Summer is the perfect time of year to rekindle romance with your partner and have summer lovin’! But it can be difficult to plan dates because life can get hectic in the summer with all the DIY, and endless yard work. So, here are ten summer lovin’ date ideas for you and your partner to try.
10 Summer Lovin’ Date Ideas:
1. Get out in nature– Whether you go for a walk around the neighborhood or plan a hike, being in nature can help you and your partner to have quality time with one another in a different environment. While you’re out, focus on your different senses in order to become more present to that moment. What do you see, feel, taste, smell, and hear? After you’ve come up with these, share them with your partner! Ultimately, this activity can be a way for you both to connect on another level. Research has found being nature has many positive effects including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and it positively impact physical and psychological well-being.
2. Exercise together– Summer is the perfect time of year to be active in a variety of ways! To start, plan a day where you and your partner do a physical activity that gets you moving. Some examples include: going for a swim, a run/walk, going to the gym together, going for a bike ride, playing tennis, etc. As you exercise together, focus on motivating each other and providing each other support for your physical goals. Above all, have fun and choose something that you can both do and enjoy together!
3. Volunteer for a local charity- Think about a common passion that you and your partner share and channel this to volunteer work. You could volunteer at a local animal shelter, serve meals at a homeless shelter, spend time with elders at a nursing home, create a community garden, etc. Consider this, and select whichever fits best for you and your partner. Ultimately, volunteer work can give you a sense of giving back to your community and can help you to build on your passions.
4. Have a water balloon fight– Challenge your partner to a water balloon fight, without kids. During this date, allow yourselves to connect with your inner child, create laughter, and be silly! This date allows you to be outgoing and flirtatious with your partner, and let’s be honest, this could get you both out of the norm of everyday life!
5. Take a spontaneous road trip– Hop in the car and drive with no intended destination! Typically, Summer vacations are well-organized and can be stressful to plan. For this date, fill up your car with a tank of gas and see where you land. Turn-up the music, play road trip games, and go with the flow! This date will allow you and your partner to be adventurous and create memorable moments outside of day-to-day living.
6. Watch the sunrise or sunset– To start, pick a time for you and your partner to watch the sunrise/sunset. Pack a blanket and plan to be physically close to your partner. Undoubtedly, this is a great opportunity for you and your partner to share in a beautiful moment, to have the opportunity to relax, and to be physically close with one another.
7. Go for a picnic- Pack a lunch, drinks, and a blanket, and head out to a local park. On this date, plan to have quality conversations with your partner. Nowadays, it can be difficult to have down-time and traditional dinners are becoming more rare. In this way, going for a picnic with your partner can give you both the opportunity to have quality conversations by checking-in with each other outside of home. After the picnic, go for a walk around the park, throw the football around, or simply sit and sight see.
8. Have a movie night- Pop the popcorn and choose some films that both you and your partner will enjoy! A movie night can allow you and your partner to cuddle up to each other. When selecting a movie, be mindful of what your partner might enjoy and possibly surprise them with that movie! In essence, this will show your partner that you care about their interests and that you want to share in this moment with them.
9. Attend a local state/county fair– Historically, summers have been known for plenty of outdoor events that bring communities together. Take a moment, look up local state and county fairs near you, and plan a date to attend! Fairs will give you and your partner the opportunity to reignite romance in your relationship. During the date, aim to win each other prizes in the local games, share a funnel cake, stroll around the fair, and enjoy the laughter!
10. Make a scrap book together– Nowadays, people rarely develop the pictures that they take and pictures wind up forgotten on your phone or posted on social media somewhere. Focus this date on the two of you and your relationship. First, develop those pictures you’ve been meaning to, and create a scrap book! As you and your partner are looking through pictures, have a conversation and reminisce. Who knows, you and your partner may be reminded of an amazing date you previously had that you would like to try again!
Pick which ones would fit best for you and your partner and start there or try them all! Leave a comment about which one(s) worked or not!
About the Author
Amanda Cummins is an intern with The Marriage and Family Clinic. She focuses on working with couples in distress as well as families and children in transitions. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her family.