Skip the expensive brunches and the standard dinner and a movie date - you do not need to have deep pockets to enjoy some creative summer dates. Here are some invaluable ways to spend more time (and less cash) with your significant other this summer - you can't put a price on that.
Whether you want to play some one-on-one basketball or get a group together for some kickball, there is no better way to break a sweat than with some friendly competition. Plus, it's a great way to get your endorphins pumping.
Street fairs or parades are a great way to skip your usual date-night restaurant and try new dishes on the cheap. Find a cultural fair, spice up your palette and re-create new recipes at home.
Yard sales are a great way to design on a dime or discover some bizarre knick-knacks. Really want to experience the fleamarket culture? Go to keysfleamarket.com to make a weekend out of treasure hunting.
Skip the frozen food aisle and put down the take-out menu. Head over to the farmers market and check out the local produce. Vendors are more than happy to let you sample gourmet cheeses, poultry and meats products. Who knows, maybe you two can create a tasty dish with ostrich patties and alfalfa sprouts.
Let's face it: those weekend brunches can put a hole in your pocket. Whip up some eggs florentine, some french toast or even leftovers from the night before. Take some fresh fruit (from date #3), juice, ice and blend it into a killer smoothie. For a little kick, toss in a shot of something hard. Set a table outside in the yard, roof, or stoop and indulge.
Blueberries, strawberries, peaches and tons of other delicious fruits are in season. Go to your local farm and see what's ripe in your area. After, you two can experiment by making some homemade pies and jams together. Also, it's a great excuse to make him wear an apron.
Skip the boring pack of hotdogs. Get creative with some exotic spices and flame up some gourmet sausages or Masala veggie burgers. Grab a couple friends and have a potluck grill-a-thon.
Whatever outdoor date you may be on, grab a camera and document your day. Test out your artistic side, tinker with different settings and take portrait shots of each other. If you are feeling creative, ditch the digital and go old school with a Polaroid.
First date or married, a picnic in the park is still a classic date. Throw down a blanket, bring a basket of homemade sandwiches and fruit for dessert. Pop a bottle of champagne and relax.
Rounds of skiball, stuffed animals, and mounds of cotton candy - tapping into your inner child never gets old. Classically cap the night off with a romantic ride on the ferris wheel.
It's relaxing and healthy. Take a ride down the boardwalk or dirt path. After, kick off your shoes and you two can picnic together. If you don't have a bike, check out a local bicycle shop or rentabike.com to rent one.
Leave the iPod at home and go listen to some live music. Many cities or towns offer outdoor concerts from philharmonics, folk groups to local cover bands. And it's a great way to enjoy the music or dance without the stuffy club setting and overpriced drinks.
Pack a sandwich, some binoculars and be one with the wild. You two can burn some cals, see some nature and spend time together while catching amazing views. Check out trails.com to see what trails you can follow in your area.
Instead sitting in the nosebleed section, get front row seats to a minor league baseball game on the low. Add in a hot dog, a beer, some team spirit, and it's batter up time. Check out milb.com for $5 dollar ticket prices in your area.
Lose the fanny pack and tour a city scavenger hunt style. The site strayboots.com offers an interactive way to explore a city sans the touristy gimmicks. Stray Boots will keep you and your date on your toes by sending your clues via text, leading you to interesting landmarks. It also works great with group dates.
Get your inner-geek on, look into the night's sky and play some constellation "I Spy". Go to stardate.org and see who can find "The Big Dipper" first.
Try canoeing, paddle-boating or sailing. You don't have to dig deep - rentals can be as low as $15 dollars a day. Recline back, enjoy the scenery, and row down the river. Really want to rock the boat? Try kayaking.
Many cities and towns offer a variety of outdoor movies during the summer. If they don't, head outside with a laptop. Pack a blanket and snuggle up to a great comedy or thriller. What's another perk of outdoor flicks? You don't have to sneak snacks in.
Time travel back to your first date ever with a round of putt-putt. Craving something that requires a little more elbow grease? Go to the driving range and swing away.