The best way to enjoy a romantic summer night is to head out before sunset, so you are all set up and in place by the time the big ball drops. Try out these free summer dates and see where the evening takes you:
Stargazing: On a clear and cloudless night, find a semi-secluded outdoor location and spread a thick blanket out on top a carpet of grass and under a ceiling of stars. Can you see the Milky Way? Even better, borrow a telescope from a nerdy friend and check into local astronomical happenings, so you know if that big bright blob is a star, a planet or a meteor.
A Day at the Beach: Gather up necessary supplies and head to the nearest beach. Be sure to pack beach towels, sunglasses and plenty of sunblock (so he can rub you down), cold drinks and snacks from your fridge, books and magazines to read and of course, the hottest bikini you own. Hit the beach and chill out in the broiling sun, jumping in the ocean for a splash war when things get too hot.
Play Day: Find a local park you have never explored and wander around its fountains, waterways, forests, fields, and most of all- playgrounds. Get silly and have fun on the swings, merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters. For an added bonus, offer to dog sit a friend’s dog and play Frisbee, fetch or roll-in-the-grass.
Picnic: Right now the makings of a creative, fun picnic are already in your kitchen! With an open mind, peruse your refrigerator and pantry to see what gems you could mix together for a picnic like no other. Grab a blanket and find a gorgeous spot overlooking the city, the beach or the mountains. Cuddle and toast your inventiveness.
Free Festivals: Almost every city has at least one free festival each summer, and some have at least one each weekend! Search for “(your city) free festivals” or “(your city) free events” to see what you may have been missing. Spam Festival? Lobster Party? The weirder the better – dinner and a movie is SO played out. Take a chance on a fun, free festival, even if at first glance it seems a little bit odd.
Wash Your Car: While cleaning might not strike a notion of romance in your head, getting soapy, sudsy and wet while you massage your car in the hot sunshine sure will. Join together to scrub, shine and polish both of your vehicles clean, and you will end up with two pristine vehicles – and two heads full of naughty thoughts.
Take a Hike: Do a little research and find a local day hike that is not very strenuous, yet yields massive scenic results. Throw some water and some trail mix in your knapsack, and hit the great outdoors. Aim to reach the top just before sunset, take a breather while you watch it, then head back down the mountain hand in hand.