130 Alphabet Date Ideas for Your Next ABC Date Night

This dating trend is pure genius.
Alphabet Date Ideas
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Updated Jan 31, 2024

If you've ever struggled to come up with a creative date idea, welcome to the not-so-exclusive club. It's tricky to concoct a great plan on the spot, or sometimes life's tediousness wins and you end up spending yet another evening on the couch with takeout. Alphabet date ideas are here to save the day—and the romance!

Long story short, alphabet dates are an inventive way to take the pressure off planning, spice things up a bit, and tap into a little spontaneity. You simply pick a letter of the alphabet and then build a date around said letter. And we're making things even easier by sharing a ton of alphabet dating ideas for every single letter of the alphabet, below. Yes, even the difficult letters. (We see you, XYZ.)

In this article:

What Is Alphabet Dating?

The premise of alphabet dating is genius: Simply pick a letter of the alphabet and then plan a date that starts with that letter. For example, if you choose the letter C then your alphabet date might entail a craft night or a cycling class. Or, if you end up all the way down at letter Z, your date du jour might be a visit to the zoo or a zipline adventure.

You can go about this in a couple of different ways. You could simply work your way down the alphabet, taking turns with each letter. Alternatively, you could have one partner pick a random letter and the other person pick a date based on that letter.

The Best Alphabet Date Ideas, From A to Z

Stuck on what to do for your next ABC date night? We've whipped up a huge list of alphabet date ideas in alphabetical order for you to choose from.

Alphabet Date Ideas: A

  • Arcade
  • Aquarium
  • Art gallery
  • Astrology (or aura) reading
  • Antiquing

Alphabet Date Ideas: B

  • Bar trivia night
  • Bumper cars
  • Botanical garden
  • Beach day
  • Bird watching

Alphabet Date Ideas: C

  • Comedy club
  • Cooking class
  • Craft night
  • Coffee shop
  • Cycling class

Alphabet Date Ideas: D

  • Dinner cruise
  • Drive-in theater
  • Dueling piano bar
  • Drag show
  • Dog park

Alphabet Date Ideas: E

  • Escape room
  • Estate sale
  • Evening stroll
  • Espresso tasting
  • Exercise class

Alphabet Date Ideas: F

  • Farmers' market
  • Froyo date night
  • Festival (Find a local one!)
  • Fancy dinner
  • Food tour

Alphabet Date Ideas: G

  • Glamping
  • Geocaching adventure
  • Garden (Start your own or visit one.)
  • Golfing
  • Ghost tour

Alphabet Date Ideas: H

  • History museum
  • Hot air balloon
  • Hiking
  • Happy hour
  • Hotel lounging

Alphabet Date Ideas: I

  • Indoor rock climbing
  • Ice cream parlor
  • Ice skating
  • Improv show
  • Indie band

Alphabet Date Ideas: J

  • Jacuzzi
  • Jazz club
  • Jeep tour
  • Jewelry-making class
  • Jigsaw puzzle

Alphabet Date Ideas: K

  • Karaoke
  • Kite-flying
  • Kayaking
  • Kickboxing class
  • Knife or ax-throwing

Alphabet Date Ideas: L

  • Laser tag
  • Library
  • Love letter writing
  • Live music show
  • Lego building

Alphabet Date Ideas: M

  • Mini golf
  • Movie night
  • Mani/pedis
  • Mural spotting
  • Musical

Alphabet Date Ideas: N

  • Nature walk
  • New cuisine dinner (Try something new!)
  • National park
  • Night market
  • Netflix and chill

Alphabet Date Ideas: O

  • Observatory
  • Opera
  • Obstacle course
  • Oyster bar
  • Outdoor sculpture park

Alphabet Date Ideas: P

  • Paintball
  • Poetry reading
  • Picnic in the park
  • Pottery class
  • Pickleball

Alphabet Date Ideas: Q

  • Quick getaway
  • Quading
  • Quilting class or exhibit
  • Quiet time
  • "Queen or King for a Day" (Take turns spoiling each other.)

Alphabet Date Ideas: R

  • Road trip
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller skating
  • Rom-com movie night
  • Ramen dinner

Alphabet Date Ideas: S

  • Shopping date
  • Sledding
  • Stargazing
  • Symphony
  • Swing dancing

Alphabet Date Ideas: T

  • Tie-dyeing
  • Tiki bar
  • Thrift store date (Pick out something for each other.)
  • Tarot card reading
  • Tennis game

Alphabet Date Ideas: U

  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Urban exploration (explore a city!)
  • U.S. monument
  • Underground (or speakeasy) bar
  • University game (baseball, basketball, football…)

Alphabet Date Ideas: V

  • Vintage car show or museum
  • Video game night
  • Volunteer
  • Vinyl record shopping
  • Volleyball game

Alphabet Date Ideas: W

  • Water park
  • Wine tasting
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset
  • Woodworking class
  • Wildlife sanctuary

Alphabet Date Ideas: X

  • Xbox gaming night
  • X-Country skiing
  • X-Files binge
  • X-factor challenge ("Dare" each other to do a few crazy—but safe!—activities.)
  • X-Marks-the-Spot (Plan a treasure hunt.)

Alphabet Date Ideas: Y

  • Yahtzee
  • Yard sale-ing
  • Yurt stay
  • Yoga class
  • Yes Day (Say yes to everything!)

Alphabet Date Ideas: Z

  • Ziplining
  • Zoo
  • Zero-proof cocktail making
  • Zodiac reading or discovery
  • Zumba class
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