Summer is getting closer… and as it’s getting warmer out, people are getting ready to date. According to Match.com data, the most popular time of the year for online dating is the week after the Fourth of July. Which makes sense — when it’s cold or rainy outside, we’re much more likely to want to stay inside and watch Netflix. There’s a reason “cuffing season” exists, after all. But there are so many fun summer date options that a summer romance — or a fling — just makes sense. Bonus: it's easier to find a cheap or free date in the summer than it is in the winter.
Master a summer recipe
Cooking together can be lots of fun. For summer, try a seasonal treat such as crab-stuffed avocados or summer spring rolls.
Visit a water park
Soak up the sun
Whether on the beach, in a park, or even in your yard, spend a lazy day catching rays together — don't forget the sunscreen.
Take a walk on the boardwalk
Eat ice cream
Go to the beach
Go to a local fair
Go for a bike ride together
Whether you go to a park or just rent Citibikes together, a leisurely bike ride can be fun (and it doesn’t have to be leisurely).
Catch an outdoor concert
Drink at a rooftop bar
Eat al fresco
Challenge your date to a lawn game
See an outdoor movie
Go to the zoo
As the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song goes, “It's so relaxing at the zoo / Sayin' ‘what's up’ to kangaroos.”
Don’t know how to canoe? It’s time to learn — together!
Ride a rollercoaster
Have a cookout
Have a picnic
Go to a pool
If the beach is too far, or if you just want to vary it up a bit, hit the high dive (or the shallow end) at a pool.
Go skateboarding or roller skating
Take a dog for a walk
Take surfing or snorkeling lessons
Take a long walk on the beach