Ladies, gents, summer means only one thing when it comes to dating – the wonderful outdoors. You’ve got the rest of the year to spend cosied up indoors so get out and embrace the sunshine. Here are our top ideas for fresh and memorable summer dates.
The classic picnic is sorely underrated these days but, when done properly, screams romantic and is easy to prepare. The two most important components of a picnic are a) location and b) food. Neither have to be a headache!
- Research local parks in your area that are picnic friendly. Think outside the box e.g. not just your local dog park but a nature reserve site or a lake with a park that’s open to the public. Scope out grassy areas with a great view but also with some shade provided, just in case of rain or in case your date gets too hot.
- Forget the fancy picnic baskets and champagne glasses and go back to basics – really good food that you can eat with your fingers. There’s nothing wrong with chilled cans of soda or even juice boxes (throwback!) and hit up the deli counter at your grocery store to get boxes of fresh salads, slaw and some cold meats. Add in some crusty rolls and some fresh fruit and you have one perfect picnic. Don’t forget a blanket or two.
Summer is the best time to risk being a little adventurous. Keep it simple but dare to be different. Test the water with your date first and see what they’d be up for – don’t force them to do anything that’ll make them uncomfortable. If they’re up for it, you’ve got a few good outdoor options to keep you busy.
- Rollerblading is a fun and active first date that will leave you with loads to talk about. Either head to a local park or to the beach and rent some skates or, if you have your own, look up a local club that do night skates. Most towns and cities will have several clubs that do glow-in-the-dark night skates. You’ll be in a group, so it won’t be awkward, and they’re guaranteed to always remember it.
- Summer is the perfect time to get out on the water. Almost all lakes and parks will have boats or kayaks or gondolas to rent, they’re cheap, easy to operate and really romantic. You could even moor up somewhere and take your aforementioned picnic in the boat with you.
- Segways are everywhere now, in local parks, by the beach and in big cities. They’re easy to master and so much fun – a great way to get around and spend time together. Make sure you look good in a helmet though.
Take a Hike:
In the literal sense. A good walk or trek can be highly overlooked when it comes to a date. You’re out in the fresh air, keeping fit and enjoying some beautiful scenery. If anything, you’ll feel really fulfilled at the end of it. Pack a mini picnic into your rucksack and stop along the way for a bite to eat. Romantic but fresh and fun. Mission accomplished.
Let The Sun Go Down:
Embracing summer evenings is an absolute must when planning a summer date. Enjoy the lingering daylight and warmth by looking up summer evening events around you. You’ll be amazed at what you find, from zoo nights to open air cinemas and concerts. Because it’s once a year, your date will definitely remember it.
Forget dinner and a movie – the great outdoors is the way forward.