8 Eco-Friendly Date Ideas for the Earth-Loving Couple

Spice up your relationship with this list of green date ideas.

Jan 13, 2016
Couple standing on mountain with arms raised

Love is in the air (Shutterstock)

Another Saturday comes around and you’re looking for ways to spend the day with your loved one. If you’ve exhausted the local brunch scene, or spending your time indoors in the movie theatre isn’t your idea of romance, why not try something different? These eight alternative date ideas are guaranteed to shake things up - and best of all - they’re eco-friendly. Visit a local winery, explore your local farmer’s market, or go ice skating for the chance to spend some quality time with your loved one - while doing good for the planet.


1. VOLUNTEER TOGETHER FOR NATURE PRESERVATION 

Spend the day clearing nature trails, picking up litter, or removing invasive species in your local area. Enjoy your time alone or look online for local organizations that organize weekend cleanups.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: Take a picture of the litter you collect along the way and upload to instagram as part of the Litterati hashtag movement.  

Couple picking up litter together

Collecting rubbish can be romantic! (Shutterstock)

2. GO FOR A BIKE RIDE

Nothing says romance like a carbon footprint of zero. Take a bike ride through your park, neighborhood, or around the city. The fresh air and gorgeous scenery will make for a memorable and exciting date.  
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: Map out local eateries along your route and stop for organic goodies along the way.  

Couple on bike ride

Pedaling builds passion (Shutterstock)

3. VISIT AN ORGANIC WINERY

Journey to an organic wine tasting event or explore a local winery to taste the fruits of sustainable agriculture. Bottoms up!
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: Take a guided tour of the winery to learn about organic farming techniques.

Couple in winery

Drink to love and devotion (Shutterstock)

4. GO ICE SKATING 

Get into the winter spirit and glide around an ice rink for a fun daytime or nighttime date.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: End the date with a cozy cup of hot chocolate (made with organic cocoa, of course).

Couple ice skating

Skating with sweetheart (Shutterstock)

5. HAVE AN OUTDOOR PICNIC

Bring along some organic wine, cheeses, and fruits and relax on a blanket under the sun. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, pack up your food in backpacks and hike to a cool lookout or peaceful spot to enjoy nature and each other’s company.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: Bring non-disposable plates, cups and silverware for an extra eco-friendly date.

Couple laying blanket down for picnic

Food for the soul (Shutterstock)

6. STARGAZE

For a romantic outdoor date, gaze at the night sky, point out constellations, and simply take in the splendor of the universe.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: Leave your phones at home and make an effort to really unplug.

Couple looking at night sky

 Cherish the solititude with your loved one (Shutterstock)

7. VISIT THE LOCAL FARMER'S MARKET

Spend a morning wandering through your farmer’s market, taking in the sights, smells and tastes of local produce.  
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: Using local ingredients from the market, cook a healthy breakfast to enjoy after your date. Try to use as many seasonal foods as possible!

Couple looking at fruits in farmer's market

Fondness in the farmer's market (Shutterstock)

8. GO TO A MUSEUM

Take public transportation or walk to a natural history, art or science museum.  Spend some time in the planetarium, check out the dinosaur exhibit, visit a nature photography gallery, and more.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: After the date, go back-and-forth sharing facts or new things that you learned throughout the day.

Couple at museum

Learn about the world together (Shutterstock)

Mirele writes about everything related to doing good, with a particular interest in volunteering and social entrepreneurship, informed by her background in eco tourism.

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