12 Unconventional Summer Date Ideas

Including a few that don't even require leaving the air-conditioning ❄️

When you're on the hunt for fresh date ideas that don't just fluctuate between "beach trip" and "dinner and a movie," peruse these fun summer suggestions for every type of couple—from the AC-loving indoor types to the true outdoors adventure-seekers.

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<p>Spending a few hours at a local flea market can be a fun way to spend the day together, whether you're sampling treats or perusing knickknacks for sale. In summer, they usually stock ice cream, too, so you can enjoy a sweet treat while you browse.&nbsp;</p>
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Browse a Flea Market

Spending a few hours at a local flea market can be a fun way to spend the day together, whether you're sampling treats or perusing knickknacks for sale. In summer, they usually stock ice cream, too, so you can enjoy a sweet treat while you browse. 

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<p>This one typically hinges on one of you actually knowing the ropes, but you could always invest in a sailing lesson that would let you take advantage of a calm, balmy day. It's a soothing getaway with your S.O. even if you're not so far from shore.&nbsp;</p>
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Sail the Seas

This one typically hinges on one of you actually knowing the ropes, but you could always invest in a sailing lesson that would let you take advantage of a calm, balmy day. It's a soothing getaway with your S.O. even if you're not so far from shore. 

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Take a Camping Trip

When you've been seeing each other for a while, you might one to take away for the weekend with just the two of you, a tent, and a sleeping bag—if not, hiking is always an exhilarating alternative. There's plenty of alone time and chances to soak in all the #views, too. 

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Sample Frozen Yogurt

This one's a summer feel-good option: try out your favorite flavors, stop in for samples only if you're a dirtbag (kidding!), and have fun with going crazy on toppings then sharing them between the two of you. 

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<p>Even if you're too scared to take to the open road and navigate the bike lanes (or lack thereof), a fun adrenaline-pumping date idea is taking a leisurely cycle through the trails in a park. Enjoy the fresh air and each other's company!</p>
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Go Biking

Even if you're too scared to take to the open road and navigate the bike lanes (or lack thereof), a fun adrenaline-pumping date idea is taking a leisurely cycle through the trails in a park. Enjoy the fresh air and each other's company!

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<p>Indulge your inner child with an old-fashioned&nbsp;day at the amusement park. Play games, take the ferry wheel for a spin, or kick it up a notch with a bumper cars game.&nbsp;</p>
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Visit an Amusement Park

Indulge your inner child with an old-fashioned day at the amusement park. Play games, take the ferry wheel for a spin, or kick it up a notch with a bumper cars game. 

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<p>If both of you are nature lovers (and even if not), exploring a botanical garden or greenhouse in summer can be a great way to foster conversation. All of the pretty flowers and butterflies are Instagram-friendly bait that will give you eye-catching targets to look out for.&nbsp;</p>
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Explore the Botanical Gardens

If both of you are nature lovers (and even if not), exploring a botanical garden or greenhouse in summer can be a great way to foster conversation. All of the pretty flowers and butterflies are Instagram-friendly bait that will give you eye-catching targets to look out for. 

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<p>Take note from the <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">La La Land</em> dating playbook, which states that a couple will easily&nbsp;fall for each while <del data-redactor-tag="del" data-verified="redactor">floating</del><del data-redactor-tag="del" data-verified="redactor">&nbsp;through</del> &nbsp;perusing a hushed planetarium. Just think of all the endless&nbsp;stargazing opportunities in the dark—<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">cozy!</span>&nbsp;</p>
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Stargaze at a Planetarium

Take note from the La La Land dating playbook, which states that a couple will easily fall for each while floating through  perusing a hushed planetarium. Just think of all the endless stargazing opportunities in the dark—cozy! 

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<p>Bookmark this one for a non-sweltering weekend day: scanning all the nearby yard sales. If you're not so much into used records and odds and ends, go thrifting and hunt for some sweet vintage finds.&nbsp;</p>
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Scour a Yard Sale

Bookmark this one for a non-sweltering weekend day: scanning all the nearby yard sales. If you're not so much into used records and odds and ends, go thrifting and hunt for some sweet vintage finds. 

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<p>There are so many perks to visiting a beer garden: 1) the endless pints 2) the rich, meaty foods plus sauerkraut 3) did we mention the food? This one's great for a group date, too, especially if you've just started dating and aren't feeling a super cozy date spot yet.&nbsp;</p>
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Visit a Beer Garden

There are so many perks to visiting a beer garden: 1) the endless pints 2) the rich, meaty foods plus sauerkraut 3) did we mention the food? This one's great for a group date, too, especially if you've just started dating and aren't feeling a super cozy date spot yet. 

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<p>If neither of you are scared to break out your&nbsp;, one of the most fun and low-key&nbsp;date ideas is getting down at a DJ night or themed night&nbsp;at one of your local bars. When the DJ's good, the vibes are golden.&nbsp;</p>
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Dance at a Lounge Bar

If neither of you are scared to break out your , one of the most fun and low-key date ideas is getting down at a DJ night or themed night at one of your local bars. When the DJ's good, the vibes are golden. 

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<p>Whether you're actually planning to dock at a new location or are&nbsp;just there for the breezy ride, ferries in the summer are a clever way to beat the heat on the water while giving you a picturesque backdrop for conversation.&nbsp;</p>
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Take a Ferry Ride

Whether you're actually planning to dock at a new location or are just there for the breezy ride, ferries in the summer are a clever way to beat the heat on the water while giving you a picturesque backdrop for conversation. 

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