Looking for some fun outdoor date ideas? Spring / Summer date ideas? Different things to do, out and about, in the fresh air? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s 30 suggestions to get that inspiration flowing! Your challenge? To pick one and do it in the next week!
“The perfect gift for anyone that loves the outdoors, is inviting them on an adventure…”
30 Fun Outdoor Date Ideas
So let’s jump straight in. Here’s 30 fun outdoor date ideas, suitable for both singles (wait until you suggest one of these to your new match!) or couples (that’s right, add the excitement back into your relationship!)
1) Go on a Walk
Let’s start with one of the most common outdoor date ideas – a good old walk. Now although it’s pretty standard, it doesn’t have to be dull. Pick somewhere scenic, picturesque! A nature reserve, a park, around a lake, along a river.
Getting out in nature is good for the soul, and you can find beautiful places wherever you are in the world! Try to find somewhere you’ve never been before. This then only adds to the sense of adventure!
2) Go for a Hike
Head to the hills! Another great outdoor date idea is hiking. It may be tougher going, trudging up those slopes. Hiking boots are also always a good idea (who cares about a little bit of mud?!)
The great tying is, when you get to the top – the views are always worth it. If it’s a shorter hike, head out on sunrise or sunset, to add to the romance. Going on a longer one? A midway picnic is always essential – so get stocked up!
3) Hire a Boat
A motor boat, a rowing boat, a pedal boat, a canoe boat even – there’s plenty of choice when it comes to boat hire. But it’s got to be well up there with one of the most romantic outdoor date ideas.
Explore the lakes, canals or rivers via boat – going for a team effort, or being whisked away (literally!) by the date of your dreams 😉 Okay, it sounds idillic. Have you added it to your date wish-list yet?!
4) Go on a Boat Trip or Tour
Canal boat, speed boat, maybe even a fishing boat or sailing boat – depending on where you are in the world. You should also look out for boat experiences, like dolphin watching, whale watching, seal / wild life spotting.
Then there’s things like boat parties, bottomless brunches on boats, romantic boat meals. Uh huh, when you really research it, there’s no shortage of things to do – and different things too!
5) Go Paddle Boarding
Paddle boarding is another fun activity. It’s not quite a boat, it’s not like canoeing – it’s more of an activity and it’s FUN!
I mean, you could also vouch for something like water boarding or jet skiing, but paddle boarding is chilled, and still allows you to speak to one another (in between laughing at the other person falling off!)
For this reason, it’s got to be one of my favourite outdoor date ideas – especially when you’re comfortable around the person and are just looking for something fun to do!
6) Head To The Beach
A beach day is always a winning date! Whether you jump in for a swim, or just soak up the sun; play a game of beach volleyball or find a cool beach bar – it’s all about building memories, and this is certainly one that will stick with you!
The weather not up to much? No worries! Wrap up and vouch for a coastal walk instead. Don’t let the elements stop you – it’s all part of the experience!
7) Do A Day Trip To A New City
Another great date idea is a trip out to a new city. Pick somewhere on the app, jump in the car or hop on a train and spend the day exploring. Be a tourist! Go sight seeing.
You can also grab food and drinks whilst you’re there (cheat if they’re inside!) but a change of scene, it really adds to the excitement.
Don’t want to travel? Then try being a tourist for the day in your own town / city. Pick out the “top rate things to do” in your area from something like Tripadvisor, then see your hometown in a new light!
It’s not just about what you’re doing, but the company that you’re in.
8) Go To An Open Air Cinema
Open air cinema, rooftop cinema, drive in cinema. Whichever you choose, you’re bound to have a ball! Often, they show old classics, or theatre-like productions. It turns the old “Netflix and chill” into a real night to remember.
9) Go For a Swim
Hit the pool and go for a swim! If there’s a waterpark near you – even better. Or maybe there’s some safe outdoor swimming spots near you, perfect for summer!
Be careful of course. And make a real date day out of it – with food, drinks or nibbles afterwards. (You’ll have earned it with all that paddling!)
10) Go Cliff Diving or White Water Rafting
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even vouch for an outdoor water activity – like cliff-diving, or white-water rafting even.
Both give you that adrenaline rush that you may be craving… and which are great for bonding. Always go with a reputable tour to stay safe, but it’s a great outdoor date idea if you’re able to brave it!
11) Go Rock-Climbing or Abseiling
Talking of adrenaline dates, another brave one to try is outdoor rock-climbing or abseiling. There’s also bouldering too – although that’s more for the professionals! Again, this is not something to do on your own – go with a company! But it’s great to get out in the fresh air, doing something different.
12) Have a Go At Fishing!
Talking of different outdoor date ideas, if your date or partner is into fishing – why not spend the afternoon seeing what you can catch?
It’s always great to take an interest in the things that other people are interested in, especially when dating or in a relationship. It will mean a lot to them.
Fishing is also a super chilled, afternoon activity. Grab a drink, pop your feet up, sit back, relax, and have a good chat! You don’t have to keep the little fellers that you catch – you can release them back, no harm done.
Another alternative – if you’re close to the sea – is crab fishing. That’s always fun!
13) Go Camping or Glamping
Okay, so definitely not a first date idea, but this one will certainly get you escaping daily life and making some special new memories.
Whether you rough it in a tent, rent a campervan or secure a night in a not-so-rustic cabin, braving the great outdoors with your loved one is sure to make a great summer adventure.
Do this with some of the other outdoor date ideas, using the overnight stay as a chance to extend it.
14) Stargaze The Night Away
Grab a fire pit to keep you cosy, whatever the weather, complement it with wine (or mulled, depending on the season) and of course, nibbles, then wait until the night sky takes over!
It’s got to be one of the most romantic outdoor date ideas, and will be sure to stick with you, no matter who you do it with.
15) Toast Marshmallows
Another similar alternative, is to go for toasted marshmallows and hot chocolates. This is perfect when you’ve got yourself a little fire going! Grab some blankets, snuggle up and share stories. Adorable, I know!
Half Way Through Out Outdoor Date Ideas
We’re half way through our list of outdoor date ideas. Which is your favourite so far?! And what other ideas has this given you? This is just the base, the starting point… Let your creativity flow!
16) Go Horse-Riding
Another different outdoor date idea – which is both exciting, and romantic. Grab a horse riding tour, the sunset ones are by far the best, and get out with your date or partner… even if you’ve never been horse riding before!
17) Go On A Bike Ride
Horse-riding a little too adventurous? Want something slightly more low key? Then grab some bikes, hire them for the day, and go on a scenic cycle.
If you’re in the countryside, this is always easy to do – just try to map out a route that has the least hills(!) If you’re in the city – think, pretty canal paths, parks, quieter historic roads.
A lot of cities also offer electric scooter hire. This is also an alternative and a lot of fun. Or of course there’s roller-blading or skating – if either of those are your thing!
18) Go Sunset Gazing
Another outdoor date idea that’s perfect after a beautiful spring / summers day, is a simple sunset date night.
If the weather forecast looks good – simply go for a drive or pick a beauty spot close by. Perhaps at a viewpoint, a quiet spot along the river, wherever you think, mix it up!
You can do as much or as little as you like there, the key is to time is right so that you can watch the sun down. It’s very romantic!
19) Go Waterfall Chasing
Love the outdoors? A fan of water? Rivers? Waterfalls? Lakes? See this outdoor date idea can actually be whatever you want it to be.
If there’s a particular thing in nature that you just LOVE – turn it into a date idea! Simply jump in the car, pinpoint the beauty spots, head out early and go and explore!
20) Play Golf or Crazy Golf
Talking of active or exciting dates: an absolute classic that – surely – must be included in any outdoor date ideas wish-list, is crazy golf! It’s fun, easy, and much-loved by many.
Another slightly different alternative? Heading to the driving range for a bit of normal golf. This is great if your date knows how to play… they can get “hands on” whilst showing you, if you’re at that level.
If not – you’ll be guaranteed a laugh, or two, or three, watching each other attempt to hit the golf ball!
21) Have a Game of Badminton or Tennis
Or even table-tennis! There’s plenty of different outdoor sports you can do when thinking of outdoor date ideas.
The great thing is – it gets your competitive streak coming out. Active games or activities like these are good fun, and provide a focus… which is especially good for breaking any first-date awkwardness or nerves!
Want to mix it up? Make it even more exciting? Add a forfeit… Loser buys lunch! This also then the perfect way to finish off the date, as well as giving you your energy back!
22) Go To a Festival or Event
Need we say more?! Spring / Summer time creates ample opportunities, with ready-made dates, just waiting for you!
Have a mooch, see the different things that are going on, outdoors near you. It could be a food and drinks festival, a cute little crafts fair, a local music festival – the list is endless.
23) Watch Live Sport
Talking of events, live sport is always a fun, different outdoor date day / night. When it comes to outdoor sports, we’re talking more rugby / soccer / football / baseball – but the great thing about these sports is the atmosphere! Grab a drink and a hot dog, get into the spirit of it and I guarantee you’ll have a good time!
24) Go To a Food & Drinks Market
Talking of things with good atmosphere – a food and drinks market is always a good shout. Depending on where you’re based, there will be more or less of these. They’re designed for foodies & are both fun and sociable!
25) Head To A Farmers Market
Talking of markets – why not head to a local farmers market on a Saturday morning and see what you can find!?
The great thing about it, is it’s local produce. There’s also usually a lot of tasters – which is always fun in good company!
Take your fresh farmers market finds home and create your own farm-to-table lunch or dinner! It’s like a two in one date! This leads me onto my next date suggestion…
26) Cook Up A Storm!
Whether it’s a BBQ, an outdoor pizza oven, or even cooking in the kitchen before bringing it out and eating al-fresco… use those fresh ingredients you grabbed, and turn it into something delightful!
Not feeling a feast? Then create more of a mix-and-match of nibbles and treats… turning it into a little picnic! This outdoor date idea is simple: good food, nice drinks, in quality company!
BONUS: Eat / Drink Al-Fresco
Tired of cooking at home, with your partner? Is it a first date, and it’s a bit too soon to cook from each other’s homes? Then no worries – you can still eat out.
There’s plenty of outdoor bars and restaurants, which give you the fresh air, sunshine and atmosphere, instead of being cooped up inside!
You could also go for just drinks, if you’re not fussed on food – perhaps at a fancy rooftop bar. The choice is yours!
27) See The City At Night
We’ve said about walking dates, but have you ever thought about mixing things up by walking late at night? Watch the city light up (if you live here of course!) And go for romantic walks to see the prettiest sights – only this time – in a new “light!”
Found a rooftop bar? Even better! Grab drinks there. If you time it right, you may even be able to go before sunset – to watch that go down before it transitions into night. It could take a bit of planning, but it’s worth it for that extra special evening date!
28) Go On a Walking Tour
Talking of walking – another different outdoor date idea is a walking tour. It could be one for foodies – where you stop off at different places, trying new things. It could be a ghost tour, where you walk to different spots, hearing stories on the way!
Or perhaps you’d just like to be a tourist in your area and find out more about the history of where you live. There’s plenty to choose from, so have a dig – see what you can find!
29) Do Something Simple or Chilled
We’re coming to the end of our outdoor date ideas now so I want to pull it back for one of our simplest suggestions – and that is to take the day, just for the two of you.
Grab a speaker and sit somewhere beautiful, just relaxing, listening to music. Grab some pencils and get drawing – either your partner, or the scenes around you, then compare the end results between the two of you. You could even just take a book to the park, find yourself a nice spot and sit there reading together.
These kind of simple outdoor date ideas are perfect once your relationship has matured and you’re just able to relax around one another. They make a nice change, a refreshing break and could be just what you needed!
30) Anything & Everything
Anything that you’d usually INDOORS, see if you can instead, take it OUTDOORS for endless options of outdoor date ideas this Spring / Summer.
Mixing up your environment really can make a big difference to the “experience” – and how you feel. The fresh air works wonders, trust me!
So have a think. See what you can do and what you want to do.
That Rounds It Up…
So there we have it! 30 outdoor date ideas to get the inspiration flowing.
So what are you waiting for? Make the most of the weather… get out and do as much as you can when you can, and have fun with it!