Tuesday Ten: Summer Date Ideas

Lauren Conrad's Summer Date Ideas

I firmly believe in the notion of date night. No matter how busy we get, William and I always do our best to side aside time for date night. It’s important to have that time as a couple to connect, relax and just enjoy each other’s company.

Now, date night doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It can be as simple as grabbing frozen yogurt together or taking a stroll as the sun sets. And during summer when the weather is warmer and the nights are longer, the options for date night are endless. From hitting a beach boardwalk to enjoying a picnic in the park, there are so many fun date ideas to try out this sunny season.

So, to give you lovebirds a little inspiration, here are 10 summery ideas for your next date night…

  1. Under the Boardwalk. If you live close to the beach, take your date to the nearest beach boardwalk for an afternoon or evening of rides, games, and good food. If you don’t have a boardwalk nearby, an amusement park would be a fun summer date spot too.
  2. Eat In. Sometimes staying in for dinner can be even more fun than going out. Cook your significant other dinner using fresh summer ingredients like tomatoes, eggplant, and summer squash. Take advantage of the warm weather and serve your delicious dinner outside on a candlelit bistro table.
  3. Picnic in the Park. Pack up a picnic basket, grab a blanket and head to the park for an easy, relaxing and romantic date night. To make it a little more special, make some of your beau’s favorite finger foods, throw in some of my lavender lemonade, and bring a portable speaker set to your favorite Spotify station to set the mood.
  4. Frozen Yogurt. One of my favorite easy date ideas is grabbing froyo with my guy. Especially in the summer when the nights are warm, it’s fun to pick our favorite flavors, choose our own toppings, and sit outside and enjoy a frozen sweet treat.
  5. Bike it Out. There’s something so sweet about the idea of renting a couple of bikes (or using your own if you happen to have them), and heading out for a leisurely bike ride around town. It’s a great way to unplug (no texting while biking!), see the sights and spend quality time with your love.
  6. Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Get tickets to a local baseball game and take your beau for your next date night. There’s something about watching a ballgame on a hot summer night that feels very nostalgic. Extra points for catching a foul ball!
  7. As the Sun Sets. There’s really nothing more romantic than watching the sun set. When I’ve had a long day or week, I love to go for a walk or hike with William and our pups during the magic hour. A bonus of this date idea is that it doesn’t cost anything, and it counts as a little added workout. Win, win!
  8. Drive it In. Heading to a drive-in movie on a warm summer night sounds just lovely, doesn’t it? You can even pack up a picnic basket with snacks and beverages, bring blankets that you can cuddle underneath in your car and enjoy a fun flick under the stars.
  9. Food Truck Fun. These days there are almost as many food trucks as there are restaurants. Take advantage of this, and spend your next date night hitting up the local food trucks. You can also find local street fairs filled with handmade items, art, and lots of food trucks. It’s nice to have a casual date like this every once in a while.
  10. Daycation. If you and your love can block off a whole weekend day for a date, a daycation is a fun idea. Find a place not too far from where you live, look up some fun, touristy things to do there, make a dinner reservation and head on out! It’s always fun exploring a new place with your love, and if you don’t have enough time off to take a real vacation this is the perfect compromise.

Do you have any summer date night ideas to add to the list?

Leave them in the comments.

XO Lauren


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  • http://www.littleldnlife.blogspot.com Alice English

    My boyfriend and I always try to make time to spend solely with each other. I work days and he works at night, so until the weekend we only get about 30 minutes a day to spend together, so weekends are our time and we always make the most of it. Getting some snacks, turning your phones and laptops off, and just sitting down to watch a film is a good way to spend time together when you’re on a budget too. x


  • http://aladygoeswest.com/ Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    We live in a city apartment building, so some rooftop champagne with a view is always a nice way to start a date night.

  • http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    These are all such great ideas! I love the going to the beach one and the foodtruck one-it’s like a mini adventure each time 😉


  • Kimberly Ann

    These are such great ideas! My favorite thing to do with my fiancé is to order in Chinese and binge watch a show or have a movie night :) we love our relaxing time on the weekend!!


  • http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/ Ashley of Dream.Live.Repeat.

    These are really good ideas! I like that a lot of them involve being outside and they don’t have to be expensive! I’ll have to apply these date ideas to friends for know though. My guy and I live far apart… Any ideas for long distance love? :)


  • arielle q.

    all of these ideas are amazing. I especially love the food trucks and daycation suggestions. so perfect for the couple who are both busy and on a budget!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Maria F

    Geocaching is a budget friendly adventure! It’s the best!

  • http://peachypains.com/ Kelby, PeachyPains

    Every year I give my husband a Date Night package which includes separate dates, once a month. Each labeled with a month of the year. And each envelope contains a pre-planned, (mostly) pre-paid date. This has been a life saver for our marraige since he usually lacks the ideas! We’ve done the zoo, white water rafting, Wine Expo, etc. To read more, check it out on my blog:


  • http://missarahlouise.blogspot.co.uk Sarah Louise

    Such great ideas. Picnics are my current favourite but a daycation sounds fun!

    Sarah x

  • Janina

    Bike ride and daycation are my favorite date night ideas! Thanks for sharing :)

    XO Janina


  • http://morninglux.blogspot.com Samantha Kay

    I’m single so I didn’t think this post would apply to me, but a lot of these are great for a girls night as well.

  • Guest

    I’m sad my boyfriend and I aren’t living in the same city at the moment, but I’ll keep some of these in mind just for days with my girlfriends–we’ve already ex

  • http://amie-eo.blogspot.com Erin

    These make me sad my boyfriend and I are currently in different cities, but most of these seem fun for doing with the girlfriends too. We’ve already fro yo’ed and picnicked tons (although of course you can always do more of both ;p), but I’d love to make an adventure out of checking out food trucks or going to a drive in. Going on a(nother) wine tour (in NY’s Finger Lake region) is also on my list lol

  • Abi

    Great ideas and I love the photo – cute! I love picnics and frozen yoghurt sounds nice! Abi myw0rldmyview.blogspot.co.uk

  • Pia Hocevar Mucic

    So many great ideas!

    Fashion latte with vanilla

  • http://www.blondewithachanse.com Rachel Rinderknecht

    I love these ideas! Sometimes just having a simple night or day out with your hubby is the best thing ever. I would even love bringing our baby girl along on some of these date ideas :)

  • http://www.thesinglediaries.com/ The Single Diaries

    Love all of these ideas! A baseball game is a great date… plenty of time to catch up and enjoy each other while waiting for an awesome play.

    the latest on TheSingleDiaires.com

  • April

    Before my husband and I got married he surprised me with a date via airplane to Chicago from Michigan for the entire day! It was one of the best dates ever!!! We took the first flight out walked and biked all day seeing all the sights that Chicago can offer before catching the red eye back later that night. We didn’t stay over because we weren’t married yet. It’s the new trend 😉 we’ve been happily married for 12 years.

    • Jane

      That sounds like such an amazing time! And I personally love the fact that because you weren’t married, you didn’t stay over. Classy! :)

  • Carina Stewart

    It’s Winter where I live currently, but I can’t wait until Summer so I can do some of these things :)
    Carina | http://carstina.com

  • Chloé

    This all sounds so great… but it is terribly hot in Texas. D:

  • http://tays-two-cents.blogspot.com Taylor Dean

    I love date night! My boyfriend and I try to have it once a week. This week it was a trip into Boston for a stroll and a dinner! The week before that we went to a local mini golf place and played a round of golf, hit up the batting cages and the driving range!

  • http://reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com Julianne

    any kind of outdoor walk/adventure is my ideal summer date. in NY it’s only this warm for a few months so all i want to do is be outside!


  • Nicole

    I shall be going on a romantic picnic with my boyfriend. <3

  • http://www.mediamarmalade.com/ mediamarmalade

    love this post & the ideas.

    I think a summer picnic is such a good one, so cute & cost efficient

    mel x


  • Cassidy Short

    LOVE these ideas! So sweet and always fun to try something new!




  • Jacqueline Joyce

    I love having dinners in with my man, every Saturday night I cook for him something different and we watch a movie together. It’s such a nice way to bond – I will be heading out for froyo come summer time here down under!

    Jacqueline xx


  • GLAMStyle Divas

    GREAT date ideas!!! I love daycations!! http://glamstyledivas.com

  • Katie Rose

    My husband and I love the outdoors. There are alot a parks to hike and picnic. We also love to go kayaking (fishing or just exploring). So blessed to live in beautiful Jacksonville Beach FL. Check out your local State Parks and FREE programs they offer ; )


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