With the warm weather and long hours of daylight, summer is the perfect season for going on dates. However, with the uncertainty of everything happening in the world, it can be hard to come up with safe and fun date ideas that are still enjoyable for you and your partner. 

Whether you and your significant other want to cuddle up for a cozy night in or have an elegant evening with wine and romantic flowers, we’ve come up with ideas for every type of quarantine couple. 

If you’re looking for fun things to do in summer with your partner, keep reading for our ultimate guide to summer date ideas.pricing guide on white background

Outdoor Date Ideas

Outdoor dates are a summertime classic (and are ideal for practicing social distancing). Keep reading for some of our favorite outdoor summer date ideas for all tastes and budget ranges.

1. Visit a Drive-In Movie Theater 

For a fun and inexpensive date idea, check if your area has any drive-in movie theaters where you can snuggle with your partner while getting some much needed time out of the house. 

Price: $

Pro tip: Be sure to clean your windshield ahead of time to make sure you have the best movie-watching experience.

2. Watch a Sunrise or Sunset

A sunrise or sunset date is the perfect way to enjoy a romantic moment with your boyfriend or girlfriend. 

Price: Free

Pro tip: Head to a view spot with your partner to watch the sun fade into the horizon—or, if you’re ambitious, be there for the early morning tranquility of a sunrise date. 

3. Go to the Beach

Heading to the beach is a classic summer activity and a great social distance summer date idea. Whether you’re going to the ocean or a nearby lake, beach dates are the perfect way to have fun in the sun with your partner. 

Price: Free

Pro Tip: Be sure to pack your masks, sunscreen, and enough water to enjoy your day in the sand together!

4. Plan a Picnic in the Park

Pack a picnic basket and find a local park where you can enjoy the scenery and share some quality time with your significant other. 

Price: Free – $

Pro tip: To make it extra special, try using a salami and cheese box and bringing a bottle of wine to make the picnic feel extra romantic.

couple eating at a vineyard

5. Go Wine Tasting 

Wine tasting is a great way to get out of the house for a classy date activity while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. Check out a local winery for a fun day out at the vineyards together. 

Price: ($$ – $$$$)

Pro tip: Be sure to read up on flower aromas in wine before the date so you can compare flavor notes with your significant other. 

6. Spend the Night Stargazing

Grab a blanket and head out to a park near you (or even to your backyard) for a sweet night looking at the stars together. Try looking up some constellations beforehand so you can search for them together. 

Price: Free – $

Pro tip: Be sure to pick up a bottle of wine or some sparkling cider to elevate your date night as you search the stars. 

7. Grill Out with Your Significant Other

A backyard grill date is a perfect way to get some fresh air and hang with your significant other while following stay-at-home protocols. Whether you’re putting together a fancy entree or whipping up a quick meal together, grilling is a great way to spend quality time outdoors together.

Price: Free – $

Pro tip: Try having a grill-off with your significant other, or divide and conquer with one of you making the main and the other making the sides and dessert!

8. Have a Beach Bonfire

If you want to make the most of your summer while still practicing social distancing, try grabbing some firewood and setting up a beach bonfire with your partner. Be sure to check your local beach’s policy on bonfires beforehand!

Price: Free – $

Pro tip: Pick up some marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate to make your bonfire date feel extra special.

Ideas for a Date Night In

With everything going on in the world, sometimes you just need a night in to relax and unwind. Try these at home summer date ideas so you and your partner can enjoy each other’s company from the comfort of your house.

9. Have a Cozy Movie Marathon

Pick your favorite movie franchise and have an at-home marathon with your significant other. This is a great idea for a recurring date night—just switch off who gets to pick the flick. 

Price: $

Pro tip: To make the experience even better, try setting up a DIY movie theater complete with popcorn, candy, and maybe even a projector screen. 

10. Have an At-Home Paint-and-Sip

Try your hand at a good old fashioned paint-and-sip with a bottle of wine and a Bob Ross tutorial. A great alternative for this is to create paintings for each other, so you have a special memory from your partner to keep in your home. 

Price: $

Pro tip: If you want a paint-and-sip night but aren’t in the mood for wine, try out a floral cocktail recipe instead.

couple playing a board game

11. Compete in an At-Home Game Night

For a bit of friendly competition, try your hand at some fun board games like Connect 4, Guess Who, or Jenga. If you’re more of a card game couple, try your hand at some old-time classics like War. Loser does dishes!

Price: Free – $

Pro tip: Add a prize for the winner at the end of the night, like a massage.

12. Cook Dinner Together

Getting adjusted to the new normal can be hard. However, something as simple as cooking dinner together can become a casual quarantine date! Look up some fun dinner recipes online or pull out one of your old favorites for a meal that’s sure to impress. 

Price: $

Pro tip: Make your dining experience feel Michelin-starred by adding some edible flowers to top your favorite treats.

13. Have a Puzzle Night

Doing puzzles is a therapeutic activity for you and your partner to complete together—perhaps with a bottle of wine in hand. Whether you want to work together or compete to see who solves it first, puzzle nights are a great quarantine-friendly date idea for you and your significant other.

Price: Free – $

Pro tip: If you want to complete the puzzle in one night, opt for one with around 200-400 pieces. 

14. Create Your Own Movie Theater Experience

Want the feel of a movie theater without leaving your house? Try setting up a cozy at-home drive-in with a sheet and projector so you and your significant other can cuddle outdoors and watch your favorite flicks. 

Price: Free – $

Pro tip: Pick up some of your favorite movie theater snacks ahead of time to make the experience feel more authentic. 

15. Support Local Restaurants by Ordering Your Favorite Takeout

If you want to unwind after a long day, try ordering your favorite takeout with your partner so you can kick back and relax at home, stress-free. This is a great opportunity to support some of your favorite local restaurants!

Price: $ – $$$

Pro tip:  Use a meal delivery app like Postmates so you can focus on relaxing and enjoying time with one another. 

16. Ask the 36 Questions that Lead to Love

These 36 questions are based on a study by psychologist Arthur Aron, who hypothesized that having strangers ask each other probing questions could speed up the path to intimacy. Try these progressively deeper questions with your partner to explore each other’s personalities and motivations. 

Price: Free

Pro tip: This is also a great summer date idea to combine with a road trip or day at the beach since you can ask the 36 questions anywhere.

17. Take Turns Cooking Dinner for Each Other

Chef it up in your kitchen by having a cook-off with your significant other. Whether you divide and conquer different dishes or have two separate meal dates, cooking for one another is a great bonding experience and can help turn a mundane daily activity into a fun and romantic summer date. 

Price: $

Pro tip: Have a cook-off with your partner where you rate each dish to decide who’s the winner (and what the prize for winning is).

couple drinking wine in a kitchen

18. Go Wine Tasting at Home

Pick up some wines from your local store and create your own Napa Valley from the comfort of your own home. To make the wine tasting date feel extra special, try creating cards with details for each of the wines.

Price: $ – $$

Pro tip: Create a scorecard so you and your boyfriend or girlfriend can decide which ones are your favorite!

19. Use a Subscription Date Box

If you and your partner both have hectic schedules, try using a subscription date box to schedule a recurring date night. A date box takes away the stress of planning a night yourselves and allows you to just show up and enjoy spending time together. 

Price: $ – $$

Pro tip: You and your partner can choose the frequency that you want to receive date boxes, so whether you want a weekly date or a monthly one, there’s an option for you!

19. Plant a Home Garden

Help your love blossom by planting an at-home garden with your partner. An at-home garden is an easy project to do together that you and your partner can appreciate for the long-term. 

Price: $

Pro tip: Opt for a low-maintenance succulent wall or DIY it up with a cool and trendy terrarium.

20. Host a Book Club

A book club date is a great idea for a relaxed night in together. Scheduled book club dates are great for busy couples who want to ensure they spend quality time together with minimal planning!

Price: Free – $

Pro tip: Switch off on who gets to choose the book and cozy up together for your two-person book club.

Get Active

If you want to get your blood flowing, check out these activity date ideas that will be sure to give you an endorphin rush. Don’t forget to pick up a summer flower bouquet for the activities just to make your partner feel extra special.

21. Rent a Boat or Stand Up Paddleboard

Boats or paddleboards are great ways to get some fresh air and spend time outside of the house while still minimizing contact with others. Whether you’re at an ocean, lake, or river, boats or paddleboards are an easy way to have fun in the water together.

Price: $ – $$

Pro tip: Be sure to bring enough water and sunscreen for a full day outside on the water.

couple riding bikes in a park

22. Go for a Bike Ride

A bike ride is a fantastic way to take in the local scenery while breaking a sweat. Get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing together, whether you decide to take individual bikes or opt for the challenge of a tandem bike. 

Price: Free

Pro tip: Plan your route ahead of time so you both are on the same page of where to go and how long you’re riding for. 

23. Go for a Hike

A nature date is a fun (and safe) way to get some exercise and spend quality time with your significant other. Be sure to pack enough water, snacks, and sunscreen for your hike!

Price: Free

Pro tip: Since some trails are closed due to the health crisis, be sure to check whether the trail is open or not ahead of time!

24. Road Trip

It’s becoming clear that 2020 is the summer of road trips. Whether you take a quick 30-minute drive or pick a location several hours away, a road trip is a social distancing-approved way to get out of the house while still minimizing risk and contact with others. 

Price: $ – $$$

Pro tip: Pick up a polaroid or disposable camera for the trip to take your pics on. You’ll end up with some awesome printed pics that would be perfect for putting up on your wall!

25. Plant Flowers Together

Planting flowers together is a great way to bond and get some physical exercise (hello, digging!). Check out the flowers that mean love and head over to your local nursery to pick some of your favorites. 

Price: $

Pro tip: Be sure to look up the types of flowers that would thrive in your climate to ensure you can enjoy them for years to come. 

26. Try Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt style activity that uses GPS to help you locate specific containers, or “geocaches”. Pick a few locations near you and hit the road with your partner to go on a personal adventure!

Price: $

Pro tip: Be sure to bring a portable charger for your geocaching adventure to ensure you’ll be able to use GPS the whole time. 

couple on a hike

27. Take a Trip to a National Park

With many national parks opening back up, a trip to a national park near you is a great road trip destination. Just be sure to adhere to social distancing guidelines and you and your significant other can make memories to last a lifetime!

Price: $$

Pro tip: Due to the current health crisis impacting public places, make sure you check online to confirm that the national park is open before making the trip. 

28. Go Birdwatching

If you and your partner are nature people, bird watching is a great way to bond while appreciating the local wildlife. Look up the types of birds you might see ahead of time so you can try to figure out the species of the birds you find!

Price: Free

Pro tip: A birdwatching date is a great time to get to know each other deeper with the 36 questions.

29. Pick Produce at a Local Farm

For a social distance-friendly alternative to visiting a farmer’s market, try picking produce at a local farm. Whether you visit a pumpkin patch, berry farm, or flower fields, picking produce together at a local farm is a great bonding experience.

Price: $

Pro tip: After your date, you and your partner can make a meal from the food you picked together!

Coming up with summer date ideas that adhere to social distancing can be difficult, but these ideas can help you get started. Whether you want to do an activity or stay in with your partner, setting up date nights is an important part of maintaining a healthy relationship. 

For more summer date night ideas, check out these date ideas for every relationship stage, and don’t forget to try the 30-day relationship challenge to keep your romance alive and flourishing.