16 Unconventional Summer Date Ideas

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

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

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Have a Picnic in the Park

An oldie but a goodie. You can't go wrong with some fresh air (unless it's hot and you're dreadfully sweating...but moving on). Just add some cheese and wine and pretend you're sitting in a vineyard in Napa.

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Get Tickets to a Baseball Game

There are few things better in the summer than baseball games where the energy is piqued and spirits are high. Even if you're not into baseball, the experience of cheering on a team with hundreds of fans will get the adrenaline rushing for both of you. Also, giant soft pretzels.

MLB, prices vary

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Go Indoor Rock Climbing

If you don't want to worry about the weather (and putting yourself in danger), opt for a couple hours of indoor rock climbing. It's great partner work, and a true indicator of trust. If they let you fall, get rid of them. Kidding...kind of.

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Find an Outdoor Concert

If you've ever stayed at an outdoor concert long enough to make it until sunset, you'll understand why it makes it sits atop our list of romantic dates—amazing music, an incredible view, and good vibes.

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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 good cool-down while you shop.

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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

Taking advantage of a calm, balmy day typically hinges on one of you actually knowing the ropes, but you could always invest in a sailing lesson. Either way, sailing is a soothing getaway with your S.O. even if you never get that far from shore.

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Take a Camping Trip

If you've been seeing each other for a while, may we recommend heading away for the weekend—just the two of you, a tent, and a sleeping bag. If overnight isn't an option, 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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Go for Fro-Yo

When it's sweltering outside, head to a build-your-own yogurt shop. Fill up on your favorite flavors and have fun going crazy on toppings. Then, share the finished products 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

If you're too scared to take to the open road and navigate the bike lanes (or lack thereof), head out for a leisurely cycle through the trails in your local 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 Ferris wheel for a spin, or kick it up a notch with a rousing round of bumper cars.

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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

Exploring a botanical garden or greenhouse can be a great way to foster conversation. All the flowers and butterflies are Instagram-friendly bait—he won't be able to resist indulging you in a few romantic selfies.

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Stargaze at a Planetarium

Take a cue 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 the endless stargazing opportunities—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-into used records and odds and ends, go thrifting and hunt for some sweet vintage finds instead.

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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) the European vibes. This one's great for a group date, too, especially if you've just started seeing each other and want something a bit less-intimate/more-casual.

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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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Go Dancing

Even if your dance moves are Taylor Swift–level awkward, one of the most fun and low-key date ideas is getting down during a theme 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 in it for the breezy ride, ferries are a clever way to beat the heat on the water while giving you a picturesque backdrop for conversation (and lots of selfies).

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