A first date can be a daunting experience, but what if it’s also raining. Cancel? Reschedule?
Here’s 50 rainy day dates for couples that will leave you hoping the sun never shines!
So with no further adieu, let’s talk about things to do on a rainy day for adults in love.
50 Rainy Day First Date Ideas
Rainy days in general can be a bummer.
All these date ideas for a rainy day have been tried and tested on rainy days all around the world.
1. Go Bowling
On our first date ever we went bowling. We had a fabulous time.
It was not raining on our first date however, bowling would be a perfect date idea in the rain.
Bowling is also a perfect ice breaker for awkward conversations that may happen during first dates.
Whether you make a strike or your bowling skills are less than to be desired, bowling is a great idea to get out and have fun while you are getting to know someone.
Here is some first date outfit inspiration for you below.
2. Make a home cooked meal together
There is nothing that brings people more together than a home cooked meal.
Cooking together really gets the conversation flowing. It is also very romantic to be cooking as the sound rain platters on the roof above.
For a first date on a rainy day, we would recommend a rich hearty meal like pasta or a roast.
Light some candles, put the fairy lights on and let the magic happen!
Cooking together is one of our favourite things to do on a rainy day at home. Jamie Oliver covers some great romantic recipes here.
3. Wine & Paint
In recent years, wine and paint events have become particularly popular and for good reason.
Going to a bar and making awkward conversation on a first date can be a deal breaker to a potentially very successful relationship.
Going to a wine & paint event can ease awkward tensions as you not only drink but participate in an activity together.
4. Visit a hipster cafe
A normal cafe may prove a little dull for a first cafe. Research a cool or hipster cafe in your local area to visit.
Pick a cafe or restaurant that offers something a little out of the norm.
A cat or dog cafe is always a good idea as it prevents awkward conversation from occurring on a first date.
In Seoul we visited a Meerkat cafe, which is a very cool experience if you ever visit!
5. Go Rollerblading or indoor Ice skating
While it may be a little corny, rollerblading or indoor ice skating is a perfect first date rainy day idea.
There is nothing more romantic then skating around & helping each other up as you fall!
Rollerblading or indoor Ice skating can really help the magic to happen on a first date.
It is perfect too as if you pick an indoor arena, it is completely rain free!
6. Do a Board game or puzzle
Pick an old favourite like Monopoly or Cluedo and get settled in at home for the night.
Make some yummy snacks and tell tales of old childhood memories. A great way to get to know someone on a deeper level.
Who has played the old favourite pictured below?
7. Visit an Art Gallery or Museum
If you have seen any Hollywood movie you will know that visiting an art gallery or museum is a very romantic date idea.
It is perfect for rainy day dates as all the exhibits are inside the museum.
Visiting a museum may also reveal a deeper intellectual side of a person.
8. Go to the drive in cinema or movies
The cinema is a pretty iconic first date idea and it also works for rainy days as it is undercover.
A quirkier, more interesting option is to visit a drive in cinema.
Sitting in a car you are still protected from the rain and hearing the rain pelt down on the windscreen as you watch a movie can be a very romantic experience.
9. Go for an indoor picnic
When we stayed at Cassia Phuket, we had planned a romantic picnic at the beach.
Unfortunately, it was raining the day we planned to go out.
Instead, we choose to improvise and enjoyed a romantic picnic in the lobby of the hotel.
It proved to be a very fun experience. Indoor picnics are one of our favourite indoor date ideas for couples.
10. Attend a pub trivia event
A pub trivia night is a great idea for a first date on a rainy day as it super fun and can encourage a bit of healthy competition in the relationship.
If you are going on a double date this is a particularly good idea.
Look up your local pub to see when their next trivia night is!
11. Go to a Karaoke Bar
There are tonnes of places to go on a rainy day for adults but we love the idea of visiting a Karaoke bar.
It will take a bit of courage but there is nothing more lovable than seeing someone sing karaoke.
Your best bet is to look up Asian karaoke bars in your city to find where to go.
Do you remember the famous love scene in PS I love you? Now if that doesn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will!
12. Go second hand shopping
Hunting out bargains is always a fun thing to do.
We recommend trying on silly outfits to make each other laugh! A fun idea could be a challenge to find the silliest outfit possible in the store.
Pick something interesting out for each other to try!
Make a runway and go strut your stuff! It is sure to make your date laugh!
13. Go to an arcade
If you are young at heart, an arcade will certainly be up your alley.
Try your hand at the dance machine or on the cars.
You never know, you might be able to win a prize to impress your date!
If not, having a laugh at how bad you both performed will be pretty fun too!
14. Have a movie marathon
Are you a fan of Game of Thrones or even an old classic like Lord of the Rings.
Plan a movie marathon and watch movies until your heart is complete.
Remember to have some snacks handy and a bunch of pillows ready to get snuggly!
15. Go bar hopping
Bar hopping is always so much fun and can really get the conversation flowing on a first date!
Why not set up a challenge like trying to visit every bar on a particular street. If ever find yourself in Edinburgh try the Rose St Challenge, that is a drink at every bar on the street!
Beware: You might have to make quick dashes between venues to avoid the rain!
16. Go for a rain walk
If you are looking for more romantic rainy day ideas then why not embrace the bad weather?
What is more romantic than going for a stroll in the rain with an umbrella in hand. To avoid getting wet you might just have to get snuggly!
Probably an activity you will forgo on later dates so it is nice to make the most of making crazy decisions while it lasts.
17. Let it all hang out and dance in the rain
This might be something you want to save for the end of the date.
Singing and dancing in the rain will demonstrate your fun & spontaneous side to your date.
There is seriously nothing more liberating than singing and dancing in the rain!
18. Go coffee tasting – to find the best coffee in the city!
This idea is one for true coffee lovers as it will truly leave you buzzing!
On one of our first dates, we did this as we are true coffee fans – a mission to discover the best coffee in the city.
If it gets too much with the first two coffees, switch to a drink with less caffeine like hot chocolate.
19. Splurge on a Michelin Star restaurant
There is no better time to justify spending money on fine dining than on a first date on a rainy day.
Pick a Michelin Star restaurant in your local area to try.
If the date goes well, you can always go to another to compare for a second date.
20. Visit an indoor pool
Going for a splash around in a pool is always a good idea for a first date.
Try to find an indoor pool with lots of different pools with different temperatures to try.
There is nothing worse than getting bored on a date and having a myriad of choice can cure the awkwardness!
21. Go for a massage
A massage is such a treat and there is no better time to treat yourself than on a first date on a rainy day.
If you want a little different experience, try a Thai or Chinese massage.
You will have a barrel of laughs when you see each other come out in the traditional outfits they provide.
22. Get your nails done
Well lets face it, a male probably isn’t interested in getting their nails done but this test will test how keen they really are!
If they agree to come get their nails done with you then you REALLY know you have a keeper!
So how about it, mani/pedi anyone?
23. Go to a sushi train
Sushi is of course totally delicious but the best thing about a sushi train is the theatrics of the experience.
A restaurant with a little more theatrics which can ease the tension of a first date.
Below is a super fun sushi restaurant in Toyko where you order what you want and it gets delivered to you.
24. Go to a teppanyaki restaurant
With the above in mind, if sushi doesn’t tickle your pickle, why not go to a teppanyaki restaurant.
Seeing the chef throw fried egg in the air and getting each party around the table to try to catch it is certainly always a barrel of laughs.
It can also ease any tension that may be around due to the first date.
25. Go to shopping centre and walk around
Not the most interesting idea, but a very causal, chilled first date which is perfect for a rainy day.
Shopping centres are also great for people watching. Rain draws all the weirdos in society to a shopping centre so they are a lot of great people to watch.
A great people watching game to consider is taking turns to guess about a random person’s life.
26. Take photos at a photo booth
It is always so much fun taking photos in a photo booth.
If you can find a Japanese photo booth, it is particularly fun due to all the weird and wonderful settings – love hearts, red lips, pink cheeks, you name it, they got it!
A first date might be too soon to share a couples photo on IG, but when the time is right, make sure to add a romantic couple quote.
27. Go to a cooking lesson together
If you don’t want to cook at home why not take part in a cooking lesson together.
Trying your hand at a new culinary cuisine can be particularly fun and interesting experience. It will also demonstrate how well you cooperate together as a team.
28. Indoor go carts!
Go carting outside is very fun but indoor go carts have become very popular in recent years and are a perfect first date idea on a rainy day.
There aren’t many people out there that hate go carts so it is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of first dates.
29. Try an indoor sport
Many sports can be played completely indoors such squash and indoor tennis.
Showing your competitive side can be very healthy and fun in a new relationship.
30. Go to the gym or take a fitness class
If you both have a mutual love of fitness, it would be fun to go to the gym or take a fitness class together.
For couples who are into fitness, helping each other with gym equipment can be a particularly rewarding experience.
It also highlights mutual interests in staying fit and heathy.
31. Go to a chocolate factory
Pretend you are Charlie from Willy Wonka and make a journey to discover a chocolate factory.
If there are no chocolate factories in your city, a chocolate cafe will suffice.
One of our favourite chocolate cafes is Angelinas in Paris which has now franchised out to all over the world! See if you can find Angelinas in your city. You can thank me later.
32. Take a tour of a beer factory
We love beer and nowadays it is not uncommon for women to enjoy beer as well as men. Therefore, it is a great first date idea on a rainy day for women and men alike!
There is a beer factory in most major cities so you shouldn’t have trouble fulfilling this rainy day first date idea!
33. Go wine tasting
If you are more wine people, you could always switch the beer for wine and go on a wine tasting journey.
You wont be able to frolic in the vineyards outside but the wine tasting itself will be very possible in the rain! My mouth is watering at just the thought of a delicious red wine.
34. Go shooting
If you love guns, shooting is a fun and slightly exhilarating experience.
For a slightly different experience, you could play Tejo, a game where you aim to hit a small paper triangle packed with gunpowder
35. Eat pizza!
There is nothing more comforting than eating a delicious wood fire pizza on a rainy day.
Why not share your love of all things delicious with your first date!
Making pizza together is one of our favourite rainy day date ideas at home.
36. Go for high tea
High tea is always so much fun. Tea, jam, scones, mini sandwiches – what’s not to love!
Sure, this idea is a little more on the feminine side but it will show you how serious he really is about you if he agrees!
37. Play cards
Everyone has a favourite game of cards. Teach your date your game and let them teach you theirs.
Whether it is Hearts or Uno it is certainly great way to start a relationship with a bit of healthy card competition.
38. Play playstation or wii
Leading on from the above, playing playstation or wii might tickle your fancy more!
After a session at the nail bar, it might be fair to come back to a game of playstation or wii.
After all, there should be a bit of give and take in a healthy relationship.
39. Indoor put put golf
In some cities nowadays there is indoor put put. A traditionally fun outdoor game which is now indoors.
Some places allow you to also drink as you putt along which is a big plus!
40. Driving range
While golf is out on a rainy day, the driving range is not.
Most driving ranges are undercover so you can hit balls out into the universe until your heart is content.
It is a great first date idea as doing an activity always eases tension.
41. Drinking games
Now we are getting into the MA+ style first date rainy day ideas.
Drinking games are so fun and always help to lighten the mood.
Our favourites are power hour and kings cup. Look them up if you don’t know, they are goodies!
42. Horse Races
While we are there in the adult activities, why not go to the horse races?
You can bet on a horse while being completely undercover and enjoy a beer.
If it’s raining too heavy the races can be called off so be careful for that!
43. Online gambling
If you cannot be bothered venturing out in the rain for the option above, why not try online gambling.
Here is a review of our favourite online gambling site, Right Casino.
Right Casino is a comparison site of all different casinos so it is great to be able to compare which casino has the best offers around!
44. Go fishing
Fishing? Fishing you may say doesn’t sound like the best activity to do while raining?!
But in fact, fish are more active during rain so you will have more success at this time.
For outdoors people, this would be a super fun, unforgettable experience for a first date!
45. Go to bingo
Bingo is considered a bit of an old ladies game but it can be super fun in a couple.
Having a drink and laughing at the host saying “All the 4s, 44!” is certainly something to talk about for many more dates to come.
46. Have a pillow fight
Bring out the little kid inside of you and have a pillow fight!
This will certainly ease the tension of any first date and it is great activity to do in the rain as it is totally indoors!
Add this to your list of things to do on a rainy night with your boyfriend or girlfriend for a fun night in.
47. Volunteer at a dog shelter
We saw this activity once on the Bachelor and thought it was just too cute to be true!
It really tugs on the old heart strings to see someone you fancy spending their time giving back to others.
If there is no dog shelter nearby you, what about a nursing home? Old people are THE BEST at asking hard questions. They might just ask the ones that you are too scared to ask yourself
48. Go to the aquarium
A zoo might be out in the middle of the pouring rain but how about an aquarium?
It is magic to spend a first date while it is raining watching the colourful fish, sharks and jellyfish float by.
There is something just romantic about an aquarium, don’t you think?
49. Visit friends
There is nothing better to get to know someone on a deeper level than to spend some time with their friends and family.
Suggest you will make 2 trips – one to each party’s respective friends house- morning and afternoon tea!
After this first date, you will really know if you are up for a second!
50. Go for a dancing lesson
Last but certainly not least, our favourite in fact, is to go on a dancing lesson.
There is nothing more romantic than going for a dance lesson together.
We would recommend tango or salsa as some good dance styles for romance blossoming.
Don’t be shy, why really is a good dancer anyway?
Taking a dancing lesson together is one of our favourite romantic rainy day ideas.
So there you have it! 50 First Date Ideas in the rain!
Bonus: Rainy Day Date Ideas NYC
A lot of our readers were requesting rainy day date ideas for NYC so we decided to add a brief addition dedicated to rainy day dates in NYC.
- Visit the Brooklyn Cat Cafe – Nothing like a super cute cat date!!
- Watch one of the amazing musicals on Broadway
- Visit Grand Central Terminal
- Visit the Oculus
- Go shopping at the Chelsea Market
We hope this helped you plan your rainy day first date. Let us know in the comments below what you ended up doing! And, if we missed a particular good date idea we would also absolutely love to hear it!