it notes
Using post-it notes, make pictures and patterns to display in your window or on your wall.
Carve a jack-o-lantern together and see what silly or scary face you can come up with. Try carving watermelons when pumpkins aren’t in season.
Share the memories you both love. Try using Shutterfly.
Have fun in the snow.
Dance in your living room
If you know how to swing dance or cha cha, make a playlist and dance together in your living room.
Learn another culture's dance
Explore new parts of the world through dance.
Go Christmas caroling
Sing your favorite Christmas songs.
Record a song at the HBLL sound booth
Visit the Media Center at the 4th floor and try out the equipment.
Perform karaoke at the Wall
Every Wednesday night is karaoke at the Wall.
Go country line dancing
Grab a cowboy hat and head to The Center in Provo.
There are quite a few bowling alleys within the Provo area. Either bowl a few quick games, or rent a lane for a while.
Rent a puppy
Contact Puppies for Rent and rent a cuddly critter. It costs $15 for an hour.
Play this intellectual game and prepare to claim “check mate.”
There are plenty of places on campus that are perfect for croquet. Find a grassy area and a croquet kit and have fun.
Hit balls at the driving range
Take your date to a driving range. Show off your batting skills.
Have a snowball fight
See each other’s competitive edge. This would also be fun as a group date. Team up with your date, or have a battle of the sexes. Just don’t do it on campus.
Fly a kite
When the weather is nice, and the wind steady, go to one of the many parks in Provo and fly a kite.
Make a slip-n-slide
Grab a mat, hose and soap, and play in the summer sun.
Rake up leaves and jump in
All of the leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees in the fall. Rake up the leaves and jump in them. Turn it into service, and help someone living in a house with too many leaves and too little time or strength.
Go to a park and throw a frisbee.
Tube at Soldier Hollow
Slip and slide down the hills and have a fun and adventurous date. A two-hour session costs $20 per person.
This classic game will bring back old memories.
Teach her your technique. Skip rocks in the dark by opening up glow sticks and pouring the liquid onto the rocks.
Get a group of friends and play this reverse hide-and-go seek.
Plant a garden.
Watch it grow.
Play ping pong
See who has the best table tennis skills.
Play Apples to Apples while eating apples
Add a quirky twist to a gaming favorite.
Play at the Eyring Science Center
The lobby of the science center is interactive and educational.
Borrow a sled from a friend and have fun sliding down hills and slopes.
Do a white elephant gift exchange
A white elephant gift exchange is a fun idea for a group date that will guarantee lots of laughs. Have everyone bring a wrapped gift, and cap the price at around $5.
Do a puzzle together
Buy a puzzle (Barnes & Noble has a good collection.), and finish it together in one night.
Play with Legos
Build castles and fortresses.
Play in a playground
Enjoy the swings and slides that you still love.
Relax on a lake or river front.
Play Wii olympics
Compete with another couple in Wii Sports.
Play laser tag
Laser Assault charges $8 per person for 30 minutes and $13 per person for 60 minutes. See who can take the other one down first!
Tube down the Provo River
Check to see safe areas beforehand.
Have a water gun war
Fill up your squirt guns and prepare for war.
Have a water balloon fight
Fill up balloons and prepare for battle.
Play bocce ball
Also known as lawn bowling, bocce is a fun outdoor sport.
Bring "get well" balloons to the hospital
Leave them with the nurse for someone who is alone. No latex balloons allowed.
Index names for FamilySearch
Get together with your laptops and index when the weather doesn’t permit an outdoor date.
Leave friendly messages on cars
Write friendly notes and leave them on all of the cars in a parking lot.
Remove old ads on lamp posts
Clean up the town while getting to know your date.
Make cards or treats for close friends
Surprise your friends by thinking of them while you are on your date.
Send care packages to members of the military
Show your appreciation by sending treats to servicemen and women.
Make cupcakes for someone and deliver them
Show off your baking skills and deliver cupcakes to someone else.
Heart attack someone
Cut out hearts from construction paper and write nice notes and messages. Tape them all over a friend’s door or car.
Write nice notes
Write little notes of encouragement or support to friends and people you know. Leave them at their doors. They will be pleasantly surprised.
Visit an old folks' home
Volunteer your time to help the elderly.
Race to see who can scrape snow off the most car windshields down the street.
Loser buys winner hot chocolate.
Shovel snow off sidewalks and driveways.
People will appreciate your random act of service.
Take a senior citizen on a walk
Make a new friend while performing a service.
Write letters to missionaries
Spend time writing letters to those either of you know who are serving missions. They will appreciate hearing from friends.
Find a service activity through Y-serve
Show that you are charitable and service-oriented.
Spend Saturday cleaning up outdoor spaces
You don’t have to work for BYU Grounds Crew to do yard work.
Visit a pet store
Visit a pet store and play with the cats and dogs that are up for adoption.
Go thrift shop hopping
Map out a few thrift shops around town and see what cool, vintage items you find.
Scout out yard sales
Bring a few dollars to spend on a unique find.
This huge store has everything: nice restaurants, fudge, and tons of outdoor equipment.
Go to the dollar store
See what games and trinkets you can find to use that night.
Visit the ethnic grocery store
Find something neither one of you has had and try to cook it.
Go to IKEA
Play house with the room setups.
Go to the mall and people watch
See what interesting people you can find as you peruse the mall.
Go shopping and pick out outfits for each other
Both of you can branch out of your wardrobe comfort zone.