What makes first dates appear to be an endless loop of drinks and dinner at restaurants we’ve visited numerous times before?
It’s not that we’re against it We enjoy (responsible) drinking as much as college students. However, there’s something unappealing about doing the same song and dancing to each new potential date..
And who wants to awake hungover after having a drink with someone who you didn’t get the right note with, especially in the absence of a interesting story to share? Thank you, but no thank you.
It should be fun to date! And it shouldn’t make you feel pressured to make bad choices, like going out every night for a week. Or even worse, make you feel bored.
These 29 possible first date ideas will take you out of your comfortable zone and having a blast and, at least, will have you and your possible new boo sharing the experience. They can be used to plan any type of date including first ones! They’re that good.
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It’s like a potluck, but with a lot more. One person is accountable for drinks, and another person will bring food. It is possible to choose a beautiful spot like one of the rivers or parks.
While this excursion is perfect for the warmer months it can be enjoyable to bring hot chocolate in the form of a thermos, and then stroll around the snow. Talk about grilled cheese and “The Walking Dead”!
2. Take a cooking class
It’s always a good alternative to dining out, but it can feel uncomfortable going to an unfamiliar home when you first meet. Instead, get your hands dirty at a local cooking class.
They can be a bit costly, but deal sites such as Groupon often offer amazing discounted options. Be on the lookout! Your new queso-making abilities might prove handy. !Que romantico!
3. Enjoy an ice cream social
We mean to meet up in an ice cream shop or a self-serve ice cream shop for an the ice cream social. (That’s being social, right?)
It’s amazing how much you can find out about someone by just taking a look at their top choices.
Rainbow sprinkle love? They’re probably just as lively in personality. Are you a monster of cookies? You’ve discovered someone you can make fun of. Fresh fruits and coconut shreds. Hey, health nut It’s great to meet you.
4. Do DIY wine tasting
Sure, a wine tasting experience in a wine shop dining establishment is great fun. But can you really remember the info that sommeliers impart to you? Are you willing to pay $40 for the wine bottle you haven’t enjoyed? Nah.
Instead, each individual should bring two bottles of their top wines. Meet in a public space and read the labels on each wine bottle before you taste each one.
Be sure to establish the price or else things can get messy. Are you not a wine drinker? You could also try pairing it with beer or champagne.
5. Enjoy a three-course meal… at various places
It can be difficult to sit down for a meal that lasts for hours especially having your first date. It’s possible to visit three restaurants to try a variety of food options and enjoy an experience that is more enjoyable.
Do you know a great tapas bar? Take a bite. Are you excited by the newest Ramen location? Take one of them as your main course. Do you want to try a Cronut? Donuts are delicious and flaky dessert that will end your evening. You can even do a dessert bar crawl.
6. Attend a food festival or street fair
Who wouldn’t love to go to a pickle fest? Or hot sauce? Or oysters? The more original and daring the more interesting and unique.
You can walk through the streets, try new food and sips, and show your hidden passion (or hate) for crowds. It’s also a good place to get together with friends if you get lost.
7. Have breakfast for dinner
There’s something incredibly comforting with fluffy pancakes drenched in butter, and topped with sweet syrup and served with the addition of bacon.
So why not take the stress out of an evening out by grabbing all the top brunch ingredients instead? While they do not offer extravagant meals, brunches can be set to an informal, casual tone.
8. Head to a theme park
Theme parks aren’t only for teenage birthday parties. They can be very amusing and the large drops on rollercoasters are the perfect opportunity to receive some help. An excellent excuse to indulge in funnel cakes is the theme park. Who doesn’t like that?
9. Take in a concert outdoors or watch a movie
As the summer months approach, calendars explode with opportunities to take your favorite activities outside. Concerts, outdoor movies theatre performances, outdoor concerts The possibilities are limitless.
They’re usually cost-free. Look for local news or magazines that aggregate events. For the best deals take a look at daily deal websites. You don’t know what you’ll find!
10. Coffee walks
A coffee shop can be a little drab However, picking up a coffee and strolling through the neighborhood could enhance the experience.
Tip: Pick a neighborhood that you’re not familiar with to make it more of an adventure. Sharing one baked good (or more) is also advisable.
11. Sneak into a pool
OK, trespassing may not be the most appropriate option on this list, but it’s certainly fun. It’s also possible to sneak into a pool. is fairly safe.
Pick an easy place to go (er do you explore? Make it appear like you’re a regular and then take a dip. It’s a great opportunity for adrenaline to be pumped and some fun while having a good time.
12. Go on a scavenger hunt
The days of scavenger hunts might seem like a distant memory However, they don’t need to be. Additionally, it’s easy to plan one on your own.
Make a list of the things you’ve always dying to try and don’t be afraid think up some new ideas. It doesn’t matter how difficult or simple it is. You’re always able to grab some drinks either by yourself or with your partner.
13. Go au naturel
We’re not talking about strolling around naked (though congratulations to you for doing that). Take your exercise outside.
You can take long bike rides or take a hike outdoors climbing experience (psst… indoor rock climbing walls can also be an alternative), take a walk or swing some golf balls, it will enhance your date and make it more memorable. It’s also a great way to get fit in the process!
14. Make up a fake tourist
There are a lot of things should be added to your tourist bucket list, no matter where you live or how long you have been in the area for. Utilize the dating scene as a chance to make a list of things to do and explore unexplored waters.
A visit to a historical site might not be the most sexiest experience you’ve ever had, but you’ll never know until you’ve had the chance to experience. There’s always the option of having drinks or a bite either before or after.
15. Enjoy the sunset
… or even the sunrise, if you’re feeling extremely and ambitious. A beautiful setting makes everything more pleasurable, and is the perfect time (and location) to pack your most-loved snacks as well as your favorite drink.
If you’re avoiding alcohol ( teatime, anyone?) The bright sky makes it simple to get know someone, whether you’re finishing your day with a glass of wine or opting out of booze.
16. Look at the minors
This is minor league sport. Going to the majors can be wonderful, however tickets are often pricey. A better alternative is smaller stadiums and an incredibly lower cost.
The athletes might not be as famous, but the beer and hot dogs taste just as amazing. The more funds won’t hurt either.
17. Zoo it
dating An approved Zoo or aquarium can be a wonderful spot to get lost in and meet new people. It’s also an excellent excuse for reliving one of your favorite childhood memories.
There’s always something to discuss thanks to the abundance of animals. If you’re looking to take things up a notch, bring road sodas (aka undercovercocktails on the go).
18. Embrace your inner Sk8r boi
Skating is a fun and enjoyable method to move on your first date, regardless of whether you’re going to an ice or skating rink. It’s also an excellent activity for getting a little closer to that special someone. Indoor rinks are an excellent alternative during colder seasons. Be prepared for temperatures and be prepared to bundle up.
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19. Learn to paint in a class
Picasso doesn’t have anything on you. Although Picasso had years of professional painting experience but that shouldn’t stop anyone from taking the painting class.
You can also purchase paint and other supplies to get started with this project. Bonus: The more you make the evening less enjoyable, the more enjoyable. And it’s not hard to find classes with BYOB or that serve wine.
20. Go bowling
Funny shoes bumper lanes, a few glasses of beer, bar snacks… it sounds like romance to us! There aren’t many better ways to make someone feel comfortable and connected than by mixing fun activities with conversations.
Bowling is a fantastic option, since it can be done regardless of of expertise. You can have fun by placing a wager on the game. (We like to reward the player who has the most rain balls.
21. Karaoke Sing it loud
Miley, Ariana, Justin… Sure they’re talented, but they’re nothing compared to you. No matter if you’re a musical theater star, a shower songstress, or someone who isn’t able to hold an ear, karaoke can be amazing.
In addition to singing along to your favourite tunes and chanting along, karaoke forces you to be fun and speedy. Try to avoid romantic ballads and too much beer.
22. Try a trivia game
Do a trivia group activity If you’re a bit concerned about attending an evening out with just you. It’s like karaoke. You can have fun even if you’re the most inexperienced participant in the group. Even if it’s a bad date, you’ll walk away with some new facts up your sleeve.
23. See live music
For amazing shows, you don’t need to spend a ton of money for tickets. Many bars host jazz nights that feature great local musicians.
If you’re unsure where they are, look up resources like Yelp, Time Out and the arts section of the local newspaper. When the weather is warm take a look at outdoor events where you can pack snacks.
24. A bar with games is a great option.
There are no more days drinking drinks, staring at silence, and trying to force conversation. There are now shuffleboards darts and pool. If you’re feeling extra sophisticated, there’s Chess. Let the friendly competition commence!
25. Go to a dance class
Yoga and Running are great choices for couples who want to get a workout in. It’s also enjoyable to learn swing dancing or other forms of exercise.
Tips Pick something that’s new to you both (that’s in the comfort zone of yours) and stick with beginner’s classes. You could choose to take tai chi or rock climbing if you prefer not to move.
26. Do not be afraid to speak truthfully
We know: This sounds very old-school. Engaging in a game will help you relax and keep the conversation flowing.
In addition, if everything is flowing smoothly, you could bet on them to kiss you at the end of the night. Ow , owww.
27. Visit a planetarium, or museum
If it is too cold for stargazing outside, you can turn to the old planetarium. It’s a fun excuse to see a spot that you’ve not been to in ages, and it can be quite romantic too!
It is also worthwhile to visit nearby museums. Exhibits change pretty frequently and, if art, dinosaurs, space or even history sparks your fascination, there’s an opportunity for pretty much anyone.
28. Contact a psychic
It might sound small amount of time amount, but it will make sure that you have plenty to talk about. Additionally, you can find pretty cheap places to keep the date super affordable.
Keep your distance from any deep-diving into the love life of someone you’re looking to meet — a first date can be too early. It could also be a major distraction depending on your luck. …)
29. Pick your own adventure
There are a lot of options with so little time. It’s a challenge to determine what your favorite person is. Print out some photos of your favourite ideas.
After that, decide on a place to meet, pour yourself a glass of wine and let your date decide the adventures. It’s a pretty sure fun time. Plus, you’ll get all the points for creativity.