Outdoor Date Ideas That Will Make You Swoon!

Make these warm-weather-only plans with your man before Labor Day

The days are longer and the nights are warmer, so there's no reason to keep your dating life indoors. Here, our favorite outdoor date ideas for the summer.

Sign up for a wine tasting
Stay out of stuffy bars during the summer and date alfresco instead, say Jessica Massa and Rebecca Wiegand, authors of The Gaggle: How the Guys You Know Will Help You Find the Love You Want. Spend time with your honey in the sunshine and fresh air at an outdoor wine (or beer) tasting. It's way more romantic than half-off drinks at happy hour.
 
Go thrill seeking
Go daredevil and take a trapeze class or skydive. A heart-pounding activity can strengthen your bond and create an unforgettable shared experience, say Massa and Wiegand. Plus, the rush of adrenaline can serve as an aphrodisiac.
 
Gaze at the stars
Pack a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine and meet for a sexy date at dusk. Download an astronomy app (like Pocket Universe for your iPhone or Sky Map for an Android) to guide you through the galaxy as you dine in the moonlight.
 
Catch an outdoor movie
Save the mega-blockbuster films at the multi-plex theater for a rainy day, and take advantage of warm summer nights with a movie under the stars, suggest Massa and Wiegand. Don’t forget to bring popcorn and a blanket.
 
Get tickets to a musical festival
You don't need access to big-ticket fests like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza to rock out with your honey. Most cities have a summer schedule full of outdoor shows showcasing local and big-name bands, say Massa and Wiegand. When your favorite band isn't on stage, enjoy some quality playtime with your sweetie.
 
Take a quick trip
“But I just met the guy!” Relax, we’re not saying you should book a flight to Bali. Simply hit the road for a day trip to visit a small town or marvel at an off-beat tourist attraction, like Lucy the Elephant on the Jersey Shore if you’re nearby. Chiara Atik, author of Modern Dating: A Field Guide, suggests lounging at the local swanky hotel pool and pretending you're on an exotic getaway for two. But if there isn't a nearby 'resort,' go old school and take a trip to the nearest lake, beach or water park.
 
Practice Your Stroke
Play a round of classic putt-putt at a mini-golf course, suggests Atik. Make a bet that the loser buys drinks or ice cream after a round to keep it competitive.

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