10 Fun Date Ideas for Summer
1. Hike/Walk/Bike (Just get out!)

This is for the active couple. Enjoying the great outdoors with one another gives you prime quality time at pretty much no cost to you — as long as you already own the correct footwear, a water bottle and active clothing. If you’re in it for the scenic routes, the AllTrails app is a helpful tool that lists the trails near you, along with each trail’s difficulty rating. If you’re in it for the exercise, the app will record your walk/hike/ride and gather your heart rate and movement data to give you a better picture of what you and your significant other are accomplishing.

2. Brunch + Matinee

OK, so typically the movie portion of date night is typically, well, at night. You do dinner and then a movie, right? But there’s nothing wrong with doing brunch and then a movie. If we’re talking restaurants, brunch is typically cheaper than dinner (and usually comes with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary bar). Plus, matinee movies are typically half the price of a regular movie ticket, not to mention the theaters are usually less crowded, which means you get that air conditioning all to yourself.

3. Free Classes at a Gym

This one, too, is mostly directed toward those who are active. Many fitness businesses or gyms have a “first class free” policy. These outings can be particularly useful if you and your significant other share finances. You can try out free classes together (yay for bonding and exercising together!) and figure out which class or gym is right for you. Or, on the other hand, you can try out a gym that you know is too expensive or is too out of the way for you to go to on the regular. This requires a bit of online research for the gyms near you, but it’s well worth it.

4. Happy Hour

People think of date night as Saturday night, typically. But there’s nothing wrong with an early evening date in the middle of the week. It’s easier on your wallet and your sleep schedule and, again, the bargains give you the chance to try out places you wouldn’t normally go, or order food you wouldn’t normally eat. Try switching back and forth between places that are close to each person’s place of work. All’s fair in love and happy hour.

5. Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

Are you thinking about starting a family with your significant other? A furry family, that is? Most animal shelters need volunteers to help socialize cats and walk dogs. This is a great way to get outside and enjoy the summer sunshine while getting in a few miles. But also it’s a good way to gauge different breeds and their temperaments. It’s great if you both want a big dog, but you might think differently after your local humane society’s mastiff takes you for a walk instead. Plus, you’re doing a good deed, which should fill your hearts with even more love.

6. Festivals

Festivals are great because no matter what kind of area you live in, whether rural or urban, there is typically a festival going on at some point in the summer that’s within driving distance. There is also little to no commitment when you go to a festival. You can spend as little or as much time as you want. You don’t have to get the food there, but if you do, you can share. You don’t have to go on any rides, but if you do, the tickets are usually pretty cheap and what’s more romantic than stopping at the top of the Ferris Wheel with the love of your life?

7. Thrifting

Have you and your significant other recently moved in together? Do you need a few things to spruce up your place after you’ve thrown everything away in a spring-cleaning frenzy? Do you get nauseous thinking about the prices at chain interior stores or unique boutiques? Thrift shopping is a great way to get a few things for your place while not emptying your wallet. Plus, you can get an idea of your mate’s taste in interior design, fabrics and colors.

8. Get a view

For the urbanites out there, you know your city has a “point,” of some sort....a place of high elevation that has a gorgeous view of the skyline. You might even find some viewfinders and historic facts to absorb. Yes, they’re touristy and maybe a little cheesy, but if you give it a chance, you might just catch a sunset over a breathtaking view with the one you love. Cheesy or not cheesy, it’s still pretty awesome.

9. Take a tour

Also for you city types, try taking a neighborhood tour. Chances are, there’s a historic district in your city that has walking tours where you can explore around inside people’s houses and learn a little bit more about where you’re living. Ticket prices for these vary, but you know whatever you spend will go directly back into that neighborhood. This is another activity that will require a bit of research dependent on where you live. Also, don't forget to check out local museums in your area.

10. Plan a Picnic

And finally, your standard summer classic picnic. Go all in. Have the picnic basket and the cooler and the blanket. Pick a park or field that you’re familiar with and plan a fun and romantic feast for the two of you. Just make sure somewhere in that basket there’s a Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookie, which will give you the energy you need to go on a hike after and bring this list full circle.