First "date"

Ok, I told a guy that I liked him and he is not as much of a social butterfly as I am, he told me he would feel too much pressure and responsibility if we were to be "boy friend and girlfriend". But then he said "I wouldn't mind going on a date this summer."  I don't know if he is asking me on a date or if I am. Is it really a date? Where should we go on the date? We have been friends for a LONG time. We just finished 8th grade (going into 9th in the fall)