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When was the last time you and your partner made a point to have some good plain fun? The Gottmans recommend it. In fact, as reported by Psychology Today, Gottman Institute research consistently shows that “couples that report higher relationship satisfaction also report making more time to have fun together.”

Summer is a great time to infuse your relationship with fun activities! There are possibilities galore! And with virtually unlimited access to the outdoors and longer days, many of these romantic adventures don’t cost a dime, either! 


Think of what you and your partner enjoyed doing when you were younger. Revisit a favorite locale. Maybe recreate some of your first dates! Or try something you’ve both wanted to do for a long time but just haven’t gotten around to.


Not sure where to start? Here are 20 ideas to kick off your fun-filled summer romance adventures:

  1. Go to the beach and fly a kite.
  2. Go to a carnival, and ride the Ferris wheel (or another favorite ride).
  3. Take a picnic to your favorite winery.
  4. Play cornhole or badminton.
  5. Set up a projector and screen (or sheet!) outside, and watch a romantic movie with blankets and wine and cheese or popcorn.
  6. Go on a favorite hike, or try a new one.
  7. Go on a bike ride.
  8. Join a softball league together.
  9. Rent jet skis for a day.
  10. Go kayaking.
  11. Go for a long drive in the countryside, and listen to your favorite music. 
  12. Read a book out loud together.
  13. Lay on a blanket and stargaze (especially in August when there are meteor showers).
  14. Get a slip ‘n slide and water balloons, so you’re ready for a really hot day of fun when the mercury starts rising.
  15. Go camping (or glamping).
  16. Rent a house without internet in the middle of nowhere, and unplug for a weekend of device-free, distraction-free rest and romance. 
  17. Go to a concert in a park.
  18. Go to Saturday markets. 
  19. Float a river on inner tubes. 
  20. Have drinks and appetizers at a rooftop bar. 


Whatever you choose — and we hope you choose a few — have fun! Laugh, giggle, and flirt with your beloved! May your summer be kissed by the romance of warm summer fun!