The best things in life really are free (or at least, incredibly cheap)…
Now that the heavy heat of summer is on it’s way out it’s the perfect time to play. Dating should be about having fun AND getting to know each other. So I’ve got some romantic ideas which do just that. Plus it doesn’t need to cost either of you a fortune. Get back to basics, open channels for communication, learn about each other or reconnect and have some fun along the way.
A date at the Botanical Gardens
There’s a Botanical Garden in each major city and some in the smaller towns so why not use one for a romantic date location. Most are free to enter, you can stay for hours and it doesn’t need to cost a cent! If you think this sounds boring and not you’re thing you’ve obviously never strolled along hand in hand, played hide and seek, jumped around in the leaves together or stolen a kiss under the amazing falling foliage. It’s VERY romantic.
Plus the colours during autumn are spectacular and simply don’t get any better. It’s the perfect place to take some incredible couple pics or a selfie or two. Most have a cafe or coffee shop within the grounds or somewhere nearby so why not grab a quick bite to eat during the day. If budgets an issue pack a perfect picnic for two and find somewhere private for a cuddle.
A date with animals
Why should couples with kids have all the fun? There’s something special about going to a zoo or wildlife park with your partner. Even though there’s an entry fee, it’s great value for money and an awesome cause. Once you’re in the grounds checkout the exhibits at your leisure and spend the entire day.
There’s nothing wrong with a spot of rain either. The animals like a bit of relief from the summers heat. Take an umbrella or buy a cheap weatherproof poncho and away you go. You can spend hours watching the animals and getting lost together in some of the over grown or secluded lane-ways.
A dinner date watching the sunset
The sun rises and sets everyday but we seldom take time out of our busy schedules to appreciate it. So although the weather might not be great for an outdoor meal at dusk, that’s exactly what they invented snuggling for! Find somewhere secluded, park the car, take a meal, relax and witness natures beauty together. It doesn’t matter where you live you should be able to find an incredible view. Plus when it gets dark no-one will be able to see what you get up to in that car. Going parking is totally underrated and why should teens have all the fun? Be discrete and careful not to get caught!
A technology-free date
When was the last time you switched off the TV, computer or phone and played a game together? Better still, have you ever done it? Twisters a good one or how about poker with a bit of flair and fewer clothes? Ditch the technology and have a night in with a few games. They can be as tame or risque as you like. They are not only a lot of fun but it’s incredible how much people communicate without the added distraction of technology. Whether you are just getting to know each other or need to reconnect this one will work a treat!
Getting a second date can often be difficult to achieve, especially if the atmosphere isn’t that great to begin with. Avoid breaking the bank with these five fun date ideas which won’t have you maxing-out those credit cards after all.
Where: Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Road
Dress: Casual (Birkenstocks + boyfriend jeans will suffice for a day in the sun).
Drop by Glebe markets early on a Saturday morning to sample some gourmet foods, shop-up a storm from vintage as well as up-and-coming designers, and relax on the lawn and listen to some live music.
Where: Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Pyrmont (The Star), Bondi, Parramatta
Dress: Anything you want! Dress up your outfit with some cute ankle boots
With now 5 locations across Sydney, there’s no better time to grab a cup (or cone) of delicious dessert than at Gelato Messina. Keep your eyes peeled for the specials board, which features yummy concoctions around for a limited time only!
Where: 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
Dress: Leather skirt, cute clutch and a smart blazer with fun accessories
The Winery is the perfect meeting place for that first date – food and drinks are modestly priced and it’s just a stones throw away from the CBD. Be sure to try the giggly rose if you want something arty to post on Instagram (next to your hot date of course).
Where: Blackwattle Bay Park, Cockatoo Island, McKell Park, Mrs Macquaries Chair
Dress: Jeans, shorts, handbag, and make sure to wear flats
What better way to enjoy the Sydney spring weather than to have a picnic outside! Pack your snacks (and wine), bring along the trusty picnic blanket and get to know your date in a relaxing setting.
Where: Barrangaroo, Walsh Bay
Dress: Wear comfortable walking shoes!
Food trucks have become one of the biggest trends of the year, with hundreds of people lining up for a taste of street food. Catch the next Urban Pasta food truck between 12-2pm for delicious cup of pasta.
Image via Beyond Burke Street
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.
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.
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…
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?