Tired of staying indoors and with the same old “Netflix and chill” routine? Think outside the box with these 25 fun outdoor date ideas that are guaranteed to give your dating repertoire a real breath of fresh air. (Pun intended.) From riding bikes to hitting up a concert, we've got something for everyone on our roundup of outdoor date inspiration.
Here are our picks for the best outdoor date ideas for any couple.
Go on a Hike
If you’re looking for an outdoor date idea that’s bound to hike up the fun, strap on your hiking boots and head to a local trail. Not only will you and your date get to enjoy the beauty of nature as you get to know each other, but you're also choosing a healthy activity that works up as much sweat as it does conversation.
Visit a Farmers' Market
Another outdoor date idea that will leave a good taste in both of your mouths is to go to a farmers' market. You’ll be able to walk around to the different stands, try samples, and possibly find your new favorite fruit, hummus, jam, or vegetable. And as you get to know each other’s food preferences, you’ll be better able to determine if you have a preference for each other.
Participate in a Charity Walk
If you’re looking for a fun date idea with benefits that go beyond the relationship, signing up for a charity walk/run is a winning choice. Whether you and your date decide to walk, run, or jog during the event, you'll start out any potential relationship knowing that you're making a difference.
Go to the Beach
An additional outdoor date idea that’s nothing short of fun is to put on your bathing suit, sandals, and sunglasses and head to the beach—just don’t forget the sunscreen. There’s a seemingly endless list of enjoyable activities that you can engage in at the beach, whether you sign up for surf lessons, go boogie boarding, build a sandcastle, play beach volleyball, or simply soak up the rays as you get to know each other in new ways.
Visit an Amusement Park
Going to an amusement park with your date can help you show off your inner-daredevil as well as your fun personality. In fact, if you consider yourself a thrill-seeker, this type of date is bound to get your heart pumping with someone who may turn out to be your sweetheart in the future. However, if roller coasters and scary rides aren’t that appealing to you, don’t forget that there are theme parks geared toward a younger audience that are still full of fun rather than full of fear.
Plan a Picnic
If you’re looking for an outdoor date idea that’s both fun and relaxing, having a picnic is a great way to get to know each other in a comfortable setting. You can make it a potluck picnic where you each contribute different parts of the meal, or you can simply stop on the way to the park or rooftop for your favorite takeout.
Go to an Outdoor Sporting Event
If you’re looking for a date idea that’s packed with action and fun, then heading to an outdoor sporting event is a home run. After all, you get to spend time with each other in an energetic and exciting atmosphere. And not only will you be able to cheer on your team, but you’ll also be able to see if you and your date work well as a team.
Go to an Outdoor Concert
For a date that’ll be music to both of your ears, go to an outdoor concert. While there are countless outdoor venues and amphitheaters to choose from, you can also find free concerts in parks, at piers, and at outdoor fairs for more local charm. Not only will you and your date get to enjoy live music, but spending time together in this way will help you determine if you “harmonize” well as a potential couple.
Go to a Drive-In Movie Theater
If you've never been to a drive-in, take this as your cue to go. You can bring snacks and drinks, and don't forget a blanket to snuggle up, of course.
If either of you own a pick-up truck, make the truck bed extra cozy with pillows and blankets.
Sit Around a Fire Pit
Find your nearest fire pit and let the sparks fly. Conversation around a warm fire is super romantic, and offers the chance to get cozy. You can bring drinks and snacks, too.
Go to a Winery
If you have a winery nearby, take the trip. Wine tasting is sure to boost your mood, and you can take home a bottle of each of your favorite blends.
Sit on a Restaurant Patio
Scout out the best restaurant patio in town and make it your home for the afternoon. You'll catch some rays between drinks, food, and great conversation.
If the heat is so sweltering that you hardly want to venture outside, head to the lake or a local pool. Taking a dip should spark some romance.
Take a Day Trip
If there's a destination nearby that you've always meant to check out, do so with your date. Whether it's a trip to a nearby city or state park, the drive is a great time to bond and listen to each other's favorite music. Don't forget to snap lots of photos, too!
Watch the Sunset
There's something so romantic about watching the sunset together. Head to your favorite spot—at the beach or a vista point—or park yourselves at a restaurant with a view to soak in the last rays of the day and chat.
Go to the Zoo
If you have a zoo nearby, go and visit the animals. Their antics will surely create easy conversation. Many zoos will even allow you to adopt an animal (your funds will go toward their care), in case you want to do so with your date.
Go to an Outdoor Festival
Check your city's calendar for any outdoor festivals, and then head to one with your SO. Nothing beats sharing tunes and snacks in the sunshine.
Grill in the Yard
If you have a backyard or balcony, put it to use by getting the grill going. You can whip up burgers, corn on the cob, and more to create a feast for your date. Plus, you'll save some money versus going out to eat.
Hosting a cookout is an excellent double date idea, which will prevent you and your partner from falling into a date night rut.
Go for a Bike Ride
Head to the nearest bike path for a leisurely bike ride with your SO. You can take in the sights and chit-chat while getting some exercise, too.
Go Fruit Picking
Go out and pick your favorite fruits of the season at a nearby farm. Back at home you can bake apple cobbler or whip up blueberry pancakes together to enjoy the fruits of your labor (sorry, we had to).
Go Mini Golfing
A bit of competitive energy never hurt anybody. Find out who the champion is at mini golf. The loser has to buy the winner a drink.
Go to a Rooftop Bar
Take in the sights from high above the city. You can catch a tan and stay to watch the sunset during happy hour.
This one takes a bit more commitment, but if you're going to have an outdoor date, why not go all out? Roast s'mores over the fire and spend the night bundled up in a tent while camping.
Who's going to win in a heated match of tennis? There's only one way to find out: Hit up a local court for a quick singles match or two.
The best way to end the night is by taking a peek up at the stars. Look for constellations and ask each other the much-debated question: Do aliens exist?