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Summer is quickly approaching, and if the sunshine is inspiring you to make the most out of the outdoors and longer, brighter days, it’s the perfect time to grab your partner for something new. Whether you want to switch up your usual evenings or you’re looking for places to wear your new summer dresses, summertime offers an abundance of options for fun, creative ways to get outside and keep the love alive between you and your partner.

So, why should you go on dates with your partner? While lounging at home watching Netflix is ​​relaxing and easy, continuing to date your partner, even after years of being together, can help build intimacy for a healthier relationship. But let’s face it: coming up with creative dates can be a pain, especially when there are so many other things on the to-do list. That’s why we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and provided fresh and fun date ideas that are sure to help you connect with your partner and the outdoors.

One of the best things about summer dates are that they are often inexpensive—even free! You can also try these out with family and friends—your options aren’t limited to a romantic partner (although some of these activities can surely help to turn up the heat). Whether you’re looking for active dates, relaxing dates, or even adrenaline-inducing and competitive dates, these summer date ideas are sure to offer memories that last forever.

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Dig into a fun, hands-on activity with your partner. You can really make a day out of it by visiting a flower shop, gathering gardening tools, and getting to work! Experiment with different types and colors of plants or flowers and then sit back together and admire your job well done.

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Visit a botanical garden

Getting your hands dirty isn’t your thing? Stop and smell the flowers at a nearby botanical garden instead. Spend the day holding hands and exploring the beauty of nature while you snap some photos for your memories (or social media feed).

Put, put hooray! A visit to a course is a sure way to connect to your partner with the help of a little friendly and fun competition. You can even up the ante with an agreement that the loser gets to choose where to go for ice cream afterwards!

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Get competitive with go-kart racing

Looking for more friendly competition? Try go-kart racing at a nearby track or amusement park to channel your inner race car driver and get adrenaline flowing. Even if it seems out of your comfort zone, the combination of nerves, trust, and fun will help you and your partner grow even closer.

Keep each other motivated and enjoy the warm weather with an outdoor workout of your choice. Visit a local park, track, outdoor gym, or your own backyard. There are so many options to choose from: yoga, hiking, running, high intensity interval training, or even swimming if you’re near water.

Walking is a great way to stay active and allow for time to connect with your partner. You can even bring Fido along, too. Try out a new-to-you nearby walking trail to explore together, get your steps in, and get to know your partner as well as your surroundings.

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Take a stroll on the beach

If you and your partner enjoy a nice walk on the beach, it could be one of the best ways to spend a summer day together. Take a slow, romantic stroll and listen to the crashing waves, collect seashells, and talk about how grateful you are for one another.

Try another beach activity, but add in some friends this time. A game of beach volleyball offers a great way to exercise and have fun, and competing against another couple will help you bond with your partner as you fight for the winning title.

What could be an interesting, one-time date has major potential for creating a shared hobby between you and your partner. Grab some binoculars and hit up a local park to find out who’s doing all the chirping. You can even grab a bird watching field journal to help identify and track which birds you spot.

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Take a trip to the dog park

If birds aren’t your thing, try a dog park! Most local parks have fenced in dog runs for you and your furry friend to enjoy—and bringing your partner along can make for an aww-mazing day for all. Even if neither of you own a dog, most park-goers are happy to have you come watch the playtime anyway.

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Start a (water!) fight

No pool, no problem. Try a fun-filled water balloon or water gun fight in the backyard to get the laughter and adrenaline flowing along with the hose. Make the most of a hot day by embracing your inner kid and keeping it cool.

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Set up a romantic picnic

Switch up your typical lunch date by taking it outdoors, picnic style. Pack up a homemade lunch, lemonade, and a blanket, and take it to the park or even your backyard if you’d like to stay close to home. A clear, quiet day having a picnic also makes for a great time to get to know your partner even better with some great date questions.

For days that are just too hot, try venturing out at night instead for a romantic evening spent snuggled under the stars. Bring a telescope if you’d like or reference an online guide and try to point out the different planets, stars, and constellations.

If you’re a fan of nighttime activities, a campfire is a great way to spend quality time with your partner or even an entire group of loved ones. Sing some campfire songs, tell funny or scary stories, and don’t forget the marshmallows.

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Indulge in some air conditioning with dinner and a movie

Beat the heat with a tried and true adventure. Sometimes the best dates are the classic ones that don’t require too much effort or planning but still offer a great way to enjoy each other’s company. Head down to the local theater to see the newest film and finish off the night with a great meal. You can even get sparks flying by visiting a restaurant from your very first date.

It wouldn’t be summer if you didn’t have a barbeque at least once. Start in the afternoon by brainstorming your menu and shopping for ingredients, and finish up by cooking together outdoors on the grill and then enjoying your homemade meal.

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Shop around at a farmers market

If you’re looking to cook up a fresh, homemade meal consider shopping for ingredients at an outdoor farmer’s market instead of the grocery store. If you aren’t sure what to make, you can even let the fresh selection of produce inspire the evening’s meal.

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Make some homemade ice pops

Sometimes the best way to cool down is with a cold, sweet treat. Take a break from the heat by stepping into the kitchen to whip up some homemade ice pops. Take a walk or lounge outdoors while you wait for them to freeze, and then cool back down once they’re ready!

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Visit a local fair or carnival

Summer is a great time to find local, outdoor events. Browse online to find out when a fair, flea market, festival, or carnival might be coming near you and make a day of it. You can both enjoy the day browsing through arts and crafts, munching on tasty treats, playing games, and whatever else your fair has to offer.

Channel your inner kid and have a blast at a paintball course. You and your partner will definitely break a sweat and share some laughs as you navigate the field and cover each other in paint!

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Get crafty with tie-dye

Ready for a fun way to get a little messy? Try tye-dyeing a clothing item or pair of shoes—but be sure to do it outside so you don’t have to worry about the cleanup. Head over to the craft store and pick up some clothing dye and rubber bands and get crafting!

If you’re lucky enough to have an old school drive-in theater nearby or a local park hosts an outdoor screening, be sure to check it out for a great twist on a classic date night activity. Pack up the car with snacks, blankets, and pillows for the perfect cuddling and viewing set up.

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Enjoy dinner at an outdoor restaurant

Have a favorite restaurant with great outdoor seating? Make a reservation and enjoy your night sipping, eating, and enjoying each others company in the fresh air. Bonus points if there’s a band or a great view.

Spend some time out on the water if you live near a lake or river. You’ll get to enjoy a fun summertime activity while you practice teamwork as you coordinate your two-seater boat. You can even jump in and go for a swim if the sun gets too strong!

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Cool down at a water park

Want to try another aquatic date? Water parks aren’t just for kids—they also offer a great way for adults to have a blast while staying cool. Try out steep slides and coasters or feel free to relax in the lazy river if that’s more your vibe.

Wake up early and begin your day with the sun, your partner, and a warm cup of coffee. Savor the quietness of dawn and hold hands as you simply enjoy each other’s presence. Once the viewing party is over, cook up some breakfast together.

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Take each other out to a ballgame

Put on the baseball caps and head down to the field to support your favorite sports team—and you’re not limited to a pro game either! Minor league, college, and high school games are lots of fun too. Enjoy sunshine, popcorn, and excitement as you bond with your partner by rooting for the same team.

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Get the adrenaline flowing at an amusement park

Care for a romantic ride on the ferris wheel or a heart racing rollercoaster ride? Turn up the excitement in your relationship by spending the day at the amusement park hopping from coaster to coaster.

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Jam out at an outdoor concert

Stay on top of local outdoor music events by monitoring your favorite bands or venues. Spend your afternoon or evening with your partner for drinks, dancing, and great music. Concerts are a great way to keep the fun alive in a relationship, while taking the music outdoors makes for the perfect summer evening.

Camping is a classic outdoor, summer activity and even if you might not think it’s your thing, it can truly be done in so many ways. You can camp overnight in a tent or cabin at a nearby campground or take it to the backyard for a few hours of snuggles, hot chocolate, and great conversation.

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Put on the roller skates

Skates aren’t just for roller rinks—you can lace up anywhere. Put on a pair of roller skates or roller blades for a fun twist on your average walk in the park and a great way to exercise.

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Bicycle ride around town

If you and your partner are no roller skating pros, opt for a calm bicycle ride instead. Find a bike trail, boardwalk, or scenic street nearby and get riding. You can even pack a picnic and make a pit-stop to refresh and talk about what you’ve seen along the way.

Channel your inner tourist by taking a trip to a nearby town that neither of you have ever visited. Make an itinerary with meals and activities, and even book an overnight stay to truly feel like you’re on a mini-vacation.

Spend the day lounging by the pool (or splashing around!) in the backyard, local pool, or nearby hotel. Just be sure to remember the sunscreen to avoid harmful and uncomfortable burns.

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Head to a vineyard for a wine tasting

Take a trip to a vineyard for gorgeous scenery, sweet treats, and a variety of wine. Take your time exploring the grounds, taking photos, and sipping away. Don’t forget to take a bottle or two home with you for a wine night in the near future.

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