It was close to spring when my wife and I first started dating. While the world was bursting with new life and growth we were experiencing an exciting new relationship. One Saturday during that spring was projected to be the first sunny and warm day of the year. So I asked my then girlfriend if we could spend the day together. Knowing she loved history and the outdoors I planned a day trip to a small historic town and a picnic at a national wildlife refuge. It was one of the greatest days of my life. I remember thinking: there is nowhere on earth I would rather be at this moment than with this woman.
When is the last time you felt that way? Spring and summer provide great opportunities to bring newness and excitement to your marriage. The best way to do that is to plan a fun date and focus on being with her. Remember how you felt when you first started dating. Here are 7 spring and summer date ideas to help you get started.
1. Rooftop Restaurant
Take her out to dinner, but don’t go to just any restaurant. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and look for an outdoor experience. A rooftop restaurant gives a great view of the landscape but also provides the romance of the sunset and stars. If a fancy dinner doesn’t meet your budget then go just for dessert.
2. Patio Picnic
When you need a babysitter dates can get expensive. After you put the kids to bed have a picnic on the back patio or backyard. Set up a blanket, light some candles, get her favorite dessert, pour wine, and play some music. If you want to take it up a level, tell her you are going to do everything to put the kids to bed. After you’re done, tell her the kids want to say goodnight to her. While she is saying goodnight, set everything up and surprise her when she returns.
3. Music in the Park
There’s nothing like free entertainment. In any city, there tend to be free concerts in the park. Look for one near you. You can bring a blanket and chairs, pack a picnic or start your date earlier and end it at the concert.
4. Drive-In Movie
Suggesting the movies as a date idea is the definition of basic, but a Drive-In makes it a unique experience. There’s something nostalgic about it, even though the height of its popularity was well before our time. Maybe you’ll even end up in the backseat. May the odds be ever in your favor.
5. Minor League Baseball Game
Sure you could take her to a major league game, but there is something much more intimate about a minor league game. There’s a smaller crowd and venue, they do more colorful things to entertain the crowd, and it’s cheaper. The quality of baseball isn’t really high, but I don’t think that’s all that important. The atmosphere alone will be enough to make it a successful date.
6. Go to the Water
When going on a date it’s always good to go to the water. Take a walk along the river, rent a canoe out on a lake, or sit on the beach while the sun sets. Bodies of water remind us to stop the busyness in our lives and connect with the ones we love. Whatever bodies of water are available in your town, take your wife to them.
7. Play a Sport
If you and your wife enjoy doing active dates try out a new sport together or one you both love. Play volleyball, tennis, rock climbing, go for a bike ride, or a driving range. Something like Top Golf can give you an active experience while still feeling like a special night out.
If you need some more ideas a little more her speed, try these! And if you’d like to involve the whole family, check out 60 Days of Summer.
Huddle up with your wife and ask, “What are some of your favorite dates we have had?”