Dating can be so much fun, but it’s even better when you do it with your best friend! There are endless possibilities for best friend date ideas, and we’ve put together a list of our favorites.
Whether you’re looking for something low-key or something more adventurous, we’ve got you covered. Might we add that these are easy dates that won’t break the bank, either? So grab your best friend and get ready for a night (or day) of fun!
What is a date night for friends?
A best friend’s date night is when you and your best friend spend time together doing something fun. Remove the fluff and incorporate quality time activities that promote best-friend bonding.
Bff date ideas can be fun cute ideas that are low-key or ones filled with deeper conversations. Truth? We don’t discriminate against best-friend dates. All are welcome here!
Why are best friend dates important?
Best friend dates are important because they help you maintain and strengthen your friendship. Life gets busy, and it’s easy to let friendships fall by the wayside. Best friend dates help you keep your friendship strong by making time for each other.
Ever had a friend transition into a new romantic relationship and months go by without hearing from them? If it happens it’s okay, but having a best friend date ensures that your friendship is a priority.
1. Friends dinner date
Now, there are many ways to create a platonic date with your best friend. You could go out with your friends and reserve a big table at a restaurant. This is best for larger friend groups. If you have a smaller group, you could go to someone’s house and cook dinner together.
This is more intimate and requires less planning. You could schedule it on your calendar and have it be a thing that occurs every Friday and rotate between friends on whether dinner will happen at someone’s house or if you’ll go out to a restaurant. Make it a fun friend date that everyone looks forward to!
2. Watch a Netflix movie or show together
Here’s a fun chill date idea if there ever was one. You and your best friend can Netflix and chill without the added pressure of having to get dressed up. Make some popcorn, dim the lights, get cozy on the couch, and press play. You can even pause it in the middle to chat and catch up with each other.
One of my favorite things to do with my friends is watch some of the most legendary black romantic movies we remember as children and having discussions around them.
3. Take on an art project together
For some of you reading this, an arts and crafts date idea isn’t the most ideal way to spend time with your best friend. But, for those of you who love to get your hands dirty, this best friend date idea is perfect for you.
You can go to a pottery class, paint canvases, or even make jewelry together. The best part is that you get to take home a reminder of your time spent together.
4. Go bike riding together
Exploring the city using bikes is a fun friend date idea. You can pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park, or make stops along the way to get ice cream or coffee. Just imagine the photo ops!
Biking is also a great workout, so it’s a perfect way to get in some exercise while spending time with your best friend.
5. Wake up early to attend a local farmer’s market
Raise your hand if you have that friend who is an early riser that enjoys getting up before the sun to get a head start on the day. If you have a friend like this, #5 is the perfect best morning date idea for you. You can go to a local farmer’s market and get some fresh produce, or browse the vendors for some unique gifts.
6. Do a winery tour
One of my go-to fun group date ideas is to plan a winery tour with my best friends. This is a great way to spend a day if you enjoy wine tasting and good company. You can make it extra special by telling your friends to wear a cute summer dress or hat to the vineyard.
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7. Have a vision board party
Who said that you have to wait until New Year’s to do this? A good date idea for friends to participate in is discussion goals. I mean, as soon as you mention the vision board, many of your friends will be pumped and ready to grab their scissors and glue to get started.
This best friend date idea is great because it allows you to catch up with your friends and see what they’re working towards.
8. Volunteer for a local organization
This is great for those doing the first date with a friend because it’s a low-pressure way to spend time together while giving back to the community. You can Google “volunteer opportunities near me” and find a list of organizations in your area that could use some extra help.
9. Have a spa date
A common theme has been happening where so many girlfriends are planning spa days and I don’t blame you. It definitely checks the box for best friend day ideas.
You can get massages, facials, mani-pedis, and even enjoy some pool time if your spa has one. I once had a friend invite me to a Himalayan Salt Cave and it was such a cool experience.
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10. Attend a festival in the area together
Know a friend that enjoys going out? This best friend’s date idea is perfect for them. There are always festivals happening in different cities, so there’s bound to be one near you. From food festivals to music festivals, to art festivals, there’s something for everyone.
Best friend date ideas
There you have it, ladies! The best friend dates ideas to get excited about. Take your time finding ways to connect with your best friend in a way that works best for you. Life is too short to not have amazing best friends by your side, so make the most of your time together.
Do you have any best friend date ideas that you love? Share them in the comments below!