Feel all the summer lovin’ vibes with these 40 summer date ideas!
It’s felt like summer for quite some time in Louisiana. The sun has come out to play full force. Even though the cold gives couples the perfect excuse to get cozy and cuddle, the summer opens up so many opportunities for you and your significant other to get active and do some fun activities together while taking advantage of the endless sunshine. If you’re looking for something for you and your boo to do together over the summer, check out these fun summer date ideas.
GO TO THE FARMERS MARKET
The farmers market is always on my list of things to do when it’s in town. Pick up some fresh produce, sample some of the offerings, listen to live music and enjoy being surrounded by people who are passionate about their crafts.
ATTEND AN OUTDOOR CONCERT
Check your local listings to see what concerts are going on around town.
HAVE A POOL DAY
If the weather is almost unbearably hot, hop in the pool to cool off. Grab some fun floats from the store, pop open a cold beverage and enjoy a nice pool day.
GO TO A SEAFOOD BOIL
Attend a seafood boil or throw one of your own. In Louisiana, it’s all about crawfish boils, but you gotta get them early because the season is done by midsummer.
GO TO THE LAKE
Rent a boat, blow up some floaties, have a picnic and enjoy a fun day at the lake.
HAVE A PICNIC
Picnics are my favorite! I love eating meals outside. Make it simple by packing some bread, lunch meat and condiments and cutting up some fresh fruit, or go all out by making some pasta and delicious sides. My go to is spreadable cheese and everything bread. So delish.
GO BIKE RIDING
Rent some bikes and find some trails to ride along.
HAVE A BBQ NIGHT
Food fresh off the grill is the best, isn’t it? Pick your favorite meats and/or veggies and grill ’em up!
Get out in nature by visiting some nearby state parks and going on their hiking trails. Don’t forget to pack some bug spray and plenty of water.
HAVE A WATER BALLOON FIGHT
Feel like a kid again! Fill some balloons with water and go to battle!
July 4th is coming up, so you know what that means – fireworks!
Get in the lake with a fun kayaking date. Kayak rentals are usually very affordable.
TAKE A RIVER CRUISE
If you want to be around the water, but don’t want to get in it, take a river cruise. Some include a fun talk about the history of the river and surrounding area with plenty of food and drink options.
GO HORSEBACK RIDING
Find a local stable that does trail rides for a fun horseback riding date.
VISIT A WINERY
Learn about how to make wine, sample the offerings and enjoy some cuisine that pairs perfectly with your favorite selections.
GO GARAGE SALING
Everyone is cleaning out their homes to make room for new things or to prepare for a new home. Take advantage by finding some treasures at local garage sales.
HAVE A FOOD TRUCK NIGHT
Food trucks are all over the place during the summer. Check local food truck Facebook pages to see their schedules or go to local festivals, fairs or events that highlight some food trucks in the area.
CATCH AN OUTDOOR MOVIE
See if there are any movies playing outdoors in your area. If there’s a drive-in movie theater nearby, make the commute and enjoy a movie outside.
PICK SOME BERRIES
Summer season is berry season. Pick your favorite berries, like strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, at local gardens and farms.
HAVE A BONFIRE
Strike up a fire, get the stuff for s’mores and enjoy a cozy date night bonfire right in your backyard.
GO TO THE ZOO
The zoo is the perfect outdoor date during the summer.
GO TO THE AQUARIUM
Did you know that June is Aquarium Month? You can celebrate with a fun summer date at your local aquarium.
Put a blanket out in the backyard and look up at the sky for some stargazing. You can download a free app like SkyView to help spot some of the constellations.
MAKE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
Look up instructions to make your own ice cream at home. Don’t feel like churning your own? Visit your favorite ice cream shop.
TAKE A WALK AT A LOCAL PARK
Dates don’t have to be intricate to be special. Walk or drive to a nearby park and walk hand-in-hand and enjoy some good conversation.
PLAY A ROUND OF MINI GOLF
Mini golf is a fun date idea for some light competition and a fun day outdoors.
VISIT LOCAL LANDMARKS AND MUSEUMS
Act like a tourist and visit some of the area’s top local landmarks, museums and other tourist attractions.
GO TO AN ART GALLERY
If you don’t want to spend the day outdoors, take advantage of the A/C at an art gallery and admire the beautiful works displayed.
Grab your rackets and tennis balls to have an active date on the tennis court, Lorde style.
GO TO A FESTIVAL
There are plenty of festivals going on during the summer. Search your local area listings and even some in nearby cities. If you’re in the Shreveport area, click here for a good starting point for some annual festivals.
GO TO A WATER PARK
Cool off with a water park date.
Badminton is an enjoyable way to spend a day together during the summer. Purchase a badminton set or borrow one from a friend.
PLAY ON THE PLAYGROUND
Let out your inner kid with a date on the playground. Have jumping contests on the swings, go down the slide, play on the see-saw and try not to get sick on the merry-go-round (I know I would – yikes!).
WATCH THE SUNSET
Take advantage of the later setting sun. Pair this date with a picnic or a walk around the neighborhood or simply get out a blanket and watch the sunset from the backyard.
GO TO A ROOFTOP HAPPY HOUR
If you’re of age, go to a local restaurant or bar with a rooftop and take advantage of the discounted prices during happy hour.
Grab some fishing poles and bait and go fishing at a lake or river. Make sure you have the proper documentation and permission if needed.
Get nostalgic with a rollerskating date! Visit the skating rink or get your own skates and go rollerskating at a park or in the neighborhood.
DIY SOME KITES THEN GO FLY THEM
Get creative by making your own kites or purchase some from the store then let your kites fly!
GO SEE A BASEBALL GAME
Baseball season is in full swing during the summer. See what teams are playing nearby and head to a game.
VISIT AN AMUSEMENT PARK
Plan a day at a nearby amusement park. Ride the rides, eat the food and make sure you stay hydrated!
What are some of your favorite summer dates?