Top 10 Best Sites
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|Hayley Matthews • 6/13/17|
One of my favorite episodes of “Parks and Recreation” is when the gang goes camping to brainstorm ideas for bringing in more revenue to the department. One of my favorite storylines of that episode is Andy and April’s, the latter of whom hates camping. As she puts it, “Camping sucks. It’s super boring, and you can see the stars, which I hate. They’re creepy.”
They had just started dating, and Andy wanted to impress her — so he set up a romantic tent for two. The only problem was he set it up in the wrong place miles away from where April was. Andy spends the rest of the episode slogging through the woods trying to get to her and eventually rebuilds the tent in the front lawn of a bed and breakfast everyone is forced to stay at after Tom and Ben’s electronics drain the van’s battery.
While Andy and April’s differing opinions of the outdoors worked out (they got married in season three), there are singles out there who can’t imagine being with someone who doesn’t share their passion for camping, hiking, swimming, biking, hunting, fishing, traveling, and the like. That’s where our 13 best free outdoor dating websites come in handy!
Founded in 2007 for outdoor enthusiasts by outdoor enthusiasts, Outdoor Dating will help you find an adventure and an ideal match (whether it’s an activity partner, date, or soulmate) in no time. It’s quick and easy to fill out a profile, search through members based on interests and other qualities and characteristics, and start getting to know the people who catch your eye. Not to mention you won’t need to reach for your wallet.
Outdoor Duo calls itself “a meeting place for active outdoor people,” and the way the team connects them is by offering comprehensive, yet simple, search features (such as an interactive map) and unique resources (such as an Invitations page for posting and locating events). While Outdoor Duo does have a premium membership fee $8.99 a month, it’s not necessary to sign up for that one. A free membership will give you everything you need to make connections.
My Wildlife Adventure strives to prevent singles from having to spend “another night alone,” and the site achieves that because it’s a community for adventure seeking as well as dating. As one user, Randal, put it, “I flew into Cody, Wyoming, to meet the girl who loved horses. Coming from England and having a beautiful and experienced rider waiting to take me on an adventure was the best thing I could have ever imagined! What a way to start a new relationship!” Another bonus is it’s totally free.
“Find your one true North” is Outdoor Personals’ goal, and, if you’re ready to do that, it only takes four steps. First, input your username. Then provide your first and last name. Next, the site needs your email and password. Finally, confirm your password, and you’re on your way. For even faster signup, sync up your Facebook profile, which will pull your info and photos within seconds. Either way, you won’t have to pay.
Outdoorsy Friends Date is part of the Friends Date Network, “the world’s largest free mobile niche dating sites network.” So you can rest assured that you’ll be getting a successful, affordable, and efficient experience. Outdoorsy Friends Date rotates the highlighted featured members on the homepage, so your profile has the potential to reach millions. Also, check out the Members Online button at the top-right corner to see who’s logged in at the same time as you. Then you can strike up a conversation in real time.
If you love nothing more than feeling the warm sun on your face, the soft grass under your feet, and the calming wind running through your hair, then Nature Lovers Dating could be the outdoor dating site for you. A free basic account allows you to create a profile (which you can edit at any time), add photos (which you can also always change), search for matches based on your criteria, receive suggestions, and send virtual flirts.
Outdoorsy UK singles, rejoice — Outdoor-Dating was made just for you! With more than 200,000 members who all love the outdoors, you shouldn’t have any trouble breaking the ice. To get started, all you have to do is register and provide details about yourself and what you look for in a match. Then you can get your browsing and communicating on! And, since you’ll be a new member, your profile will be highlighted on the homepage, making the process that much easier for you.
For those in England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales who can’t imagine a day without doing something active outside, we’d recommend Outdoor Lover. Launched around 2011, this free outdoor dating site has the target audience you’re looking for. The quick search feature on the right side of the homepage can deliver you potential partners in less than five seconds — just enter your preferred gender, age range, and location.
When you want to take your adventures to the next level with someone special, Living Extreme has your back. As the site says: “Loving the outdoors is a passion best shared by two.” Not only is Living Extreme a free, award-winning dating website for outdoorsy singles, it’s also one of the safest. Around-the-clock customer service is available via live chat, phone, and email, and every profile and activity is monitored by real humans.
“Living, loving, and sharing your outdoor dream” is WildHoney’s motto, but the site also promises that it has “no sting in the tail.” Quotes aside, WildHoney is a popular choice in this niche for many reasons, including its lack of fees, a romantic/social networking atmosphere, an array of features, and touching success stories. When you aren’t focused on dating, check out WildHoney’s forums for the latest in outdoor news, tales, and trends.
Created way before “cash me outside” was a thing, MeetMeOutside encourages people to “date actively,” and your journey can begin by registering for free via the homepage, iTunes, or Google Play. MeetMeOutside’s matching process consists of liking (the heart icon) or passing (the X icon) seven members who are presented to you every day. After you connect with someone, start chatting — it’s that simple. MeetMeOutside also offers fun date ideas if you’re ever in need.
With over 5 million members and growing, Love2Date The GreatOutdoors is among the largest outdoor dating sites on our list. In addition to its impressive size, Love2Date The Great Outdoors has a lot of other pros as well, including free accounts, profile verification, compatible match suggestions, icebreaker messages, 24/7 support, and protection by Online Dating Protector.
Big Game Dating focuses on the hunting and fishing aspect of the outdoors, so if you can shoot and bait a hook, you’re in the right place. Big Game Dating is also one of several sites that make up the Online Connections network, so signing up means your profile will appear on all of them. You won’t be charged for it! You also won’t be charged for uploading your info and pictures, viewing profiles, getting recommended profiles sent to you, flirting, and making edits whenever you want.
Andy and April didn’t share a love of the outdoors, and while it’s OK for some people, if it’s not OK for you, you’ve got options. Namely, the dating websites we’ve just reviewed. Enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer with another person makes it that much better, so decide which site is (or sites are) best for you and go find him or her!