Think there’s nothing left to do that you haven’t already done? Challenge accepted.

Get a sitter or call the grandparents then give these budget-friendly date ideas a try. Everything on this list should run you less than $30 (minus babysitting money). And with something for every age and stage, there’s sure to be an option for you and your forever date.

Looking for something a little fancier or a little cheaper? Check out this list of date ideas for $10 or less or this list of dates that are $50 or less.


1. Catch a spring training baseball game.

Can’t beat $1 hotdog night while watching the Detroit Tigers play in spring training.

2. Visit a used book store.

You can start a book club for just the two of you. Narnia, anyone? 🦁

3. Play a round of mini golf.

You can play the entire course at Family Fun Center! Make sure to keep score. Loser buys the winner dessert.

4. Go to a museum you’ve never been to before.

You can visit Polk Museum of Art for free or for a donation or venture out of Lakeland to experience new museums together.

5. Go to a restaurant and order for each other.

Remember, you’re still in a relationship – be kind and order something delicious that they might not pick for themselves!

6. See a drive-in movie.

Head to the Silver Moon Drive-In and catch a double feature!

7. Paint pottery.

You can pick your favorite pieces and paint them at PicassoZ Art Cafe.

8. Cook from a cook book.

Look through a cook book and make a fancy meal you’ve always wanted to make.

9. Skate together.

There are great ice skating and roller blading options in Lakeland like Lakeland Ice Arena or Skate World.

10. Pizza & board games.

May the odds be in your favor. 😁

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