With summertime at your doorstep, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor date ideas to woo your love interest. But maybe you’ve done “go on a walk at sunset” one too many times and need some summer date ideas with that special touch.
Read on for some fun outdoor date ideas that help spark a little romance in the warm, sunny weather.
1. Paint and Picnic
Calling all artists! Surprise your S.O. with a fun outdoor date idea that involves paint, scenery, and, of course, delicious treats. Head to your nearest art supply store and grab two small canvases, a variety of paints, brushes, and paper plates for mixing. Next, gather everything that screams picnic (cheese, crackers, olives, spreads—you get the idea). Pack everything up, and take your partner to an outdoor spot with a view, where you can paint what you see. Even if art class wasn’t your best subject in school, you’ll both have a fun time comparing your masterpieces and at least eating good snacks.
2. Listen to Live Music
Many cities host live music at outdoor venues during the summer months. Check in your city to see if local museums with gardens, public parks, rooftops, and so on put on any shows that you and your date could go to for a perfect summer date night. For example, if you’re looking for music-oriented date ideas in NYC, many organizations, like the New York Philharmonic, and public parks put on free concerts throughout the summer.
If you can’t find any smaller shows, buy tickets to a music festival that features artists that you both like.
3. Lounge by the Pool
Don’t have a pool? No problem. This outdoor date idea relies on nearby hotels or resorts for your next romantic outing. Many hotels and resorts offer day passes for their pools and spas for non-hotel guests. You can book passes for the two of you and spend the day hopping between pool and hot tub and sipping on drinks. Is there anything more relaxing?
4. Hit the Links
Golf is a fun outdoor date idea any time of year but especially during the summer when the sun is shining and you can have a cold drink in your hand while you play a few rounds. Challenge each other to miniature golf, or, if you’re feeling ready for the pros, practice your swing at a local golf course. Even if golf is more your partner’s thing, it’s still fun to drive the golf cart around.
5. Go on a Nature Walk or Hike
When you need some nature date ideas, all you have to do is lace up your shoes and head to your nearest nature trail. Whether it’s a leisurely walk through a park or a strenuous hike to a peak, getting out in nature with your significant other is a great way to experience the beautiful outdoors together.
6. Relax at a Beer Garden
Nothing says “summer” more than sipping on a crisp IPA or cider at your local beer garden. This is a great outdoor date idea when you’re just getting to know someone because you can chat in a relaxed environment—and sip on a little liquid courage if you’re feeling nervous. Brewery patios often have outdoor group activities like cornhole, so challenge your date to a game. Loser pays for the next round! Learn more about who should pay on the first date.
7. Fly a Kite
Channel your inner child with a summer date idea that involves flying [or remembering how to fly] a kite. This is a fun activity to do with someone else, so bring your date along on a windy day and see if you two can get the kite up in the sky. Don’t let failed attempts get you down—we’re sure that laughs will ensue.
8. Head to the Beach
If you live near the ocean, a river, or a lake, don’t say no when the beach is calling. Take advantage of the hot, sultry weather and enjoy a beach date with your S.O. Get a little sunkissed, then enjoy a much-needed cool-off in the water.
You don’t have to go far to enjoy a little romance. Outdoor date ideas are sitting right in your own backyard. Plan a night of stargazing when clear skies are in the forecast. This is a great opportunity to get cozy and let the stars spark deep conversations. Who knows? Maybe the night will end with gazing into each other’s eyes (hint: this is one of the signs of chemistry!).
10. Get Out on the Water
There’s no better time for water sports than the summer. One of the most refreshing date ideas outside is an afternoon out on the water. If a river is nearby, fish out the innertubes and spend the day floating on the water. If you’re more of a “lake day” person, grab a couple of kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and explore with your person by your side. If you’re coastal living, head to the beach and try surfing or snorkeling. No matter what you choose, you and your date can have a full day of adventure.
11. Go on a Bike Ride
Have you explored your city on your own set of wheels? Take your date along on this summer date idea, where you make a list of both of your favorite spots in your city or neighborhood and set the challenge of only visiting them by bike. If you’re up to a challenge and don’t mind getting a little dirty, you could also make this a nature date idea by renting a couple of mountain bikes and hitting a local trail. Just make sure your favorite ice cream shop is on the list for a treat post-bike ride.
From flying kites to painting and picnicking or a day at the beach, these outdoor date ideas are perfect to fill your summertime romance.