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20 Summertime Date Ideas for Romantics

20 Summertime Date Ideas for Romantics


    There’s something so romantic about summertime. The warm summer breeze, the smell of flowers and cut grass, the sounds of fun and laughter, summer has a wonderful sense of casual lightness. It’s a great time to get out of the dating rut and dust off your playful side. Whether it’s a first date or a date night with a long-time partner, it’s always fun to try out some new date ideas. Summer offers many dating options that aren’t available at other times of the year…and best of all, many of them won’t break the bank.

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    Looking for a romantic summer date idea? Give one of these a try…

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    1. Outdoor movie – Drive-Ins are making a comeback. Seek out your nearest drive-in and pack the snacks.
    2. Pull up a blanket – No drive-in nearby or just not your thing? That’s ok. Many cities show outdoor films in the park. Don’t forget your blanket and refreshments. Or do it yourself – set up your lounge chairs in your backyard or on your deck, open a bottle of wine and watch a movie on your laptop.
    3. Bowling is so old school that it’s hip again – Just about everybody has a bowling alley somewhere nearby. It’s a casual, fun date night. Invite some friends and make it a group date. Have a beer or soda and a slice of pizza and unwind while engaging in some friendly competition.
    4. Visit the zoo – You don’t have to have young children to enjoy the zoo. Wandering among the animals, taking in their habitats and behavior, even their antics is a great low-key date. Top it off with some popcorn or an ice cream cone and it’s a fantastic date.
    5. Take a wine tour – Either join an organized wine tour, where someone else will do the planning and take you from winery to winery to do your sipping or plan your own, grab another couple and a designated driver and let the tasting begin.
    6. Go on a dinner cruise – If you live near a body of water (ocean, lake or even some rivers) you can probably find a dinner cruise. Don’t be afraid to mix it up; try a breakfast, lunch, or evening cocktail cruise too. There’s just something so romantic about eating on the water while someone else is in charge of the driving.
    7. Live music is everywhere – Summer concerts are a great way to spend a date. Get tickets to a big-ticket concert in the grandstand; enjoy a local concert in the park, or find a local bar or tavern that offers live music.
    8. Visit the fair – Be a teenager again. Buy some cotton candy or some terribly unhealthy, but delicious fair treat. Ride the Ferris wheel, roller coaster, or whatever twirling, upside down ride strikes your fancy, (preferably, before you eat your cotton candy.) Try to win a prize or check out the prize pigs!
    9. Make a romantic picnic – Pack up your favorite picnic fare and a blanket and off you go. Bring some wine and cheese or pack a themed menu – think Mexican, French, Italian or whatever cuisine suits your mood. Choose a nice spot at the local park, gardens, or by the water. To make it even more fun, try a breakfast or moonlight picnic (be sure to pack the bug spray.)
    10. Get out on the water – Rent a sailboat, rowboat, paddleboat, kayak, or canoe. Grab a pole and go fishing or don your swimsuit and jump in.
    11. Play tourist – See your town from a visitor’s perspective. Visit your local tourism office or chamber of commerce for information on events, festivals, and local sights you may never have thought of.
    12. Go camping – Pitch a tent (you can borrow or rent one if you don’t have your own, grab a couple of sleeping bags, pack your food and necessities and sleep under the stars. Being away from the rest of the bustling world allows time to really pay attention and enjoy being with another person.
    13. Outdoor Theater – Attend an outdoor performance or live play. Think Shakespeare in the park or attend an outdoor symphony or music festivals. Theater is so much more fun and relaxed under the canopy of the sky than in a stuffy theater.
    14. Produce can be romantic – Spend a morning wandering a farmers’ market checking out the fresh local produce or spend the afternoon at a “U-pick” farm picking berries or other delectable, then bring your ingredients home and cook something fabulous with your date.
    15. Take me out to the ballgame – Visit your local ballpark or stadium. If you’re lucky enough to have a pro or semi-pro team near you, a ball game can be a fun date. Even with a $6 hotdog and $5 soda, it’s still a cheap date. For an even more low-key (and free) option, visit a local ball field and watch local kids (or grown “Kids”) play their hearts out.
    16. Go the natural route – Visit the nearest state park. Pack a picnic. Ride bikes. Go on a hike. Walk the nature trails. Play Frisbee golf. Bird watch. Look for wildlife tracks. Try geocaching. Play photographer.
    17. Resurrect some old favorite summer activities – Play mini-golf. Go to the batting cage. Race go-karts. Fly kites.
    18. Take a tour – Take a walking tour, a boat tour, a bicycle tour, a ghost tour, an architectural tour old buildings or a “gourmet eating” tour.
    19. Visit the aquarium – Aquariums aren’t just for kids and field trips. They’re also a great date option. Wander through the tanks, taking in the underwater life, but watch out for the sharks!
    20. Take a mystery trip – Buy or download a map of your state or region, close your eyes, and randomly choose spots on the map to visit. Plan a day trip or weekend getaway to one or several and explore.

    Grab that someone special, get out there, and enjoy the plentiful dating options that summertime has to offer!

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    (Photo credit: Back View of Amorous Couple via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

    In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

    And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

    Why is goal setting important?

    1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

    Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

    For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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    Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

    After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

    So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

    2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

    The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

    The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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    We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

    What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

    3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

    We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

    Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

    But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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    What you truly want and need

    Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

    Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

    Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

    When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

    Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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    Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

    Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

    Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

    The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

    It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

    Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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