Summer brings plenty of opportunities to do something with that special someone besides dinner and a movie. And you don't need to spend a lot of money to have a memorable time with your favorite gal or guy. These low-cost summer date ideas are equal parts fun and romance -- the perfect combo for a day in the sun or an evening under the stars.
25 Summer Date Ideas That Won't Crimp Your Budget
Head to the closest airport and find a place to watch the planes come and go. If you can't find a good spot nearby, the top of an airport parking garage usually works. This is a chance to fantasize about where you'd like to go on a romantic getaway.
Playing in the park was fun as a kid -- and it's still fun for a carefree and cheap summer date with someone young at heart. Go prepared with a kite, a Frisbee, a football, baseball mitts and a ball, a blanket for lounging, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water.
Forget the local pub -- it can wait till the weather turns chilly. Instead, head out to the fair or a festival for a merry summer date. Take a spin on cheap rides, play games, sample food and drinks, and enjoy being out and about holding hands.
Want to attend a summer festival but can't afford the admission? Volunteer at the event. Helping set up or sell merchandise can be rewarding and fun. When the shift is over, you can catch the headliner or get in the next day for free.
There are many other ways to volunteer all summer, such as coaching a kids' sports team, walking dogs at the local shelter, helping spruce up public parks, or taking part in a Habitat for Humanity project. Check local listings to find an opportunity you will both enjoy.
Many communities host summer movies in parks and on lawns, which can make for a particularly romantic summer date when the right movie is playing. A local drive-in is a fine alternative and can provide more privacy. It may be a blast from the past, but it's a nice change from a run-of-the-mill megaplex.
Many cities have a variety of cheap outdoor exercise classes in the summer. An outdoor yoga class would be just the way to relax and enjoy a Saturday morning together.
Many communities host summer concert series -- often for free. Pack some snacks, maybe a bottle of wine, and a blanket to cuddle up for a delightful and romantic summer date.
If a summer concert isn't happening, hit up a local bar with a patio. Chances are there will be a band, a solo act, or an open mic night if you go at the right time. Take in the scene and enjoy a cold one.
Instead of the typical dinner out, go cheaper and opt for dessert out. What better way to celebrate summer than with an ice cream treat? Or, stop by the local pastry shop and snack on sweet delicacies. As a capstone to this summer date, choose a place with a patio and linger as the sun sets.
Pack a cooler, grab some poles, and head to the nearest fishing hole. In today's fast-paced world, a slow day of fishing is a chance to catch up and relax in each other's company.
Find a spot with a view and watch the sunset together. Once the stars come out, search for constellations and identify them using an app or book. Make a game of it: Whoever finds a specific star, planet, or constellation -- or the most of all three -- wins.
Even if you aren't ready to take the next step and move in together, it can still be fun to hit some open houses. It's free (and there's sometimes free food), and you can get to know each other better by comparing likes and dislikes.
Choose a picturesque location and set up an outdoor photo session. Make it goofy or romantic. You can even pick up some cheap props at a discount store.
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