A Picnic and Walk in the Park cheap date idea man and woman on park bench near pond

A Picnic and Walk in the Park

Since the olden days, a classic date has always been a picnic and walk in the park; a contrast from today’s common dinner and a movie. Why not go back to a simpler time and take her on a picnic? Then explore the surroundings.

Food is easy. Sandwiches are classic, and with all the sandwich shops nowadays, you don’t even have to make them yourself. Of course, you will win major bonus points if you do. Who can say no to yummy homemade food? Grab some soda, Powerade, water, or whatever your date’s favorite drink is and men, here’s a tip—don’t forget treats. Don’t you ever forget to pack the treats. Something homemade might even earn you some bonus points in the form of a kiss. It’s science.

It’s all about the location!

Location is key. Pick a dinky park right next to a loud intersection and you’ve just got an awkward hour together. Pick a quiet park next to a duck-filled lake and you’ve got several hours of shy glances, touching her hand, giggles, and precious moments. Why is this such a good date? Well, there’s nature, there’s low-cost, and there’s also something to be said about the simplicity of it. Picnics don’t need frills or complications. It’s just you, your date, nature, and a blanket. Awesome. Then you have the walking and exploring, feeding the ducks, flying a kite, whatever other activities you want to plan while there.

What you need for this picnic and walk in the park date: 

A picnic basket in a park on a table covered with a red and white table cloth.

You need the food, a blanket to sit on, and a stellar location. A nice inexpensive picnic basket will hold all those goodies and add some creative flair as well. Need some ideas for some yummy homemade food? Head over to my other blog In the Kitchen with Matt and you are sure to find some easy to make that will no doubt impress your date.  Want to do some other things while there? You can also bring a Frisbee, a kite, a football, or even cards. If there’s a lake nearby, bring some bread to feed the ducks.

My experience with this creative date idea: 

I have done this picnic and walk in the park one a lot; it’s one of my go-to dates. And one of them stands out in particular, with a girl named Dawn. I wasn’t looking for anything extravagant, just wanting to have some basic interaction, seeing as we didn’t know each other all that well yet. We went and picked up sandwiches from her favorite lunch place, then stopped at the local park. And before you ask, yes, I had treats. Of course I did. I mean you gotta have treats right? Even if your date is on a special diet, you can find a treat that will work. Back to the story.

After eating, we played the questions game, which basically entails asking each other—you guessed it— random, funny questions. We seemed to have a lot in common, there wasn’t any forced conversation, no awkward pauses, and, as a bonus, she was super pretty. But . . . love is a finicky thing, my friends. Even though she seemed really interested, it just didn’t click for me, and I’m still not sure why. Love is just weird, I guess.  

We all want it to click for both people. Really click; the kind of click where you just sit and think, “This is too good to be true.” And sometimes it does end up being too good to be true. Or you get lucky and wind up living happily ever after.

Check out the video I made about this picnic and walk in the park date idea

Do you have experience with this creative date idea? Let me know in the comments how it went and if your date, spouse, significant other liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.

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