Though a couples relationship doesn’t always replicate the ideal duos in the popular romantic movies, it can be quite an adventure filled with fun couple activities, romantic date nights, meaningful bonding and crazy things to do to help to bond your special relationship. That is, if you design it that way.
Enter…the Ultimate Couples Bucket List.
A rewarding relationship should be filled with experiences that create wonderful memories, bring you two closer together, make you laugh and nonverbally say “I love you”. Here are dozens of the best ideas to make sure you don’t get stuck in the monotony of the day to day routine and start bonding over exciting new adventures.
Couples Bucket List: Fun Activities, Cute Date Ideas
& Romantic Things to Do
1. ✦ Have a Tech-Free Date Day Together
2. ✧ Plan Your Future
3. ✦ Get a Couples Massage
A couples massage is one of the hottest treatments at luxury spas all over the world. What could be more romantic than lying side-by-side with your boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse other in the most relaxing environment? If a full body massage is not your cup of tea, try a soothing foot massage, where you will get your tootsies rubbed by a professional. Or, for a even more intimate couples bucket list goal, you can learn how to give each other a sexy tranquilizing massage.
4. ✦ Go on a Double Date
5. ✧ Stargaze on a Rooftop
6. ✧ Write Each Other a Love Letter
About five years ago I wrote a love letter to my future self, but it got me to thinking that I had never written one to my husband of eighteen years. Let’s bring it back to old school; the days where letters were handwritten, sealed with a kiss and mailed at the post office. Love letters are a physical memory that will last a lifetime.
7. ✧ Play a Sexy Game of Twister
8. ✦ Visit Each Others Hometowns
9. ✦ Binge Watch a New TV Series
Cook up some popcorn, cozy up under a blanket and find the perfect TV series to binge watch. My husband and I just obsessively watched all the seasons of The Good Place and Schitt’s Creek. They were both fantastic!
10. ✦ Create a Couple Scrapbook
11. ✦ Take a Workout Class Together
12. ✦ Have a Picnic
You will have to break out that dusty old picnic basket for this Couples Bucket List idea. Pack it with your favorite bottle of wine, pick a secluded outdoor getaway and create a memory. Need a basket? Check out this cute hand woven picnic basket from Picnic Plus or get a modern 2-person picnic backpack.
Having a picnic is also on the 22 Epic Ideas for Your Dog Bucket List. So, if you have a pooch, bring him along on your adventure and get two checks for the price of one. For some of the best picnic ideas check out these 37 ways to have the most delightful picnic ever.
13. ✧ Do a Movie Marathon
14. ✧ Get Naughty in Every Room in Your House
15. ✧ Stay Up All Night
Do you remember when the two of you just started your relationship and would spend the wee hours of the morning just talking on the phone? Try to replicate that special period of time by planning an all-nighter that may include chatting, laughing, dancing or taking a late night stroll.
16. ✦ Cook Dinner Together
Food and romance have be linked throughout history, mix in some intriguing conversation and you have the best date night ever. The dishes that you create on this night will become a significant part of celebrating other events in your lifetime. My husband and I have taken cooking classes all over the world (our favorite was learning to make pad thai in Thailand), but none were quite as special as spending a quiet evening at home drinking a bottle of wine and creating delicious recipes.
Here are some helpful resources to get your romantic dinner dinner on the right track:
17. ✧ Come Up With Pet Names For Each Other
A visit to the Mob Museum in Las Vegas initiated me affectionately nicknaming my husband Peter Petey Chops after a famous mobster. Your idea of the perfect pet name may not be after a gambling felon (I totally understand!), so check out these 500 other cute nicknames for him or her.
18. ✦ Sing a Karaoke Duet
Many years ago at a dive bar in Northern California (when we were still just boyfriend and girlfriend), my husband and I belted out “Summer Nights” from the movie Grease. I’m surprised he still married me afterwards! Though the musicality left much to be desired, and they actually turned the volume down on my microphone, it is an experience that we still talk about today.
Muster up the courage to take the stage and create a memory that will last a lifetime. You can steal our song from Grease or check out these top 10 karaoke song duets to pick your special one.
19. ✦ Take a Trip Somewhere New
20. ✧ Sext to Each Other
21. ✧ Create a Monogram & Leave Your Mark
Design a creative monogram using a combination of your initials and then place this design on something special. Monograms can be made into charms, stamped on t-shirts, printed on pretty stationary or even embroidered on your bathroom towels.
22. ✧ Volunteer Together
23. ✧ Do a Spaghetti Kiss
24. ✧ Dress Up in a Couples Costume For Halloween
Fairy tales can come true…at least on Halloween. But, so can nightmares. Whether you choose to dress up as Romeo and Juliet or Zombies, what could bring a couple closer together than looking completely ridiculous as a team?
To give you a few ideas, Cosmopolitan came up with the Cheesiest Couples’ Halloween Costumes.
And here are a bunch of other fun ones (you’re sure to find what suits you best!):
25. ✦ Start a New Tradition Together
26. ✧ Play Mini Golf
27. ✧ Kiss on Top of a Ferris Wheel
Some of the most romantic movies feature a smooch on the tippy-top of a ferris wheel. Many boyfriends and girlfriends have also claimed that this is where their very first kiss was had. There’s something special about it no matter if its while taking a spin on the impressively large London Eye or a smaller one at your local carnival.
28. ✧ Sleep Under the Stars
29. ✦ Go to the Theater
30. ✧ Watch the Sunset and Sunrise in One Day
Watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset cuddled up with your partner is the epitome of romance. Why not make it a goal to do both in one day? Though there’s some stunning sunsets around the world, there’s no need to travel far, you can take advantage of what’s in your own backyard too.
You might be able to complete this one in combination with Have a Picnic and Stay Up All Night all in one day. Now that’s the ultimate in Couples Bucket List multi-tasking!
Any old sunset will do, but for something extraordinary choose one of the world’s best sunset spots
31. ✧ Stay in Bed All Day (& Night)
Do you often feel that you are losing touch with each other? There is this gap that keeps on stretching when you try to talk and connect… Reconnect now! Give up all the chores, take the day off and spend a lazy afternoon (and night!) in bed. Talk, cuddle, gossip, laugh and much more *wink wink*. You will notice the difference instantly. It will bring you close, will help you overcome bitterness and resentment, and help you understand each other better.
32. ✦ Go Bowling
33. ✦ Climb to the Top of a Mountain
Tackle hiking the highest mountain…together. Though the actual hiking part may not reek of romance, the incredible views from the peak will. Plus, conquering difficult feats together helps to bond a couple. It certainly worked when me and my husband hiked to the top of Barolome Island in the Galapagos Islands.
With any luck, you can complete the “have a picnic” bucket list goal while you are up there!
34. ✧ Cover the Bed in Rose Petals
35. ✧ Play Bingo
36. ✧ Horseback Ride on the Beach
No doubt you have seen the abundance of advertisements featuring a couples romantic horseback saunter alongside a white sand beach. The skies are a brilliant blue, the sound of the waves crashing along the shore and birds flying overhead. Why not recreate this ad for your own Couples Bucket List at your favorite beachy location?
37. ✧ Take A Spontaneous Road Trip
38. ✧ Host a Couples Game Night
39. ✧ Create a Music Playlist of Your Relationship
Compile all the songs that have meaning to your relationship and put them on a cd. What song was playing on your first date? Before you had the title of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”? What was your wedding song? Is there a band that brings back wonderful memories? You can make it a ritual to listen to the tunes on each anniversary.
Having a hard time thinking of songs? Marie Claire has made it easy with the 50 Romantic Love Songs Guaranteed to Make You Melt.
40. ✧ Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
41. ✦ Attend the Concert of a Band You Both Love
42. ✦ Make Love in an Exciting Location
Get out of the bedroom and take your lovemaking to a sexy location. Joining the mile high club, which is getting intimate in an airplane, seems to be a popular choice. But, there are many other creative ideas too. How about getting busy on top of the washer, on a porch swing, in a field of wildflowers or on a rooftop. Or possibly all of them?
If none of those ideas grab you, here are some others:
43. ✧ Make Out at the Drive-in
44. ✦ Go to the Beach
45. ✦ Take a Bubble Bath
Bubble baths are not just for the children with rubber duckies, they are also relaxing for the adults and a fabulous way to get a little closer to your partner. Arrange some candles, select some romantic music (possibly your relationship playlist, see #39) and put in a few drops of essential oil. Add a bottle of champagne and this is must for your Couples Bucket List.
46. ✧ Feed Each Other
47. ✦ Dine out at a Fancy Restaurant
48. ✧ Cliff Jump While Holding Hands
Grab your partners hand, plug your nose and take a leap of faith…together. There is a special bond that is formed in a relationship when you face and conquer a fear as a team. There are places all around the world to go cliff jumping (check out The Seven Most Amazing Cliff Diving Locations and the World’s Most Thrilling Cliff Diving Spots). Just make sure your jump is in a safe location!
49. ✧ Take a Horse Carriage Ride
50. ✧ Join the Mile High Club
51. ✧ Learn to Tango
The history of the Argentine tango originated in South America in the 1890s and has been called the sexiest dance in the world. It is said that this dance will make you feel sexier and increase testosterone levels. One thing is for certain, it will have you and your love against each others bodies so tight you will be able to hear each others heart beat. Don’t know how to dance? Don’t worry this article on how to tango can help.
52. ✦ Go Camping
53. ✦ Stay in a Room with a Hot Tub
54. ✦ Go Skinny Dipping
Some say that there is no freer feeling than being in your birthday suit. Skinny dipping is a great way to be naked, yet discreet at the same time, covered by a body of water. Why not strip off the layers of clothes and take a little swim into freedom.
If you are a skinny dipping virgin then check out this article on How to Skinny Dip and The Do’s and Don’ts of Skinny Dipping: An Etiquette Guide (because apparently there are some rules!).
55. ✦ Cuddle by the Fire
56. ✧ Dance in the Kitchen
57. ✧ Take a Tandem Bike Ride
A successful tandem bike ride will take communication, cooperation and teamwork. All things that are very important in many aspects of a relationship. Many locations will offer hourly bicycle rentals, so pick a beautiful afternoon to take a tandem bike ride along a peaceful path.
58. ✦ Go Wine Tasting
59. ✦ Make Thanksgiving Dinner
60. ✧ Recreate Your First Date
Think way back to your very first date with your current partner and try to recapture it. Duplicate everything from the clothing you were both wearing to the meal that you ate to the movie that you may have watched. Recreating a first date is also very popular for marriage proposals. Just saying.
Here is some helpful resources for checking this goal off the bucket list:
61. ✦ Slow Dance
62. ✧ Run a Race Together
63. ✧ Kiss in the Rain
As a relationship progresses we can forget the importance of just kissing! There are many pros and cons of kissing in the rain, but next time you are caught in some showers, forget the umbrella and step outside to give your partner a romantic smooch. Just in case it’s been awhile (or you’re looking for some new tricks) read the 365 Ways to Kiss.
64. ✦ Play a Game of 20 Questions
65. ✧ Complete a Jigsaw Puzzle Together
66. ✦ Spend the Night at a B&B
A must on your Couples Bucket List is to spend a romantic night at a quaint Bed & Breakfast. B&Bs are a nice alternative to a hotel. Not only are they generally more cost effective, but you will also be cooked a delicious breakfast in the morning that is much better than the typical continental buffet.
There are amazing bed & breakfasts all over the world, but it doesn’t even have to be far from home, B&B’s make a great overnight getaway too! And if you’ve never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, here’s what you’re missing out on.
67. ✧ Read a Book To Each Other
68. ✧ Have Breakfast in Bed
Start your morning in a truly relaxing way, with a tasty breakfast in bed. The easiest way to complete this goal would be to order room service at a hotel, but don’t cancel out the opportunity to do it in your very own home too.
Hey husbands—the wife will love breakfast in bed! And if you’re worried about making it here’s some help:
- How to Make and Serve Breakfast in Bed (Without Being Cheesy)
- 20 Breakfast in Bed Favorites
- Breakfast in Bed Recipes
It doesn’t really matter who does the cooking, but enjoy indulging in some waffles, eggs and mimosa’s while still cozied up in your bed.
How many of these couples bucket list ideas have you completed with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or significant other?
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