11 Fun Summer Date Ideas For The Couple Who's Broke

by Alexa Mellardo

With summer just around the corner, most of us can't wait to soak up those beautiful rays of sunshine, dive into the deep blue, and plan weekend trips with bae and our girlfriends.

Our wallets, though, aren't entirely thrilled about the idea of dishing out cash to satisfy those glorious summer feels.

When you and bae are simply broke AF, the struggle can be all too real.

But, date night doesn't have to cost a fortune, and odds are, you'll have a great time with your main squeeze no matter what you're doing. Embrace those summer vibes and let the sparks fly, without breaking the bank.

Lydia Cazorla

Here are 11 fun summer date ideas for every couple who's broke.

1. Plan a backyard campfire and movie night.

Brad and Jen Butcher

Set up a picnic blanket or comfy outdoor chairs, and watch the sun set together before you turn on your movie. Don't forget the popcorn and s'mores, too!

2. Savor a romantic potluck picnic in the field.

Jayme Burrowsc

Lay out at your go-to favorite spot together, or choose a beautiful park or garden neither of you have been to before.

Bae can surprise you with a delightful main course, and you can whip up something delicious for dessert. Chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, anyone?

3. Have an at-home dinner date.


Whether you're whipping up a couple of yummy pizzas, or putting together some sushi rolls, the best part is that you're working together to create something awesome (and delicious).

4. Hit up a free local music or art festival.


Soak up the exquisite art, dance to the live music, and let the good times roll.

5. Go on a hike.

Kristen Curette Hines

If you have dogs at home, feel free to bring the fur babies along with you. Don't forget to pack some snacks and, of course, several pouches of wine to toast when you reach the top.

6. Grab a six-pack and watch the sun set at the beach.

Studio Firma

This one never gets old, and it's just as romantic every damn time.

7. Go surfing or paddle boarding.

Studio Firma

If either you or your honey have a surfboard or paddle board, go to your favorite beach, chill out, and shred up the waves for the day.

8. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or animal shelter.

Jovo Jovanovic

You'll feel amazing experiencing this together. And, who knows, maybe you'll end up adopting a sweet puppy in need of a forever home.

9. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge, and treat yo'selves to pizza on the other side.

If you're based in New York City, of course, this is a perfect option. And if you call the West Coast home, bike ride or walk over the Golden Gate Bridge.

10. Plan a scavenger hunt around your city or town.

Lauren Naefe

Explore spots you've never been before in your city, and have fun getting lost together.

11. Go to a local carnival.

Jovana Rikalo

Revert back to your childhood, indulge in some cotton candy, and hit up the ferris wheel. Real talk: We all low-key still love the carnival.