Date Ideas: Nature-Outdoorsy Dates

Sometimes just getting outside can make a great date. But what to do while you’re out there? Try a few of these:

Boating, Canoeing, or Kayaking

Find a big lake, and get out on the water. Explore, and see if you can find a small island or obscure corner of the lake that takes a boat to get to it. You can try white-water rafting if you have a good guide. But whatever you do, don’t forget to wear life-jackets.


If you both have bikes, or one of you has a sibling that’s willing to lend their’s to you, go biking together. Explore an area new to both of you, or a place you know has a beautiful view.

Four Wheeling

Take an ATV up into a camping area or open public area, or just take it for a ride in the country.


Depending on your fitness level, and the fitness level of your date, go hiking up a mountain together. Don’t go anywhere dangerous, but find somewhere with just the right level of beauty, privacy, and safety to make for a fun adventure together.


If one or both of you knows the proper procedures, and has the equipment, go rock-climbing together. Find a local slot canyon or just a decent rock-face.


I personally recommend fly fishing, since it allows for more skill and strategy, but bait-on-a-hook fishing can be fun, too. And remember that as long as you let most or all of them go, you can catch as many as you want.

Outside Sports

Play soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, or any other outdoor sport you can think of.


This can be a little pricey, but it can make for a great all-day date. It’s kind of like skiing, and is usually done at a ski resort—unless you have your own equipment. Many people like it more than skiing.


If you or your date have a GPS phone, there are tons of resources on the Internet to find local geocaching “treasures.” Look up a few, write down the coordinates, and go treasure hunting.

Outdoor Concert

In spring and summer, most major towns have outdoor concerts, and many are free to the public. Look up any outdoor concerts in your area, and attend one. Don’t forget to bring a blanket to sit on!

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