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Summer Date Ideas

Enjoying A Picnic
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I know the season is almost over, but some of you might be wondering what’s left to cross off the list as we get down to the wire. You’ve already spent the day at the beach and gone to a ball game. Maybe money is a little tight, so you’re looking for a fun idea that won’t break the bank. We asked our listeners for a few of their ideas and have compiled a list of the “simple” dates that are underrated. I personally love mini-golf because it’s slightly competitive, but still light-hearted. I can still be flirty and cute while I fail miserably to hit the ball. Count me in!

1. Grab an ice cream cone and walk along the beach. This might sound totally obvious, but it’s a simple pleasure that we often deny ourselves because it’s so ordinary. It’s a chance to talk with your significant other, and enjoy your favorite frozen treat. Try it!

2. Have a picnic. This “old fashioned” meal is actually very thoughtful and worth a shot. Pack his or her favorite dish to-go, and lay out a blanket to enjoy the fresh air. (Not a bad idea to bring sunscreen and bug spray)

3. Take a bike ride. Find a path near you and expect at least an hour of riding time (round trip, of course). When you get to where you’re going, hydrate and talk. This isn’t something I’ve tried yet, but I know couples who take bike rides every week if the weather is nice. It’s something you can do at any age, and at any stage of the relationship. The exercise makes them feel good too. Guys, take some advice from Elle Woods: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” – Legally Blonde

4. Batting Cages / Go-cart racing / Bumper boats. Right up there with mini-golf, these ideas are silly and fun. A little friendly competition in a relationship is healthy. In my case, batting cages would actually be more like a lesson. I don’t do sports, but I’d be willing to learn in the spirit of a date. I’m not sure how much these cost, but I know of a place on State Road in Dartmouth that has all 3…and mini-golf! =D

5. Aquarium / Science Museum / Freedom Trail / Duck Tours / etc. We are lucky enough to live in an area with amazing historical landmarks and tourist attractions. With these great activities in our backyard, we can have some fun without having to travel far. The best part is that we can even get discounts to these places through our libraries! Did you know that you could reserve 2 tickets to the New England Aquarium in Boston for the price of one? You do now!

6. Drive-In Movie. I really hope everyone knows what I’m talking about right now, because the drive-in movie is one of the things I looked forward to most in summer. Where else can you go to watch a double feature with someone special for $20? Nowhere! And half the fun is getting cozy and setting up the radio for the audio. I realize some people might prefer to stay in and watch a movie, but it’s an experience like no other, and I recommend doing it at least once a summer. So get out of the house and pack up the car. Make it a double date if you’d like; they charge by car, so there’s no extra cost!

7. Dinner Date. Do not underestimate the genius that is “dinner for two.” Use the time to talk to each other and LISTEN. It doesn’t matter how much you spend or where you go. As long as you communicate and are able to laugh, it’s a success. Be affectionate. I’m not talking about full PDA in the middle of your entrée, but holding hands and quick kisses to show you care are more than acceptable.

If you have any other ideas you’d like to share, let us know! Call (508) 996 – 0500 between 6 and 10 am.

And stay tuned for the fall ideas too! (Hopefully early September)

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