60 Summer Dates That Are Anything but Boring, from Stargazing to Oyster Shucking
Snow is great and foliage is swell, but everyone knows that summer is the best time of year. The days are longer, layers of clothing have dwindled down to tank tops and flip flops and there are so many tasty summer beverages just waiting to cool you down. And when it comes to you and your one-and-only, summertime means a plethora of options for having fun together. Check out these 60 ideas for summer dates that’ll keep the spark alive and your bond strong.
4. Play hooky
We’re all about a summer staycation on a Tuesday. Order some food, relax in your backyard and just enjoy being in each other’s company.
7. Try fishing
We know, this is a bit rustic, but a day spent on the water makes for a great bonding experience. If you’re lucky, you’ll be making a nice branzino for dinner.
8. Cook a nice dinner together
From pasta pomodoro with chicken and goat cheese to pan-roasted trout with walnut green sauce, these dinners for two will hit the spot. Set a fancy table alfresco and remember that there’s no such thing as too many candles.
9. Take an oyster shucking class
Or at least eat some.
10. Go dancing
At a nearby class, bar or right in your living room. You can get all dressed up and cue up some of your favorite love tunes.
12. Wake up early and watch the sunrise
Romantic, nostalgic and a perfect way to make sure you and your boo are centered before the chaos of the day ensues.
13. Go to a matinee movie
Ahhh, nothing like the sweet relief of central air-conditioning and a thrilling summer blockbuster to pass the time. Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World Dominion and Thor: Love and Thunder will all be available in a theater near you.
14. Go out for ice cream
Share a cone, gaze into each other’s eyes and stroll hand in hand like teenagers.
15. Catch some fireworks
Between summer holidays and local events, there’s bound to be some in your area. Here are the best places to check out fireworks in every state.
16. Try a workout class
Couples’ cardio is, indeed, a thing. Nothing like a nice sweat sesh to get the blood flowing.
17. Go fruit picking
Psst: Blueberries and strawberries are in their prime during the warmer weather days.
18. Make sangria
(With those aforementioned berries.) Here are 25 recipes that are as boozy as they are muy delicioso.
19. Take a scenic drive
Nothing like two lovers going down a winding road and reminiscing about their best memories. Cue up that summer playlist, roll down the windows and sing your hearts out.
20. Take a surfing lesson
Still hot. Even if you wipe out.
21. Pick a happy hour spot with a view
Date night hits different when it comes after a long workday. Pick a nice rooftop bar, get the drinks flowing and completely unwind with your person.
22. Go bowling
Save this one for an extra scorching day and remember to keep the Lysol and sanitizer wipes on deck.
23. Have a culture date
A trip to the museum is a summer staple.
25. Attend a state fair
Yeah, funnel cake is mandatory and so are turkey legs, fried oreos and caramel apples.
26. Volunteer together
There’s nothing better than a feel-good activity to bring you and your person closer together. You can do something small, like picking up the trash in your neighborhood or dedicate the day to spend some QT with animals at a shelter.
27. Test out a summer recipe
Boozy popsicles? Right this way. We’re talking watermelon margarita poptails, bloody Mary popsicles and piña colada ice pops. Yum!
29. Make a bonfire
Nothing says I love you quite like coming home with s’mores fixings.
30. Take a long bike ride
No real destination needed. It’s all about the ride. You can bike a trail or simply ride around your neighborhood or city.
31. Visit an amusement park
Do it for the cotton candy and the bumper cars. You can even get the kiddos in on this one.
32. Find a local swimming hole
The harder to find, the better. Here are seven near NYC to inspire you.
34. Visit your local botanical garden
Flowers are always a good idea.
37. Charter a sailboat
If a special occasion (cough, proposal) calls for it.
38. Go flea-marketing
It’s time to refresh your love nest. Fingers crossed you finally spot that floor length, vintage mirror you’ve been hunting for some time now.
39. Take a hike
Nothin’ like physical activity to get those endorphins up. And please, make sure you’re wearing the appropriate gear. Our guide on what to wear hiking here.
40. Splurge on a spa day
Fluffy towels, cucumber water and couples’ massages. Sounds like a date in heaven if you ask us.
41. Go brewery hopping
Day drinking is classy if you call it a “tasting.”
42. Attend an outdoor concert
Riri may not be giving us new music anytime soon, but plenty of stars (like Harry Styles!) are back on the road after two years of COVID-induced hiatuses. If you’re not up for the big crowds, you can always check out a low-key local performance.
43. Stroll a farmer’s market
Because fresh fruit is the best fruit and nothing beats the taste of a freshly picked mango or peach. Are we right?
44. Have a BBQ for two
Nothing like some lightly charred meats to wind down the day. Here are 77 BBQ sides to accompany those yummy ribs.
45. Go mini golfing
Pastel polos optional. Make sure you play for (fun) keeps—loser pays for the next five dates or does the dishes for the month…you get the drill.
46. Take a sunset stroll
Take a little road trip to the nearest beach town and bask in the amber glory.
47. Rent kayaks
Or canoes and explore a local waterway.
48. Visit the zoo
One is never too old to take pictures of cute baby animals and you can bring your little ones along.
49. Make a seafood boil
Invite your besties over, too. Here’s an easy recipe you can follow.
50. Go skinny-dipping
The real reason for the season. Scout for a local swimming hole that you and your person can sneak off to.
51. Go rock climbing
An easy way for you and your beau to get a full-body workout in. And perhaps an excuse to score some new workout sets. Can’t go rock climbing in your regular gyms leggings now can you?
52. Host a karaoke night
Just for the two of you or for your nearest and dearest. (Feeling shy? Check out our roundup of easy karaoke songs.)
54. Try baking
A couple that indulges their sweet teeth together, stays together. You can’t go wrong with one (or more) of these fun things to bake. We highly recommend those homemade Milano cookies.
55. Have a water balloon fight
Make this a family activity by incorporating the kids.
56. Plan a movie marathon
Streaming services have a slew of summer movies available to watch right now. Take your pick and reminisce about the good ole days. From heart-tugging romantic dramas such as The Notebook to laugh-out-loud comedies such as Dazed and Confused there are almost too many to choose from.
57. Take a virtual painting class
Put that long-running argument of who’s the better artist to rest with an in-person or virtual painting class. You can search for a local Sip and Paint or cue up one of Masterclass’s slew of videos on various types of the art form.