Creative Summer Date Ideas

Summer Dates You’ll Love

Get ready for some serious Summer Lovin’… it’s so easy to date your spouse in the summer! There are so many fun and unique things you can do in the great outdoors and life just seems a bit more chill in the summertime. Relax and take things slow with your sweetheart or heat things up!!

We’ve got so many creative summer date ideas just for you. Summer fun isn’t just for the kids this year. Go ahead and grab your planner to pencil in some serious fun with your lover.

Summer Dates You'll Love!! Creative date ideas to get you lovin' your spouse all Summer long! Add these to your #SummerBucketList #SummerDates #CreativeDateIdeas

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Before we get started – run grab these cute free Summer Bucket List printables! After all, there are SO many fun date ideas for Summer on here we KNOW you’re going to want to try.  So… why not write them down and check ’em off your printable bucket list one date night at a time?!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR FREE SUMMER BUCKET LIST PRINTABLES!

We wanted to make it SO easy for you to find a few Summer Dates you’ll love, so we divided up these fun Summer Date Ideas into 6 categories.

  1. Creative Date Ideas to RELAX this Summer – Looking for something simple, chill and low prep? This Summer date ideas are for YOU!
  2. Summer Fun FOOD Dates – It’s all about the yummy eats and treats with these dates!
  3. Cool Date Ideas to Take You on an Adventure – Want to try something new? Go exploring? These Summer date ideas are unique and will get you experiencing something new with your spouse!
  4. Active Summer Date Ideas – Get moving with your spouse!
  5. Outdoor Summer Dates – Summer is the best time to get outside and enjoy some good nature. These fun Summer dates are perfect for some Summer lovin’!
  6. Summer Fun Game Night Ideas – Game night is always a great idea. Here are a few creative date ideas for game night!

Ready to go?!  Okay, now on to our favorite part… 

Creative Date Ideas for Summer

Summertime is meant for relaxing – soaking up the sun or just enjoying a night out on the patio. The weather is just right for spending a little time doing something simple and chill. These creative date ideas for Summer will help you get the most of your Summer!

Double Feature and other Summer Date Ideas

1. Fill Out Your Summer Bucket ListWhy not make a whole fun date night out of it? Sit down to write your “Summer Bucket List” together! You could even take turns choosing something to put on the list. (And the next 49 ideas are sure to give you plenty to choose from!)

2. At-Home Drive-InCheck out this fun 1950’s Blast from the Past date! Enjoy a little roller skating then come back home to set-up your own Drive-In movie in your driveway! My favorite part is the fun diner-style menu. {And who doesn’t love a little smooching at the drive-in?!}

3. Double Feature Date NightThe good ol’ at-home-movie-night is probably one of the most popular date ideas out there. After all, who doesn’t love to turn out the lights, cuddle up close to their honey, and munch on some yummy snacks? But these fun ideas and free printables take your at-home movie party to a whole new level to make it extra special! You’ve gotta check out the DIY concessions!

4. Movie on the MoveTurn a regular movie night into a fun adventure just by changing the location! Instead of the usual movie night on the couch in the living room- why not watch a scary movie on your laptop in an empty field or a romantic chick flick on your iPad next to a beautiful overlook? The options are endless!

5. Around the World DatesLove to travel, but don’t have the money!? No worries enjoy themed date nights from different countries around the world from the comfort of your own home. You’re gonna love the clever printable invites, traditional yummy meals, and treats, and creative activities and sexy games Just wait until you see everything that’s included!

6. Vacation Planning DateIf you’re planning on going on a vacation this Summer, you’re going to want to check out this Vacation Planning Date. Grab our free Vacation Planner printables, some yummy snacks, and make a whole date night out of the planning process. You’re going to have to hash out your itinerary, budget, and travel plans anyway- you might as well make it a fun event!

7. Read My Mind Easy Date IdeaHow well do you know your spouse? Spend the night making choices FOR your spouse. This easy date lets you test how well you know your spouse while doing some of your favorite easy and relaxing date ideas! Add this to your Summer dates list, stat!

8. Inner Child DateGet in touch with your inner child with this fun date idea. After all, wouldn’t it be nice to be a kid again- even just for one day? Stay in your pajamas and eat Lucky Charms while you watch some Saturday morning cartoons, do some coloring, build a fort out of couch cushions, and play games together.

Backyard Movie Night and other Summer Dates

9. Backyard Movie NightTake the fun out back and enjoy the cool night air while cuddling up to watch one of your favorite movies.

10. Netflix Date NightTake your next Netflix binge date up a notch with fun challenges! Connect with your spouse while chillin’ with your spouse this summer.

11. YouTube Date NightThis fun date idea is perfect for some Summer fun! Relax with your spouse with this easy date idea at home… all while learning, laughing and watching YouTube videos!

12. Love ShackSet up your own Love Shack and get ready for a romantic, relaxing night.

13. Power Outage DateTurn the lights out and turn date night ON!! There are so many fun things you can do without lights. This is one of our FAVORITE creative date ideas!

14. Fort DateBust out those blankets and get ready for date night! Our one-of-a-kind fort date contains everything you need to learn how to make a fort and comes with a super snazzy set of indoor games for adults. Even the nature-averse won’t be able to resist these fort ideas as we’ve included a set of indoor camping activities that are truly top notch!

15. Spouse SleepoverHangin’ in your PJs, playing games, watching movies, cuddling all night and some truth or dare makes for the perfect spouse sleepover. We’ve got all the sleepover ideas, plus the cutest printables to go along with them!

16. Relaxing Date Night for TwoSet up a relaxation station to help you forget about summer stress! This is a great date to pamper your spouse and get a little pampered in return.

Summer Fun FOOD Dates

The best date nights always include a bit to eat, but these Summer dates are all about the yummy eats and treats! Summertime has its own classic food groups – S’mores, Grillin’ and Ice Cream… that pretty much covers it, ha!! Check out these Summer Fun FOOD Dates!

Food Truck Date and other Creative Date Ideas

17. Summer BreakfastNow that it is summer and you are not rushing kids out the door every morning take the time to have a special summer breakfast!

18. S’more LovinShow your honey S’more Lovin’ with a quick and easy marshmallow roasting date on the back porch after the kiddos are in bed. We’ve even included a printable S’mores Box where you can write down little loves notes to your sweetie.

19. The “Fate Burger” DateIf you love yummy food and have an adventurous streak- this is the date for you! Invite a bunch of your married friends over for some burgers on the grill. But here’s the catch- you’ll be throwing darts to determine your burger toppings. Check out the post for all of the fun details and a list of surprisingly delicious, non-traditional burger toppings.

20. Potluck Group DateInvite some of your favorite couples over for the perfect group date- a summer potluck picnic and party games. Make a friendly competition out of Watermelon-Seed-Spitting, a Pie-Eating Contest, Bubble Gum Blowing, Ring Toss, Squirt Gun Shoot Out, or an Ice Cream Station. We’ve even included the free printable invitation and party game signs!

21. Grill and Chill BBQ DateSend out invites and host your own backyard barbecue. We’ve got everything you need to decorate and have a fun and relaxing barbecue.

22. Chocolate Chip Cookie CupWhen it gets HOT outside, cool off together with a fun ice cream date for two. Make your treat together then while you’re enjoying your delicious dessert, get the latest scoop on your sweetheart by playing a fun round of truth or dare. We’ve even included a free download to get your creative juices going, along with a link to some fun ice-cream themed printables.

Cookie Cup Challenge and other Summer Date Ideas

23. Get the Scoop’ DateHere’s another fun and easy ice cream date idea. Hide a pint or two of vanilla ice cream in the freezer and a couple of your sweetie’s favorite candy bars in the cupboard. Then after dinner when the kiddos are in bed, cut up the candy bars and surprise your spouse with their own custom Cold Stone style creation. Have fun experimenting with the fun mix-ins you can add for flavor and crunch!

24. Build a SmoreS’mores are the classic Summer treat. Make some more S’mores with a fun little game that will help you create brand new S’more flavors!

25. Grocery Store HuntSend your spouse on a treasure hunt through the grocery store to buy all of the ingredients you’ll need to make some yummy banana splits. How fun is that? We even have all of the flirty clue cards that you’ll need included as a free printable!

26. Farmer’s Market DateTake a quick trip to the Farmer’s Market for a fun and creative date idea!

27. Total Blackout Dinner PartyHave you ever seen the TV show, Total Blackout?! It’s a game show where contestants enter a room filled with complete darkness and compete to identify various objects using their senses. Well, for this group date- you’ll be inviting over your bravest friends and re-creating your own blackout-themed dinner party. Fun, right?! Check out the post for the awesome invites and all the details.

28. Picnic in a Box Date NightSummertime is the best time for a picnic! Get out and enjoy a little sun and let the romance take over! The combo of being in nature, good food… and laying on a blanket will make for a fantastic date night.

29. Chocolate Tour DateExplore the dessert shops in your area and sample some of the best chocolates with our DIY Chocolate Tour Date Night! Every chocolate shop is unique and most shops try to make their shop unique, inviting and memorable, which makes a Chocolate Tour date a fun and romantic adventure.

30. Waffle DateAre you a fan of waffles? This is a one-of-a-kind date night that will switch up the norm and give your spouse their choice of eats and events. Get ready for a plethora of waffle puns!

Moonlight Picnic and other Creative Summer Dates

31. Moonlight PicnicA romantic picnic for two under the moonlight! Just picture it – a warm summer night, twinkling stars, a delicious dinner! Boom – ROMANTIC! It’s so easy it can be done in your own backyard.

32. Fondue Date NightNothing planned for date night? No worries! Fondue is a simple and romantic date idea that is always sure to please.

33. Dessert Off Date NightDessert is always a good idea. Simple as that! So a dessert-themed date night is sure to be a hit! Mix in a little competition and you’ve got yourself a dessert cooking competition date night!

34. Iron Chef Date NightAny food network fans out there?? This is the perfect date for you! Test out your skills in the kitchen with some great friends! After you cook, you get to enjoy some delicious food and fabulous company.

35. Food Truck Date NightIf you’re looking for a super fun and cool date idea track down the food trucks in your town with a group of friends, or just you and your sweetie. Get ready for a fun twist on a traditional dinner out!

36. Cupcake Fondue DateThis is the most creative fondue idea – enjoy a fun date night dipping cupcakes.

37. Couple’s CaféTurn your dining room into a restaurant for a quick and easy dinner date! We all know that food is the best part of any date, serve it up with a flirty menu!

38. Chocolate Tasting Date NightYou love chocolate and so does your spouse! So spend a night taste-testing a variety of chocolate bars… sounds pretty perfect!

39. Progressive Dinner DateEnjoy a dinner with friends- on the move! For this Progressive Dinner Group Date, each couple will have the chance to serve one part of the meal at their home. Everyone will be going from home to home as a group and enjoying a different course of the meal at each home. Not only is it a fun way to switch things up, but it also keeps one host from having to do all of the work and preparation. Click on over to grab all the printables you’ll need to organize your own Progressive Dinner Date.

Cool Date Ideas to Take You on an Adventure

Get out and explore a little with your spouse, whether its traveling, sightseeing or just getting to know your hometown a bit better, we’ve come up with some cool date ideas to get you out on an adventure with your spouse!

Date at the Zoo and other Cool Date Ideas

40. Road Trip DateSummer is the perfect time of year for a Road Trip! Just grab our free “Road Trip Survival Kit” printables and some snacks and hit the road! Our Road Trip Games and Questionnaire are sure to keep you laughing and talking.

41. The Ultimate Amazing RacePlay your very own version of The Amazing Race right in your hometown! We have everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) you need to put together your own competition. Just invite your most adventurous friends, print off the clues, and let the race begin!

42. Discover a New Town TogetherWhy not try exploring somewhere NEW together when date night rolls around? Even if you’ve lived in the same place for your whole life, I guarantee there are cities and neighborhoods nearby that you have not discovered yet. So pull out a map and go on a spontaneous adventure!

43. Fixer UpperMake your own adventure by fixing up a part of your home! Summertime is the great time to start a new project together… fix up the yard, build some furniture, etc. There are so many fun projects to do with your spouse! This is the perfect Summer Date Idea!

44. Wild About You Zoo DateA trip to the zoo is sure to bring out the kid in you with this creative date idea! Pack a safari snack mix and use our printable “Zoo Trip Survival Kit” to show your sweetie just how WILD about him you are!

45. Mall Dare DateHere’s another perfect date idea for you if you love to laugh. AND it’s super easy too! Just print off our Mall Dare scorecard, head to the mall, and take turns picking and completing a dare. Each dare has a point value and the more embarrassing the dare – the more points you get. So asking for change for a nickel will only get you 2 points, but your best public marriage proposal will earn you 8 points. You’ve gotta try it- seriously hysterical!

46. Hug Your Hound DateIf you’re a dog lover, here’s a great date idea! Spend the day with YOUR dog! Enjoy a trip to the dog park. Make doggie treats and more. This post has so many fun ideas to celebrate dogs.

47. Selfie Date NightThis creative date night is low pressure and so, so much fun! Go on a selfie date night scavenger hunt with another couple and see who can get the most off the list!

48. World Record DateLooking to try something totally NEW for date night? How about setting a world record? Yep! You just might be able to check that off of your bucket list after this date. Just leave out the fun printable invitation for your spouse to find. After all, who wouldn’t want to be an “official participant” in a world record attempt?!

Choose Your Own Adventure and other Cool Summer Dates

49. Choose Your Own Adventure DateThis date idea was inspired by those fun “Choose Your Own Adventure” books we used to read in elementary school and you are gonna love it! Invite your man on an adventure and let him choose how the night will progress. Just wait until you see the fun activity clues, restaurant clues, car tasks, and restaurant tasks!

50. Hijack & Kidnap HimYes, for this date you’ll be hijacking your hubby’s car and kidnapping him! You read that right. Then you’ll be slapping some handcuffs of your love hostage. The catch? He gonna be handcuffed to YOU! Check out Kiirsten’s fun post for all of the flirty details.

51. Mystery Spy DateGive clever clues to reveal your next date night! This a fun way to build anticipation for date night and these clues can be used over and over!

52. Thrift Shop ChallengeShop till you drop with this super fun date including your own VIP badges, challenges and a scavenger hunt.

53. Ice-Themed DateAfter your fire-themed date, you might want to cool things off with a fun ice-themed night. Go ice skating together, have an ice war, play a game of “Don’t Break the Ice”, watch the movie Ice Age, and enjoy some delicious ice cream.

54. Penny DateLet fate determine where you’ll go with this fun date night idea. Flip a penny and make a date!

Dollar Date Night and other Cool Summer Date Ideas

55. Dollar Menu-naire DateYou don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun on date night! Don’t believe us? Check out this totally fun date that Kari’s husband planned with different task objectives at the dollar store, dollar menu, and dollar movie. (Oh, and just FYI- our printable Bedroom Value Menu is the perfect way to end the night! *wink*)

56. Target Date NightOne of our favorite places to shop just turned into the best date night location ever… this is the perfect place to spend a summer night with your spouse!

57. Best Friends Date NightYour spouse is your best friend, this is the perfect way to celebrate your love and friendship!

58. Library Date NightThe library is always a fun place to visit, make it a date with our fun library cards!

59. Backyard Scavenger Hunt – Take the fun to the backyard with your spouse for a kid-themed scavenger hunt! You’ll be feeling young again watching the clouds go by!

Active Summer Date Ideas

Get out there! Get moving! Doing something active with your spouse is always fun! Here are a few great ideas to get you started…

Mini Golf Date Night and other Summer Dates

60. Let’s Get Physical DateSummertime is the perfect time to get outside, get moving, and get your hearts pumping together. This post is FULL of some fun ideas get moving with your spouse!

61. Frisbee Golf… With a TwistPlay a game of frisbee golf together at the park- BUT with a fun added twist! At each hole, there is a fun conversation starter question you’ll have to answer along with a “punishment” if you lose a hole or a “reward” if you win a hole. You’ll have to check out the post for all of the fun details and to grab your free game printables.

62. Competition at the ParkTake advantage of the warm weather and have some fun at the park for date night. Just grab a frisbee, some balls, or whatever sports equipment you have lying around and challenge your hubby to a little one-on-one competition. Check out the post for the fun games Cami and her hubby played and the little twists she added to them.

63. Rock Climbing DateHave fun rock climbing with your sweetie on this clever rock-themed date. Then play some Rockband, hit up the Hard Rock Cafe, or watch “School of Rock.” Check out the post for the printable notes and Erika’s cute Pop Rock gift idea.

64. Telephone Charades GameIf you are in the mood for a good laugh with your friends then this date is perfect! Play the message passing game “telephone” but act out the clues instead of whispering it.

Arcade Games and other Cool Summer Dates

65. Arcade Date NightWhat summer is complete without hitting up the arcade at least once? With this super cute date make the arcade even more fun! Most importantly earn special tickets to redeem some prizes from your spouse that will really turn up the summer heat!

66. Funky Town DateIf you have a sense of humor and love to laugh, then THIS is a great group date idea for you! Just wait until you see all of the fun and craziness! You’ll be eating dinner with crazy kitchen utensils, picking out a crazy thrift store outfit for your spouse with only a $10 budget, and bowling… with a twist! You’re just going to have to click to get all of the hilarious details.

67. Summer Olympic Yard GamesThese backyard olympic games are perfect for the summer! grab some friends and let the summer fun begin!

68. Nerf Wars DatePull out the Nerf guns and invite some of your married friends over for a fun Nerf Wars Battle! Then try your hand at a make-shift target practice and shooting range. Check out the post for all of the fun game details and, of course, free printables.

69. Sports DatesIf you love to play sports then this date is perfect for you! So get active this summer and have some fun sports themed dates.

70. Mini Golf ChallengeMinigolf is such a great summer activity and now with this date it is even more fun with these fun minigolf challenges!

71. Bowling GamesWhen you are ready to get out of the heat this summer head to the air-conditioned bowling alley for this fun date! Take your bowling skills (or lack thereof) to the next level with these fun bowling games!

Outdoor Summer Dates

There are so many ways to get out and make memories in the sun during the Summer. Enjoy the outdoors with these fun Summer Dates!

Backyard Campout Date Night and other Summer Dates

72. Beach DateAre you craving some summer fun and relaxation with your sweetheart!? The beach is the perfect place to kick back and relax with your toes in the sand, the calming sound of the waves hitting the shore, and some fun in the summer sun!

73. Hiking DateEscape the every day with a hiking trip! These are the cutest printables and activities to make your hike a memorable summer date!

74. Camping TripGo camping with your sweetheart! We’ve got everything you need in this kit to make for a special trip… you can even bring the kids along! Or not. It’s up to you!

75. Pool PartyHot summer weather + a refreshing swimming pool= the setting for a great date! Your husband is gonna love this one. What could be better than splashing around with his hot wife in a swimsuit? Not too many things. {wink} Free printable invite included!

76. Win It In A Minute Water GamesCool down this summer with these fun minute to win it water games!

77. Campout for TwoA cheap, fun {and totally romantic} date is waiting right in your backyard. Set up a tent, make foil dinners, and play some games in your tent for two. The flirty “Kiss-a-Thon” game is my favorite part.

78. Fishing DateWhen’s the last time you went fishing? Whether you’re seasoned fishermen or just beginners, you’re sure to have some fun with this fishing-themed date. There’s even a clever printable invitation to leave out for your husband. {And most states have a Free Fishing Day during the summer- score!}

Water Fight and other Summer Date Ideas

79. “Soak Up The Sun” Water FightWater fights are always fun during the summer, but wait until you see this fun Squirt Gun Kool-aid Fight date idea that one of our readers came up with! This one is definitely going on our Summer Bucket List!

80. Berry PickingSummer is the perfect time to get outside and pick your own berries, and it makes a pretty fun and unique date idea too. Then come home afterward to turn those berries into a sweet dessert treat. This cute post even has a sweet printable invite for you to use too!

81. Star GazingEnjoy a romantic date night snuggling under a starry summer sky! Use the free printable invitation to ask your sweetie out on your date, and then follow the simple instructions to make your very own telescope together.

82. Floating Fun DateGrab your swimsuits and inner tubes and get ready for a little floating fun! On this fun {and easy} date, you’ll enjoy floating down a river together before enjoying some nice, cold root beer floats. Get it? Totally creative, right?

83. Garage Sale Scavenger HuntGo on a scavenger hunt and hit up all of your local garage sales on this fun {and cheap} date idea! Just grab our free printable garage sale lists and see who can find the most items. Then enjoy a nice summer picnic afterward.

84. Cuddle Car DateThis cuddle date is the perfect for the summer when you just want to do something simple and relaxing. Park in a nice quiet place and cuddle up with your partner for a fun romantic night!

85. Yard Sale DateChances are, your closets, storage spaces, and garage are already piled up with stuff that needs a new home. Why not take that clutter that you’ve accumulated over the years and turn a tedious task into a fun project that doubles as a day-date? That right- time for a Couples Yard Sale! Divide your items between “Yours”, “Mine”, and “Ours” and start a friendly competition between you and your sweetie to see who can sell the most!

Summer Fun Game Night Ideas

Around here, game night is always an option! Game night is an easy way to connect with your spouse, plus we love a little competition. Try out a few different game night ideas for some extra Summer fun!

Two Player Card Games and other Summer Date Ideas

86. Couples Minute to Win ItIf you love to laugh, this is the PERFECT summer group date for you! Why not invite your craziest married friends over and host your own couples edition of the popular game show “Minute to Win It?!” It is seriously hilarious and a must-try date night!

87. Jeopardy Date NightEveryone loves a good game of Jeopardy! This version is especially fun because it will test you to see how much you know about your spouse.

88. The Price is Right Group DateThe price is definitely right for this group date night- Free! That’s right, the classic television game show, “The Price is Right!” is brought to you in this special Diva Date Night Edition- so come on down! Just invite your favorite price-savvy friends and grab our free printables.

89. Card Games for 2Sometimes you want to just relax and play a quick card game with your spouse. With a list of games, you will never have to wonder what games you can play with just two people. So many of these a perfect for summer because you can just throw them in a bag or in the car and play during any downtime you have on your many summer adventures!

90. Let’s Make A Deal Date NightSee if you can make a good deal and take home a sweet prize! This group date is so much and is perfect for summer! So grab some fun summer prizes and let the summer fun begin!

91. Couples Catchy PhrasesThis verson of Catch Phrase is super cute! It is designed specifically for you to use on your smartphone so you can take this game with you anywhere! Because it is portable it is the perfect game for a busy summer.

92. This or That Date Night GameGet to know your spouse better with this fun game!

Couple's Cranium and other Summer Date Ideas

93. Couples CraniumCouple’s Cranium is a fun board game that is perfect for an easy date night at home with your sweetheart.

94. Night GamesThe night time is the perfect time to get outside and play some night games. Escape the heat of summer with this fun date.

95. Strip Poker NightMake summer even hotter with this intimate date! You know you want to see your spouse’s clothes slowly come off so put this game on the top of your summer date ideas list! You will not be disappointed!

96. Spouse Scattegories GameThis game of scattegories is meant to help you get to know your spouse better. Everything is already prepared for you so all you have to do is grab your spouse and get ready to have some fun!

97. Mafia Date NightThis group date is such a blast! Grab your spouse and a few friends and enjoy a thrilling evening of Mafia! can you figure out who is a member of the mafia and who is just a normal citizen? If this date is not on your summer dates list add it now!!!

98. Card Games Date NightIf you are in need of some summer fun, playing cards with your spouse is a great activity. We have collected a list of great games designed for two!

99. Believe It Or NotBelieve it or not we have the date for you! When it comes to cool date ideas, this one is way up there! After this date you will start to wonder what is real and what is not!

100. Comedy Date NightLaughter is the best medicine and this date is full of laughter! So if you looking for some summer fun grab this Comedy Date Night and let the laughter begin!

 

Now go get to work on that Summer Bucket List!

 

For TONS more cheap and creative Summer date ideas, make sure to check out our ULTIMATE Date Night Round-up Post!  And if you want to keep up with all of the NEW date ideas that we find, make sure to follow our “Date Night Ideas” board on Pinterest.  And, of course, you’ll want to follow the board where we post OUR Dating Divas date ideas too.

Want more freebies?  Don’t forget to check out our 12 FREE Printables for Summer!   Oh, and while you’re at it, grab this fun and flirty Summer love note for your man.

 

About the Author: Becca

Besides my hilariously witty husband, I love a good book, sappy songs, old black-and-white movies, cute crafts, and all things chocolate. I have four (seriously adorable) little kiddos at home and they definitely keep life at home FUN!

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