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15 Great Summer Date Ideas

May 25, 2008
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This being Memorial Day Weekend and the kick-off for summer for most of us, I thought it would be fitting for today’s post to be all about unique summer date ideas. Here are some fun things you can do while enjoying your summer together:

1. Ice Cream: What’s a summer without ice cream? Go to your local soft serve or favorite ice cream place and enjoy the summer afternoon or evening eating ice cream together. If possible, try to go at an “off-time” so your date isn’t swarmed by a raid of little league players. Another fun alternative that my friend and I used to do is go to the grocery store, pick out our favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, grab two spoons, and head to our favorite park where we would dig right in together.

2. Camping Trip: There’s nothing better than sitting next to a cozy campfire or snuggling in a tent with the one you love. Remember the bug spray and pack lots of blankets and have fun! Make sure you read our Romantic Road Trip Idea if you’ll be traveling far.

3. Eat Outside:If you go out, choose a restaurant with an outdoor eating area. Alternatively, you could make a romantic dinner at home and enjoy it outside on a porch, deck, or patio. Light some candles or tiki torches and play some soft music for some added ambiance.

4. Find a beach: If you’re lucky to live near a lake or ocean with a beach, this can be a great way to have fun together. You can build sandcastles, write your love for each other in the sand, search for seashells, take a romantic walk, watch the sunset and more. Just make sure you bring the sunscreen – sunburn is not fun, or romantic.

5. Visit a Farmer’s Market: Many areas have local farmers who will let you pick your own fruits or veggies or have a wide selection of great, fresh fruits and veggies. You can then head back home and use the fruits and veggies for a nice romantic dinner.

6. Play a sport together: It’s always fun to do something physical with each other, even if you’re not the athletic type. Grab a Frisbee, play tennis, or join a softball team. There are lots of different sports you can try, and you’ll get a good work out at the same time.

7. Go fishing: If you’ve never gone fishing before, it’s never too late to learn. Check with your local state gaming commission and find out what you will need to get started or if they offer activities for beginners. Fishing is a great way to spend time together enjoying the water, talking, and relaxing.

8. Head out to a ball game: In the summer you can find a baseball game just about anywhere. You can head out to the major leagues or enjoy a cheaper minor league game. If you go to a game, see if they have any special promotions like a concert or fireworks afterwards.

9. Explore natural wonders: Find a waterfall, a cavern, or anything else in nature to explore together. It can be a very romantic and peaceful way to spend time together.

10. Be History Buffs: If you live in an area with a lot of history, you can visit old forts, battlefields, and other historical landmarks together. Make sure you bring your camera with you!

11. Be playful: Go to a local playground and have fun swinging on the swings, going down the slides, or digging in the sandpit. Pick dandelions from the fields or race each other. Try to pick times where the park is not at its busiest for the most romantic experience.

12. Go to the Drive-In: Many places still have Drive-In movie theatres around. Pack some snacks, bring some blankets, a radio that can plug into your car or has long lasting batteries, and enjoy watching a movie outside. Many parks also show movies after dark, so that could be another option if you can’t find a drive-in near you.

13. Visit a water park: You can race each other down water slides, float on in the lazy river, lounge by the pool, and much more at a water park together.  Again – remember the sunscreen!

14. Watch an air or water show: Many places have air shows or water shows that include everything from planes and boats doing unique stunts to carnivals and even fireworks. Many cities have these annually – often you can travel to other nearby cities for others.

15. Take a walk: It doesn’t matter where you go, it’s who you’re with that counts. You can walk down the street, through your favorite park, through the city, or even a nature trail. It’s a great excuse to hold hands, talk to each other, and even get a little exercise!

If you need more ideas, be sure you read our post 15 Unique Date Ideas You Forgot About. There’s a lot of other great activities there for summer dates.

What are some of your favorite things to do with someone you love in the summer time?

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