No budget for date night? No problem.

With a little creativity, you can get off the couch and started on your next big adventure. Dating doesn’t have to be expensive. The point is that you spend time together, away from your regular routine.

All 10 of these dates ideas can be done $10 or less — some won’t even cost a thing. Looking for something a little fancier? Check out this list of date ideas for $30 or less or this list of dates that are $50 or less.


1. Spend $10 at Family Fun Center.

Discover who the ultimate air hockey champion is!

2. Visit a new coffee shop.

Concord, Black & Brew, Hillcrest, Mitchell’s… Lakeland has no shortage of options.

3. Try geocaching.

It’s basically an outdoor treasure hunt with any GPS-enabled device, like your smart phone. Google it!

4. Spend the night in with no screens.

Build a fort, play a board game, or solve a puzzle! Be forgiving if they use the skip card in UNO.

5. Hike Circle B nature trails.

Watch out for alligators!

6. Spend some time watching the swans at Lake Morton.

It is Swan City after all.

7. Explore downtown Lakeland.

Downtown Lakeland is beautiful and vibrant, especially during First Fridays!

8. Do a photoshoot with cellphones or an instant camera.

Those will become fun memories to keep!

9. Volunteer at a local charity.

Helping others is one of the best ways to grow together.

10. Stargaze.

Grab a blanket and look up at the stars. Don’t forget the bug spray! 😁

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