Don’t let the title of this post fool you because these date ideas are perfect for couples AND best friends alike! As a new season rolls in it’s exciting to think about all of the fun things you can do with the people you love. Summer in particular is one of the greatest seasons to actually get out and check off your bucket list items (if the weather is permitting). I’ve curated some of my favourite summer date ideas for you, but before we get started feel free to print out the Summer Bucket List worksheet that I’ve created below!
Picnic at a Local Park
What to bring:
- Blanket/large towel/mat
- Picnic bag (for dry/warm foods)
- Cooler (ice/drinks/cooler food)
- Magazines, cards, board games, football, soccer ball, Frisbee, etc.
Better yet, instead of just having a picnic with one other person, invite other couples or friends to tag along! Make it into a picnic party!
What to bring:
- Tent for 2 or more
- Sleeping bags/blankets/pillows
- Snacks/Food for meals
Take the night off and campout in your backyard! OR reserve a camping spot at a local park/campground and make it something bigger. Enjoy the summer weather with this cheap and potentially romantic date!
Travel somewhere near but far enough that it creates a road-trip! For example, if you live in Vancouver, BC go on a road-trip to Seattle or even Portland for the weekend! A weekend isn’t a long time but can be just what you need to get away for a little while and relax.
Tourist in Your Hometown
This is exactly what it sounds like! You know how awesome it feels to explore a new city? Why not try that in your very own! Drive around and visit the top “tourist” spots in the city, or better yet get on a tour bus!
Depending on where you live this may be a challenge, but if you’ve got berry farms around you then totally try this date idea! It’s inexpensive, yummy, and fun! Pick some berries and then go home and make a sweet treat with them. Jam, popsicles, or pie anyone??
“Oh how cliché!” you must be thinking, but it’s actually quite extraordinary! Pick a park, beach, or lay on your trampoline, turn on some slow jams, and enjoy the night sky view. You might even catch a shooting star if you’re lucky!
What to bring:
- Bathing suits
This is one of my personal favourites in the summer time and something that I always look forward to. Grab some floaties and float the day away together!
When you sweat together, you stay together. JK, I just made that up. Hiking isn’t for everyone but it’s worth a shot if you’ve got great company! Choose a local mountain and get your butt up that hill! Don’t forget to hydrate!
Outdoor Movie/Drive-In Movie
I believe this is something that only occurs in the summer time (in Vancouver that is), and it’s SO MUCH FUN! I’ve only ever done this once, but I got to watch Big Hero 6 and see the sun set at the exact same time! All you need is a few lawn chairs, blankets (it gets cold I promise), and maybe a few snacks!
Let’s end of this list with the classic idea of going to the beach! You definitely can’t go wrong with a beach date! If you live in Vancouver, Kits Beach/Pool is the perfect area to tan, chillax, and then grab a bite to eat after!
What other summer date ideas do you have in mind? Share with me in the comments below!