Romantic Summer Night Activities for Couples

What to Do on a Summer Night

Why not stay up late into the night on your summer vacation? Even if you typically turn in early, shake up your schedule and stretch out the hours of fun times. When you're traveling, a local newspaper's website and your hotel concierge are both good sources for discovering activities that are scheduled to take place after dark.

If you spend your summer vacation in the countryside, find things to do at night that celebrate the natural world. Vacationing in or near a city? Cultural activities can certainly enliven the night. Either way, these are fun ways couples can enjoy a summer night away (and they'll work close to home, too!).

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    Take a ride on the ferris wheel and kiss your sweetie when you reach the top. Getty Images.

    Whether you enjoy going on rides, looking at livestock up close, try to win a prize on the midway, watching performers at the grandstand, sampling unusual foods, or indulging in fried comestibles-on-a-stick, going to a fair can be great fun on a summer night. For adults, the best time to show up is after dark, when families with young kids tend to clear out and the night air is cooler. Check out the State Fair Directory.

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    If you want to dance, you need to pay the piper... or the cover charge. Getty.
    Whether in the street or a nightclub, dancing together on a summer night is some of the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
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    Summer is festival season. Whether your passion is music, art, fine food and wine, culture, or a combination of those delights, you can build a vacation around going to a related festival.

    In advance of your trip, go to the official tourism Web site of the destination you hope to visit and look under "What to Do" or "Events" to find out what's taking place when you plan to come. Many festivals have evening hours so that you can make a night of it.

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    Go Swimming

    Adults-only tranquility pool at Acqualina resort in North Miami Beach, Florida. © Rosewood Hotels.
    There's nothing as refreshing as a dip in a cool country lake in the summer time, especially when there's no one else around but you two. Of course, even if you're in the country or at a resort, you can have fun at night in the water. Before you leave on vacation, check to see if your hotel has a pool and pack your suits if it looks as if you'll have an opportunity to swim. Some hotels reserve hours for adult swimmers, and a few better resorts have a pool that is adults-only.
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    There's nothing more interesting to observe than humans, especially when they think no one is looking. To get the most out of this summer night activity, plan to have dinner late. Then find a comfortable table at an outdoor café with an unobstructed view of a busy thoroughfare. Just for fun, imagine what the most interesting people you see do to entertain themselves on a summer night.
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    Kick off your shoes, grab each other's hand, and walk along the sand on a warm summer night. Talk about what you'll do tomorrow, next week, or when you're old. Or don't say a word; just listen to the sound of the water lapping at the shore and remind yourself how lucky you are to have found one another.
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    Attend a Museum After Hours

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    Rock Museum at Bethel Woods. Bethel Woods.
    Check to see if a nearby museum is open late one night a week; you may find in summer it's one of the most stimulating and least crowded places to be (and air-conditioned, too). Many facilities that open their doors to museum-goers during the day also screen curated films on summer nights.
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    Take in an Outdoor Concert

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    Independence Day concert in Washington, DC. Getty Images.

    Every summer, performers ranging from ballerinas to rock bands hit the road on a touring schedule. Many venues, such as Tanglewood in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, feature wide lawns and outdoor areas where couples can bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music under the stars of a summer night.

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    See a Movie

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    Night at sea, perfect for watching Movies Under the Stars. Royal Princess.

    Film studios know that summer is prime movie time, and you'll have a good selection of motion pictures to choose from. Inside a theater on a torrid summer night, you can beat the heat. If you're lucky enough to have a drive-in movie theater, you can relive the fun of an earlier era. Another summer night option: Many cities screen films in public places after dark and admission is free or minimal. Even better: Board a cruise that offers outdoor movies under the stars.

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    Go Star-Gazing

    Lovers have looked to the stars since time began, to make a wish and share a kiss. For the best star viewing, head for a place far from city lights on a cloudfree summer night. The fewer electric lights and signs around, the clearer your view of the cosmos will be. Download a guide to the night sky app to help identify the stars above.