Those dull hot chocolate and indoor movie date nights are a thing of the winter! It’s time to lace up those sneakers and go outdoors to enjoy the sun and the gorgeous weather. You don’t have to be a beach bum to love the summer and the warm sunny days. Summer is also a great opportunity to save money (because we all know going out on dates can be pretty costly!) since a lot of dates can take place outside. Just don’t forget the sunscreen and the bug spray or else your date can go from good to bad instantly. Here are a few ideas for simple but fun summer dates!
Have a Picnic
As cheesy as this may sound, go outside for a picnic. Living in New York, my boyfriend and I love to have an old fashioned picnic in Central Park. Pack up a sheet or a blanket; make some sandwiches and a fruit salad, and head to the park. Bring along an iPod for music, a Frisbee or other outdoorsy type of equipment, and some sunblock. This is also a great way to include any pets you may have on a date. Afterwards, you can stroll through the park and get some ice cream from a vendor. Rumor has it they even have sprinklers at some parks!
Rock out at a Concert
Outdoor concerts are one of my favorite parts of the summer. If you look up some of the local concerts, many of them will be free. Other concerts that are in bigger stadiums may have cheaper tickets for lawn seats where you bring your own chairs. Concerts are great for group dates as well as one-on-one dates. But make sure that your date enjoys the music – there is nothing worse than bringing a hardcore country fan to a heavy metal concert. If it’s the latter do your date a favor and come prepared with earplugs!
Go for a Ride
For those athletic and outdoorsy types, go on a bike ride. Find a bike path, preferably one with plenty of scenery that is a safe distance from cars. Pack a few water bottles, bag your own lunch and head out on your adventure. My boyfriend and I recently went on a five-mile bike path beside the water where the view of the city was amazing. If you are looking for something off the beaten path, try a bike path through the woods. (Warning: bring a first aid kit; you never know what you will find in those woods…)
Visit a Zoo
Who doesn’t love animals? Lions, tigers, and bears: oh my! A great date in the summer is to go to the zoo. A lot of zoos have animal shows and exhibits during the summer. Some may even have petting zoos where you can interact one-on-one with the animals. As long as neither you nor your date are allergic to the animals, it is sure to be a blast…unless of course the animals escape their confinements or the monkeys throw their poop at you!
Hop on a Boat
If you live near the water, you can go for a boat ride. Don’t worry; you don’t have to buy a whole boat of your own just for this date! There are cruises that go locally around the harbor in NYC, and depending on where you live, there might be similar options nearby. There are dinner cruises, sight-seeing cruises, and singles cruises that are just a few hours long. Bring seasickness pills just in case!
All in all, now that summer is here, head outside with your date or significant other! Save those movie nights and museum visits for rainy days or days where it is too hot to even look outside. Swimming and beach days are fun ways to cool off during the summer as well. Have a great time on your summer date!
Nicole here, native New Yorker who has a secret passion for young adult literature, trashy romance novels, and anything mushy gushy. Uh oh… guess it’s not much of a secret anymore!
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