11 Outdoor Summer Dates That Will Boost Your Connection

It’s finally summertime! The sun is shining and the world feels easy and brand new. It’s also the great season of summer weddings and new romances. Getting outdoors more often with your partner helps boost communication, endorphins, and boosts feelings of connectedness [1]. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or in the exciting honeymoon phase, we wanted to offer you some creative summer date ideas to maximize this romantic season!

1. Find the nearest state fair 

Get your adrenaline going on the roller-coaster, stuff your face with some fried food, challenge each other to some coin toss and end the night with a romantic Ferris Wheel ride!

2. Romantic bike ride 

If you’re lucky enough to live by the ocean or a park, a nice long bike ride is a fun, active option. Make sure to pack a little picnic to fuel your ride.

3. Baseball game 

Even if you’re not a sports fan, baseball games can be a lot of fun and the hometown pride is infectious! Enjoy a cold beer and cheer on the home team!

4. Drive-in movie 

Although a dying breed, you can still find a couple of drive-ins around. If not, you can always replicate the mood in your backyard with a projector or a laptop. Make some root beer floats and popcorn to enjoy under the summer sky.

5. Try a new outdoor sport 

If you’re an active couple, why not take advantage of the sun? Canoeing, rafting, hiking and rock climbing are fun challenges that can strengthen your bodies and your bond by boosting brain dopamine. [2]

6. Berry picking 

Berries are delicious, high in fiber, antioxidants and abundant in the summer time! Look up a local berry farm and pick some of your own. Enjoy them in a pie or save some to put in tomorrow’s pancakes & brunch champagne.

7. Outdoor concerts, street fairs, and movies in the park 

Summer is a great time to catch cheap or free outdoor events. See what’s available in your city and spend the entire day exploring.

8. Star gazing 

Take a nice, long drive and find a safe dark space to watch the stars. Lay back and enjoy the warm summer evening with your favorite playlist.

9. Road trip 

This is an affordable way to sneak in a mini-vacation. Take the scenic route and explore a new city for the weekend!

10. Backyard camping 

Set up your tent, tell ghost stories, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy some outdoor sex. Having sex in new places helps keep the excitement alive and couples report having sex outside of the bedroom increases sexual frequency and satisfaction. [3]

11. Staycation at local resort

Sometimes a staycation is all you need! Find a local resort or boutique with an outdoor lounge area and pool to get some R&R with your partner. Get your vitamin D while enjoying some beach vibes with the convenience of knowing you have a hotel room.

 

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[1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/spending-time-outdoors-is-good-for-you

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/changepower/201005/can-the-novelty-habit-boost-couples-commitment

[3] https://www.bustle.com/p/couples-who-have-sex-outside-the-bedroom-are-happier-more-satisfied-survey-finds-8964074

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