Endless Summer Nights: 12 Sizzling Date Ideas for Couples

When those summer breezes bring love into the air, there is no doubt you will want to spend some time with your sweetheart and enjoy the warm weather while you're at it. Why settle for Netflix and chill when you can engage in all the little - but still incredibly memorable - things that make life so joyful? Whether you have a boundless budget or need to reign in the spending, you can use the list below to find the perfect date idea for your love and you to make this summer the best yet:

Stargazing - grab a bunch of blankets and pillows and head out to your favorite scenic spot, or even the backyard! You and your love can compete to see who can spot the most shooting stars or name the most constellations.


Water fight - let loose a little and channel your inner child with a water fight. Head to the store and load up on the biggest and baddest water guns and a super pack of water balloons. See who can get the most hits in a round - loser buys coffee! 


Get creative - artistic talent is not a requirement, so anyone can have fun with this one. Try signing up for a painting class together, go to a shop where you can paint and take home your own ceramic, play some Pictionary, or see who can draw the best - or worst - sketch of a chosen object.
Walk along water - if you live near a body of water, spend the day strolling hand-in-hand along the beach and admiring the view. If there's a boardwalk nearby, even better - enjoy the water and do a bit of shopping or dining while you're at it.

Picnic - pack up a blanket, your favorite snacks and beverages, and head off to the local park for a sweet and simple afternoon with your love.
Outdoor show - grab your cutie and head off for an outdoor movie showing or concert, or even Shakespeare in the park. Go for a two for one and bring your picnic with you!
Dine outdoors - if more rustic eating isn't for you, then check out a new restaurant with outdoor seating and do some people-watching. Try and create a backstory for everyone seated around you.
Go to a bonfire - bonfires are an excellent way to slow down and do some bonding. Talk about what's important to you or think about whatever dream you want to accomplish together next. Why not bring some smores with you while you're at it?
Outdoor shopping - if there's a local market nearby, consider spending the morning admiring your local merchants' wares and supporting local businesses. Perhaps your significant other and you can search for a gift for one another?
Go to a fair - local fairs often pop up in the warmer months. Bring your date for a romantic ride on the Ferris wheel or see who can find their way through the maze of mirrors the quickest.
Latin flavor - go out for a night of dancing - but not at your typical nightclub! Sign up for a dance class and learn the samba, salsa, merengue, or anything that strikes your fancy. This is a great way to both have fun together and get a good workout, and you'll learn some impressive moves along the way.
Cook a special meal - if a night out doesn't strike your fancy, then cook up a special meal with your love. Perhaps you can even cook up a a three-course meal, or something centered around your favorite aphrodisiac for a night hot enough to rival any heat wave.
Just when you think you've gone through every date idea possible, there's always something left that will leave you smiling long after the date is over. If you don't have that much to spend on your date, that's okay - it's the person you spend it with that's what's most meaningful! With these 12 ideas, you're bound to find something that won't leave you both feeling cold this summer.

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