Free Date Ideas You'll Both Love

Your love doesn't have to cost a thing!Your love doesn't have to cost a thing!What does your idea of a romantic evening entail? Fancy dinners? Flowers? Gifts? Sometimes it's important to remember that being romantic doesn't have to mean spending all your dough. There are many ways to treat your loved one to a special date without emptying your wallet (or his). has shared his list of great ideas...and the best part is, they're all free!

Bonus: If you don't have an S.O., most of these ideas work pretty well for a group of friends as well.

1. Local art shows: Many cities have local art shows or photography exhibitions that are free to visit. Some even offer complimentary wine and cheese. Look in your local newspaper or city's website for listings near you. The cultural benefits are a nice bonus!

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2. Amateur night at a bar: So-called amateur or open-mic nights tend to showcase local talent in either music or comedy performances, depending on the venue. Before you go, do your research to make sure it's something that would actually interest you and your date.

3. Tour a local brewery:
Most brewery tours are free and-best of all-include free samples at the end. So get your beer buzz on and learn about brewing from those who do it best!

4. Have a game night: Everyone has a favorite childhood (or adulthood) game, whether it's Monopoly, Clue, or Catch Phrase, so settle in for the night and enjoy a little friendly competition. Or you might try one of the new, more complex games that are sweeping the country like "Settlers of Canaan."

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5. Go stargazing: Urbanites, toss a blanket and bottle of wine in the car and then drive until you find a scenic location far from the city lights. If you want to make an entire night of it, bring a picnic and dine by the sunset. What's more romantic than that?

Looking for more great and free date nights? Check out our complete list of 40 date ideas you'll both love!

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