Athletic dating ideas
Take up tennis — it’s free after you both have racquets and you get to spend time outside together. Indulge in a seasonal activity: pumpkin carving, making hot chocolate from scratch, grilling outside, etc. Wait for a night that has nice weather and go somewhere where you can see the city lights/skyline and just chill out. Not only are they free and interesting, but usually you end the tour with a bunch of free samples.
If you want to strike up a conversation with an athletic girl -- and perhaps pursue a relationship or friendship with her -- use her interest in sports to spark some conversation.
Bowling is always a fun night out, and if you go during the week you can find somewhere to do it super cheap. Go to a local park and rent a canoe or paddleboards.
You’ll have fun conversations and learn a lot about your partner’s business sense while doing it. I used a version of this tutorial to turn a junky 80’s coffee table into a beautiful beachy one, and it was a simple, fun project to do with another person.
You don’t have to buy anything, it’s fun to look around at antiques and nostalgic products from the 90’s. If you do find things at the flea market/thrift store, you can fix them up together. This works with a community garden or a regular park as well.
Look up the events calendar of your local paper, there’s tons of free events like art shows, block parties, and festivals that you can go to together. My go-to cheap date is to grab some food from my apartment and walk to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and walk around/hang out on the grass. The best headlines contain intelligent words and succinct sentences capable of drawing everyone's attention.