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Love is in the Air: 10 Spring Date Ideas

Spring is finally here. Warmer weather, check. Longer days, check. Love in the air, check. Spring has always been the season for blossoming flowers, wildlife, and even romance. With all that the warm weather of spring has to offer, dinner and a movie dates can be put on hold until winter. Whether you and your date’s relationship is just beginning to bloom or you’ve been together for more springs than you can count, below are fun spring date ideas that are sure to lead to many more. 

Image Credit - Flickr Knar Bedian

Image Credit – Flickr Knar Bedian

A picnic in the park, or even the backyard, is the perfect way to enjoy the blooming outdoors and get in a delicious meal all in one date. While a picnic lunch doesn’t have to be gourmet — sandwiches and lemonade are always a good option — preparing an exquisite meal together can be part of the fun. Make a yummy spring salad and bake some gooey chocolate chip cookies together as the first stage of the date. Then pack your meal in a cute basket and bring along a comfy blanket. Set up on a soft patch of grass, preferably somewhere with a great view, and enjoy your picnic lunch together. The beauty of a picnic date is in its simplicity. It won’t take much in the way of money or preparation, but it will certainly give you and your date some great memories out in the fresh air.

If you have an airport close to where you live with an outdoor airplane viewing area, pack a snack and you have an instant date. Spring weather is particularly nice for this activity, as you’ll be sitting outside for an hour or two watching the planes take off. It may sound boring at first, watching airplanes take off and land, but it’s actually really relaxing and can even be exciting. As each plane takes off, guess where the passengers may be headed. When a plane lands, guess where they just returned from. This will be the perfect segue into conversations with your date about the best trips you’ve ever been on, the worst travel experience you ever had, and where you want to go most in the world. It’s an effortless first date idea, with plenty of opportunity to get to know your date better, but even if you’ve been together for years, it’s a relaxing way to spend the day together.

For fans of being active, spring is the perfect time of year for a fun, outdoor date that will keep your blood pumping.

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Taking a walk or bike ride around town together is a simple, romantic activity. If your town has a nice walking path or bike trail, it will be easy to find a route. Sometimes, though, staying off the trails can be even better. If your date isn’t familiar with your part of town, or even just your neighborhood, plan a tour of your favorite places. Walk or ride past your childhood best friend’s old house, your old school, your favorite diner. It will spark stories you want to share, questions you want to ask your date about his or her own memories, and will keep the conversation going for hours. Sharing your memories on a visual tour is a fun way to get to know each other. After this date’s success, of course, your date will want to take you on a memory tour of their own neck of the woods. A walking or biking tour date is a thoughtful, stimulating, and insightful way to get to know each other. Maybe you’ll even pass a place that looks like a promising location for a future date!

Trying an outdoor activity that you haven’t done in years, or maybe ever, can be a fun way to spend a spring Saturday afternoon with your date. Maybe you haven’t been mini-golfing since you were a kid, or you were always afraid (like me) to try out the go-kart track. Now is the perfect time to revisit those activities with your date! Or, be a little more adventurous and try something like paint balling or geocaching. Doing these new things together is a great way to get to know each other. There’s a world of possibilities outdoors in the spring, and planning one fun activity per date is a good way to ensure that you’ll be having a blast and trying new things together for a long time.

One of the best things about spring is that everything feels new. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the air is energized with the promise of all the good things the year will bring. Gardening may not be the most obvious date activity, but it can be a relaxing, productive way to spend time with your date. Pick a place that can use some color and sprucing up, whether it be your yard, your date’s yard, or even the home of an elderly neighbor who can’t garden themselves, and then head to a greenhouse together to pick up some plants. You’ll have a lot of fun trying to decide which flowers to plant and what colors to use. When your decisions have been made, get  to work planting them! You’ll get a little dirty, but that’s part of the fun. In only an afternoon, you’ll have created something beautiful together, and will have pretty much ensured that future dates will happen, because those plants will need tending!

Go to a sporting event together! Spring and baseball go hand in hand, but it’s not the only sport of the season. Golf, softball, and tennis are all commonly played in the spring. Whether you head to a professional game or match or a local one, it can be a fun activity to watch. You don’t have to be a huge sports buff to enjoy a day in the sun watching people get really, really into the game.

For the thrifty couple, spring sparks the beginning of the garage sale, flea market, and farmers market season.

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Simply going to these sales together and exploring can be a fun enough date, but adding a game into the mix can turn it into a date to remember. One way to turn up the fun on your thrifty date is to set a goal for each sale. Challenge each other to find the ugliest sweater, the oldest book, or the coolest piece of furniture. Or, pretend that you each have fifty dollars to spend, and see who can find the best bargains with the imaginary money. Maybe you and your date actually are shopping for something, like fresh veggies from the farmers market to cook a delicious dinner later in the evening, or you’re on the hunt for that record your date loved as a kid. That can be fun too, and the thrill of the hunt is sure to make the date a success. Whether or not you actually end up buying anything isn’t the point. The fun part is discovering what you can find and the infinite possibilities of stuff that can lead to interesting conversations and guaranteed laughter.

Going to the zoo is one of my favorite things to do in nice weather. It’s a great way to be outside and explore for someone who might not be into actually exercising as part of a date. The zoo in the spring is perfect for a date. You’ll get some excellent people watching in, and you can go from section to section of the zoo which is a little like traveling to different parts of the world for an hour or so. Plus, it’s springtime, which means adorable baby animals will be in abundance.

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Going to the beach may seem like a strictly summer activity, but if you have one in your area, it can be a relaxing, peaceful date activity before the summer months bring everyone out to the sand. You don’t need to go swimming, but taking a long walk on the beach is one of those cliche romantic things that everyone should do at least once. It might be a little chilly down by the water, but that’s the perfect excuse to snuggle up under a blanket if you want to be extra romantic and watch the sunset over the water together.

Spring nights are finally beginning to be warm enough to be bearable, which makes an evening date perfect for this time of year. A backyard bonfire can be secluded and romantic for you and your date, or it can be a fun group get together for a double or triple date. There’s just something about the warm glow of a fire on a beautiful night that is so peaceful and enjoyable. Whether it’s just the two of you, or all of your closest friends, it will be a night to remember. Grill up some food, grab plenty of drinks, and then sit around the fire and reminisce. Roasting marshmallows for smores will be the perfect end to the evening, and you’ll definitely want to do it again the next night!

Spring is the best when it comes to planning dates. There are so many options! Do you have any spring date suggestions? What’s the best spring date you’ve ever been on?

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