Whether you have been dating for a while or are in a new relationship, coming up with new and exciting date night ideas can be hard. It’s easy to quickly fall into a routine of going to the same restaurants and doing the same activities, but eventually the routine will feel like it is lacking a little something.
Summer is the perfect time to get creative with your date nights. There is plenty of stuff happening, you have the option of doing something either indoors or outdoors, and the longer days means longer dates.
Here are 9 summer date night ideas that are simple, yet fun and different than just going out to dinner.
9 Simple Summer Date Night Ideas
1. Have a picnic
Either prepare a meal at home to take or pick up your favorite meal from a restaurant and head to the park to enjoy a meal outdoors together. Even better, head out for dinner, eat as the sun sets and take some time to relax afterwards and look-up at the stars. It’s a simple date night idea that can be incredibly romantic. Oh and we suggest taking a little wine to sip on 🙂
2. Ice Cream Date
I don’t know about you guys, but we never get dessert when we head out to dinner. So why not switch things up, have date night in and then head out to get ice cream afterwards. Find a cute little ice cream shop near where you live, sit outside and enjoy the best summer dessert together.
3. Food Truck Night
Like we noted above, going to the same restaurants can get a little boring after a while. Sure you can easily go try a new restaurant, but why not keep things fun and casual and locate some local food trucks to try out. A lot of cities now have events where all the local food trucks come together which makes this date night even more easy. Plus how fun would it be to just try all of that different and delicious food?!
4. Have Outdoor Movie Night
If you live near a drive-in movie theater, summer is the perfect time to take advantage of that. However if you are like us and don’t have one near you, post up in your backyard and watch a movie! You can find a projector & screen for less than $100 on Amazon. Throw some blankets and pillows down in the grass and snuggle up!
5. Listen to Live Music
Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, listening to live music is always such a fun date night idea. Ideally an outdoor concert in a park, during the summer would be perfect, but even catching a local band at a bar/restaurant is a fun way to switch things up.
6. Trivia Night
If you haven’t played trivia yet with your partner, we highly suggest putting this date night idea on your to-do list! A lot of restaurants/bars host trivia nights and it’s a fun way to work as a team with your significant other while out on a date. Plus there is that competitiveness in the air which always feels good!
7. Go to a Local Hotel Pool or Spend the Day on the Lake
If you live near a body of water, spending the day or even an evening by the water makes for the perfect simple summer date night. However, if you don’t live by water, find a local hotel who allows for day passes and hang out by the pool. Spend the day relaxing with a good book while drinks and food are delivered to your chairs.
8. Candlelit Dinner on The Patio
We shared this date night idea a couple of weeks ago, but thought it was worth a mention again. Cook your meal together, get dressed up, light some candles, and enjoy a date night at home. Patio preferably to keep the summer feeling alive.
9. Tour Your City
We often forget all of what our towns/cities have to offer, so why not get out and explore?! Head to a museum you haven’t been to, browse some local boutiques, eat lunch and or dinner someplace new. Treat the day as if you are in a brand new city!