Congratulations. You’ve finally made it to summer. How does it feel? Good? A little muggy? I’m sure you’ve been sitting around wondering what to do with yourself now that it’s hotter than a Rihanna/Drake/Chris Brown love triangle outside. Turns out, when our days are longest, HowAboutWe singles love to play. Play in the water, play under the stars, play at a concert and play with sparkly explosives. There’s a lot of playing going on.
Want to get in on the action? Some tips:
Go outside, for pete’s sake:
Whether it’s a restaurant, beer garden, film series or late-night lounge, singles love spending time outside in the summer. They especially like to do this on rooftops and patios. Compared to spring, rooftop and patio dates are suggested 33% more often.
Try something like: “How about we…head to a rooftop lounge, order some cold drinks and enjoy gorgeous views of the city.”
Pack a picnic: Popular in the springtime, picnics continue to be a hot date idea as temperatures climb. HowAboutWe singles love to upgrade the classic by choosing unique dishes, locations and activities with which to enjoy the alfresco dining experience.
Try something like: “How about we…enjoy champagne and a fresh fruit picnic at the beach.”
Fireworks! Spoiler Alert: Summer is the most popular time to enjoy these flashy delights – they’re mentioned 18x more often now than at any other time during the year. Troves of fireworks dates are posted on the 4th of July (surprise, surprise), as well as throughout June, July and August. Whether it’s enjoying them during Independence Day, a random weekend evening, or a summer BBQ, everyone enjoys the bright lights of summer.
Try something like: “How about we…get some hot dogs and enjoy Friday night fireworks by the beach.”
Move those (glistening) muscles:
Jump in the water: Because summer typically involves intolerable heat and a perpetual layer of sweat, popular summer dates involve playing in large bodies of water. Kayaking is 3x more popular and going for a swim is 4x more popular in the summer when compared to spring.
Try something like: “How about we… head to a nearby park and throw the Frisbee around, once we’re all sweaty we can jump in the pool, enjoy some cold drinks and discuss our favorite summer festivals.”
Plan a pickup game: Because when we sweat, we like to sweat a lot. Beach weather gets singles raring to partake in their favorite heart-pumping pastimes. Beach volleyball, pickup basketball and Ultimate Frisbee are summer’s most popular outdoor sports.
Drink in some culture:
Head to an outdoor film festival: Going to the movies takes a special spin during the summer months. HowAboutWe singles love to enjoy their favorite cinematic masterpieces on soft blankets and springy park lawns.
Try something like: “How about we…pack a gourmet picnic and watch a movie under the stars at one of the city’s great outdoor film screenings.”
Catch a live concert: Whether it’s enjoying a blowout festival, an intimate jazz performance, or a show at a local bar, singles love listening to live music when it’s balmy out. Live music is mentioned 18% more often during the summer months.
Munch on your favorite summer staples:
Gelato: Nothing says summer like creamy, cold and delicious eats. Gelato is the most popular summertime treat – it’s mentioned 62% more often in summer than it is during the winter.
Try something like: “How about we… pretend we’re in Italy and find the most delicious gelato in town.”
BBQ: Staples like pulled pork sandwiches, ribs and hush puppies see a spike in a popularity when our days are extended (BBQ is mentioned 3x more often now compared to spring).
Try something like: “How about we…get takeout from the best BBQ restaurant in the city and enjoy it in the park.”
Seafood: Dates involving seafood receive about 7 responses on average during the summer. Fish tacos are especially popular.
Try something like: “How about we… celebrate summer with fish tacos and an IPA.”