A few years ago we put together our first date night bucket list, and we've created a new one every single year since. Having a list of activities we wanted to do and places we wanted to eat made coming up with what we were going to do for date night each week just a little bit easier. We've loved it so much, even when we haven't quite completed our list, that we've decided to make it an annual tradition in our marriage. This year we're making our bucket list specific to Davis County and I wanted to share it with you! But before I do, I thought it might be helpful to give you a few tips to creating your own.
Create a Bucket List for Date Night in Your Hometown
1. Make a list
Sit down together and make a list of all of the restaurants, activities, attractions, etc. that you have always talked about doing together. We like to keep ours on a shared Google Spreadsheet so that either of us can add to the list at any point in time. As you find new things to do, add them to your master list.
2. Divide the list into categories
Create categories depending on the types of things that you've included on your list. I've chosen to break ours up based on the date night types here on the site; play, dine, see, relax, romance, free/on a budget, at home and worth the trip. Some other ideas for categories might be kid free, family date night, active dates, dessert, season/holiday specific, etc. I try to rotate through the types of dates to add some variety to our date night routine.
3. Pick six to ten dates from your list
Choose your top date night ideas and use them to create a Date Night Bucket List for the coming year. I've found that committing to more than one date every month or two can be a little overwhelming. If you have restaurants on your list, you could pick one per month or one every other month so that you're sure to have time for your favorites. If you have a good date night routine going and know that you have time to cross more off of your list, add more!
4. Put your date nights on the calendar
The last couple of years I put our bucket list dates on my "to do" list for the month that it seemed most fitting for. This definitely brought more success as we worked to cross everything off of our bucket list. The year that we didn't do this, those date night ideas sat on our list and were forgotten about after a few months or until we were past the event or seasonal activity that we wanted to participate in.
*Tip* You can refer back to your master list for other dates throughout the year, even if they're not on your official bucket list for the year. That master list is a great resource for when you're having an "I don't know, what do you want to do?" emergency or those times when you want to surprise your partner for date night. If you're planning a surprise date night, try picking something from the list you know they really want to do or that they added to the list since the last time you two talked.
Now for my favorite part, our bucket list for the year! I had the hardest time narrowing down our master list, and this bucket list is bigger than I'd usually set, but that's because of this little space and the content and date ideas that I want to provide for you. And those dates that we don't get to this year will be great for future years. We still have an entire list of date night locations to pull from for other dates as well. Having these different activities to look forward to makes date night that much more exciting and motivates us to make date night a priority, no matter what our schedule looks like each week.
Play in Davis County
Ice skating at Farmington Station Park
See a couple of shows at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
Family day date at Cherry Hill, then an evening us date for mini golf and pie pockets
Corn maze, hayride, burgers and donuts at the Cross E Ranch fall festival
Dine in Davis County
Chile Amor in North Salt Lake
Cafe Sabor in Layton
ti amo wood fired pizza in Bountiful
Gabor Brothers Pizza in Layton
Holy Smoke BBQ in Layton
Black Bear Diner in Layton or Woods Cross
See Davis County
Spend the night enjoying live entertainment and fountain shows at Farmington Station Park
Hike on Antelope Island
Explore parks in Davis County as a family and make a list of our favorites
Hike the Farmington Creek Trail
Hike the Wild Rose Trail in North Salt Lake
Go roller-blading on the Legacy Park trail
Antelope Island Dark Sky Party
Burly Burger in South Weber
Worth the Trip
Elk viewing at Hardware Ranch
Hot chocolate at Hatch Family Chocolates
Deer Valley summer concert
Sundance full moon lift ride
Dry Bar Comedy
Wise Guys Comedy Club and Slackwater Pizza
See Phantom at Hale Center Theater
Morning date at Top Golf
Ice Castles in Midway
I'd love to hear what's on your date night bucket list for the year! Comment below and let me know! We'll be sure to post about our dates after we've completed them.