March 31st, 2018 | Updated on July 12th, 2022
If you’ve been in a relationship for a long time and you prefer to spend your free time with your significant other, you can find yourself out of step with the pursuits of your single friends who are more attuned to the party scene than you.
There’s also the fact that as you get older and being in a long-term relationship becomes the norm, social occasions often revolve around couples activities and not the pursuits of single friends. In light of this, here are some novel and alternative double date or couples nights ideas for those looking to expand their social horizons.
1. Board Games
See who’s the most competitive in your couples by dusting off the board games and taking a spin around a board in the name of fun. You may find this a great opportunity to socialize in your home in a way that isn’t centered around the living room couch or the dining table, bringing a new activity into your domestic center to mix things up a little.
If you don’t own a board game, you can always look up the variety of parlor games online, or use a pack of cards to play a whole host of games.
2. Mysterious Adventure
You won’t need to spend a whole lot of money to have a brief and thrilling adventure in a group of couples. You can test your nerves in the Columbus Escape Room, where you’ll pool your intellects and lateral thinking skills to solve clues that’ll aid your escape from a locked room.
Or you may be more interested in keeping things at home, in which case a murder mystery might be well up your street, with each couple representing different characters in a Sherlock Holmes-style detective narrative in which everyone must play their part to discover the murderer.
3. Spa Weekends
One activity that’s ostensibly for the feminine side of couples but is not-so-guiltily indulged in by the guys too is heading to a spa for a weekend of serene environs, body massage and pure indulgence.
You’ll slow the pulse and the pace of life in these retreats, dotting around the spa facilities and meeting for quiet and contented meals before each couple retreats to their bedroom fully relaxed and with topped-up flexibility. It’s a wonderful way of relaxing with friends in a physically and mentally healthy environment.
4. Camping Trips
Encourage your friends who are in couples to come on a camping trip with you, and you’ll be able to enjoy all sorts of outdoor adventures, including making fires to cook food, swimming in lakes and rivers, hiking on mountain trails, or simply sunbathing in peaceful and natural surrounds.
This back-to-nature idea isn’t just for those with a spiritual side. You’ll find that sharing stories around a campfire is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend an evening, where the level of chat feels enhanced by the dancing flames.
Double dates and couples nights need not be all dinners and meals out – think outside of the box to bring some vitality to your social life with other couples.