Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, heading to the ball park for hot dogs, cold drinks, and quality time is a nostalgic and fun way to spend a summer evening. Bonus: many minor league teams across the country host themed days (like bring your dog to the ballpark day!) or set off fireworks after certain games, so check your local team’s website before planning your date!
10 Creative Summer Lovin' Date Ideas
1Cheer at a baseball game.
2Pick up fresh produce at the farmer’s market.
3Get out on the water.
Most beaches, rivers, and lakes offer some sort of watersport rental. From fishing boats to kayaks to swan boats, you’re sure to find something that fits your preferred pace and budget!
4Stroll through a local park or botanical garden.
5Dine al fresco.
Hit up a downtown restaurant with outdoor seating, or pack a picnic to bring to a favorite park. Food always seems to taste better outside, and being in the fresh air reminds us to slow down and enjoy some sweet conversation instead of rushing off to the next thing.
6Tap your toes to some live music.
7Get in touch with your inner child.
Set up a sprinkler, blow up a beach ball, or chase down the ice cream truck together! Conversations about your favorite summer childhood memories can inspire some of the most memorable date nights.
8Take a mini road trip.
For a day that’s low on cost but high on adventure, hop in the car and head to a town or attraction within an hour or two of where you live. You don’t have to go far in order to have a totally new experience together, and you may even discover a new favorite weekend getaway spot.
9Try a new sport.
If one of you is a pro at golf/tennis/etc. and the other has never tried, now is the time! (Just remember to keep things light-hearted and fun rather than competitive – this date is all about “points for trying!”) Another option is to try a class/sport neither of you has ever done before – whether you end up laughing together over your lack of kickboxing coordination, or you discover a brand new hobby, it’s a win-win.
10Upgrade movie night.
Instead of crashing on the couch for the next show in your Netflix queue, build a fort in your living room and cuddle up with a laptop, or set up a sheet and a projector to watch a movie outside. Even better: see if your city hosts outdoor movie nights, and simply pack up a picnic blanket and a few snacks for a relaxing date night out.
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