10 Fun Outdoor Dates You Haven't Tried (But You Should!)

You’ve Tried: Going To the Pool
Now Try: Slip ‘n Slide

Speaking of ‘retro’ dates… there’s lots of fun to be had during a day at the pool, but why not shake things up by breaking out your old Slip ‘n Slide? You’ll get some exercise, you’ll get some sun, and you’ll definitely get wet and avoid being overheated. And, with a little searching through your shed or garage, you may be able to turn it into an all-out water fight. “Last week my boyfriend and I decided to look through his house for all his old water guns and his Slip ‘n Slide,” says Danielle, a student at the University of California-Los Angeles. “We found a bunch of water guns and invited over some friends to have a huge water fight in the backyard. We split into guys vs. girls teams and the goal was to stay as dry as possible (which obviously was impossible to do). It was a blast and I felt like a little kid again!”

You’ve Tried: Going Downtown
Now Try: Going to Your State Fair

If you’ve explored every boutique and ‘mom and pop’ restaurant in the small town you live in OR if you’ve gone to every bar and tourist attraction in the city you live in, it might be time to leave town! Most states hold their state fairs in the summertime, and usually they’re more than worth their entry fees: yummy food, amusement rides, art showings, and talent shows are only a few of the draws. Be sure to bring some money though, as ride tickets and funnel cakes can start to add up. But it will all be worth it when you can say you shared a kiss at the top of a Ferris wheel!

You’ve Tried: Hiking in Nature
Now Try: Creating Nature

Going for a hike offers two perks for the price of one: it’s in a picturesque setting and it’s a great workout. Definitely hike with your guy if you haven’t already! But if you have and are starting to get a little tired of the beaten path (literally), why not take the natural inspiration and turn it into a summer-long date idea by creating a small garden? Becca from Clemson University fully endorses this green-thumb date idea: “My boyfriend and I made a budget and then each picked out a vegetable that we love to eat. We went to a local nursery, got all the tools needed to grow our vegetables and then planted the seeds. Over the course of the summer, we had a daily thing to do together when we’d water or weed our plants. It was an unusual idea but so great when the summer was over and we got to enjoy the fruits (or in this case vegetables) of our labor!” Having something that you and your guy are mutually responsible for and work on together will be really rewarding when the bulbs start to bloom. Plus, it will give you a glimpse of how well you two work together (which is especially helpful if you’re trying to gauge how serious the relationship is and/or where it will go in the future).

You’ve Tried: Laying Out Under the Stars
Now Try: Becoming an Amateur Stargazer

It’s awesome to lie out together and watch the stars come out at night (and if you’re lucky, to catch a shooting star–perhaps to make a wish for lasting love!). But if you and your guy are getting bored of ‘just looking,’ it’s easy for you to educate yourselves about what you’re actually looking at. It’s a simple concept, but learning something together will create a shared experience that you can bond over. If you’re ever going through a rocky relationship patch, the two of you can break out your star charts again and get back in touch with happier times. Check out these apps (made especially for amateur stargazers) if you need a starting point:

With a little practice, you’ll be quizzing each other on constellations in no time!

You’ve Tried: Watching a Sunset
Now Try: Watching a Sunrise

Getting up at the crack of dawn may sound like a chore, but it can have benefits! If going out in the heat sounds like torture to you, try getting up early and catching a scenic sunrise – it’s always nice to start the day with romance! It may take some prodding to get your guy to agree, but once you’re out there, you’ll both be glad for it. Emily, a junior from the University of Missouri, didn’t regret being an early-riser for a day: “My boyfriend and I both like to sleep in, but one day we challenged ourselves to wake up early and watch a sunrise. Honestly, it was way more beautiful than any sunset I’ve ever seen. Plus it was nice and cool out so I didn’t have to worry about feeling like a sweaty mess. Afterwards we went and got breakfast. It was the perfect way to start my day.”

What are you waiting for, collegiettes? If you’re feeling out-of-the-box, give these dates a try and let us know how they go! Have another alternative date idea? Tell us about it in the comments!