Carnivals are one of those timeless traditions that feel just as exciting on screen as they do in real life.
Play some games, eat too much cotton candy, and take a trip on both the ferris wheel Zoos and aquariums are fun options for dates when you want a creative setting—enjoy some light banter under the calming blue lights of an aquarium or trade stories as you take in all of the sights and sounds of the wildlife.
After dinner, head to a local show to see some live music—but do your research, since a random band that can't play their instruments can be a serious mood-killer.
Here's an opportunity to find out more about his musical tastes and to see how you both gel in a performance setting. Attend an opening you've both wanted to check out or explore the galleries of a museum with enough options to keep you entertained for more than one hour.
If you want a less stuffy environment than a dinner setting, where there's mimosas a'plenty and no pressure to stick around for the rest of the day, try going for a day date for brunch on the weekend.
For fellow angsty people, you can at least get the date out of the way and then go about your day instead of sweating it until evening.
Settle on a film or a couple episodes of a television series (if you're scrambling for options, a comedy will lighten the mood) and order in some pizza.
This one's not for those who get easily embarrassed, but if you let your adventurous side come out, it's guaranteed to be a fun time.
Whether you're in a city or the countryside, renting bikes is a great way to explore where you live and get exercise at the same time.
Take a ferry or water taxi to an unexplored part of your city if you want to make it a longer day trip.
Summer is ripe for yard sales and outdoor flea markets.