8 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 Summer date ideas for any a budget! Not only can you do these date ideas when you’re broke, you can do them anywhere! Don’t worry, at the bottom I talk about more regional options too!

*Also, leaving the fancy DSLR behind for these photos since I pulled most from our iCloud over the years!

8 Unique Summer Date Ideas For Any Budget

#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?

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


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!

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)


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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Get Outside!

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!

Hit The Water

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!

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?


Regional Ideas

Other fun things would be a picnic, farmers market, or festivals. In South Florida, we don’t have the latter two in Summer like the rest of the country (everything would be wet and wilted haha!), but if you’re in an area that summer doesn’t feel like a tropical jungle during the day, check your local listings for some fairs, festivals, or markets!


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  • thesophiadiaries
    June 9, 2017 at 8:41 am

    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

  • Stephanie
    June 9, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Great ideas! We needed some binging together movies for our stay at home dates!

  • Kingteeuhh
    June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

    a scavenger hunt sounds like so much fun!

  • Alissa Carpenter
    June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

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

  • Kayla Greenstone
    June 9, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Such good ideas!!! You are too cute. But I think “summer treats” is our go to and my favorite summer idea! 🙂


  • Sarah Kuziomko
    June 9, 2017 at 9:35 am

    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.

  • Johanne
    June 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

    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?).

  • Jessica Jacobowitz Weinberg
    June 9, 2017 at 9:58 am

    These are all such great ideas! I have always wanted to plan a scavenger hunt for my husband!
    xo Jessica

  • Bernadette Lazar
    June 9, 2017 at 10:11 am

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

  • Tori Moore
    June 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

    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!


  • Miss ALK
    June 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Such creative ideas! I think a spa day with a S/O sounds romantic and fun!

    xoxo A

  • Jordyn
    June 9, 2017 at 11:11 am

    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).

  • Jessica Bradshaw
    June 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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

  • Aliza Strachan
    June 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    So fun! I feel like sometimes my boyfriend and I fall back on the same old, same old. Definitely want to try yoga together I am going to see if there is a yoga fest near us like you!


  • Leslie Soto
    June 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    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.

  • Carly Kontak
    June 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    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!

  • Lauren B.
    June 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    SO many fun ideas.. and I love your scavenger hunt suggestions.. the cheeky one made me laugh!

  • Victoria
    June 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm

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

  • Maryanne @the little epicurean
    June 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Great ideas! I haven’t flown a kite in years. That’s on my summer to-do list!

  • Neely
    June 9, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    we love to get popsicles or fro yo and walk around

  • Emily Torres
    June 9, 2017 at 6:20 pm

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

  • Kristen @ TheSophisticatedGal
    June 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    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 🙂

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    June 9, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Michael and I have been binging Blindspot!! I also make s’mores in the oven if we can’t outside!

  • alexisreliford
    June 9, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Soooo it’s decided. I’m just going to take myself on all these summer dates, lol.

    • Rachel Ritlop
      June 9, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Yes girl!! HAHA! I forgot to mention I used to date myself when on a boy ban haha!

  • Kristen Rodriguez
    June 9, 2017 at 9:40 pm

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

  • Adriana
    June 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm

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

  • Sondra Barker
    June 9, 2017 at 10:54 pm

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

  • Quinn Caudill (Dad Whats 4 Din
    June 10, 2017 at 1:36 am

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

  • Stephanie Smith
    June 10, 2017 at 4:18 am

    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.

  • Tiffany Khyla
    June 10, 2017 at 4:25 am

    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!

  • Heather Rene
    June 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Fun ideas… now to find an S.O.!

  • Louise
    June 10, 2017 at 11:08 am

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

  • Melissa Cruz
    June 10, 2017 at 11:15 am

    This looks like so much fun! When it’s warm outside I feel like we can do more things together!

    xx, Melissa

  • Amanda Frazier | The Light Owl
    June 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Oh my goodness so many good ideas! Your scavenger hunt ideas had me loling ? I can’t wait to do that with my hub.

  • Veronika
    June 10, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Now the only thing I need now is a boyfriend to do these things with haha

  • Courtney Connolly
    June 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    So many fun and unique ideas!! My fiancé and I love to get outside, walk by the water, play mini golf and eat lots of sweet treats.

  • Alix Maza
    June 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    All of these sound awesome!


  • Elizabeth Johnson
    June 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    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!

  • Kiara Catanzaro
    June 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    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

  • Sydney Power
    June 10, 2017 at 6:51 pm

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

  • Ashley Pitts
    June 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I laughed at your scavenger hunt idea! ha! Such a cute idea!

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye
    June 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

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

  • Cameron
    June 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    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!

  • Anna Hubbard
    June 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm

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

  • Bailey
    June 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I love taking advantage of all the local events that summer weather brings.

  • Carly Ned
    June 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    These are such fun ideas! Gotta love unique dates to mix things up a little bit.

  • Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine
    June 11, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Your yoga pictures are adorable!! You two look like you are having a blast!

  • Jenny
    June 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    These are such cute ideas! We love to go mini golfing or hang out by the pool.

  • Lauren
    June 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Lying in bed for me. But you two look so pro in the yoga pictures

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses
    June 12, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Those yoga poses of you two tho – DAYUM! You guys are epic!

  • Taylor Smith
    June 12, 2017 at 10:40 am

    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.

  • Hannah Palamara
    June 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I love the idea of taking a class together. So fun!

  • Elly Leavitt
    June 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    such creative and fun ideas! #foreversingledoe

  • Larissa Joassaint
    June 13, 2017 at 7:54 am

    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!

  • Jessica Battiato
    June 13, 2017 at 8:30 am

    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


  • Marie Ericson
    June 13, 2017 at 9:47 am

    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 😉

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel
    June 13, 2017 at 10:49 am

    These are such great and fun ideas! I’m absolutely saving this!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Dannielle Alphonse
    June 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Loving these ideas Rachel!!! Thanks!

  • Ayanna
    June 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    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.

  • Brittany Daoud
    June 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    These are great ideas! I love the idea of flying a kite, I always forget how fun that it! xo, B | http://www.theblistblog.com

  • Victoria
    June 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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

  • Whitney S.
    June 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    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.

  • Olivia Rose
    June 13, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I love these ideas! Always looking for great summer activities in the warmer months. Your scavenger hunt idea is so creative! Happy summer girl 🙂

    xo Olivia | http://oliviadipede.com

  • Silvia Marquez
    June 14, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Ahh these are all such great ideas! I’m all about getting out during the summer as long as it’s not 100 degrees. 🙂

  • Julie Estrella
    June 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Any sort of outdoor excursion is top of my list, oh and sweet summer treats, always!

  • Jazzmine Woodard
    June 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm

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

  • Mom Noms
    June 14, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    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!

  • Oksana | FOXYOXIE.com
    June 15, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Loving these ideas – made me realize how long it’s been since I’ve gone to a bonfire. Hoping to implement some of these before baby girl arrives!

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