55 Unique Summer Date Ideas For Any Budget

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Since you guys loved my fall date ideas post so much, I wanted to do a list of the best Summer date ideas for any a budget! These are good couple activities for a summer night or day, even when you're broke! My birthday is the first day of summer, and ever since we started dating he would always wonder, “what can you do with your girlfriend in the summer?” as he tried to make our summer nights extra special! After 8 years together, we've gotten pretty good at coming up with unique summer date ideas that we're sharing with you! 

55 Unique Summer Date Ideas For Any Budget

1) #Basic Scavenger Hunt

I don't know about you guys but the hubs and I love sleuthing. Whether it's online or in the streets, there is something so fun about people stalking watching. Create a fun Scavenger Hunt and try to find all the #BasicSummerLife finds you can!


You can either work as a team, against each other, or enlist other couples and friends.

Create a list of #basic Summer finds (ideas below)

You can either find other people doing these things OR partake in them yourselves (like chowing down on that Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich).

Some #basic ideas:

– Pool floats (either people rocking them or grabbing some and relaxing in the water near you!)

– Cheeky Shorts (seriously, how do people sit in those?!?)

– People taking insta photos of their ice cream or popbars up in the air #NoShame

– People taking Insta photos at the beach (True Story: we legit saw 6 girls do this in one hour and one was only 12!).

– Someone eating avocado toast at a cafe

– Find a dude rocking the male romper

* What are some others you would/can add to this list?

2) Summer Treats!

Something about spending all day outside makes me want sugar in the summer! Here are some summery treats to try with your S.O.

Yeah, thats a frozen smores from Dominque Ansels' (home of the original cronut, don't worry we got 2 of those too!)


DIY Fruit Pops! Grab whatever fruit you would like, put them into a fun mold, top with some juice and freeze! In the same vein, you could also spice up a summer drink with some fruity ice cubes! Just grab whatever shape mold you want, chop up the fruit so it fits and add water.

DIY Campfire Smores Cones! Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen put together this delicious recipe that's so easy to do!

bobbis kozy kitchen campfie cone s'mores 4
c/o Bobbis Kozy Kitchen


3) Fly A Kite

I don't care where you are, grab a kit and fly it! Seriously, this is SO much fun! E and I feel like kids whenever we take our kites out. Forewarning: it's probably way harder than you remember!

4) Lazy Day Binging In Bed

Binge worthy summer shows/movies:

*there are totally more binge worthy entertainment, but these will get you feeling all the summer vibes

Dirty Grandpa (HBO or Hulu)

Bloodline (Netflix)

Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)

The Shallows (not sure where I binged this, but it's a thriller with Blake Lively… you may not want to go into the ocean right after though)

Vanderpump Rules (Hulu/Bravo) – say what you want, but I only watch 2 reality shows, this and the Bachelor. Nothing makes me feel like it's summer time like binging last season of Vanderpump Rules

Flaked (Netflix) – This show starts off amazing in the first season (especially if you've ever been in a 12 step fellowship, it seriously hits the nail on the head in such an eerie way) – gets a little slow and annoying (as most alcoholics do at some point in their life), and ends with a bang. Season 2 is even better and I'm praying they will bring it back! Although it doesn't sound super Summery, it's filmed in Venice, and the city is an unspoken character in itself and for that reason it makes it onto the list!

Girlfriends Guide To Divorce (Netflix/Bravo) – Another California based show (can you guys tell I love Cali? Like can someone pack my bags and move me there asap)?

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (HBO)

Neighbors 1 + 2 (HBO)


5) Find Summer Spa Deals

Summertime usually comes with a ton of wellness discounts and packages (YAY). Some states will even do things like “Summer Spa Month” featuring amazing deals from even more amazing spas to get people in the doors. Sometimes you can find treatments up to 75% off plus access to their wet lounges for the day #winning. Find the nicest spa near you and either set a google alert for deals or subscribe to their newsletter to find out when their deals are.

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6) Go mini golfing

7) Go frolfing

8) Hit the shuffle boards and baci balls

Okay, I know most of these options are for the kid at heart, but can you blame me? They are so fun! I don't know about other parts of the country, but the mini golf courses near me have really stepped up their game in the last few years. Grab a date or some friends and get outside! Play some shuffle board, mini golf, or baci ball and have fun! Whoever loses pays! 

9) Visit the pool

10) Take a surf lesson or just go surfing

11) Got kiteboarding

12) Have a beach day

Alright, I know not everyone can hit the beach, but hit some sort of body of water. The community pool, a bathhouse, springs, a K spa. I don't care what it is but find some water to get refreshed and recharged in!

13) Go paddle boarding

14) Visit a bathhouse

15) Hit up a K spa

16) Kayak or tube down natural springs

17) Take A Class Together

The price of this will vary depending on the class and location you're in! I know a lot of local yoga studios have at least one “by donation” class per week! You can also check discount sites for classes like cooking or pottery! Because don't we all want to re-create that scene from Ghost on some level?

18) Prank war

Have a water balloon or water gun fight, wrap the toilet seat, and just be silly together in your own home!

19) Plan a staycation

A self care staycation is one of our absolute favorites! Especially when summer thunderstorms start to roll in or maybe we got a little too sunburnt on our last summer date outing.

20) Attend a concert or music festival

21) Sunset picnic outside

22) Sunrise coffee in nature

23) Drive in movie night

24) Enjoy a matinee movie

25) Go on a road trip

26) Do a DIY project together – Create a romantic backyard oasis for future date nights

27) Go boating or sailing

28) Visit an amusement park

29) Go fishing

30) Cook a new recipe together

31) Go dancing

32) Wash your cars

Nothing screams summer romance like a sudsy car wash…

33) Watch the fireworks

34) Visit a park

35) Do an outdoor workout class

36) Stargaze

37) Attend a sports game 

38) Pick some fruit at a local farm

39) Watch a movie in the park

40) Go bowling

41) Have a bonfire

42) Rent a tandem bike

This has always been a dream of mine!! If you can't find a tandem bike, just rent some beach cruisers! We've had SO much fun doing this!

43) Visit a museum

44) Look up local festivals

45) Go indoor skydiving

46) Visit your local arcade

47) Hit up the local botanical garden

48) Go rollerblading or skating

49) Pack up and go camping

50) Go to a food truck festival

51) Enjoy a hike (even at night!)

52) Visit a farmer's market

53) Have a backyard BBQ

54) Race bumper or go carts

55) Visit your local zoo

56) Attend a carnival

57) Go skinny dipping


Which of these unique summer date night ideas are you going to try first? How have you figured out what to do with your boyfriend or girlfriend in the summer? I'd love to hear what your best summer date ever was in the comments!!


69 thoughts on “55 Unique Summer Date Ideas For Any Budget”

  1. thesophiadiaries

    Totally loving the list you put together! I really should watch Dirty Grandpa hahaha De Niro always cracks me up xD Also…I’m trying to remember the last time I flew a kite hahah that’s such a 90’s to-do…such throwback <3

  2. Alissa Carpenter

    I love ideas and love flying a kite especially at the beach. The scavenger hunt idea sounds so much fun too!!

  3. Sarah Kuziomko

    Oh my goodness if I saw guys rocking the male romper I would lose it. Game over!! hahaha. And just finished watching Bloodline with my husband.

  4. Haha, sometimes I feel sad for not living in the US! You guys have so many awesome tv shows and channels. We do have Netflix, but of course it’s completely different. Well, at least we have OINTB ;-). Love the ideas! It’s been years since the last time I flew a kite (is that how you say it?).

  5. Bernadette Lazar

    DROOLING over the campfire s’mores cone!! Thanks for the great tips! Oh, and I love your content and writing style ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

  6. These are all such great ideas! I especially love the idea of getting outside and doing an activity with your significant other. AcroYoga would be so much fun!


  7. Oh my gosh those s’mores in a cone look delicious. I always love a spa day (summer/winter/whatever) and think it makes a great date idea! I also love going for a summer hike and having a picnic (it’s one of my favorite summer dates).

  8. Jessica Bradshaw

    Such great ideas! I love the scavenger hunt and sweet treats. Your photos are too cute too!

  9. Fun ideas! I love the idea of a scavenger hunt together. That’s a fun way to get out on the town together. My hubby & I enjoy having movie nights on our back porch. In fact, we’ve got one planned this weekend.

  10. What fun ideas!!! I never would have thought to do a scavenger hunt, but now I totally plan on it! My husband and I talked about kites just the other day! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Scavenger hunts are my favorite thing EVER! I did one for my birthday one year. People talked about it forever

  12. I love the idea of a scavenger hunt – definitely going to do this!

  13. I love the scavenger hunt idea! My boyfriend and I will always plan a “date” night on the weekends, sometimes it’s just watching a movie together at home or a hike! Now that it’s getting warmer out, I’m so excited for some summer treat dates ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Kristen Rodriguez

    Loving these ideas! It finally feels like Summer now where I live. Totally pinned for my summer bucket list! : )

  15. Getting outside is the best! I love these tips – flying a kite sounds like so much fun! This is awesome!

  16. I would choose a day at the spa hands down. However flying a kite is a pretty cute idea.

  17. Quinn Caudill (Dad Whats 4 Din

    You got the right idea kid. Just remember to look back on this in 20 years to keep having fun!

  18. Stephanie Smith

    Good ideas! I also love driving a few towns over to try new bars/restaurants with outdoor seating because it feels like a little getaway.

  19. These are such fun ideas! I love hitting up local festivals. I’ve been hanging out with this guy lately, and every time we go on a date, we try to go somewhere both of us or at least one of us hasn’t gone yet, whether it’s a restaurant, bar, etc. It’s a fun way to get to know the local area.

    Also, those DIY S’mores Cones look divine!

  20. I loved this post. There are some great ideas here, going to try some out. The laying in bed one sounds good, haha!

  21. Elizabeth Johnson

    This. Is. Awesome. Seriously, love all these ideas! That s’mores recipe is definitely going to happen sometime soon. I love that you included shuffle board. I love shuffle board!! I wish there was some place close to play it. Great post!

  22. I don’t know if I could convince Josh to try a class with me, but we love having active dates. This morning we made a special breakfast at home and went for a long hike near a beautiful river, and then went to a Farmers Market. It wasn’t such an easy, relaxed date but it was also fun! Love these other ideas you shared, too

  23. My boyfriend and I love to go hiking and be outdoors as much as we can in the summer!

  24. Oyinkan Ogunleye

    summer spa deals sounds like a must! I’ve been wanting to go to the spa for so long now.

  25. These are such great ideas and definitely not the typical ones either! Love the movies you listed too – I was killing myself laughing when I saw Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates haha. Love the #basic scavenger hunt idea!

  26. I love the ideas of scavenger hunts and taking classes together! They all sound fun!

  27. I love this! You two are the cutest. I love the kite flying — A and I LOVE flying kites! And it is totally harder than you remember.

  28. Larissa Joassaint

    Great ideas! I’m always on the lookout for new “date” ideas I can do with my friends. I love the scavenger hunt idea, as people watching is so entertaining!

  29. Jessica Battiato

    These are all so cute!!! I want to fly a kite now!! Haha. Your top picture reminds me of a beach we visited last year — are you at driftwood beach? Either way it looks very similar! We did mini-golf with the kids the other week and it was so much fun! (Even if it wasn’t an official mom- dad date.) Hope you have a great week!! XO


  30. Great ideas! My husband and I are definitely in a dinner date rut. It would be fun to plan a mini-golf and ice cream date without the kids ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Awesome ideas! I love the idea of doing a scavenger hunt with other couples. That would be so much fun. And you never go wrong with a trip to the spa.

  32. These are great. Hubby and I need a date night and with a 7 month old- the cheaper the better!

  33. I really like the idea of a scavenger hunt!! My husband and I have yet to fly a kit together. We weren’t able to go to Kite Fest in my city back in April, so maybe we can just plan a day for the two of us to do it.

  34. Jazzmine Woodard

    These are great ideas! My favorites are the DIY dates, taking a class, and summer spa deals.

  35. These are great summer date ideas. I often plan all of our dates and have been running out of ideas lately. Thank you for something that really helps out!

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