These Outdoor Date Ideas Are Way More Exciting Than Basic Drinks

When you're chatting with a new match on a dating app or making flirty small talk with a crush, you tend to talk a lot about the weather. You might say, "Doing anything in this perfect weather?" or, "What are you up to this weekend? Gonna be a hot one 😧" The weather isn't necessarily a compelling or witty topic to chat about, but sometimes it's all you've got to work with. Lucky for you, if the weather is nice, then it might actually be a convenient segue into planning a date β€” an outdoor date.

Going on an outdoor date can be a fun departure from your usual wine bar or coffee shop. And you don't have to be very outdoorsy to enjoy an outdoor date. There are tons of couple-y activities that you and your partner can partake in that don't involve camping or getting lit up by bug bites. Ahead are some unique al fresco activities that you should consider for your next date.

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Go hiking.

Any walk outside can be considered a hike. You might want to try exploring some local hiking trails or just walking in a park together. Lucy Hale recently said a stroll in the park was her idea of a perfect date, so she might be onto something.
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Find a food truck.

Food tastes better when it comes from a food truck. If you're not sure where they usually park in your neighborhood, you can actually search "food trucks" on Yelp β€” and there they are.
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Hit balls at a driving range.

If futzing around a mini golf course isn't your idea of a good time, consider whacking some balls at a driving range. You and your date don't have to be good at golfing, and you might have some fun laughing at your lack of golf skills.
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Lay out and read.

Sometimes the best dates aren't fancy or forced outings, but just involve spending time with your partner or the person you're seeing. Bring a good book to the park β€” or beach if you live near one β€” and just lay out and read. It might sound boring, but the company will be surprisingly nice.
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Grill a thing.

Grilling a meal outside is a little more exciting than shuffling around your small kitchen trying to cook together. If you don't have a grill, see if you can use a public barbecue in your local park. Or just find a friend who has one and make it a double date, which is probably more relaxing, anyway.
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Go to a concert.

It's pretty romantic to listen to live music on a summer night β€” even if you have no clue who the band is that's performing.
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Walk an adoptable dog.

Many animal shelters will let you volunteer to walk dogs that are up for adoption, so the pups get more visibility from potential owners. You and your date can pretend like you have a dog, and have strangers swoon at your pup.