It’s hot, the days are long, and you’re stuck for date ideas with your honey. There’s no better time to plan something fun and creative, whether it’s your second date or you’ve been together for, well, ever. Get inspired with these cute date ideas that make the most of summer.

Summer festivals
It’s raining festivals and fun across the country right now, from the Sydney Festival to Melbourne’s Friday night markets at Abbotsford Convent. Hit up your local Time Out website and check out their event listings. Or take a road trip to check out a nearby festival.

Dinner alfresco
Move your dinner outside in the summer. Many parks have free or cheap barbecues. The meal doesn’t have to be fancy – pack some drinks and cook up some steaks or seafood, sit and watch the stars – it’s even better than camping (all the romance, but no public showers to deal with). A picnic in the park – or on your balcony, is just as fun. Just don’t forget the citronella…

Cool off
Temperatures are soaring, so cool off with your honey. Hit up your favourite ice cream or frozen yogurt shop – it’s a great way to start or end the evening. See if there’s an aquatic park near you and splash around like kids. Sometimes finding refuge in air conditioning is the best answer – you can never go wrong with a bowling alley, cinema or crank up the AC at home and have a movie marathon.

A little culture
From outdoor movies to Shakespeare in the park, summer is the season to enjoy the arts without the stuffiness. Stop bemoaning the lack of live music and check out the bands at your local pub. Or do a gallery hop and unearth some undiscovered artists.

Sand and surf
Whether you sunbake, surf or stroll at sunset, there’s no better place to be in summer with your partner in crime than at the beach. If you don’t have a beach near you, enjoy the water at home with some daiquiris by the pool. No pool? No problem! We picked up a kid’s blow-up pool and it’s the best $30 we ever spent!

What are your favourite summer date ideas?