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.

RELATED: 34 Date-Night Ideas for Married Couples That Don’t Involve Netflix and Chill

summer dates picninc
Twenty20

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.

summer dates beach
Twenty20

2. Spend a beach day together

Go ahead: Fake a mini honeymoon. Just don’t forget to bring the sunscreen.

summer dates wine tasting
franckreporter/Getty Images

3. Take a wine tasting class

You may be able to snag one in-person, but if not, there are plenty of virtual wine tastings to get into. Try Inman Family Wines, Priority Wine Pass or Orange Glou.

summer dates play hooky
valentinrussanov/Getty Images

4. Play hooky

We’re all about a summer staycation on a Tuesday.

summer date night idea 8
Twenty20

5. Take a road trip

Windows down, tunes up. (Specifically, these songs about summer.)

summer dates backyard
SolStock/Getty Images

6. Spruce up your outdoor space

Grab a bottle of wine, hang all the twinkly lights and lounge in your backyard for the night.

summer dates fishing
Dimensions/Getty Images

7. Try fishing

We know, this is a bit rustic, but a day spent on the water makes for a great bonding experience.

summer date night idea 17
Twenty20

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.

summer dates oyster shucking
Marianna Massey/Getty Images

9. Take an oyster shucking class

Or at least eat some.

summer dates dancing
MoMo Productions/Getty Images

10. Go dancing

In your living room that is. You can get all dressed up and cue up some of your favorite tunes.

summer dates park
Twenty20

11. Spend an afternoon at a park

Lounge, read, cuddle each other the dog.

summer dates sunset watch
Devon Wohlfahrt / 500px/Getty Images

12. Wake up early and watch the sunrise

Romantic and nostalgic.

summer dates movie theater
RgStudio/Getty Images

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.

summer dates icecream
Twenty20

14. Go out for ice cream

And stroll hand in hand like teenagers.

summer dates fireworks
thianchai sitthikongsak/Getty Images

15. Catch some fireworks

Between summer holidays and local events, there’s bound to be some in your area.

summer dates outdoor workout
raquel arocena torres/Getty Images

16. Try an outdoor workout class

Couples’ cardio is, indeed, a thing.

summer dates berry picking
Mint Images/Getty Images

17. Go fruit picking

Psst: Blueberries and strawberries are in their prime.

summer dates sangria
Photo by Rafa Elias/ Getty Images

18. Make sangria

(With those aforementioned berries.)

summer dates scenic drive
Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

19. Take a scenic drive

Nothing like two lovers going down a winding road and reminiscing about their love journey.

summer dates surfing
Twenty20

20. Take a surfing lesson

Still hot. Even if you wipe out.

summer dates happy hour
Francesco Riccardo Iacomino/Getty Images

21. Pick a happy hour spot with a view

Date night hits different when it comes after a long work day.

summer dates bowling
Denise Panyik-Dale/Getty Images

22. Go bowling

Save this one for an extra scorching day and remember to keep the Lysol and sanitizer wipes on deck.

summer date night idea 13
Twenty20

23. Have a culture date

A trip to the museum never hurts.

summer dates drive in movie
Twenty20

24. Go to a drive-in movie

Paging 1955. Here are the best drive-in movie theaters in the country.

summer dates fair
Twenty20

25. Attend a state fair

Yeah, funnel cake is mandatory.

summer dates volunteering
SDI Productions/Getty Images

26. Volunteer together

There’s nothing better than a feel-good activity. (Psst: There are plenty of virtual volunteering options out there.)

summer dates popsicles
istetiana/Getty Images

27. Test out a summer recipe

Boozy popsicles? Right this way.

summer dates pool day
Twenty20

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.

summer dates bonfire
Rohane Hamilton / EyeEm/Getty Images

29. Make a bonfire

Nothing says I love you quite like coming home with s’mores fixings.

summer dates biking
Twenty20

30. Take a long bike ride

No real destination needed. It’s all about the ride.

summer dates amusement park
ViewApart/Getty Images

31. Visit an amusement park

Do it for the cotton candy and the bumper cars.

summer dates swimming hole
Westend61/Getty Images

32. Find a local swimming hole

The harder to find, the better.

summer dates game
Twenty20

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.

summer dates botanical gardens
Boogich/Getty Images

34. Visit your local botanical garden

Flowers are always a good idea.

summer dates camping
Twenty20

35. Plan an overnight camping trip

Nature, the best place to unplug and reconnect. Here’s what to bring and here’s what to cook.

summer dates stargazing
SolStock/Getty Images

36. Stargaze

Props if you bring along a telescope.

summer date night idea 14
Twenty20

37. Charter a sailboat

If a special occasion (cough, proposal) calls for it.

summer dates flea market
andresr/Getty Images

38. Go flea-marketing

It’s time to refresh your love nest.

summer dates hike
Twenty20

39. Take a hike

Nothin’ like physical activity to get those endorphins up.

summer dates couples massage
PeopleImages/Getty Images

40. Splurge on a spa day

Fluffy towels, cucumber water and couples’ massages.

summer dates   brewery
Twenty20

41. Go brewery hopping

Day drinking is classy if you call it a “tasting.”

summer dates outdoor concert
praetorianphoto/Getty Images

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.

summer dates farmers market
Nick Rains/Getty Images

43. Stroll a farmer’s market

Because fresh fruit is the best fruit.

summer date night idea 10
Twenty20

44. Have a BBQ for two

Dinner dates at home, FTW.

summer dates minigolf
Westend61/Getty Images

45. Go mini golfing

Pastel polos, optional.

summer dates sunset
Twenty20

46. Take a sunset stroll

And then post about it on Instagram or Facebook.

summer dates kayaking
Peter Cade/Getty Images

47. Rent kayaks

Or canoes and explore a local waterway.

summer dates zoo
Markus Oblander/Getty Images

48. Visit the zoo

One is never too old to take pictures of cute baby animals and you can bring your little ones along.

summer dates boil
Twenty20

49. Make a seafood boil

Invite your besties over, too.

summer dates ideas CAT
pixdeluxe/Getty Images

50. Go skinny-dipping

The real reason for the season.

summer dates rock climbing1
raquel arocena torres/Getty Images

51. Go rock climbing

An easy way for you and your beau to get a full-body workout in.

summer dates karaoke
LeoPatrizi/Getty Images

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.)

summer dates cooking class
Luis Alvarez/Getty Images

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.

summer dates baking
Gpointstudio/Getty Images

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.

summer dates water balloon
LazingBee/Getty Images

55. Have a water balloon fight

Make this a family activity by incorporating the kids.

summer dates movie marathon
10'000 Hours/Getty Images

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.

summer dates virtual paint
mixetto/Getty Images

57. Take a virtual painting class

Check out Pinot Palette, The Paint Bar or Canvas and Cup.

summer dates game night
Nick David/Getty Images

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.

summer dates double date
miodrag ignjatovic/Getty Images

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.)

summer dates nursery
Luis Alvarez/Getty Images

60. Take a trip to the nursery

Enjoy endless blooms at your local nursery and maybe walk away with a few for your home.

RELATED: 30 at-Home Date Ideas to Spice up Your Quarantine Life

From Around The Web