Summer has arrived, which means it’s time to dance around in your bikini like no one’s watching. Of course, when you’re an adult, the season loses some of that carefree spirit. Much of the time you once passed downing drinks on the beach is now spent in a cubicle with no view of the outside world. That being said, having responsibilities doesn’t mean your summer should be devoid of fun. And one easy way to enjoy the season is to embark on one of the many cheap summer date ideas out there.

If movies, books, or songs have taught us anything, it’s that summer lovin' is the best kind, and for good reason. For starters, the season provides plenty of chances to change up your sex positions and locations (Slip n’ Slide, anyone?). But it also allows you to amp up your the traditional date night. No longer shut in by snow storms, you and your SO are able to venture out into the world and see that there’s more to a date than takeout and Netflix. And you can do it all without breaking the bank.

From food-filled dates to throwback outings, there are plenty of ways to add a little romance to your relationship this summer. So head out of the office early and embark on one of these low-cost, high-romance dates this season. You won’t regret it.

1. Soak Up A Sunrise


If you don’t mind waking up a little early, this is the perfect date for you. Prepare your favorite breakfast goodies (make sure to stock up on caffeine – you’ll need it) and head outside to watch the sunrise. Not only will this give you a little extra alone time, it will put you in the perfect mood for your day ahead.

2. Check Out A Street Fair


Nothing says love like a little funnel cake. OK, that may not be entirely true, but it can’t hurt. Street fairs, particularly those with a cultural flair, are a great alternative to the traditional dinner date. Not only does it allow you to explore a new neighborhood, but you get to taste a variety of food for a very low cost.

3. Get Wet And Wild


Looking for a way to beat the heat with your bae? Head to your neighborhood pool for an afternoon of splishing and splashing. For the daredevils out there, sneak back to the pool in the middle of the night and enjoy some skinny dipping.

4. Pick Something Sweet


Apple picking is so next season (literally), but berries are ripe for the picking. Rather than stocking up at the grocery store, head to a nearby farm or farmer’s market and select some sweet, succulent fruit. Once you two have had your fill, head home and turn your haul into a berry-filled treat.

5. Have A Ball


Why limit your date night to just the two of you? No, I’m not suggesting a swinger situation. Gather a group of friends – couples and singles alike – for an afternoon of kickball, just like you’re back in middle school again.

6. Dine Under the Stars


Nothing says romance like a night under the stars. Order food from your favorite restaurant, pop a bottle of bubbly, and let the galaxy set the mood. For the lifelong learners among us, bring along an astronomy book so you and your loved one can chart the skies together.

7. Enjoy Outdoor Entertainment


Save the theatre for a rainy day. Travel back in time, so to speak, and take your date to a drive-in movie. No drive-in? No problem. Simply bring your laptop outside and enjoy one of the latest Netflix selections.

8. Show Off Your S’mores Skills


It wouldn’t be summer without this ooey, gooey, chocolatey treat. But rather than peacefully crafting these treats by the campfire, why not turn it into a competition? Gather all the necessary supplies and see who can whip up the tastiest s’mores treat.

9. Unleash the Frosty Foreplay


You’ll want to send the kids to grandma’s for this date night. Instead of cranking the AC, cool down with some icy sex tricks. Fill the freezer with an arsenal of ice cubes, and enjoy the fact that you can finally have sex without a toddler walking in on the action.