Find some expensive specialty cheese that you can’t pronounce and pair it with a bottle of vino.
Allow your song to be bad (I call this “the Nickleback effect”).
Any assistance you provide will help your community grow. Make sure to leave a little token and sign the paper inside the box for the next explorer. Hit a dollar store and arm up for a water gun fight. There are plenty of beaches in the bay area, the best of which include Clearwater Beach, Saint Pete Beach or Honeymoon Island. If wildlife viewing and birding isn’t your thing, pack good eats for a picnic, fly a kite or race on the monkey bars at the playground.
Raise funds for a research organization, transport food to homebound people or save some mutts at a pet adoption event.
Dance with a Zumba instructor, center yourself with yoga and sweat at one of the many classes offered at the gym. Buy some vintage vinyl at a local record store, such as Banana’s Record Warehouse or Daddy Kool Records. Grab some brews while touring a local brewery, like Cigar City Brewing, Yuengling or Coppertail Brewing Co. Enter the world of brunch, aka morning booze and fried foods, at one of these top 10 brunch spots in Tampa. Painting with a Twist is a popular franchise in the area, offering BYOB group events to make for an eventful and memorable date night. Channel Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze and make pottery together at a workshop. If not, just start a simple melody or beat and write some cheesy lyrics. Before you go out to see another terrible Katherine Heigl rom com or settle for happy hour nachos and light beer at that faux swanky, overpriced gastropub, ask yourself this: when was the last time you and your partner did something new and exciting? Check out the Dali Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts. Besides, showing your commitment to a cause is pretty sexy. Visit a bookstore and buy 2 random books without reading the back cover. Support independent businesses like Haslam’s Book Store, which happens to be Florida’s largest new and used bookstore. Use a park or playground, run around like kids and recreate some cool Die Hard scenes. Bring a football or Frisbee and build sand castles. Go canoeing, paddle boarding or kayaking around the bay. There are several local farms that offer berry picking at a low cost. Maybe you both are a new item or have been together for a long time. Rent from places like Sweetwater Kayaks, find paddling trails near Fort Desoto Park, Weedon Island Preserve or other places along the bay, or head to the Hillsborough River and set in at Lettuce Lake Park. Set sail towards the sunset or just enjoy the daytime sea breeze with Tampa Bay Sailing Tours.
Either way, you can always make dates more unique and playful.
Here’s a list of 40 date ideas to break the boredom of chain restaurants and shit movies.