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 maxi dresses and sandals, 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. Just remember to continue to follow local health and safety guidelines, including social distancing where appropriate.
1. Have a picnic dinner
Now you finally have an excuse to break out the picnic basket. Not sure what to make? We’ve got you covered with 40 picnic side dishes that are easy and portable.
2. Spend a beach day together
Go ahead: Fake a mini honeymoon. Just don’t forget to bring the sunscreen.
4. Play hooky
We’re all about a summer staycation on a Tuesday.
5. Take a road trip
Windows down, tunes up. (Specifically, these songs about summer.)
6. Spruce up your outdoor space
Grab a bottle of wine, hang all the twinkly lights and lounge in your backyard for the night.
7. Try fishing
We know, this is a bit rustic, but a day spent on the water makes for a great bonding experience.
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
In your living room that is. You can get all dressed up and cue up some of your favorite tunes.
11. Spend an afternoon at a park
Lounge, read, cuddle each other the dog.
12. Wake up early and watch the sunrise
Romantic and nostalgic.
13. Go to a matinee movie
Ahhh, the sweet relief of central air-conditioning. Just remember to follow all COVID-19 healthy and safety protocols—it’s still a pandemic, people.
14. Go out for ice cream
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.
16. Try an outdoor workout class
Couples’ cardio is, indeed, a thing.
17. Go fruit picking
Psst: Blueberries and strawberries are in their prime.
18. Make sangria
(With those aforementioned berries.)
19. Take a scenic drive
Nothing like two lovers going down a winding road and reminiscing about their love journey.
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 work day.
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 never hurts.
24. Go to a drive-in movie
Paging 1955. Here are the best drive-in movie theaters in the country.
25. Attend a state fair
Yeah, funnel cake is mandatory.
26. Volunteer together
There’s nothing better than a feel-good activity. (Psst: There are plenty of virtual volunteering options out there.)
27. Test out a summer recipe
Boozy popsicles? Right this way.
28. Plan a pool day
No pool nearby? No problem. Bring the fun to you with an inflatable pool, like this Homech Family Inflatable Swimming Pool that's perfect for the whole family.
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.
31. Visit an amusement park
Do it for the cotton candy and the bumper cars.
32. Find a local swimming hole
The harder to find, the better.
33. Go to a night game
Many big stadiums and arenas are opening back up to sports fans this summer (with health and safety guidelines in place, of course) but if yours is still closed due to COVID-19, find out if your local college or high school teams are accepting spectators and take bae out for an action-packed night.
34. Visit your local botanical garden
Flowers are always a good idea.
Props if you bring along a telescope.
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.
39. Take a hike
Nothin’ like physical activity to get those endorphins up.
40. Splurge on a spa day
Fluffy towels, cucumber water and couples’ massages.
41. Go brewery hopping
Day drinking is classy if you call it a “tasting.”
42. Attend an outdoor concert
Yoncé may not be performing live anytime soon, but you can always catch local talent showcasing their skills at small venues.
43. Stroll a farmer’s market
Because fresh fruit is the best fruit.
44. Have a BBQ for two
Dinner dates at home, FTW.
45. Go mini golfing
Pastel polos, optional.
46. Take a sunset stroll
And then post about it on Instagram or Facebook.
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.
50. Go skinny-dipping
The real reason for the season.
51. Go rock climbing
An easy way for you and your beau to get a full-body workout in.
52. Host a karaoke night
Just for the two of you or for your quarantine pod. (Feeling shy? Check out our roundup of easy karaoke songs.)
53. Take a cooking class
Stretch those culinary skills and create a meal you’ve never made before. Here are some of our favorite online cooking classes to get you started.
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.
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 teen movies available to watch right now. Take your pick and reminisce about the good ole days.
58. Plan a game night
From “Cards Against Humanity” to “Watch Ya Mouth” there are plenty of party games that you and your betrothed can play by yourselves or with your pals.
59. Host a double date dinner
Of course, you love your person, but sometimes you just need the company of other people. (As long as the CDC says it’s OK, of course.)
60. Take a trip to the nursery
Enjoy endless blooms at your local nursery and maybe walk away with a few for your home.