Sure, ice-skating is great for a winter date, and hitting the beach in the summer is a blast, but nothing beats the simplicity of a spring date. The weather isn’t too hot or too cold, the flowers everywhere look beautiful, and something in the air just makes you feel refreshed.
But because there is literally so much to do during the spring season—outside or inside!—this can make planning a date a little overwhelming. So if you’re going back and forth with your long-term partner or a Tinder match about what you should do one spring-y Saturday, allow me to take it from here and offer some A+ spring date ideas.
Because let’s be honest, the only thing you should have to worry about is picking out a) the person who will be going on said date with you and b) an outfit. Enjoy!
1. Go out on a boat
If you’re near any sort of lake or body of water, a nice cruise on the water in a cozy sweatshirt and sweatpants is always the move. But if that’s not feasible because, hi, no boat, do some research to see if renting a row boat for two is possible. Nothing is more romantic than enjoying the water on a boat and passing by some ducks. Plus, rowing is actually hard work, so the added teamwork is a plus.
2. Take a mini road trip
One of my favorite things to do in the spring is take a long drive somewhere. Very few other things feel as freeing as putting down all the windows, blasting your favorite throwbacks, and enjoying the scenic views in the spring. Having someone along for the ride—or better yet, to drive the car? Just perfect.
3. Check out your fave museum
Just because the weather is great doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time outdoors. For all my babes suffering from allergies, move the party indoors to your favorite museum. Ponder at art, think profound thoughts, and of course, get the perfect Insta pic for later.
4. Go to the park
Do you remember how much fun it was just swinging on the playground? Well, who says you have to give that up? Because there’s no better way to connect with someone than to help bring out their inner child.
5. Make a ~real~ connection via Spotify
If you’re not ready for an IRL date, this is the next best thing. Using Spotify’s new Group Sessions feature, share your fave songs with your match in a playlist or send each other text prompts like “Play a song that reminds you of college” and “Play a song that will always have a special place in your heart.” It’s like the easiest, best way to get to know someone without formally getting to know them. One Cosmopolitan writer said here it “single-handedly saved her dating life during quarantine.”
6. Shop together
I don’t know about you, but shopping is the only thing that gives me peace. (I think that’s why they call it retail therapy?) So go shopping with your date. It sounds cliche, but think about all the things you can get to know about them from just that: Will they spend $70 on a scrunchie? Do they hate crewnecks?
Better yet: Make it a game. Designate a set amount of money to spend on each other and keep it a surprise until you walk to the register.
7. Do that fun TikTok date trend
You know the one. Get in your car and play rock, paper, scissors with your date. Winner gets to pick what drink you both get. Drive to said place to get drink. Then, play rock, paper, scissors again. Winner gets to pick the appetizer. Drive to said place to get the appetizer. See where I’m going with this? Do it for a drink, appetizer, dinner, and dessert.
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8. Walk around a botanical garden
Spring time is the best time to be outside. Go on a walking date around your nearest botanical garden because not only is it cheap—or better yet, free–but because the flowers make for the perf background for a couple’s pic.
9. Have a picnic
Food is the way to everyone’s heart. It’s just science. When you combine that with being outside in the cool, crisp, spring air, your relationship literally can’t help but bloom. Try out any one of these easy, portable spring recipes for when you venture outside. Oh, and obvi, don’t forget the wine.
10. Go on a bike ride together
Are you noticing a theme here? Clearly, the move is to be outside. Meet your date and bike around the city you live in, making sure to hit all the spots you love and all of the ones you want to see. You’ll be putting in some active miles while helping the environment.
11. Volunteer at an animal shelter
Want a dog, just can’t afford one in your teeny, tiny home? Visit your local dog pound or shelter to put in some community service hours with your Tinder match. To be honest, I don’t know a better way to get to know someone than by taking a bunch of Good Bois on walks and cleaning out their crates.
12. Go on a pizza tour around the city
It doesn’t have to be pizza—tacos and ice cream are clutch too—but compile a list of all the places you’ve been to and the spots you want to try, plot them in Google Maps, and create a map of where you’ll start and finish this foodie journey. Then, begin your food tour and nibble on some slices outside while ranking them 1 out of 10. Might I suggest the top ranking pizza be your next date spot?
13. Get active together
Whether it’s a run outside or an at-home YouTube class, boost those endorphins by sweating everything out. You’ll be an IRL version of #couplegoals and ready to take a shower together by the end of it.
14. Sip some wine and pretend you’re at a vineyard.
Pretend like you’re at a fancy vineyard and grab a bunch of $5 wines from your nearby grocery store. Lay out all your wine glasses, buy (or make!) a charcuterie board, and voila. You’re basically in Napa Valley…on your couch.
15. …or, go sip some wine at a real vineyard.
Get wined, dined, *and* have experts tell you all about the selections you’re probably going to chug anyway. Not only will the conversation flow more easily with some tipsy, liquid courage, but you’ll try new wines you and your date can order out later.
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