The One Ultimate List of Outdoors Date Ideas
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Married Fun has all the date ideas! Read on to see all our Outdoors date ideas. Mix up your next date night with these awesome activities. For the full experience make sure you check out the Married Fun Date Planner
Adventuring is where you go out and do anything adventurous during a date. What do you consider an adventure? Going out on an adventure might mean scouring the countryside for abandoned houses and seeing what's in them for some people. While for others, it might be more urban where you try to find little hole-in-the-wall stores, restaurants, or other establishments that you never knew existed. Try to think outside the box and do things out of your comfort zone to make it even more memorable. You make up the adventure, and it's a date idea that you can switch up every time you do it. What's an adventure to one couple is extreme to another or maybe run of the mill to some. A few adventuring dates are all it takes to make the dates go from mild to mind-blowing.
Riding in an airboat is a fun way to see and experience an area such as a swamp or wetland. The average couple reading this won't have their own airboat or be able to drive one themselves. None of that is a big deal because if you live in an area where people use airboats, you'll be able to find someone who will rent it out and take you all over. You can ask the boat captain to be like a tour guide and tell you about all the things you pass through. You might also be able to ask the captain to stop the boat for you to go fishing or frog hunting. If nothing else, he might be able to stop the boat so the two of you can snap some pictures or maybe even have a picnic.
Animal encounters are one of those things that you never forget. Swimming with dolphins is one of the more common animal encounters that create memories that last a lifetime. Another great idea for a date like this is to go to a petting zoo. A petting zoo offers you the ability to have encounters with many different animals. Search in your area for animals that you can get up close and personal with. No matter where you live, at least one animal encounter date is just waiting to be had.
The surprising thing about going to an aquarium is you always end up seeing several species of fish that are new to you. Seeing fish swim around in an aquarium is always relaxing and has a soothing effect. A fun game to do on an aquarium date is to see if you know what species of fish you're looking at. Tally up the score to see who is more familiar with fish and tease each other on the way home about it. Trying to guess what type of fish you're looking at is even more fun if neither of you know what you're looking at. The guesses that both of you come up with will be so hilarious that you're bound to get a good chuckle.
Stuff a backpack with everything you need and go hit the trail. Where are the best places to go backpacking on a date? You could go to a park, a hiking trail, or someplace out in the wilderness. You could also turn backpacking into camping and have a date in the great outdoors. Just remember if you're planning on staying outside for an extended period to make sure that you have food and other supplies. Your date night will end up being a disaster if you are out in the wilderness with no food or water. Done right, backpacking makes a great date.
Camping in your back yard is a lot of fun. The nice thing is, all your amenities are inside your home if you need something. You're not really roughing it while camping in your yard, but you still get to enjoy the outdoors. It's always interesting to hear the sounds of the night you live in, and being in a tent gives you ample opportunity to do it. Put away all of the electronic devices that distract you and spend some quality time alone outside under the stars in your tent. Cuddling outside in the dark can be extra enjoyable and a welcome change of scenery. Pack plenty of finger foods and stuff you can eat without cooking it for the ultimate backyard experience.
A day at the beach is the perfect date, and there are a million things you can do. You can work on your tan, go for a quick dip, or even collect seashells. Bring a sack lunch with you and turn your beach date into a picnic. Find a secluded area and enjoy cuddling on the beach while you talk about whatever comes to mind. A beach is a romantic place that is filled with so many possibilities. All you need is a blanket and a sunny day to have fun. Small things like walking barefoot while the waves come crashing onto the beach are a lot of fun and offer plenty of enjoyable moments.
For those of you who don't know what beachcombing is, it's where you scour the beach for valuables or interesting items. The most common form of beachcombing is where you search the beach for seashells. If you've never been beachcombing before, you'll be shocked by all the things that you can find. Keeping an eye out for loot and other valuables while walking the beach is a great way to get some exercise and spend time with your spouse. Keep a stash box at home with all your beachcombing findings to look back and remember all the fun dates you had at the beach. For best results, find a time when there are few people on the beach so you have little competition for the objects that wash up.
Berry picking gives you the opportunity to spend time together while also getting a good deal on tasty fruit. Usually, farms that allow you to pick your own berries sell the fruit at a discounted rate. You'll get to enjoy the great outdoors, breathe fresh country air, and spend some time together. If you get enough berries to preserve and enjoy over winter, you'll have a reminder of the fun you had on your fruit picking country date. For added fun, rush home right away and bake a pie using the fresh fruit you picked. This activity isn't just limited to berries, pick whatever fruits are available to you for your location and season, including berries, apples, peaches and more.
Bird watching is a date idea that can be done in the country or the city. Parks are great places to look for birds since they usually have plenty of wooded areas. Hiking trails are the perfect spots, and they are easy to walk through. If you live in the city, not near any wooded areas, it's still possible to go out and try to spot birds. Try to guess what species the bird is. If you have any problems figuring out what the bird is, snap a picture of it and upload it to Google Images. Google might be able to tell you what the bird is.
A boat right can be a scenic journey down a river, or it can last a matter of days. Traveling by boat is old fashioned, and it'll be a blast from the past while you're floating down the river. Boats often offer things such as restaurants and other attractions if you're up for more than only enjoying the scenery. Enjoy all the sights and sounds that being on the water has and take advantage of any of the amenities that the boat may offer. Stand on the deck of the boat and enjoy a world you rarely see while you're with the person you love.
A bonfire is a great way to signal that autumn has finally arrived. Though, you can have a bonfire during almost any time of the year. Gather sticks and tree limbs that are lying on the ground before the bonfire. You can make a separate date out of preparing for the bonfire since it does take quite a bit of wood. A bonfire is best at nighttime so that you can see the flames dance as they illuminate the night sky. Bring along some marshmallows to roast and some apple cider if you're going after the full autumn effect.
A fun game to play at the botanical garden is to try to identify as many of the plants as possible without looking at their name. Since indoor botanical gardens are open all year round, going there during the winter is a great date idea. You'll feel like you're walking around in a warm country as you look at all the plants. A trip to the botanical garden can be an all-day date if you plan it right. Some gardens have benches, and you can even eat lunch there. Consider donating to your local botanical garden if a nonprofit organization runs it. If you donate, then your date will benefit everyone in your community.
Camping is more than just a few hour date, it's something that takes most of the day or more. Camping can be free or a low-cost dating idea that gets you away from it all. If you're the type that likes to live off the land, then camping is a fantastic date idea. You can go hiking, enjoy the fresh air, and spend every waking minute with each other. Many couples who enjoy the great outdoors feel that camping strengthens their relationship, and they notice stronger lines of communication after the camping adventure is over. Established campgrounds offer a way for inexperienced campers to have access to things such as running water, toilets, and other amenities that some might consider a necessity even when roughing it. Either way you go, camping is a fun date idea, especially for married couples.
Going canoeing can be an all-day adventure or something you do for a few hours. For the ultimate canoeing date, bring along a lunch and eat it in the wilderness. The summer months are the best time to go canoeing, but it's an activity that you can do as long as the weather is nice. Each of you will have fun learning how to row in sync with each other. It takes a little practice, but before too long, you'll be rowing together in a matter of no time. Canoeing enables you to connect to the great outdoors while also enjoying a few precious moments together.
A stroll through a city park is as good for the mind as it is the body. Put on some comfortable shoes, wear loose-fitting clothing, and put one foot in front of the other and enjoy the great outdoors. Not only are you getting a healthy dose of exercise, but going for a walk on a date night is an excellent way of opening the lines of communication. Don't forget to hold hands while the two of you are walking; it will increase the likelihood that you talk to each other. Sometimes dates like this aren't about the activity, but the opportunity to spend some quality alone time together.
Cloud watching is a free activity that gives you an insight into the inner working of your spouse's mind. All you do is find a comfortable place to sit or lay and look up towards the heavens. Each of you says the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the clouds. Use this moment to get close to each other and to enjoy being in their arms. It's less about the clouds than it is about being together. Turn your cloud watching into a picnic and enjoy an even longer time outside together. Cloud watching dates tend to be spontaneous and don't be surprised if it morphs into something else entirely.
A community garden is an excellent place for those who want to raise fruits and vegetables but don't have a place to do so where they live. Some community gardens donate the food to the poor or to food banks. You might consider starting a community garden with other members of your church and donate the bountiful harvest. Gardening allows you to eat fresh foods at a fraction of the cost that you'd pay at the supermarket. Also, gardening is great exercise, and it's quality time spent outside with your spouse. Eat better, get more exercise, and enjoy a lungful of clean, fresh air by having a gardening date with your spouse. You can also give away your harvest as gifts since everyone loves fresh produce, but many can't afford it.
Riding dirt bikes is a great date for anyone who has a sense of adventure or is looking for something out of their comfort zone. You can take turns riding a single dirt bike on your date, or you can rent two of them. If you really enjoy your date, you might consider buying a couple of dirt bikes so you can do this activity more often. Riding the bikes are fun, but it's equally as fun enjoying being outside. Take a break riding so you can make some videos of each other on the dirt bike. You'll want to make sure to preserve this date so you can watch it decades later.
The one thing that every dog owner can agree on is that their pet doesn't get enough exercise. A great date idea that benefits you, your spouse as well as the family pet is going to the dog park. It's a fantastic opportunity to start talking with each other, and things have a way of spiraling from there. Your dog will be happy since they rarely get to go out, and the two of you will feel refreshed after an evening of talking. Enjoy the fresh air, the other dogs, and the sense of togetherness all three of you share.