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11 Eco-Friendly Outdoor Date Ideas

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Get outside with your loved one. For both adventurous outdoorsy types and self-proclaimed hermits, these outdoor date ideas won’t disappoint!

1. Go Fruit Picking

Apple-picking is a classic outdoor date idea that never gets old.
Apple-picking is a classic outdoor date idea that never gets old. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / lumix2004)

Picking fruit is a picture-perfect romantic daytime outing. Grab your basket and head to the apple orchard or blackberry vines and get picking. No matter the season, you’ll come back with full tummies and baskets full of fresh fruit to last a while. Make a full day of it and do some baking when you get home.

2. Watch a Movie Outside

Go to an outdoor cinema with your date.
Go to an outdoor cinema with your date. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / igorovsyannykov)

Put a spin on the classic movie date and go outside! Check out outdoor cinemas in your area and pick a movie. This is a great alternative to regular theaters because you’ll get to enjoy the weather and fresh air while watching the film. Get comfy and save money by bringing all your favorite blankets and snacks from home like these homemade popcorn recipes. If you prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home, you can change things up by using a projector outdoors. All you need is an outlet and a white wall or screen, and a projector of course.

3. Go Roller Skating

Get some cute vintage roller skates.
Get some cute vintage roller skates. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / tookapic)

Roller skating is a great way to get to know somebody on a first date or to spend time with your long-term partner. It’s a fun outdoor date idea to get you out of the house and enjoy the sun and some good company. If you don’t have roller skates or blades already, check out eBay for pre-owned pairs that need a new home. Don’t forget to stay safe by wearing padding and a helmet!

4. Go for Bike Ride

Have fun biking with your partner.
Have fun biking with your partner. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / cuncon)

Biking is a great activity for all skill and ability levels. Go for a slow bike ride through the city at a local park, or head to a trail and do some serious mountain biking. Pack water and snacks like these easy homemade energy bars or grab your purse so you can make a cafe stop or two along the way. Bring your kids or pets with you and make it a fun outing for the whole family.

5. Have a Picnic

Enjoy food and nature.
Enjoy food and nature. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Daria-Yakovleva)

Going for a picnic is an easy, cheap and accessible outdoor date idea that anyone would appreciate. Surprise your partner with a charcuterie board and some nice wine, and they will love it. If you’re looking for something more last-minute, pick up some sandwiches from the local deli or pack a quick basket of fruit, nuts and crackers. Head to a local park or rooftop and enjoy the delicious food, great views and good conversation. Picnic date ideas are endless.

6. Do an Art Walk

Explore your city and what it has to offer.
Explore your city and what it has to offer. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / ShonEjai)

Get to know your town by walking around and spotting local art. Pop in and out of museums and exhibitions, learn a bit about the town’s history and art scene, do some people-watching, grab some food and soak up the sun. Check online to see if there are any tours going on, and be a tourist in your own city! There may also be areas mapped out with suggestions of different street art to check out. Go exploring with your date and find things you’d never noticed before.

7. Go Hiking

Go hiking with your date.
Go hiking with your date. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / IndiraFoto)

There are loads of ways to enjoy hiking, and you don’t need to be an expert to have a good time. Check out nearby state and national parks and find a hike that suits your skill level and interest. Go for a simple nature walk or dream big and do the tougher mountainous trails. If you’d rather stay in the comfort of your town, consider doing some urban hiking to get your steps in and enjoy some beautiful views within a few miles of your home.

8. Snuggle Up and Stargaze

Stargaze with your loved one.
Stargaze with your loved one. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / FelixMittermeier)

Sparks fly under the beautiful night sky. Stargazing is a fun, romantic outdoor date idea. Find a nice field or park with a good view, and snuggle under some blankets while staring up at the sky. Have fun finding constellations and making up some of your own. If you’re lucky, you might even see a shooting star.

9. Check Out a Farmers’ Market

Head to your local farmers' market for some delicious fruit and veg.
Head to your local farmers’ market for some delicious fruit and veg. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / shnomoe)

Enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch while supporting local businesses. Go for a stroll and have fun perusing your city’s farmers’ market for organic produce, fresh eggs, warm pastries, delicious coffee and pretty flowers. Bring a picnic blanket to do some people-watching while laying out in the sun.

10. Go Swimming

Head for your local watering hole for a swim.
Head for your local watering hole for a swim. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / shogun)

Put on your swimsuits and head to the nearest beach for a refreshing outdoor date on a hot day. If you don’t have the luxury of living on the coast, go to your favorite lake or river and hop on in. Bring sun umbrellas, towels and lots of refreshments and make a day of it. You may even be able to rent paddle boats, canoes or kayaks.

11. Watch the Sunset

Watch the sunset with your boo.
Watch the sunset with your boo. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / C1ri)

This romantic outdoor date idea is super easy, affordable and accessible. The suns ets every day. All you have to do is get to the right place at the right time. Head to a local park, hill, field, rooftop bar or your own balcony and appreciate nature’s beauty.

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