7 Summer Date Ideas To Get You In The Mood

With summer just around the corner, I know we’re all looking for new ways to hang out with significant others or friends.

But with some places still closed due to COVID-19, it might be hard to get creative. So here are seven fun, fresh, and COVID-friendly summer date ideas to get you in the mood!

Pinterest-worthy picnic!

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I’ve been waiting all year for the weather to reach warm enough for all-day picnics! If you’re going to do this date right, you’ll need all the following: the perfect charcuterie board, champagne to spare, a cute cake for dessert, and the fanciest outfits you can find! Nothing says summer like dressing up just to sit outside all day. This picnic is perfect for a summer day of lounging outside, taking pictures together, and just enjoying the hot weather. If you’re looking to keep this date going after finishing the food, bring some books or canvases to paint on!

Sunset beach trip – the underrated getaway.

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Every year at the end of May, I crave feeling the sand on my feet and hearing the saltwater waves crash on the shore. But sometimes it’s too hard, or just too hot, to plan the perfect beach day. That’s why a sunset beach trip is the next best thing. Pack some refreshing drinks and something to sit on and you’re all set. It can’t get any more romantic than watching the sun go down over the water. Extra points if you bring a speaker and dance together until midnight.

Nature day all the way!

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Now that it’s summer, you can be a little more adventurous! A fun way to spice up your dates is to spend the day hiking. This day is the perfect balance of challenging and taking in the scenic views together. Even if you’re not a fan of the outdoors, there are tons of parks with easy trails (and waterfalls waiting on the other side.) So get your sneakers out, snacks packed, and check out what your local parks can offer.

Upgraded movie night.

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There are a few routes you can take with this idea! First, if you want to keep it on the simple side, you can set up a tent outside or a fort in the living room to create the perfect, secluded ambiance for your movie night. Another option is to drive to a drive-in movie theater. This is great for colder summer nights, and you won’t come in contact with many people as you’ll be in the car during the whole movie! Lastly, if you really want to invest in this date idea, you can buy a projector and put up a sheet against a building outside. It’s like a private movie theater and is an amazing surprise for a birthday or an anniversary.

Rooftop Bar Experience.

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Image by @the_rooftopguide on Instagram

You’ve probably seen pictures of couples at rooftop bars these last few weeks! This seems to be the date-spot of the summer! With bars and clubs opening up in limited capacity this summer, rooftop bars provide the openness of being outdoors combined with stunning views. This is a fun date to get dressed up for! Especially if you travel to the city for it, you can turn this rooftop bar trip into a fun city date.

Get competitive with a game night.

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Nothing says summer vibes like a relaxed game night. There are so many ways to customize this date, but mostly it’s fun to relax with your significant other or friends and feel like a kid again. Some classic, and still fun games include: UNO, Code Names, and Guess Who. If you want to make the night even more exciting, turn this into a double date or make them into drinking games!

Shopping spree for summer fits.

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This date is great for the beginning of summer and can be super entertaining. All you need is a budget and some time in the store. Split up from your significant other and pick an outfit they’d wear. Once you pay and meet back up, you can reveal to each other what you’ve bought! It’s an interesting test to see how well they know your style but also a great way to get some new pieces for the summer. Some ways to tweak this date are: go to a thrift store or even shop online at the same time! Get creative with where you shop from and what you buy to make this date even more interesting!

Shrusti Goswami

Social Media Associate

Shrusti is a passionate writer and poet. You can often find her drinking a cup of coffee and finding new places to go with her friends and family. After college, it’s her dream to keep traveling the world and bring diverse stories to the big screen.

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