20 Hot Dates Under $20

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  1. Sporty Dates

    $ Hiking Pack your hiking boots or a comfortable pair of sneakers, two large bottles of water, and yummy sandwiches.

    $ Roller Skating If you own skates, head over to the nearest roller rink for a retro good time. If not, expect to pay about $6 for rental skates. Make sure you hold hands during those couple skates!

    $–$$ Minor League Games Buy tickets for seats farther in the back of the stadium and you'll spend as little as $8 a piece.

    $–$$ Bowling Between the $5 pitchers and the rental shoes, it's the perfect date for some low-key fun.

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  2. Artsy Dates

    $ Art Gallery Most art galleries are free, so check out new artists in your area. Free wine is often served on the opening night of exhibits. Cheers!

    $–$$ Local Concerts Check your local paper or its website for free concerts. For shows in the park, pack a picnic so you can dance and dine in the same place.

    $$$ Pottery Painting Okay, you won’t exactly be able to reenact the scene from Ghost at a pottery shop, but you’ll be able to paint funky coffee mugs!

    Free: Book Reading Check out a local (free!) book reading. Then grab coffee and talk about your latest read.

    Feeling like a night in? Serve wine at home and nibble on some tapas.

  3. At-Home Dates

    $–$$ Bathroom Spa Take turns giving each other massages and rinse off all that oil with a bubble bath. Just don't get too relaxed. Falling asleep really kills the mood!

    $ Movie Theme Night If you're in the mood for Italian, rent The Godfather and cook up some pasta. Watch Wedding Crashers with slices of cake from your fave bakery.

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  4. Foodie Dates

    $ Street or County Fair Whether it’s a pie bake-off on a farm or a falafel stand in the city, fairs are great places to sample and soak up the local flavor.

    $ Ethnic Eats Here’s the thing about low-key ethnic restaurants: The food is often just as good as pricier cuisine.

    $$ Cooking Class Get friends together and ask everyone to bring their favorite recipes and the ingredients to make them.

    $$ Farmers’ Market Grab your reusable grocery bag, and head over to your local farmers’ market.

    $$$ Brunch Many weekend hot spots offer deals on brunch buffets and drinks.

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  5. Offbeat Dates

    $$$ Thrift Shopping Head to a flea market or thrift store and have a contest to see who can find the wackiest item. The only catch? You can spend no more than $10 each.

    $$$ Amateur Comedy Show Laugh it up during open mic night at a comedy club. Admission rates are cheaper when you watch amateurs take the stage.

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  6. On-the-Go Dates

    $ Volunteer “Work” Doing good together can be a lot of fun. If you love the outdoors, find an organization that plants trees or cleans beaches.

    $ Historic Tour Every town or city has a unique history, so find out yours by taking a walking tour of local sites with historical significance.

    $$$ Dance Class Obsessed with Dancing With the Stars? It’s time to test your own skills by taking a couples dance class.

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