29 things to do on a first date
When you have to think of first date ideas, usually it all comes to the perfect coffee/dinner/restaurant circle, right?
Oh, how boring…!
Even if they’re classic choices for a reason, there are many more things you could do on your first date.
Things that will make your date different.
Actually, at least 29 other first date ideas!
As you know, on Reddit, you could find many ideas about everything. Including what to do on a first date. Besides the restaurant and the local bar, there are tons of other things you could choose or just add to the classic options.
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Why should you choose one of these places for a first date?
• most of them won’t cost you more than the dinner and the movie together (actually, it might be even cheaper)
• you get to do something while talking, so if you run out of topics at some point you could always bring the attention back to the activity
• you see the other person in a different light – doing something that might be challenging
• there’s a good chance the person you date to remember this date for life, just because you made an effort to come up with something different
So here they are.
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29 First Date Ideas – Things To Do On a First Date
They are in alphabetical order as all of them are so amazing that I didn’t know how to categorise them.
Too weird way to start a relationship?
Playing arcade games is just a fun way to try your luck, and you can always make flirty jokes how both of you are working your chance – with the game and each other, of course.
Who’s up for it?
Our first date (with my fiancee) was in a small and cute coffee place, and I loved it. But if I had a second chance to do it again, I’d drag him to ballet.
Guys, this thing is a dream for many girls. Just ask if she would like to do it.
It’s classy, and it’s soul-touching. An amazingly smart way to make a remarkable first impression. Every girl wanted to be a ballerina back in the days, so going to a ballet show will impress her more than you think.
I don’t mind if you invite me to come with you… I’ll be quiet, I promise.
3. Behind the scene tour in the local zoo
Ok, not my type of date, but many animal-lovers will go crazy over it.
Visiting the zoo behind the scenes is a fantastic way to spend the day out, get to know each other and experience something entirely different. You have a chance to feed the animals (not the tigers, I hope) and maybe even pet some of them.
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4. Boat Trip
Out with a boat. If the weather is nice and warm, going out with a boat would be such a pleasure. You could hire a small boat for the two of you, have a light snack in the middle of the lake, and enjoy the sun.
You could, as well, go on a mini cruise with a big boat. Most activities offer food and drinks so that you can enjoy yourselves. The approximate time is one and a half up to two hours.
What a perfect first date!
I bet you know about that one. Believe it or not, many people haven’t been on bowling as a first date. So, ask your date. Playing will be fun and who knows, maybe you’ll lose the game but win her heart.
6. Breakfast Together
Who said that the first date should always be in the evening or the late afternoon?
Early breakfast in a small café, the smell of fresh coffee beans, the foam on the top of the hot coffee, some orange juice and freshly baked pastries… A calm, peaceful way to start the day – relaxed and ready to discover a new love.
7. Brewery Visit
The brewery should be a fun place to visit on a first date.
Why wait to see each other’s abilities?
If you get a brewery tour, it usually includes much more than just a few speeches on beer and a pint or two of it. You could learn new things about beer making, have a taste of the fresh liquid, grab a bite in the restaurant and chat.
It’s different, and she won’t forget it.
Just be sure she likes beer!
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Carting is an entertaining way to spend your first date. It boosts your adrenalin, it’s challenging and guys, have mercy if you want a second date. Oh, and don’t get offended if you lose. If you think you cannot really talk when carting – you’re right. But it’s an unexpected way to start the first date. Grab a drink or a quick bite after that in the nearest coffee, and you’re set.
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Nope, that’s not a weird place on the planet Earth.
It means you could flip a coin. Tails – left, heads – right. After that, you just go in the direction the coin shows you and see where you’ll end up. It is a bit risky as there’s always a chance to end in the middle of nowhere. But what if you discover a castle or a new place in the town you’ve been?
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10. Comedy Show
Well, that’s easy.
At least, you shouldn’t worry if you’ll make her smile as that’s not your job for the night. A comedy show in a local club is an innovative first date idea as long as the comedy guy is… well, funny. But when the show is over, you will have an extra conversational topic.
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11. Cooking Lesson
What a better way to impress her with your cooking skills… even if someone else is telling you how to cook..?
Anyway, a cooking lesson could be a very fun way to do something different; you get to eat what you’ve just cooked (if it’s edible) and compare skills. It’s a finger-licking good first date idea.
12. Dancing Lesson
Going to a dancing lesson for a first date would be a very close-to-each-other experience. You could go to swing dancing, salsa lesson, or anything else you know the other would enjoy. Shake it, baby!
13. Drive-in Movie
I know I said “no movie” but you’ll love this first date idea. The best part? You don’t even have to leave the car. You could bring food with you, chat without disturbing the others around, and even make out if the things get too steamy. If it goes well – share the movie you watched!
14. Escape Room
A dangerous idea, but give it a go.
An escape room is a game. You two are locked in a room and have to solve puzzles and play different games to be able to get out. Approximate time – 90 minutes.
The biggest catch about that choice for a first date is that you have to be 100% sure your date is into such things. Ask them at least the day before your date, if not even earlier. Don’t make it as a surprise, because you might end up surprisingly alone… in less than 90 minutes.
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15. Food Festival
A delicious way to spend a few hours out.
It will be interesting for both of you as you’ll get to taste lots of different dishes. It’s a bonus for you if it’s an international kitchen you’ve never tried before.
If the weather allows it, hiking is a great way to spend a few hours out together. Fresh air, a nice walk, a picnic and a long talk. Tell me that it doesn’t sound romantic.
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17. Ice Skating
I think that one could go to the traditional first date ideas. But anyway, it’s romantic, and it doesn’t happen very often, so there’s still a big chance to impress her with that idea. It could be one of the best first dates if it’s winter time and you add some hot chocolate after that. Almost like a Christmas fairytale.
18. Local Event
Unless you leave in a really small town, there’s always some local event happening near you. Could be a festival, a concert, a showroom or something else. Check your local event website to pick something.
Finding a nice mini-golf place is so easy nowadays. They are almost everywhere and offer a different experience. It could be a Jungle themed, Jurassic type, Pirate themed, cosmic themed and many more.
Now, that one is not for everyone. The reason is that many people wouldn’t feel interested in a walk in the museum unless it’s related to their hobby or passion. But there are many people that will enjoy it and believe that’s a fabulous first date idea. Make sure you know at least a little bit of the topic though. It would be nice to mention two or three facts somewhere there. Nothing too much.
I know I already said it a few times, while combining with other activities. But a picnic is something you could add to almost everything. Even if you decide just to have some cheese and wine under the sun, it’s still impressive and different.
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One of the best and impressive first date ideas is to visit a Planetarium. Even you’ve been there before – it will be as amazing as the first time. Stars, mesmerising views, photos, recreations and lots of information. Of course, you will enjoy it. And that’s an excellent choice for a first date if both of you wouldn’t enjoy the high levels of adrenalin from the other ideas.
Did you know that there are dog shelters you could go to and pet the puppies? Once you know your date is a dog lover, that will be the most heart-melting experience you could choose.
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24. Rock Climbing
Challenging. Lots of adrenalin. Fun. You want to make sure you know how to climb, and you’re able to help your date in they can’t. Otherwise, you risk climbing by yourself while the instructor is busy moving your date’s hands and legs.
25. Safari Park Trip
You could just jump in the car and go to a safari park nearby. A drive among predators would be an impressive way to spend the day. You’ll have many topics to go through, or you could choose to enjoy the views.
If you love adventures and high adrenalin experiences – there’s nothing better than that. But you want to make sure your date would love it as well. No matter if you’ve done it before – it will still be scary and exciting. Enjoy the views!
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27. A Walk on the Beach and Picnic
If the weather allows it and you live near the seaside – have a walk on the beach. Make a small fire (nothing risky though), share a bottle of wine or just warm coffee. You could chat and snack for hours, and the sound of the waves will be the most romantic music for the evening.
28. Wine Tasting
I have no idea why I didn’t put this on the top of the list… Wine tasting. Should I repeat it? Wine tasting… Yes, I love wine. As well as almost everyone else. So, tasting the wine, the aroma and the dark or golden colours… add some cheese and grape… wine tasting!!!
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29. Quiz Night
In almost every bar or a pub, there’s a Trivia night with quizzes and prizes. Going on quiz night at your first date could bring the best out of you, it’s a chance to see how smart you two are, and you get to have the drink and some food as well. Enjoy!
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