There’s a stigma surrounding date night that it has to involve a lot of planning, or the whole thing will go unappreciated. While flowers at the door, expensive dinners, and dressy garb can all make for a special night, these four-star dates can start to feel forced. Spontaneity, on the other hand, is one of the sexiest things of all. Summertime is the season when people feel the most alive, ready to take on activities at a moment’s notice. Capitalize on all there is to do during this warm and vibrant season by linking up with your special friend or significant other to explore your playful sides. Want to conjure up a date night without the fuss? These eight date night ideas require five minutes or fewer to plan, and will ignite lots of laughter, lust, and love.
Watch a movie under the stars
If movie night is your jam but you’re feeling guilty about hiding inside when the warm summer breeze is calling your name, find a nearby drive-in theater, hop on the hood of your car with a blanket and snacks and cuddle up with your S.O. for a romantic evening. Outdoor malls, state beaches, and parks have jumped on the outdoor flick frenzy too, so if you’re sans car, this is a great option, and a refreshing take on the classic drive-in option. Pull up a blanket, or set up lounge chairs, pack refreshments, and you’re good to go! Tip: Feel like avoiding the crowd? You can try this in your backyard, too.
Check out some live music
The summer season calls for al fresco affairs, and live music is likely to fill the streets of your city, town, or even neighborhood. There are so many options to choose from, too. You can purchase tickets to a large venue featuring a big name band, head to a local concert in the park, or even find a restaurant or bar that offers live sets on the patio as well as inside.
Take a wine tour
Double dates with a couple who love wine can make for great conversation that takes your normal date night to the next level. Grab a pair of loving pals and piece together a select few wineries (or wine bars) to tour. Opt for a designated driver (or Uber) to take the pressure off, and let the wine flow!
Take a cocktail cruise
Summertime means long days and stunning sunsets, so take advantage by hopping on a local cruise featuring cocktails and music. Taking your typical bar scene offshore with a beautiful backdrop while someone else steers the boat is equal parts relaxing as much as it is romantic and unique.