Adventurous date ideas that'll get your heart racing

Sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach, heart pounding... The feeling of nervous excitement ahead of a big date is virtually indistinguishable from the sensation you experience when taking on an adrenaline-pumping activity like free-fall jumping. So why not combine the two?

Feb 7 2024

A man and a woman walk together through the Welsh countryside

Research suggests that undertaking activities that increase adrenaline can also heighten the level of attraction to a partner. But there are plenty of reasons to spend time adventuring with someone that aren’t just skin deep, whether that’s communication, companionship, or just trying something different.

If you’re looking for inspiration to take a thrill-seeking partner on an adventurous outing, look no further. We’ve compiled our best ideas and top tips for dates that are as romantic as they are exciting.

Hands tighten climbing rope


Reach new heights together, unlocking core communication skills, trust and teamwork, with a climbing session in the great outdoors. Spur each other on as you achieve your next milestone and take in the views. If you’re beginners to this activity, why not try indoor climbing first for an all-weather option.

Two people paddleboard toward an orange sunset


For a more serene adventure, paddleboarding offers the perfect blend of outdoor exploration and tranquility. Hit the waves along a nearby stretch of coastline, or take a relaxing trip along a river or waterway. If you’re the competitive type, try racing one another – or, for added romance, see if you can share a board.

A woman in a helmet ziplines through the trees

Zip lining

Whooshing along a zipline, whether through forest canopies or open spaces, provides an exhilarating adventure for couples seeking an adrenaline rush. A fun way to get outside and try something different, simply embrace the excitement and enjoy the ride together.

A man and a woman walk together through the Welsh countryside


Step into the great outdoors and embark on a hiking adventure. Walking together provides the perfect opportunity to get to know each other better in a relaxing environment. Chat away as you make your way through the countryside . Choose a scenic route, pack a picnic, and enjoy the journey on foot.

A couple bike across hills in the sun

Mountain biking

Keen cyclist? Discover off-road terrain on two wheels. Take in the sights and sounds of nature as you immerse yourself in woodland, heath or hilly expanses. Conquer challenging trails together and ignite one another’s sense of adventure as you explore.

A tent by a campfire surrounded by forest


Perhaps a bit intense for a first date, camping is a great way to spend time with a loved one. Snuggle up under the night sky and try your hand at stargazing. Enjoy an unplugged stay away from the distractions of modern life and rediscover what you love about one another.

We love hearing about your adventures in the wild, so let us know if you try out any of our suggestions – tag on our centres’ Instagram accounts : @calshotacts, @argoedoutdoor, @runwaysendoc, @tilebarnoutdoor.