17 Fun Outdoor Date Ideas for Spring to Spend Time with your Love

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Looking for ways to get outside? Check out these springtime date ideas to get you away from Netflix.

With warmer weather finally making an entrance after a long winter, I know I am itching to get outside. Outdoor dates in the spring are a great way to get outside and connect with your special someone. To spark some inspiration, I’ve come up with 17 outdoor date ideas for springtime. 

Honestly, some of these ideas are great in the summer and fall as well. Whenever the weather is tolerable and you want to be outside. Spring just has that extra magic in the air with all the flowers blossoming and all that new life jazz. Also, thanks to daylight savings time, the extra hours of sunlight once you leave your office job defintiely helps. 

Since we all have busy schedules it is nice to multi-task, you feel me? As soon as the weather starts to turn, I want to spend as much time outside as possible. Especially since the pandemic is still present, outdoor date nights are a great way to stay safe but also get out of your home. I know I spend too much time at my apartment now that I work from home. 

These 17 outdoor date ideas for spring are a great way to get some fresh air with your partner. Most of these ideas aren’t just for a date with your significant other. You can also do all of these with friends as well! Friend dates are a thing too, right? I think so.

1. Hike/Walk

hiking or walking is a great outdoor date idea for spring

With everything blooming, this is a perfect time to take a hike and see everything coming to life again. The trees are blossoming, the flowers are blooming, and the weather is mild so if you’ve ever wanted to pick up hiking, now is the time. 

A friendly word of caution is to make sure you aren’t planning your hiking adventure right after it rains. Trails can easily get muddy and as you know spring is the time for April showers. An app I really like is All Trails. There are several filters so you can sort by including difficulty, activity, what you want to see, and even if it is paved or not. The app is free so it is a great resource to find trails by you. You can also make sure you’re still on the trail which can be helpful. 

If going full force into nature isn’t your cup of tea, you can always go for a walk with your partner in a park or even in your neighborhood. With the extra daylight after work, it makes it a little easier to go for a walk after dinner or when you both get home. There are many benefits of walking so why not get some exercise and catch up with your loved one at the same time?

The good thing about walking or hiking is that it is a good way to focus on your partner and get away from the screens and the distractions at home. I know it’s easy to pick up the phone when you’re just spending time together at home. 

2. Camping

You can combine hiking with camping if you are feeling adventurous but if not, going to a campsite and camping can be a lot of fun! In full transparency, I haven’t done this since I was a kid but my boyfriend has been asking so we are definitely adding it to the list. I’ll report back when we go. The good thing about a campground is that they typically have a bathroom. 

Like hiking, camping is a good way for a couple to get away from technology. Without the temptation of all the screens, you can build a deeper connection with your partner (and with nature). You can build a fire, make smores, and take your shot at cooking a meal without electricity. Also, you can see how your relationship handles building the dreaded tent but don’t worry, I believe in you. 

Unless you have mad camping skills then lemme know how to easily build a tent. 

3. Farmer’s Market

Spring is a great time for fresh fruit and veggies. Winter is tough since many things aren’t in season but the options really start to expand in the warmer months. This is great since we’re all working on our summer bods (at least I am). Now, this varies depending on where in the world you are but spring just seems to have extra colors than other seasons.

Here is a full list of fruits and vegetables in season in the spring but here are some of my favorite.

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Lemons
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

My suggestion is to go to the farmer’s market, pick out your fruits and veggies for the week but also pick out a fruit or veggie (or both!) to make for dinner that night. Then your date can keep on going because you can cook something with that fruit or vegetable. It’s a great way to switch it up. 

When life gets busy, I tend to eat the same things over and over again so if I’m working with a specific ingredient, it makes it easier to find a new recipe. It narrows the search down a bit and makes it less overwhelming for me. 

If you are feeling bold, pick out a fruit or vegetable you don’t typical eat and look up a recipe on Pinterest! Or if you are good in the kitchen, just wing it. I always like trying new foods so this would be a fun way to expand my vegetable and fruit palate and cook something new as a couple.

4. Go to the Beach or Lake

Depending on what is closer, going to the beach or lake can be a fun spring date idea. I’m lucky enough to live near beaches and lakes but there are an endless amount of opportunities if you take a trip to a body of water. 

You can rent your boat of choice: kayak, canoe, paddleboat, paddleboards to name a few especially if you go to a lake. If you go to the beach, you can walk along the boardwalk or even just along the beach. If exercise isn’t your thing, you can never go wrong with relaxing at the beach or lake with a beverage in your hand.  

5. Plan a Picnic

Food is always great especially since we all have to eat. A great spring date idea is to pack a meal and take it to a local park. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can pack a picnic and go for a hike but if not a picnic in the park (or even your backyard) sounds lovely.

Pick up a bottle of wine, your favorite meats, and cheeses and you’re on your way to a relaxing meal at the park with your special someone. 

going on a picnic with your special someone is a great outdoor spring date idea

6. Go to an Outdoor Sporting Event

Spring means that baseball season is upon us. Even though April games can be a little cold depending on where you are, it is a great way to get outside and enjoy a sporting event. I feel like, after a long winter, I’m always dying to go to a baseball game. It’s a great way to spend a whole day outside tailgating and then watching the game. 

I’m just using baseball as an example but there are many sports starting in the spring. Find something that you and your significant other enjoy watching and go for it. Just don’t forget about snacks and refreshments! 

7. Drive-in Movie Theater

I haven’t been to a drive-in movie theater since I was a kid but I remember it being so much fun! It gives you this old-time feeling and as the weather gets warmer, it’s pretty cool. Definitely, since you can go see that movie you’ve been dying to see and spend some time outside. You don’t have to sit in a cold movie theater! Make sure you grab some blankets, and again some snacks and refreshments, and enjoy a movie under the stars. 

8. Winery/Beer Garden

I love sitting outside and sipping on some wine or beer. Beer gardens are fun because a lot of times they have outdoor games such as cornhole. While on the other hand, wineries are big on live music. My boyfriend is more of a beer drinker so he likes to go to a brewery and try the IPAs. I love wine so I like to go to the wineries and he goes because it makes me happy. We also like the atmosphere of both places so it works out well. 

I’m not too picky when it comes to wine which is probably why I love going to wineries. It is nice to switch it up and it’s a relaxing way to spend an afternoon away from your house. It is usually pretty inexpensive too since you can buy a bottle of wine and usually bring your own food.

One of the wineries near where I live does events such as wine slushies so it is always fun to go do that with him and even go on a double date with some friends. 

9. Day Trips

This can be planned or spontaneous but hop in your car and go somewhere for the day! In my opinion, it is always fun if one of you plans the trip and the other person just gets to sit back and enjoy the surprise. My boyfriend did this one time for my birthday and he did not disappoint. 

On the other hand, some of my favorite dates are when we just decide to go to the city on a whim and wandered around all day. Granted, we haven’t done this since Covid but I’m excited for the day we can do it again. 

We’re fortunate enough to live close to a few of the major cities like New York, Philly, and Washington D.C. but there’s something a day trip away for anyone! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a city either. Anywhere you can go and explore will do the trick. 

10. Go to the Zoo

Going to the zoo is a great date especially in the spring. The weather is mild so you can spend hours walking around and looking at all the animals. It’s educational, gets you moving, and gets you outside so it’s a win all around.

You can impress your partner by looking up some fun facts before you get there. Or you know, there’s a lot of facts posted throughout the zoo to learn. It is also just interesting to watch the animals interact with each other and go about their days. It’s definitely different than just going out to eat. It is also a good Instagram opportunity since you can get some cool pictures throughout the day. 

11. Fruit Picking

picking strawberries is a great spring activity just like apple picking in the fall. Bring your special someone and make it a date.

Strawberries seem to be the fruit for picking in the spring. It’s funny since apple picking gets all the hype in the fall but not many people talk about strawberry picking. It’s surprising to me especially since there is so much to do with strawberries! Strawberry smoothies, strawberry cheesecakes, Strawberry shortcakes, just eating plain old strawberries, I could go on and on. 

So take your boo to the farm, wander the strawberry fields, take some pictures, pick up some strawberries and make your favorite strawberry foods. Spring dates are a great way to get some Instagram content and get outside!

12. Go to a Botanical Garden or Garden

If gardening is your thing, take your significant other to the plant nursery and pick out some vegetables to grow or flowers to pick. This can be a fun date because you get to spend time around beautiful flowers and you get to take them home and enjoy them for weeks to come. Even better, if you successfully grow something that you can add to a meal. 

If gardening isn’t your thing, check to see if there is a botanical garden or a garden open to the public located near you. Then you can spend the day walking around and checking out all the different kinds of plants. It’s also a great way to get Instagram-worthy photos. Are you tricking your partner into being your photographer for the day for a lot of these ideas? Maybe… 

13. Barbecue, fire pit, and lawn games

This one is easier to do if you aren’t living in an apartment but if you are able to, an easy and super inexpensive date idea for spring is to get out and play in your yard. Pull out some yard games like corn hole or even a football and lit up the grill. Bring out your inner child and just spend the afternoon outside in your backyard. 

Once the sun sets, you can have a nice fire going (safely of course) and roast some smores or enjoy drinks by the fire. Spring nights are still a little chilly so it is a perfect time before the weather warms up.

It doesn’t even have to be specifically a lawn game. If you live in an apartment, you could play a card game on your patio or go to a local park. 

14. Mini Golfing

Since the weather isn’t too hot quite yet, going mini-golfing is the perfect activity for a spring date. It’s a great way to have some friendly competition with your bae (do people use that word anymore? If not, I’m bringing it back). You get out of the house, get moving, and you can work on those golf skills.

15. Outdoor Sport – Tennis, Golf, Kayaking, Basketball, Run, biking

If you are an athletic couple, you could play a friendly game of your favorite sport. Or if you’re both too competitive for your own good, you could go for a bike ride or go kayaking. Although, maybe a race may still pursue while biking or running. 

The added benefit of this activity is that you’re getting your workout in as well! Endorphins make people happy after all… you know where I’m going with this, right?

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16. Go for a drive

I feel like some of the best conversations my boyfriend and I have ever had were while we were driving. Granted, we are usually heading somewhere but you can also just go for a drive. This can be tied into a day trip since you’re most likely jumping in the car but you can drive just to drive as well. 

Step it up by creating a fun playlist for the two of you to enjoy. Make sure to throw some oldies but goodies in your playlist. 

17. Yard Sale Shopping

Take advantage of all the spring cleaning that people are doing and check out the yard sales. See what hidden treasures you can find. From clothing to furniture, yard sales have it all. Maybe you can find your next DIY project during this date and that can be your next date activity! 

You can even make it into a fun scavenger hunt. Pick out items you want to find and check out Craiglist for where you want to go and see who can find the most items! If you’re looking for something specific, you can see who spots the best one first.

And that’s all I have for now! I love making these list-like posts for date nights since it gives you options. My hope is that something on this list jumps out! I also have a post on date nights at home if you don’t feel like leaving the comforts of your home.

Hopefully, you can find some inspiration for a spring date in the springtime from this list. Let me know in the comments below what date you’ve been on that is perfect for springtime. Spread the wealth if you have any other ideas! I would love to hear them.

Until Next Time,

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