It feels as though summer always flies by as “back-to-school” signs start making their annual appearance at Target…in July.
But alas, we must hang on to the joys of the season by enjoying as many summery dates while the weather still allows. It’s time to recruit a babysitter, slap on some sunscreen, and enjoy these summery activities as a couple to maximize the rest of your summer together!
Go to a Drive-In Movie
Going to the movies is always a fun and carefree date idea, but it may feel counterproductive to spend a sunny day inside a theater. Get the best of both the outdoors and a thrilling theater experience with a visit to Sundance Kid Drive-In in Oregon. And don’t be deceived by the name; while kids will certainly be there, this drive-in is for the kids at heart as well!
Photo courtesy of Sundance Kid Drive-In
This nostalgic ‘50s-style drive-in plays two movies back-to-back on two giant screens in their space across from Pearson Park. Adult tickets cost just $9 — for two movies! Throughout the summer, Sundance Kid Drive-In is open daily. Check out their show times to plan out your fun date night!
Sip on Regional Wines at a Winery
While wine tastes good all year long, it tends to be a little more refreshing during the summer. Sip, sample and savor regional wines with your wine-tasting partner at one of the following wineries close by.
Head to Majestic Oak Winery in Grand Rapids for a peaceful and relaxing getaway. Sample their exceptional wines on the outdoor picnic tables while you watch the sun set over the vineyard.
Travel south to Helena’s Chateau Tebeau Vineyard & Winery to escape it all at this 36-acre plot of land filled with lush wine grapes!
After several years in the wine-making business, Knotty Vines Farm & Winery has perfected the art, producing magnificent wines — including an experimental blueberry wine!
Cheer on the Mud Hens
A quintessential summertime date idea is a trip to the ballpark. It’s simple — check out the Mud Hens schedule, grab two tickets to a game, and head to the park hand-in-hand with your date! The rest is up to you, as you peruse their tempting selection of enormous beers, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy.
You better act quickly, as their last two home games are happening on Labor Day weekend!
Photo courtesy of Toledo Mud Hens
Enjoy the Outdoors at Maumee Bay State Park
One of the best summertime activities for active couples in the Toledo area is a trip to Maumee Bay State Park to enjoy all of the exciting activities therein. Pack your fishing gear for a relaxing fishing trip, your clubs for a round of golf, a homemade picnic setup for a romantic meal in a natural setting, your hiking shoes for an outdoor adventure, or your boat for a leisurely ride through the waters of Lake Erie. Whatever you bring, you’re bound to have a blast with your adventure buddy!
Visit a Local Craft Brewery
If you find yourself picking up a six-pack of macro beer for get-togethers or reverting to the cheaper brew options at restaurants, it’s time to branch out! Visit one of our favorite craft breweries in the area to taste the creative batches of craft beer made right here in our neighborhood.
Photos Courtesy of Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
While any of our eight favorite breweries would make an excellent date night destination, might we point you in the direction of Maumee Bay Brewing Company? This incredible brewery operates out of the historic Oliver House, creating exciting surprises in their brew house just across the street. Get outside by enjoying a meal at The Café, featuring a secluded courtyard patio, where you can enjoy a fresh salad, soup or sandwich in this intimate and relaxing atmosphere.
Take a Hike
Get moving and enjoy nature simultaneously with a hike through one of Toledo’s amazing metroparks. Their lineup of trails is impressive, ranging in difficulty, terrain and location throughout the region. But one thing remains the same — each trail’s ability to spark meaningful conversation, refresh your relationship, and help you experience summertime in the city to the fullest.
Photo courtesy of Metroparks Toledo
Take a look at some of our favorite hikes in the area! We especially love Towpath Trail starting at Providence Metropark in Grand Rapids, which provides exceptional views along the Maumee River through a tunnel of trees.
Take in the Natural Beauty of Toledo Botanical Garden
Another less strenuous way to take in the natural beauty of this area during the summer is with a visit to Toledo Botanical Garden. This free public garden is open year-round during daylight hours. Admire the varying plant species and varieties on over 60 acres filled with display gardens and relevant plant collections. It doesn’t matter if you’ve visited the gardens before, as the displays are constantly changing and growing!
Photo courtesy of Toledo Botanical Garden
Take in the Sights (and Sounds!) at the Zoo
You most likely know you can walk through the Toledo Zoo with your loved one to experience the many exciting sights and animal activity that the zoo has to offer. But you may not be aware of the events — particularly concerts — happening at the zoo’s outdoor amphitheater throughout the summer. Explore the zoo as a couple during the day and grab two seats at a concert coming up in the near future. Attending an outdoor concert is one of the best ways to take in warm summer nights with friends and family — and in this case, your favorite concert partner!
Looking for year-round date ideas in the Toledo area?
There’s always something for you and your sweetheart to do in the area — no matter the weather.