Summer has a way of sparking our desire for romance, but before you spend $100 on an expensive meal and movie, try one of these affordable and date ideas instead.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic outing with your long-time partner or a fun first date idea, here are some ways you and your date can make the most out of the season without breaking the bank.

Spend an afternoon at the park
Let loose and release your inner child by heading to the park. Push each other down the slide or hop on the swings — whatever you do, this date’s great for catching up or just getting to know one another.

See a comedy show
Create a happy memory by laughing together. You can even find free outdoor shows in some cities during the summer.

Go to a concert in the park
It’s basically like a music festival, but more intimate! Check your local city’s website for more information on free outdoor shows.

Play at the dog park
If you don’t have a dog, borrow a friend’s and make your way to the local dog park. It’s a great way to get some exercise while looking at all the cute little pups.

Take an outdoor dance class
From swing to salsa, enjoy a romantic evening of dancing under the stars.

Head to the beach
Nothing says romance like lying side by side on the sand. You can even include a little friendly competition and see who can build a better sandcastle!

Walk down the boardwalk
What’s summer without taking a stroll on the boardwalk with an ice cream cone in hand? Top it off with a ride on the Ferris wheel and end the night winning stuffed animals for each other.

Have a picnic
Take your picnic to the next level by bringing top-notch snacks and drinks like prosciutto and rosé. Don’t forget to snap a pic of your beautiful spread!

Run together
Motivate each other to work out by turning it into a date — talk about a win-win!

Go swimming
If you’re not near a beach, you can still play in the water by going to a public pool. Practice your cannonballs, race one another, or even just dip your feet into the pool while indulging in a deep conversation.

xx, The FabFitFun Team