11 (Mostly Cheap) Summer Date Ideas That'll Help Turn Up the Heat

It isn't all that surprising that summer is the season that's so often associated with romance. Sure, winter has the coziness factor, and fall and spring share the common excitement of change, but summer is different. In these few middle months, when the days grow longer and feel lighter, it almost seems like relationships get the chance to reignite their spark. And since plans are inevitable for this time of year, it's also the perfect occasion to think of something special to do with your plus-one.

But wait! Don't assume that you have to pull off anything big. As great as a classic summer vacation would be—like, say, to Europe or across the country—a simple date or two will do just fine to create a warm memory. Here are 11 date ideas to consider whether your love is new or familiar.