50 Bucket List Ideas for Couples

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Creating a couple’s bucket list with your significant other is a fun way to bond, discuss what’s important, and get excited about your future together.

But what if you’re stuck on ideas? Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! I’ve written the ultimate guide to bucket list ideas for couples, and rest assured, you’re in good hands!

I wrote my first bucket list at the age of 21 and completed every single item on it by the time I was 32 (the last item on the list was “become a mother” which I did at age 32!)

That was my individual bucket list, but after I got married my husband and I wrote a couples bucket list on one of our date nights, and we’ve been working through it ever since.

Below you’ll find over 50 ideas that will inspire you to create your own couples bucket list!

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50+ Bucket List Ideas for Couples

1. Volunteer

Spend some time volunteering for a cause that you believe in. You could volunteer at a local soup kitchen, an animal shelter, a veterans organization – choose something that resonates with you as a couple and spend time giving back to the community.

2. Go Camping Somewhere Remote

If you’re the outdoorsy type, plan a camping adventure somewhere remote. We’re talking no toilets, no amenities – just the two of you, a tent, and the wilderness.

view out tent door into wilderness

3. Run a 5K

Running a 5k is a great way to enjoy each other’s company, get fit and have fun. There are plenty of themed 5k’s, and many of them benefit a non-profit organization, so it’s a win-win (even if you don’t win!) You’ll also get a nice finishers medal!

4. Write a Letter to Each Other To Open in 20 Years

How lovely would it be to open a letter from your spouse in 20 years, written to you today? You’ll get the chance to re-live how they see you at this very moment – I’m tearing up just writing this!

5. Learn a New Language Together

Learning a new language as an adult can be tough, but it’s a lot easier (and a lot more fun) when you do it with someone else. And while you’re at it, why not plan a trip to the region that speaks your chosen language?

6. Travel to Paris

Ah Paris, the city of love. Anyone who’s been to Paris knows why it’s called that. It’s the perfect place to fall deeply in love (and to fall in love all over again.) Just imagine sitting under the Eiffel Tower together at night, watching it sparkle while enjoying some French cheese and wine.

eiffel tower

7. Write a Book Together

Here’s a fun idea – write a book together but take turns writing each chapter. One of you starts with Chapter 1. Once you’ve finished, hand it off to your partner, and they complete chapter 2. Keep going until you’ve written 20 chapters and see how your story turns out!

8. Take a Cooking Class Together

Enroll in a cooking class and master your favorite dish together. My husband and I took a cooking class at our local Indian restaurant, but if you can’t find any in-person classes, there are plenty of virtual classes.

9. Do a Couples Painting

Even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body (raises hand) you can still have fun doing a couples painting class. There are plenty of art studios that hold couples classes with an instructor who will lead you, step-by-step. And at the end, you’ll have something beautiful to display (or store under the bed, in my case.)

10. Purchase a House

This is a big one, but there’s nothing quite like homeownership. If this is a goal of yours, put it on your couples bucket list and starting planning, saving, and scouring listings in your perfect location.

11. Start a Holiday Tradition

Holiday traditions are so much fun! Our family has a Christmas tradition – on Christmas Eve we open a box that has new PJ’s and chocolate. We watch a Christmas movie in our new PJ’s and eat our yummy chocolate, then go to bed ready for Christmas Day!

12. Learn Ballroom Dancing

Have you ever watched Dancing With The Stars and wished you could twirl around like that? You can! Or you can at least try, by enrolling in a couples ballroom dancing class.

13. Go on a Cruise

There’s something about cruising that makes you feel like Princess Grace of Monaco… Or is that just me? Regardless, if you love traveling, definitely add going on a cruise to your couples bucket list.

14. Take a Camel Ride

I remember back in 2010 I wrote a list of all the modes of transportation I had used that year:

  • My feet
  • Bicycle
  • Motorcycle
  • Car
  • Train
  • Plane
  • Boat
  • Camel

By far, the most fun was the camel! If you’ve never ridden on a camel before, definitely add it to your bucket list for couples!

15. Start a Hobby Business

Starting a side business has so many benefits – it’s fun, you’ll learn new skills, you’ll meet new people and you’ll make money doing something you enjoy. You never know, it may even turn into a full-time business.

16. Go Strawberry Picking

Spend the day at a family-owned strawberry farm then go home and make your own strawberry jam. You’ll have fun, be supporting a small, locally owned business and you’ll have the freshest, most delicious strawberries money can buy.

17. Go Skydiving

If you’re afraid of heights, either give this one a miss or decide you’re going to conquer your fear. If you choose the latter, who better to conquer your fear with than your significant other?

man's feet skydiving

18. Start a Vegetable Garden

There’s nothing like walking outside and harvesting your own vegetables to prepare for dinner. Start a vegetable garden together and reap the rewards, of which there are many.

19. Go Paddle Boating

Recreate the famous scene from “The Notebook” by renting a paddleboat. I can’t guarantee you’ll be surrounded by white swans but you’ll definitely have fun!

20. Skinny Dip

Speaking of water – if you’ve never skinny-dipped together add that one to your couple’s bucket list. Just make sure there’s no one else around!

21. Get Professional Photos Taken

When was the last time you had professional photos taken? If it’s like us, it was probably your wedding day (and it’s likely a lot has changed since then!) Get some updated photos taken and don’t forget to print them out.

22. Research Your Family Tree

This would be an incredible gift to give your future children – a completed family tree for both of you, all the way down to when your first child is born!

23. Visit a National Park

Spend some time in nature visiting a gorgeous national park – you could even add to this and try to visit every national park in the entire country!

24. Adopt a Shelter Pet

If you’ve been considering getting a pet, why not open your home to someone who desperately needs a home? Head to your local animal shelter, spend some time with the animals, and see who steals your heart.

black cat in cage

25. Join a Sports Team

Get into the competitive spirit and join a local sporting team together. There are plenty of local sporting teams that have both same-sex and co-ed team members, so there’s a team for everyone!

25. Go to a Day Spa

Spend the day getting pampered together at a day spa – your mind and body will thank you!

26. Recreate Your First Date

Make it extra special by arriving separately and pretending you don’t know each other, just like your actual first date.

27. Write Each Other a Love Letter

Create something that will be cherished forever, and will one day warm the heart of future generations by writing each other a heartfelt love letter.

28. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon

Not for the faint of heart, but certainly a romantic couples bucket list idea – take a ride on a hot air balloon (bonus points if it’s right at sunrise!)

29. Complete a Hike

Get off the beaten path for a while by researching hiking trails and completing a hike together – challenging, rewarding, and definitely something you’ll be proud of!

30. Write a Song Together

If one (or both) of you is musically inclined this will be a lot easier – otherwise, why not collaborate on the lyrics and hire someone to write the music?

31. Build a Snowman

Embrace your inner child and build a snowman in your front yard together. While you’re at it, why not build an entire snow family?

32. Have a Snowball Fight

Once you’ve finished building your sweet snowman family, it’s game on! Finish it off with an epic snowball fight.

33. Draw a Portrait of Each Other

Depending on your drawing ability, this could turn out incredible or incredibly hilarious. Either way, it’s guaranteed to be fun.

34. Go Horseback Riding

There’s not much more exhilarating than feeling the breeze on your face as you ride on the back of a magnificent horse. Finish off your ride with a picnic lunch.

35. Go Snorkeling

Explore the wonders of the sea together by going snorkeling, you never know what you might see!

36. Complete an Extremely Challenging Puzzle Together

Purchase the most challenging puzzle you can find (this one is super challenging!) and set out to complete it together. An added bonus – you’ll have plenty of bonding time!

37. Write a Poem About Each Other

It can be funny, romantic, sweet, rhyming – just let it flow and see where you end up!

38. Make Each Other a Christmas Ornament

Create a Christmas ornament for each other to hang on the tree – it’s sure to bring back happy memories every year.

39. Build a Sandcastle

Spend the day at the beach building the biggest, most impressive sandcastle you’ve ever built. Take a few pictures then hold hands, jump up and destroy the entire thing!

pyramid made of sand

40. Go to the Olympic Games

If you’re a sports fan, there’s not much more thrilling than watching the Olympic Games live. The International Olympic Committee releases the name of the host city 8 years in advance, which gives you plenty of time to start saving and planning.

41. Create Your Signature Cocktail

If you enjoy the occasional adult beverage, why not come up with your own signature cocktail. Give it a cheesy name a la “Brangelina” for bonus points!

42. Go Ice Skating on a Frozen Lake

There’s something so romantic sounding about going ice-skating together on a frozen lake – reminds me of a Christmas movie!

43. Put Together a Care Package for a Deployed Service Member

Give back to those who serve by putting together a care package and sending it off to a deployed service member. Ask around to see if anyone has a friend or family member who is currently deployed. If not, research organizations that put together care packages and get involved.

44. See the Northern Lights

This is a popular entry on any bucket list, couples or not! The Northern Lights are spectacular and definitely worth braving the cold to see.

northern lights

45. Host a Super Bowl Party

If you’re the sports/entertaining type, then why not decide to host the most epic Super Bowl Party your family and friends have ever been to? Go all out on the food, decorations, pre-game entertainment and then spend the evening cheering on your favorite team.

46. Create a Photo Album of Your Most Memorable Moments

We take so many pictures these days but they usually end up stored on your computer and rarely looked at. Go through your online albums, print out your most memorable moments and create a couples photo album that will be cherished for generations to come.

47. Start a “One Entry a Day” Journal Together

My Grandfather passed away recently and when my Grandmother was going through his belongings, she found a “One Entry a Day” journal he kept in 1989. It was so lovely to read his thoughts for each day and see the world through his eyes.

Each start your own “One Entry a Day” journal and maintain it for an entire year. When you’ve finished the entire year, go ahead and read both. It will be interesting to compare how you both recorded each day.

48. Have a Farm Stay

Spend the weekend at a local farm, helping tend to the animals, water crops, muck out stables, and experience life as a farmer. You never know, you might decide on a career change!

49. Learn How to Send Telepathic Messages to Each Other

You may already be in sync with one another and feel like you can do this already. Otherwise, you might want to strengthen your abilities!

50. Splurge on a Super Expensive Meal

I’m all about being responsible with money, but I also think it’s OK to splurge every once in a while! After all, this is a couple’s bucket list! Research the fanciest restaurants in your nearest city, choose the one that you like the most, and make reservations. Get dressed to the nines and enjoy your fancy meal!

51. Create a Financial Plan

OK, now we’ve talked about splurging let’s get serious. Rounding off the list of bucket list ideas for couples is creating a financial plan. It might sound boring but preparing for your future is one of the most important things you can do. Spend some time creating a budget if you don’t already have one. Consider meeting with a financial planner and look into investing, real estate, etc. Your future self will thank you!

Hopefully, this list of bucket list ideas for couples has got you thinking and inspired you to add to your own list!

Remember, you can keep adding to your list if you think of something else you’d like to do together. The most important thing is that you start planning and checking things off your list! Enjoy life together!

Do you have any other bucket list ideas for couples? If so, drop them in the comments below.

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