5 Summer Date Ideas in Little Rock

Ah, summer lovin’. Even as adults it still feels like the season of adventure, when anything is possible, but between the heat index and blockbuster fatigue, date night can start to look a little stale.

But never fear, love birds. We scoped out the fresh summertime fun to be had in Little Rock, so grab your S.O. and go have you a blast.


Food Truck Hopping 

Remember how excited you got as a kid when you heard the ice cream truck coming your way? We much prefer this power dynamic. Little Rock is full of food truck hot spots — Fridays at The Meteor, lunchtime at The Food Truck Stop, practically around the clock at The Rail Yard — so dig in. Divide and conquer the trucks, sharing dishes and trying a little bit of everything, comparing notes until you’re practically food truck aficionados. Now that’s a relationship milestone worth bragging about.

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Outdoor Movie Nights

There’s nothing quite like watching your favorite flicks under the stars. See some of the all-time greats with vino in hand at Crush Wine Bar’s Classics on the Patio every second Thursday through September. On the even bigger screen, Movies in the Park show every Wednesday through the end of July at the First Security Amphitheater at sundown. Pack a picnic, spread out your blanket and cozy up, just make sure to BYO-bug spray.

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Farmers Market Mornings

This one is a twofer. Not only do you get to peruse local produce and vendors in the fresh air, but afterward you get to spend time together in the kitchen crafting your next masterpiece menu. And the best part? Almost every neighborhood has its own farmers market (Psst! We mapped them all out here!), so whether you want to stay close to home or visit an area you don’t often see, you’re all set. 

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Fun in the Sun

Summertime is the best time to get out and explore the city together. Rent bikes in the River Market (bonus points if you go for the tandem), finally try out a Lime Scooter or get a whole new perspective and take it to the water with kayaks from Rock Town River Outfitters. Looking to really cool off? Try a day trip to float one of these Arkansas rivers. As the Queen once said, “a little sweat ain’t never hurt nobody.” 

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Get Giving

Ok, so maybe volunteering isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when drawing up your date night plans, but you’re looking for new ideas, right? From washing dogs for the Humane Society to stocking the nearest food pantry, volunteering is the perfect way to get you away from Netflix and working toward a greater good together. Plus, you might discover a new cause you’re both really passionate about. Win-win. (Not sure where to start? Try this.)

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