11 Fun First Date Ideas You May Want To Try
Nothing could be truer.. The first impression is everything, especially in dating, and what do you think the first date is full of? That’s right! First impressions. Sure there’s a “first impression” that you gain online or on the telephone but when you actually meet up could truly make or break your chances with someone.
So don’t screw it up… If it’s up to you to plan the first date, try to do two things.
1. Make sure whatever you do actually coincides with your and their interests and likes.
2. Don’t go overboard. No overachieving necessary here. You can do that later. The first date should be fun yet chill. Somewhere you can talk and get to know each other but have adequate distraction enough to spawn meaningful conversation.
Going to a coffee house is fine, but make it be a cool one. Don’t take her to Dunkin Donuts or McDonald’s. I don’t care how much you love their new line of McCafe drinks.. Step up your game a bit beyond that for now. You can have dates at McD’s when you’re married. Also, try to get a bearing on their interests and likes before you plan something so that it fits nicely with what they will enjoy.
To help you out, we’ve assembled a list of some cool and out of the ordinary first date ideas that are easy to pull off, and will certainly leave them with their interest in you piqued.
#1 Do Art together… even if you suck at Art..
There’s not much out there that will bring two people together than trying to create some sort of artistic piece together. There’s a lot of fun art studios these days that offer nights where you go as a couple and get to make a clay pot, or paint, or build something cool out of wood. Look in your area for art studios and then check their websites to see if they offer anything like that. You’ll be surprised at what you find. These kinds of things are usually really chill and fun too. Then afterward the two of you can head out somewhere close by to the art studio and get some drinks. It’s a great way to break the ice, and then give you something to talk about afterward.
#2 Brewery or Winery
Most everyone loves either beer or wine. Find a winery or brewery in your area and go for a tasting night. Sometimes these places have events too where they’ll have a nice cheese spread or something additional. Either way though, going to a wine tasting or brewery as a first date is fun because you get to talk about what you think of what your tasting. It gives you something to talk about, and it’s usually a very relaxed atmosphere.. Plus throwing a little alcohol into a first date will calm your nerves and get you to a place where you can really be yourself.
#3 Three-course dinner, at three different places
Going out to dinner is such a cliche it’s crazy.. BUT.. what if you change it up a bit and make it a bit more exciting? Try planning the dinner in three parts. Go to a great appetizer or tapas place first to get things going.. Then head over to a nice restaurant for the main course.. Then pick out a fun desert bar type place to finish off the night. Your date will be impressed that you went to extensive lengths to pick 3 places instead of just one, and it will break up the night nicely. Each place you go will give you additional things to chat about, so the conversation will flow easily.
#4 Mini-golf and ice cream
Who doesn’t love mini-golf??? I’ve personally never met anyone that has had bad things to say about Mini Golf as long as the company was good. Now, if you go to play mini golf with your 3 year old that’s a totally different story. But going to play mini golf on a first date is always a hole in one! (lame joke). But seriously.. It’s nice to be outside, it has a competitive element which usually ends up in playful fake fighting, and you’re almost sure to laugh a lot. Lot’s of mini golf places have ice cream on site too, but if the place near you doesn’t then head off to a nice home made ice cream place afterwards and reminisce about that shot you made or how the ball fell in the water. It’ll be a good time pretty much 99.999% of the time.
#5 Museums or an Art Exhibit
Museums are almost always a great first date idea.. And depending on the Art being shown, an Art Exhibit can be cool too. Check around your area for cool museums to visit. But be careful not to take her/him somewhere that’s going to bore the shit out of them. Down the road from my house there’s a clock museum. I would never recommend anyone going to a fricken clock museum on a first date. Yawnfest! (no offense to any clock aficionados reading this). But natural history museums, or science museums are always really cool. You can hold hands while you walk around and the conversation will never fail to enthrall in a place like that.
Much like mini-golf, bowling is ALWAYS a good time. Even if you SUCK at bowling it doesn’t matter. That’s what bumpers are for! Obviously if one of you is really good at bowling and the other one never does it this might not be the best idea… but for most of us we bowl about 4 times a year so we all suck. Bowling dates are fun because of the laughter that ensues from gutter balls, and the excitement that hits when you actually do well. High fives are frequent, and laughter is usually abundant. Also, most bowling alleys have liquor licenses too so you can have a nice beverage while you toss that heavy ass ball down the lane. There’s also the competitive nature of it so playful bum smacks might happen which always get things moving in a fun, flirty direction. Not to mention the birds eye view of each other’s butt every time.. definitely an added bonus.
#7 Cooking / Baking
Even if neither of you are good or frequent cooks, cooking something together will be pretty fun. Cooking together also gives you a chance to see how the two of you do while “working on a project” together. Now granted, maybe having someone to your house to cook isn’t the best idea for a First Date.. so maybe this is better suited for date #4 or 5, but we still thought we’d mention it. There’s also places all over that offer cooking classes too which would probably be a better bet for a first date on this one. But if you’re comfortable having them over to your place (always be careful here please) and you’re not strapped for time, then have them over, break out the recipe book and go buy some ingredients together. Return home and then see if you can pull off a fun meal. Then eat it and either barf then get take out, or be amazed at your creation. Either way you’ll have a memorable time together.
#8 Skating on an outdoor ice rink
Do either of you like skating? And the cold weather? If so, consider an ice skating date. Especially around the holiday season. Lots of towns have outdoor skating rinks that are all dressed up for the holidays. More than likely there is a town near you that has this. Do some google searching to find out. As long as you’re both decent enough at skating to not fall and break an arm of smash your head in, this could be a pretty fun date. There’s always good people watching, and you’re pretty much guaranteed that one of you will slip up and end up in the other person’s arms. Which can certainly be played to your and their advantage…
#9 Site Seeing walk or hike
Where I’m from there’s what we call “Cliff Walks”. There’s a really wonderful one in Newport, RI and also one in Maine. Maybe there’s a nice one near you? Either way though if you can find a walking/hiking path that goes along the ocean, lake, mountain or some other kind of nature then that might be a great idea for a first date. Taking a walk is a great way to have a conversation, and who doesn’t love observing nature? Also there’s usually lots of spots on a walking path to stop and sit on a bench. Bring a bagged lunch or a picnic, and set that up half way through. Everyone loves a good picnic right?
#10 Go to a zoo or aquarium
Seeing epic animals up close is always super awesome. More than likely there’s a zoo or aquarium nearby to where you live that you could take your date. This falls into the same camp as the museum idea where it’s super easy to chat about what you’re looking at. One of the big keys to a first date is to keep the conversation flowing and interesting. You can only talk about your personal interests and family for so long. A zoo or aquarium certainly helps by having ready made conversation pieces at every turn.
#11 Check out a bar that has Billiards or other games
Gone are the days of sipping drinks, staring in silence, and forcing conversation. In are the days of shuffleboard, darts, pool, Dance Dance Revolution, and even some chess (if you’re feeling extra classy). Pick your poison—billiards, video games, or board games—and let the friendly competition commence. Local to me is a chain called Dave and Busters.. They have literally everything. An arcade, billiards, shuffleboard, etc.. etc.. But there’s most certainly somewhere like it near you too.. Again with the competitive element that will most certainly spawn some flirting. But what’s nice about places like this is you can do all of this while getting food and drinks
So there’s the list… It’s certainly not a comprehensive list but we think it is enough to get your mind thinking about how to pull off a great first date with someone you’ve recently met. When planning a first date one important factor to consider though is the ability to bail if it just isn’t right. So keeping the date in short stages is probably a good idea.
Good luck out there!