6 Spring Date Ideas Perfect for Single Catholics
Now that the sun is out pretty often (even in the Pacific Northwest where I live!), it’s a great time for Catholic Singles to start taking advantage of springtime weather.
When it comes to dating, spring can be a good time to mix things up from the typical dinner and a movie with someone you’re trying to get to know.
Here are six great springtime activities to try with a date that are sure to foster some good conversation and can be pretty fun as well.
1. Try a simple outdoor activity
Start with the basics and ask a date to go with you on a walk, a hike, or a bike ride.
There are a lot of advantages to doing a simple activity like this with a date. Apart from getting some sun and fresh air, an activity like this is also a great way to get to know someone casually without much pressure.
If you’re moving around together outside, there’s a simple, non-distracting activity going on that can help smooth over awkward silences without making conversation difficult.
Often, when you’re doing a simple activity like walking or biking, conversation can start to flow naturally, without the pressure of having the other person stare at you from across the table.
2. Do some gardening together
If you or your date has a green thumb (or even if you tend to kill your house plants on accident!), gardening can be a lot of fun.
If you live in a house and have your own garden or landscaping to attend to, invite a date over to help you for an afternoon in the sun.
You can also try to find a place nearby for community gardening. Or perhaps even see if your parish utilizes volunteers for their landscaping.
An activity like this can help you and a date to start bonding, and it might even help you both meet some new acquaintances as well.
3. Plan a fishing excursion
Fishing can be a good spring activity to do with a date if you have the means to make it happen. Whether you have a boat of your own, or just have a fishing dock somewhere near you, this activity can be both fun and enlightening.
If your date has never fished before, you can learn whether or not they’re squeamish about the grossness of bait.
If neither of you have ever fished before, you can decide to embark on the adventure of learning how together, perhaps with a little help from some YouTube tutorials.
Even if one or both of you are old pros at fishing, an outing like this can be a peaceful, relaxing time.
4. Check out a local farmer’s market
A lot of towns have weekly farmer’s markets in the spring time. Attending one of these can be a great way to spend low-pressure time getting to know your date.
There are often a lot of fun displays, unique food items, samples, and sometimes even random activities to do at farmer’s markets.
Shop for good quality, locally-produced foods and make conversation about cooking, foods you both love or hate, or even about how little (or how much!) the two of you know about farming.
An activity like this is a great way to get to know things about the other person that wouldn’t come up without naturally in a setting like a restaurant dinner.
5. Take a trip to the zoo
Going to the zoo with a date is a great way to do something unique and get some fresh air at the same time.
There won’t be a shortage of conversation topics if the two of you are looking at interesting animals together.
A date at the zoo will also give you some insight into your date’s personality. Are they the type of person who likes to sit and ponder an interesting sight for a while? Or do they like to move, move, move on to the next destination?
6. Take me out to the ballgame
Spring is also a great time to take a date to a baseball game. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or more of a casual, occasional baseball watcher, it can be a lot of fun to watch a game in person from the stands.
This is another activity that can be good for casual conversation, as it gives you something to watch and focus on during silences that could otherwise feel awkward.
And if a major league game is out of your budget, you can try a minor league game since they’re often pretty budget-friendly.
Spring is a great time to think outside the box when it comes to date activities, so don’t be afraid to try something new that gets you and your date out into the sun.
Adrienne Thorne is a Catholic wife, mother, screenwriter, and blogger, as well as author of the Catholic YA romance novel SYDNEY AND CALVIN HAVE A BABY. She blogs about TV and Movies from Catholic perspective at Thorne in the Flesh: A Faithful Catholic's Guide to Netflix, Hulu, and More.