20 Anniversary Date Ideas That Aren’t Lame

Kristen Bousquet
20 Anniversary Date Ideas That Aren’t Lame
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An anniversary with your significant other—whether it’s one year or 12—is always worth celebrating. And in all honesty, figuring out fun things to do for said anniversary is half the fun. The only challenge: Finding anniversary date ideas that aren’t an absolute cliché.

We’ve created a list of activities that are fun, romantic, and classic. Some are simple, some are more involved, and the prices and effort required vary—but all are decidedly not-lame. Because you guys are #relationshipgoals, and deserve to be celebrated.

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1. Take in some culture

A night at the theater, a museum, a dance show, the opera—find what you’re into, and splurge for a night!

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2. Head back to the spot where you two met

Whether it’s a bar or the beach, head back to the scene where you two first met.

3. Get a room at a chic city hotel or country B&B

What says romance like spending the day and night at a chic hotel in your city, or a quaint B&B in the country? Not much.

4. Make it a Netflix night

If you’re the type of couple who’s never home at the same time, spend your anniversary on the couch with takeout, plenty of wine, and a series you both love on Netflix or Redbox.

5. Head on an unplanned road trip

This one will only work if you’re both open to ending up anywhere. Pick a town, a city, or cool attraction (like California’s Cabazon Dinosaurs!), and find accommodations once you’re there.

anniversary date ideas that are not lame 2 20 Anniversary Date Ideas That Arent Lame6. Head to the spa

If you both are constantly working, there’s no better way to unwind than a relaxing day at the spa. Not into couples’ massages? Get your own treatments, and meet up after for a relaxing dinner.

7. See a band you both love in concert

Even if the concert doesn’t fall on the exact anniversary date, grab tickets and spend the night rocking out to you both love.

8. Volunteer together

If you’re looking to spread the love, head to your local soup kitchen or another volunteering opportunity and spend your day together helping those in need. You’ll both feel good about yourselves when you’re done.

9. Head to a theme park

Looking to fulfill your need for adrenaline? If your anniversary falls in the summer, head to a theme park and be kids for a day.

10. Go on a boat

Another summer anniversary idea: Find a boat near you that offers cocktails, while cruising around your city.

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11. Take a cooking class together

You’ll learn to make the perfect dish and have fun in the kitchen.

12. Spend the night laughing—and cocktailing—at a comedy club

To lighten the mood on your anniversary, head to a comedy show to laugh.

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13. Head to the drive-in

Rather than hitting up the boring old movie theater, why not opt for a classic drive-in? Check online to see if your city or town has them—many do, for limited engagements.

14. Make bets on a Wii game

Add a little friendly competition to your night by making bets on a fun video game. You choose what happens when you win and vice-versa.

15. Plan a romantic picnic

Bring along your favorite foods and head to your local park for a romantic picnic.

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16. Two words: Wine tasting

Spending the day sipping vino is the perfect way to unwind and hang out.

17. Head to a painting class

Painting classes are getting super-popular, and you’ll get to spend the night creating something. Plus, you’ll bring something home that you made together.

18. Find a hot tub spa, a chic bathhouse, or hot springs

If you’re looking to heat up the night (literally), seek out any of the above.

19. Get photos taken together

If you’re the type of couple that loves to take #selfies, what better way to celebrate your love than to hire a photographer to take stylish photos of the two of you? If you’re looking for a cheaper option, look for a college photography student who may want to build their portfolio—they may even do it for free!


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20. Go for a hike

The great outdoors is one of the best settings to appreciate love—so find a mountain or nature reserve and spend the day taking it all in together.

Originally published November 2016. Updated June 2017.

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