20 Great Indoors-y and Outdoors-y Winter Date Ideas

'Tis the season for hot tub evenings.

As if we needed any more excuses to just Netflix-and-chill our dates away, winter turns out to be the ideal season for homebodies to engage in peak amounts of Staying Indoors 🙌. It yields perfect opportunities for loafing around and eating with your S.O., and lest you thought we forgot about you outdoorsy types, we've also imagined some extreme adventures to take up in pairs (sledding is an extreme sport, right?). Below, our favorite ways to while away the puffy-jacket season with a special friend.

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1 Catch a Play

Fall and winter are peak theatre seasons, so all the more reason to go out and laugh along with a musical or comedy.  Nosebleed seats tend to be pretty inexpensive, for the budget-minded, and there are always ticket deals and Groupons in major cities. And hey, your date night deserves a little more drama (the good kind). 

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2 Go Climbing

File this under "Physical Activities You Can Do in the Great Indoors." Get your heart rate up and work on that upper body strength with a bout of rock climbing in pairs. Optional: Challenge each other to a playful race to the top. 

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3 Schedule a Couple's Spa Outing

Say it with me....*breathes deep*...saunas. Relish the chance to spend some relaxing quality time together with a couple's massage followed by some steamy sauna time. Nothing will feel better in the dead of winter.

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4 Take a Sleigh Ride

A truly picturesque date night scene that'll remind you of the Christmas song "Sleigh Ride" (clip-clops and all), when you're both bundled up and explored the city in a horse-drawn carriage.

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5 Scour For Antiques Together

If you're already living in a small town, this will be easier than ever (they're usually hotspots for great antiques). But if not, seek out a local spot for antiquing where you two can get lost for an hour or two, hunting for records and retro treasures, or perusing the shelves of dusty vintage books.

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6 Go Hiking

A brisk hike is an ideal winter date for adventure-seekers to take in some sights and get in exercise at once (the views! the endorphins!). If you're both extra outdoorsy, make it a weekend camping trip in the mountains before the weather gets too severe.

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7 Make Fondue (Seriously)

When it's too chilly outside to even think about leaving the great indoors, have you ever considered *whispers* chilling by the fire while you're eating fondue? (We came up with this ourselves and did not get this from a well-known pop song).

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8 See a Ballet

Winter is peak ballet season so it's the best time to nab yourselves tickets to The Nutcracker or Swan Lake. It's a perfect excuse to get out and dress up, and the people-watching opportunities will make for unusual conversation fodder. If your date's not so into tutus and tights, look into theater or opera dates.

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9 Go Ice Skating

Ice skating and hot cocoa practically scream *winter date.* Plus, we can't wait to plan a super cute outfit around skates.

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10 Ice Sculpture Shows

Guys, ice sculpture shows are totally a thing. (We're not kidding.) Go to one. Don't ask questions—you'll be seriously amazed by the creations and can maybe convince someone to carve you into a bust. Christmas party decorations, anyone?

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