Coming to an anniversary with your significant other—whether it’s 12 months or 12 years—is worth celebrating. Relationships are hard work, and milestones should be marked. However over the years, anniversaries have become clichés in themselves, along the lines of Valentine’s Day. That’s why we’ve created a list of 20 anniversary date ideas that are fun, romantic, and decidedly not lame.
1. Get all dressed up and take in some culture.
A night at the theater, a museum, a dance show, the opera—find what you’re into, and splurge for a night!
2. Head back to the spot where you two met.
Whether it’s a bar or the beach, head back to the scene where you two first met.
3. Get a room at a chic city hotel or country B&B.
What says romance like spending the day and night at a chic hotel in your city, or a quaint B&B in the country? Not much.
4. Make it a Netflix night.
If you’re the type of couple who’s never home at the same time, spend your anniversary on the couch with takeout, plenty of wine, and a series you both love on Netflix or Redbox.
5. Head on an unplanned road trip.
This one will only work if you’re both open to ending up anywhere. Pick a town, a city, or cool attraction (like California’s Cabazon Dinosaurs, above!), and find accommodations once you’re there.
6. Head to the spa.
If you both are constantly working, there’s no better way to unwind than than a relaxing day at the spa. Not into couples’ massages? Get your own treatments, and meet up after for a relaxing dinner.
7. See a band you both love in concert.
Even if the concert doesn’t fall on the exact anniversary date, grab tickets and spend the night rocking out to you both love.
8. Volunteer together.
If you’re looking to spread the love, head to your local soup kitchen or another volunteering opportunity and spend your day together helping those in need. You’ll both feel good about yourselves when you’re done.
9. Head to a theme park.
Looking to fulfill your need for adrenaline? If your anniversary falls in the summer, head to a theme park and be kids for a day.
10. Go on a boat.
Another summer anniversary idea: Find a boat near you that offers cocktails, while cruising around your city.
11. Take a cooking class together.
You’ll learn to make the perfect dish and have fun in the kitchen.
12. Spend the night laughing—and cocktailing—at a comedy club.
To lighten the mood on your anniversary, head to a comedy show to laugh.
13. Head to the drive-in.
Rather than hitting up the boring old movie theater, why not opt for a classic drive-in? Check online to see if your city or town has them—many do, for limited engagements.
14. Make bets on a Wii game.
Add a little friendly competition to your night by making bets on a fun video game. You choose what happens when you win and vice-versa.
15. Plan a romantic picnic.
Bring along your favorite foods and head to your local park for a romantic picnic.
16. Two words: Wine tasting.
Spending the day sipping vino is the perfect way to unwind and hang out.
17. Head to a painting class.
Painting classes are getting super-popular, and you’ll get to spend the night creating something. Plus, you’ll bring something home that you made together.
18. Find a hot tub spa, a chic bathhouse, or hot springs.
If you’re looking to heat up the night (literally), seek out any of the above.
19. Get photos taken together.
If you’re the type of couple that loves to take #selfies, what better way to celebrate your love than to hire a photographer to take stylish photos of the two of you? If you’re looking for a cheaper option, look for a college photography student who may want to build their portfolio—they may even do it for free!
20. Visit a ski resort.
If your anniversary is in the winter, there’s no better way to add adventure to your anniversary than spending the day skiing and the night cuddled by the fire.