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22 Fun Date Ideas to Make This Summer One to Remember

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We know you feel it in the air, too. The days are getting longer and the sun is shining just a tad bit brighter every day. You guessed it: summer has finally returned in all its grand glory. With warmer days upon us again, now’s the perfect opportunity to add some summer-themed dates with your partner to your calendar.

For the days you two just need to get out of the house or can’t stand the thought of taking a step into the heat, we’ve got you covered. Who says your dates have to be limited to occur during the night only? Take advantage of the rays and soak up the sun with all the ideas in store for you below—with a few you can squeeze in while the kids are at daycare or asleep after bedtime. Here are 22 fun summer date ideas to do with your partner.

Summer Date Ideas To Do With Your Partner

1. Take a walk in the park

Morning, afternoon or evening, the time doesn’t matter, but a simple walk in the park with your partner is more than a “simple walk in the park.” Maybe it’s the principle of making time for one another after work-hours and enjoying that time outdoors, but nevertheless, sometimes all you need to take a break is a walk through nature with your favorite person. Make it a habit and try to go once a week, or change things up and try discovering different parks in your area until you find your favorite. Who knows, maybe you’ll become professional power walkers.

2. Try out a fun art class together

Anyone else feel like they should take up something new when the seasons change? Why not lean into that desire and learn something new with your partner? From pottery-making to painting classes, the options are endless. It’s special to share creative experiences with someone you love, and your end results will be fun to look back on and remember the time you both allowed your creative juices to flow.

3. Visit a board game bar

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I can’t help but be intrigued by all the new board game shops popping up. More often than not, they have a seated section for you to sit down and play a board game of your own or try out one of the many options they have on-deck. There are great two-player games out there, and hey, a little competition never hurts.

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4. Dance the night away at an outdoor concert

One of the best parts about the summertime is all the outdoor events going on. Outdoor concerts hosted at local parks are usually free, and always makes for a great night out. From ’80s nights to tribute bands, there’s nothing better than coming together with someone else to really jam out under the summer stars.

5. Take a quick day trip

If you’re looking to go the extra mile (literally), try planning out a day-trip to a nearby city. You can start with a to-go breakfast for the ride over, and spend the day with your partner browsing that city’s main streets, taking in local landmarks, or just simply exploring a new place. Finish the day off with a nice dinner, and stop for a snack for the ride home.

6. Try out a fun date night challenge

Want to stay-in but still wanna have a little bit of fun? Try a fun dinner challenge where one of you picks the appetizers and main course, while another picks the dessert and drinks. Whether you’re picking from the aisles of Trader Joe’s or driving around to dine out at different places, the fun really is in the journey for this one.

7. Eat a meal outside

Set up a little table or two chairs on your balcony, patio, or porch and opt for eating outside one day. A little breeze and the sound of birds chirping allows for the two of you to enjoy something you may do often, but in a different environment. No matter if it’s take-out or something freshly cooked, the company makes all the difference.

8. Go for a car ride

We know, really—a car ride? Hear me out on this one, there’s something so special about listening to your favorite music with your favorite person while all the windows are down on a gorgeous summer day. Drive to a nice spot to enjoy the sunset or choose to take the long, winding way home. A date doesn’t have to be super elaborate to work, and in the summer sun, just about anything goes.

9. Go to a drive-in movie

A night under the stars anyone? There’s a reason a drive-in movie is one of the most cliché summer date ideas out there—it’s just as magical now as it was in the ’50s. If you’ve got a truck bed that you can cuddle up in with tons of pillows and blankets, even better. Grab your favorite movie snacks and enjoy a night of cozy nostalgia. 

10. Stop for the sunset and a treat

There’s truly nothing more magical than a long summer-sunset. Take advantage of them while they’re still here and stop at a breathtaking viewing spot with your partner to take it all in. On the way over, grab a sweet treat such as your favorite ice cream or even a bag of fries to share. We promise, this is a habit you’ll want to incorporate all summer long.

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11. Visit a local brewery

Check out a new-to-you local brewery and spend the night sampling from a craft beer flight. Breweries have seriously upped their game in recent years with diverse food menus and special events. This will be one of those first-time dates that turns into your new go-to place. 

12. Hire a private chef

Get the grandparents to watch the kids for the night and have the ultimate date night in the comfort of your own home. Get dressed up in fancy clothes and hire a private chef to come in and cook a delicious meal for you and your partner. Fair warning: this will lead to one of those, “I could get used to this” moments. 

13. Feast at local food trucks

We love a fancy dinner as much as anyone, but there’s no better time to get outside than during the warm summer months. Many cities have a certain area where food trucks congregate, so head to one of these and grab something off the menu from each to share. This is a fun way to try something you probably haven’t had before and experience it with your significant other. What could be better?!

14. Go to the farmer’s market

We’re not much for mixing business with pleasure over here. But, when you’re in a time crunch and need to get some groceries but also want to spend some quality time with your partner, the farmer’s market may be the answer. Peruse the stands together while sampling new things before heading home with fruits and veggies for the week—not to mention a big ol’ bouquet of flowers for the occasion. 

15. Catch a fly ball at a baseball game

Sporty dates aren’t just reserved for the fall. In fact, going to a baseball game with your significant other may be the most fun you have together all year. The weather is nice, the ambience is relaxing (as opposed to roaring fans at football games), and there’s cheap beverages! Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity for a cute outfit. This inexpensive date idea is one you’ll want to get on the calendar as soon as possible.

16. Go to a carnival

It may feel wrong to head to your local fair without the kids, but this is your reminder that moms and dads deserve to have some fun, too! Feel like kids again yourselves by going on rides you haven’t been on since a teenager, eating fried food, and playing games. You may even go home with a prize to share with the kids—and certainly new memories shared with your partner. 

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17. Go paddle boarding

When you’re looking for an opportunity to beat the heat this summer, then is the time to rent (or purchase) some paddle boards. Head to the nearest lake and spend the afternoon gently paddling in the water. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before either, learning is the most fun part.

18. Go for a hike

If you’re looking for something to do on a day that’s not too terribly hot, get your steps in by taking a hike. Find a local spot or something a little farther away for a sport adventure.

19. Go mini golfing

Ready to feel like you’re in high school again? Then get out for an afternoon of playing putt-putt. Get competitive to see who who has the better putt. Make it interesting by having the loser make dinner when you get home.

20. Try zip-lining

An adventure generally saved for vacation may be closer to home than you think! Search for local zip-lining experiences and get it booked. You two are sure to feel like kids again racing through the skies. Plus, if it’s your first time, who better to experience it with than your partner? Maybe wait until after you’re home to tell the kiddos what you did as they may get a bit jealous!

21. Rent a boat for the day

Nothing beats spending the day out on the water. But the experience isn’t just reserved for the lucky few who own boats. There are plenty of companies out there that allow you to rent boats for an afternoon. Make sure one of you has their boating license, or opt to book an experience with a captain. This also happens to be a great group date option.

22. Make homemade ice cream

It’s always fun to bake together, and mixing up something that’s quintessentially summer is an option worth trying. Find an ice cream recipe you’ll both love and be sure to save some extra for the kiddos!

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