Don’t let this beautiful month pass you by without doing something sweet with your significant other. After all, for most parts of the country this is the perfect time to enjoy weather outdoors. Plan a fun, romantic and eco-friendly outdoor date night with these tips.

Dancing to their own music
Image courtesy of Lorenia.

Go for a moonlit stroll

Okay, it sounds a little cheesy. But May is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the night sky peppered with countless stars. Walk hand-in-hand with your honey around the block for some bonding time, and when the sun goes down and the weather starts to get a bit brisk, canoodle in a little closer…for the sake of keeping one another warm, of course.

Take in a drive in

Is there a still a drive-in move theater in your town? If so, take a trip down memory lane by taking in a movie. If permitted, bring your own snacks and beverages to cut down on waste and materials from the concession stand. Make it a double (or triple!) date and carpool with some other couples. Alternately, you can have a cozy outdoor movie night from the comfort of your own backyard by moving the TV outside and setting up lots of soft, comfy cushions and blankets.

Plan a picnic

Pack up some nutritious, organic small bites like fruit, veggies, olives, nuts and cheese, grab a chilled bottle of wine (save the cork to reuse!) from an eco-conscious winery and head to your local park. Or simply spread out a blanket in your backyard, put on your favorite romantic playlist and have dinner for deux at dusk.

Get active…and flirty

Tackle some outdoor games for two to ignite your date night! Toss a football or Frisbee, or create your own mini putt-putt course in your backyard or at a nearby park using reuseable plastic cups as “holes.” You can even set up a glow bowling “alley” by putting various colored glow sticks into empty plastic water bottles (scour your recycle bin for some), arranging them in a triangle and using a soccer ball or basketball to knock them down. If you’re feeling nostalgic, pull an old Twister mat onto the lawn and go town!

Stars in the water
Image courtesy of Nacho Rascón.

Take a late night dip

With a little forethought, you can warm up your pool with the use of solar mats and be ready for a romantic after dark swim with your date. Pop some colored floating LED lights in the water for some fun ambiance.

Taste-test some brews

Gear up for summer by selecting a new seasonal brew during your own beer tasting! Head to your local market to choose some brews — look for ones that are locally brewed, gluten free or organic. Then curl up on the patio furniture, watch the sun go down and sip some suds. Discuss the differences among them and rate your favorite.

Don’t let this month slip away without trying one (or all!) of these romantic outdoor date nights. And check out these family-friendly ways to enjoy the outdoors this May!

Feature image courtesy of Ryan G. Smith Photography

By Molly Smith

Molly Cerreta Smith has been writing as a passion for as long as she could hold a pen and professionally for more than 15 years. Molly has hundreds of local and nationally published articles under her belt on topics including health and fitness, pregnancy and motherhood, food and dining, businesspeople, pets, travel, green living and love. When she’s not putting pen to paper, she loves reading, baking, sweating it out on a hiking trail or in a Zumba class, and engaging in “game nights” with her husband and their two kids.