The first date is often the toughest one to plan out, as it can set the tone for the rest of the relationship. Some people like to keep things simple like going for a coffee or a drink. However something so simple isn’t always satisfying for the creative people out there who want to offer something more.
On top of that, you want to offer an experience that can go smoothly and lead into planning a second date.
With those aspects in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some creative and entertaining first dates that are vetted by experts. These are bound to impress your date and can potentially set the groundwork for long-lasting relationships.
WHY NOT VISIT SOME FUN PLACES?
Even though we’re still dealing with a pandemic, there are still some places that you can check out safely and have nice experiences. Here is a list of some ideal places to visit:
There are a lot of hidden treasures in thrift stores. Along with opportunities to snag some cool stuff or clothes, it’s also a way to learn about your date’s sense of style, as well as sense of humor.
A lot of museums are either free or have a low cost to entry to begin with, so it’s cheap. But it doesn’t offer a cheap experience as museums provide interesting facts, knowledge and can spark small talk, understanding others’ perspectives and more. Museums offer a unique way of killing any awkward silences that can come from other places.
With markets being public and open – it is safe to visit them. They can also provide plenty of talking points for the socially nervous types, since these places sell all kinds of different items. It’s also a nice transition to a second date, as you can buy ingredients and suggest a second date where you cook something to share with said ingredients.
This might not be available due to COVID restrictions, but it’s still a good idea if you have the chance. There are rides, games, and food stalls to break the ice and fill in conversation gaps.
Escape rooms have been extremely popular in recent years as they entail groups to find clues and solve various puzzles in order to escape a room. It’s great for a first date, since it demands team building and trust. Not only does it help you understand more about your date, but those things are crucial to long-lasting relationships.
Specifically a literature or poetry readings. These types of readings bring up various talking points and allow you the opportunity to have a conversation around them. This can also help you understand more about the person and also their overall intellect.
It’s super early and weird to offer a couples rubdown, but there are plenty of other services that you can do. Side-by-side manicures and chair massages are the first to come to mind. These ease the nerves of you and your date and there’s also a nice atmosphere for relaxed conversation.
Depending on where you are living, there are a lot of people who are moving and offering open houses. A lot of these houses offer free snacks and drinks.
Obviously you’re not there to buy something, but for those looking for more serious relationships, this can give you an eye for what kind of future home your date would be interested in.
Comedy shows are a way to relax and ditch the typical dinner and drinks. Even if the comedy performance isn’t the greatest, there is still plenty that you can talk about afterwards.
If you’re a fan of animals, visiting a shelter is not that bad of an idea. It’s a way for you to see how your date interacts with animals and is also a way to show how affectionate they are too.
There are local sports teams for all kinds of sports and they’re a great way to be bonding. The noise and the game playing out ensures you don’t have to deal with awkward silences. Just don’t talk about every play to them during the whole thing and especially avoid it if they’re not big into sports.
For those more spiritually inclined, this can be a unique experience.
STREET OR MUSIC FESTIVALS
These events occur often if you spend the time to look around. These offer all kinds of things like food, free shows, games, rides, and more. Even if you’re not into that, people-watching can work too.
A great way to shift the focus during breaks in conversations – by focusing on the animals nearby.
Meeting at a bookstore is ideal for those who love reading. It’s an opportunity to point out your favorite books and have conversations stem from that.
Furthermore, most bookstores have coffee shops attached to them, making it ideal to go from the bookstore to drinking a cup of coffee.
Like sport events, there are times when talking isn’t needed and music can help. Of course it depends on the concert and we’d suggest looking for a more mellow concert if any are available.
OR WHY NOT ENJOY THE OUTDOORS?
If you’re not in the mood for visiting a particular place, another option is just enjoying the great outdoors. This is ideal if you’re confident you can hold a conversation or don’t have an issue with long periods of silence while appreciating nature.
Some activities for the outdoors are:
Cities often have trails that you can go through and enjoy, however you’re not restricted to trails. You could just go for a walk around the neighborhood or to a specific spot as well.
For those who are more active outdoors, hiking is a great way to bond. You want to avoid long treks at first and aim for trails around the city, a park, or by the countryside.
Bring some water and snacks and dress comfy.
Whether it’s ice skating or roller skating, it was a staple back in high school for a reason. Not that it’s childish, but that it’s fun and offers a ton of benefits in its own way. It’s an activity that helps to keep one focused, but also to support one another from falling. It’s a delightful bonding experience.
VISIT BOTANICAL GARDENS
Weather permitting, visiting a botanical garden is a good way to break the ice. On top of the various aromas of flowers being nice, you can also focus on the gardens themselves when there is a break in your conversation.
CHECK OUT THE BEACHES
If you have access to a nearby beach, definitely leverage it. It’s a top romantic venue amongst women. Plan out some activities and you’re good to go.
MEET UP BY SUNRISE OR SUNSET
Pick a spot with a nice view and agree to see each other.
Not only is it romantic, but it can often create deep conversations while taking in the beauty of something we take for granted.
Another weather permitting activity, going to a local park with some fruit, cheese, crackers and wine and you’re all good to go.
Or any other physical activity for that matter. This works as a good conversation point, especially if you’ve got a habit of being outdoors or doing some form of exercise.
CHECK OUT OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS
If you live in a major city, there are probably parts of it that you’ve never explored. Or maybe there is a major tourist attraction you’ve never been to.
Meet your date at the spot and explore around.
PHOTOGRAPHY WALKING TOURS
Everyone has smartphones these days, so it’s easy to prepare this sort of date. Agree to meet up somewhere and just go for a walk, taking pictures here and there.
For those really enjoying the outdoors, kayaking is another creative first date idea to try out. Be sure to rent a two-person kayak, so you can be close and communicate about the sights. Also note the weather too.
OR MAYBE PLAY SOME GAMES?
There are a bunch of games – or forms of entertainment – that are meant for two people. In some cases you can even make them into friendly competitions with some small prizes as incentives (the loser buys a round of drinks or something of that nature.)
A lot of bars offer this event and it’s refreshing to try these out. You could also try trivia at home as well.
Whether you are good at singing or not, this activity is a way to show your willingness to share your openness and honesty. It’s a way to show your vulnerability in some ways, which is key for relationships to work.
Some friendly competition and another way to break the ice from the goofy atmosphere (shoes, music, and bowling technique).
You can find these games if you look hard enough and they’re great bonding experiences. They’re usually free and can also spark some friendly competition.
SOME OTHER ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS?
From classes to eating food, here are some other entertaining activities to get your creative ideas flowing.
A fun activity that sparks creativity and can allow conversations to spark as well.
Whether your city has a nice jazz club or you’ve got some music playing, this is a nice idea to set the tone and to unwind. There is a lot of material that you can talk about between the sets too.
Another great class to take up is cooking. It’s more hands-on and offers shared experiences while providing plenty of topics to talk about. These classes are also fairly short, so they’re nice opportunities to offer a second date from this or extend the date.
While movies aren’t the best first dates, drive-in movie theatres offer better experiences. For one, you’re able to have a conversation. Second, you’ll have more privacy and your chatting won’t bother others.
Go to any wine shop or bar and you’ll find some of them offering wine-tasting evenings. For those who are very social, this is a way to bond over. If you can’t find classes nearby you can always look to DIY or BYOB restaurants for some wine-tasting.
An idea that would take a little bit of set-up is a culinary tour. The idea is visiting a local restaurant and ordering an appetizer. Then once you’re done, visit another restaurant and order another appetizer. Not only is it fun, but also gives you a sense of your date’s food tastes.
Making it a task to find the best dessert spot in town can be exciting for people. Ask for small sampling of desserts and make a small talk while waiting. If your date is nervous about one-on-one stuff, you can look to booking cupcake tours or something similar.
Trampolines are pretty fun regardless of how old you are. It’s for this reason these types of indoor parks are popping up everywhere. Take advantage of them.
VISIT SWING DANCE CLASSES
A playful way to engage, get exercise and learn how to move together as a couple. Even if your dancing skills are bad or rusty, learning new skills is a way to gauge compatibility together.
While not as romantic, there are definitely some good feelings to be had here. Volunteer work can also draw out people’s own morals and values too by how they interact with others, whether they can adapt or need structure or even if they’re willing to talk to someone outside of their social circle.
EAT AT A DINER
While it is eating at a restaurant, diners remove all the presentation and stuffiness that comes from eating at something more refined. It’s harder to take yourself seriously when eating very traditional food like burgers or even pancakes.
HAVE A BRUNCH
Daytime dates are very underrated these days. Case and point: brunches are amazing ways to break the ice. Pick a spot that has good food and a lively atmosphere that can spark conversation.
HAVE SOME ICE CREAM
Most people have been on so many coffee dates at this point they’re either neutral to them or bored with them. Ice cream dates offer a unique experience. Grab a cone and go for a walk around town.
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