Ten best dates in Colorado this summer

Ten best dates in Colorado this summer
Stephen Cummings for Westword.

Romance is always in the air, but Colorado is especially enchanting in the summer, when you can have a lovely time outside -- or inside, escaping the heat. With so much to do during the warmer months, we've narrowed down the options to this list of ten of the best outdoor (and indoor) places to go with your beau or babe on a dream date -- with plenty of cheap or free options, too!

See also: Ten things you didn't know about Lakeside Amusement Park in Lakeside, Colorado

Ten best dates in Colorado this summer
Courtesy of Civiccenterconservancy.org.

10) See a Bike-In Movie at Civic Center Park What's better than catching a free film under the stars? Having a dream date there, of course, and the annual Civic Center Bike-In Movies series is an ideal way to enjoy an easy and accessible night under the stars, with films like Despicable Me and The Goonies at dusk -- and the original True Grit, which was filmed in this state, on Colorado Day, August 1. Civic Center is in the heart of the city, easy to bike to, and perfect for a BYO picnic -- or you can take advantage of the many food trucks parked there for a quick, inexpensive meal.

9) Pick out a special dinner together at the Boulder County Farmers' Market A farmers' market might not seem like a typical date spot, but it's a fun activity in its own right that lays the foundation for an even better date: a romantic dinner made with ingredients from local farmers. The Boulder County Farmers' Market is the best in the state, a fresh-food mecca offering picked-that-day fruit and vegetables along with locally raised lamb and beef, homemade cheeses, chocolates, prepared foods and more. Peruse this culinary wonderland every Wednesday night and Saturday morning and afternoon through November. Check the Boulder Farmers' Market website for more details, including info on a sibling market in Longmont.

Ten best dates in Colorado this summer

8) Catch Mixed Taste at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver A summer institution, Mixed Taste runs every Thursday evening from June through August. The series of "tag-team lectures on unrelated topics" is a great date destination (especially for first dates), as guest experts present information on unlikely pairs of topics like Buffalo Bill and Swiss Typography, or Motown and Human Mating. Stick around and get to know your potential mate -- you might be a weird pair that works well, too -- or verbally battle it out with a longtime love through audience discussions. Plus, this year the museum celebrates ten years of the gatherings with "Re-Mixed Taste," a reboot of the best lectures of the past decade, held at the former Super Ordinary Gallery space, at 3126 Larimer Street in the RiNo Arts District. 7) Take a Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Tour in downtown Denver Get to know the city's many amazing displays of public art through these expertly guided tours. With different walking, biking and scooter-oriented journeys, you and your date can learn about the pieces that dot the 16th Street Mall, the towering dancers in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and work you may not have noticed in and around Civic Center Park. And in the process of learning about the art, you'll learn about each other, too.

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