Photo of an ice cream cone in Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday April 17, 2018. (Photo by Curtis Lin/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

The end of spring semester brings about one of the most anticipated times of the school year, summer break. Take advantage of the free time you’re going to have with your significant other or, if you’re single and ready to mingle, woo someone new with a fun and creative date. Utah is full of summer activities and interesting events, so spend time out of your comfort zone while getting to know your partner or someone new a little better.

Summer is hiking season and Utah is home to many easy or moderate beautiful hikes. Take your date to the Donut Falls Trail for an easy hike to explore a small waterfall or settle in for a scenic picnic. For a moderate trail with beautiful wildflowers and a gorgeous view, hike the Living Room Trail in Red Butte Canyon. This trail is dog-friendly, so you and your date can bring furry friends to ease first date jitters. For a stunning view of Salt Lake City, hike the Ensign Peak Trail to the overlook. Tip: go toward sunset for a gorgeous view. This trail is perfect for a first date or first hiking excursion between partners, because it’s easy and yields spectacular results for the effort. Hiking is a great way to spend time in nature and with a special someone, but remember to bring water, no matter the rank. Go earlier or later in the day to avoid the hottest point of the day. A date is all fun and games until someone gets heat stroke.

Beat the heat with everybody’s favorite summer treat: ice cream. Baskin Robbins, Menchie’s and Dolce Gelato are a few of the many places to get ice cream and other delicious frozen treats. Take a stroll downtown or claim a table to chat before going to a movie or museum, because ice cream is always a great way to kill time before other plans.

Plan a date around one of the many summer festivals organized by groups and organizations all across Utah for any and all interests. Salt Lake City hosts the Utah Arts Festival in June every year, this year’s dates are June 21-24. Take your crafty date to the Craft Lake City DIY Festival in August, explore the Vintage Market Days in early May or attend one of the myriad of music and cultural festivals held throughout the summer. Learn something new or find a festival you both enjoy to discover each others’ interests.

Pique each others’ interest with a date to a bookstore or the library. Dates don’t have to be grand adventures, they can be getting to know someone better through their favorite things. Wander through Barnes and Noble or The King’s English and talk about books you like, books you hate, favorite genres and characters.

No matter what you do, have fun with your special someone this summer.

j.eggleston@dailyutahchronicle.com

@ladyofth3lak3

Jaycen Eggleston
Jaycen Eggleston is an English major who makes a mean macchiato and is interning at the Arts Desk.

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