50 Outdoor Date Ideas to Keep the Adventure Going Strong

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I love my kids, I really do, but I also love my time away from them.  Time to just be me.  Time to think, be still, and have no one yelling my name or smearing my pants with dirty fingers.  Time for adventure.  Yes, we’re huge advocates of taking kids with you on adventures, but every now and then leave them behind!  What better way to do that than with your spouse!  Mine is my favorite adventure partner, and something about being outside together (and alone) does wonders for our relationship and our individual sanity.  So, if you’re like us and have a hard time thinking of a fun outside date on the spur of the moment, here are 50 ideas to get you started!


  1. Go for a hike
  2. Have a picnic
  3. Fly a kite
  4. Go stargazing (details here)
  5. Walk through a park holding hands
  6. Make marshmallow guns and have a fight
  7. Go on a photo scavenger hunt
  8. Have a fire
  9. Go for a bike ride
  10. Feed birds at the park
  11. Go for a full moon hike (details here)
  12. Go geocaching
  13. Watch the sunrise and have a picnic breakfast
  14. Slackline
  15. Have a nerf gun fight
  16. Play tag (or better yet, tackle football)
  17. Cloud-watch
  18. Visit a nature center
  19. Go to an outdoor concert
  20. Go bird watching
  21. Climb a mountain and dance, dance, dance on top
  22. Go on a scavenger hunt
  23. Go trail running together
  24. Camping
  25. Ride in a hot-air balloon
  26. Watch a movie outside and cuddle under a blanket
  27. Go ice blocking
  28. Soak in a hot spring
  29. Sit on the grass and talk
  30. Cook over a fire (smores, foil dinners, dutch oven, etc)


  1. Go tubing down a hill
  2. Go skiing
  3. Go snowshoeing
  4. Go sledding
  5. Go to an overlook and drink cocoa
  6. Have a snowball fight
  7. Build a snowcave
  8. Shovel your neighbors driveways together
  9. Build snowmen that look like each other
  10. Ice skating


  1. Pick berries
  2. Go to the beach
  3. Have a rock skipping competition
  4. Go kayaking/canoeing/rafting
  5. Find a new swimming hole
  6. Plant flowers for a neighbor together
  7. Have a water balloon fight
  8. Go rock climbing
  9. Build mini boats out of anything you can find and race them down a creek
  10. Go fishing


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