Summer expands your date options, and while that means more fun for you and your significant other, it also means more money. However, you don’t have to choose between going broke for the sake of a great date or missing out of the fun altogether. These cheap summer date ideas are proof that the best dates are usually the ones that don’t cost a ton of money.

Keep reading for summer date idea inspiration.

1. Go Stargazing

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks, and head into the countryside to find a secluded spot that is free from light pollution for a stargazing date! With a handy stargazing app like SkyView, just aim your smartphone at the sky and watch as it uses augmented reality to identify stars, constellations, and planets. The app also tracks upcoming sightings for stars, planets, and satellites, including the International Space Station and Hubble.

2. Pack a Picnic

A picnic is the perfect summer date idea. It’s cheap, easy to throw together at the last minute, and fun! Get a picnic basket from a local thrift store and stock it with a variety of snacks and supplies, including:

  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Drinks, like lemonade
  • Dessert, such as chocolate covered strawberries or marshmallow crispy rice treats
  • Plates, cups, silverware, napkins
  • A blanket

3. See Fireworks

Summer is prime time for fireworks displays. Fourth of July fireworks are a given, but during this time of year, it seems like something is going on every weekend. Check your town’s or city’s event calendar to find fireworks near you. Better yet, see the fireworks at a New Orleans Baby Cakes game! The minor league baseball team has fireworks displays on the books for select Friday nights and the Fourth of July.

4. Take a Hike

Hiking is such a perfect summer date idea. Head to the outdoors for fresh air and fun conversation along a nearby hiking trail. Don’t forget to pack snacks to share, like trail mix or beef jerky. There are tons of trails and parks that suit a range of interests, whether you want to go for a hike, kayak through the lowlands or take a bike ride.

Sam Houston Jones State Park, Kisatchie National Forest, and Chemin-A-Haut State Park in Louisiana are all scenic, relaxing escapes. Tyler State Park, Davy Crockett National Forest, and Sam Houston National Forest (home to the 129-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail, Texas’ longest continuous hiking path) are popular among East Texans.

5. Volunteer

Volunteering is such a worthwhile way to spend your time, and it’s even more fulfilling when you do it as a couple. Tackling an activity together offers a new way to work as a team that can strengthen your bond and show you a new side of your partner. Volunteering also reinforces your connection to your community and introduces you to new people, something that can be helpful if you’re new to the area.

Whether you’re working in a food pantry, picking up trash in a park, walking dogs at the local animal shelter, or serving meals at a homeless shelter, volunteering your time with someone you love is undoubtedly time well spent. Find volunteer opportunities in your community by visiting VolunteerMatch, the Corporation for National and Community Service, or Catchafire.

6. Test Drive a Car

Just because you’re not in the market for a new car doesn’t mean you can’t test drive one. Visit a local car dealership to test drive your dream car! Take a sporty two-seater for a cruise down the highway with the wind in your hair and your partner in the passenger seat. You just might realize you want to make a down payment!

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