We all seem to do the same things when planning a date. It’s a night out in the bar, dinner at a cosy restaurant, intimate meal at home, movies, a play, etc. It seems we really really want to stay indoors and wake up the next day with a hangover. Outdoor dates require pretty little commitment and effort.

Regardless of the status of your relationship, planning a date in the open is a great idea. Outdoor dates are underestimated. They shouldn’t be, though. Having a date out in nature can be just as fun, and what’s more, it gives you the opportunity to focus on your date on a more intimate level while enjoying the scenery. Even better, they usually require little investment money-wise and can provide a nice break from a hectic week. Here are some simple date ideas you can easily schedule instead of going to the club again:

A Summer Picnic

If you have a park in the city, you have a picnic site. All you need is a blanket and some scheduling. It can be as elaborate or simple as you want, there are no rules. If you’re new to outdoor dates you might want to plan something small. Start by dividing responsibilities, you could be in charge of the wine and cheese, while your partner can be in charge of some crackers and wine glasses. Bonus points if you meet up to watch the sunset.

If you don’t feel ready to plan an entire picnic on your own, you could go to an outdoor movie projection or play. There are lots of options during the summer and most cities will have open showings of famous movies at easy-to-access parks.

Drinks on a Boat

Cities near large bodies of water tend to have docked boat bars or boat parties that you can buy tickets for. It puts a fun twist on the typical bar date. You and your date get to breathe some fresh air while feeling fancy out in the water with a glass of rosé.

Take a Hike

Believe it or not, hikes can be incredibly romantic. Think about it, you are out there on a secluded trail, surrounded by the sound of birds and wild animals, with the sunlight kissing your skin. It’s a pretty great setup for a date. It really gives you the chance to focus on your conversation without being interrupted, though it might not be your best option for a first date. Just make sure you study the trail beforehand and don’t pick anything too strenuous.

Bike it Up

A great way to get to know your city is through a bike tour and is even better if you’re in good company. Since it’s a date, you don’t need to plan the kind of ride you’d do for training. You could just do a lap around the city, visit a few historical landmarks, or ride to your favourite spot in the city and talk for a while.