23 Cheap Romantic Date Ideas
Romance doesn’t have to cost the world. Check out our list of the best cheap romantic date ideas for your partner, wife, husband, or even some friends! Whether you want to plan something special for Valentine’s Day, come up with a romantic anniversary idea, or show your partner you care without needing a cash loan, we’ve got you covered.
- Spend a romantic evening stargazing at night
- Cheap romantic getaway: visit a local farm
- Picnic in the park
- Cheap romantic evening at home: Cooking together
- Scenic nature walk
- Bike ride
- Cheap but romantic date idea at home: DIY movie night
- Board game night
- Local art gallery or museum
- Fun romantic outing idea on a budget: thrift store shopping
- Visit a farmer’s market
- Beach day
- Bookstore adventure
- Karaoke night at home
- Sunset watching
- Make some memories with an old film camera
- Visit a local brewery or winery
- Campfire and s’mores
- Free outdoor concert
- Art and craft night
- Visit a botanical garden
- Community events
- Cheap romantic idea for an at-home Valentine’s Day: create a thankfulness jar
Best cheap romantic date ideas to plan on a budget
1. Spend a romantic evening stargazing at night
Find a quiet spot away from city lights, lay out a blanket, and enjoy a romantic night under the stars.
2. Cheap romantic getaway: visit a local farm
From produce to flora to fauna, Australia has a lot of unique farm experiences on offer. Many will let you book a cute room for the night so you can wake up to that fresh country air and peace.
3. Picnic in the park
Pack a homemade meal, grab a blanket, and head to a local park for a cosy picnic together.
4. Cheap romantic evening at home: Cooking together
Choose a new recipe, grab some ingredients, and cook a delicious meal together.
For some cheap dinner ideas on your romantic night, check out our list of 31 Cheap Easy Dinners.
5. Scenic nature walk
Explore a nearby nature trail or park hand in hand while enjoying each other’s company and the beauty of nature.
6. Bike ride
Rent bikes or take a leisurely ride together, exploring your neighbourhood or a nearby scenic route.
7. Cheap but romantic date idea at home: DIY Movie Night
Create a home theatre experience with homemade popcorn, your favourite movies, and some cosy blankets.
8. Board game night
Spend date night having fun with some competitive board games or card games.
9. Local art gallery or museum
Australia has a lot of free galleries and museums with different events running throughout the year to make a cute but cheap date spot to revisit.
10. Fun romantic outing idea on a budget: thrift store shopping
Go on a treasure hunt at a thrift store and challenge each other to find the most unique or interesting item. This makes a super cute first-date idea too!
11. Visit a farmer’s market
Wander through a local farmer’s market, sample fresh produce, and maybe pick up ingredients for a home-cooked meal. You can turn it into a cute weekly date and get some cheaper groceries while you’re at it.
12. Beach day
Make the most of Australia’s fantastic beaches and spend the day relaxing together – bring a picnic, play in the water, and enjoy the sunshine.
13. Bookstore adventure
Spend an afternoon browsing books at a local bookstore, reading to each other, or finding books to exchange.
14. Karaoke night at home
Sing your hearts out with a karaoke night in the comfort of your own home. Crack out that old SingStar and see who the reigning champion is.
15. Sunset watching
Find a beautiful spot to watch the sunset together and enjoy the magical colours of the sky.
16. Make some memories with an old film camera
Pick up an old film camera for cheap and spend a day taking whimsical photos of each other.
17. Visit a local brewery or winery
Many places offer affordable tastings. Explore new flavours on a romantic day out and enjoy each other’s company.
18. Campfire and s’mores
If you have a backyard, set up a small campfire and enjoy roasting marshmallows for s’mores. You can do a budget version with a tealight candle and some romantic decorations inside if you’re short on space.
19. Free outdoor concert
Check local event listings for free outdoor concerts or performances in your area and have a night listening to great music.
20. Art and craft night
Get creative together by doing some arts and crafts. You don’t have to be experts – just have fun!
21. Visit a botanical garden
Explore the beauty of nature and various plant species in a local botanical garden.
22. Community events
Keep an eye on community bulletin boards for free or low-cost events happening in your area, like outdoor movies, festivals, or markets.
23. Cheap romantic idea for an at-home Valentine’s Day: create a thankfulness jar
Get an old mason jar each and write a bunch of small notes with happy memories or things you love about your partner. Then every day you can open one note each and extend the romantic gesture beyond just one day.
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