Adventurous Date Ideas That Will Spice Up Your Relationship

Swim with sharks and heli-ski major mountains without leaving the U.S.

A candle lit dinner with a nice bottle of wine, a trip to the movies with a shared bucket of popcorn, a night in with Netflix and cuddling on the couch—these date ideas can certainly be fun, but sometimes you need to spice it up a little. [slideshow:1231]

Or maybe you need to spice it up a lot?

When it comes to adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers, dinner and a movie doesn’t always cut it. When you’re thinking of making your next date a little more exciting than your last, we’ve put together a few suggestions.

Regardless of where you live, you can find adventurous dates nearby. You don’t need to travel to South Africa to swim with sharks and you don’t need to go to France to try heli-skiing—these adventures, along with others, can be found across the U.S. All you need is a sense of adventure, a little planning and maybe a long weekend to enjoy a date that will bring you two closer than ever.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Love is in the thin high-altitude air. It’s tough to find a date more romantic (and adventurous) than a hot air balloon ride—luckily there are great opportunities to lift off all over the country. Fly over the incredible red rock formations as the sun rises in Sedona, Ariz. or take in a remarkable view of Napa Valley’s Vineyards in California. Afterward you can enjoy a romantic picnic with some world-class wine.

Dive with Sharks

Don’t worry about traveling to South Africa or Australia to see these massive creatures up close, many aquariums across the country offer diving experiences with their own shark populations. In New York, plunge into a tank full of circling sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks and catch a glimpse of the gaping moray eel or head to the Georgia Aquarium to SCUBA dive or snorkel with gentle whale sharks and manta rays. Check your local aquarium for a similar dive experience.

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