Have you just summoned up the courage to ask out that person you’ve been trying to land a date with for months, and now need some help in coming up with the best first date idea?
Or, are you on a dating app and are getting tired of suggesting the same safe bar/café/restaurant for your first meetups?
Here’s a guide to some really terrific first date ideas:
There is a large variety of activities, from the typical to the atypical, so you are sure to find something that will make you stand out in the crowd, or, at least, have your date thinking at the end of the evening…wow, that person really put a lot of thought into our first date!
1. Create graffiti together
If you need cool date ideas, this counts as one of the more unique first date ideas to consider. Grab a spray and make a lasting first date memory.
2. Put Legos together
Looking for fun date ideas? If you need inspiration for childish things to do on a date, remember that nothing brings out the child in us as Legos do.
3. Plant seeds randomly
Searching for creative date ideas? Consider planting different plants in random places you can later visit together.
4. Yard sales cruising
If you need day date ideas, you can go to yard sales together. It is sure to give youconversation starters and you might buy something cool.
5. Draw each other’s portrait
Searching for fun first date ideas? How about doing each other’s portraits or dueling landscapes?
6. Do a science experiment
Great first date ideas include freedom to be a nerd too. Find a Youtube video of an experiment to recreate and enjoy being scientists for the day.
7. Pretend to be a tour guide or art expert
If you are both relaxed and funny people this can be one of the best first date ideas. Invent facts about the area, art piece, or history. Extra credit if you have people join your tour.
8. Make a new dessert recipe
If you want some indoor date ideas consider creating a new type of food together. Let your creativity go wild and try out new ingredients.
9. Donate blood together
This may not be the most pleasant activity, but it feels good knowing you did something good together. This good feeling will then be associated with spending time with you.
10. Find your way to a place with just a compass and a map
Are you both adventuristic and in need of cheap first date ideas? Go on an adventure together and test how well you get around without google maps.
11. Power out date night
One of the best first date ideas at night is to pretend there is an electricity shortage. You can also pretend you live in the past without any devices. Break out the candles and play some games. This counts as a romantic date too.
12. Go to a karaoke bar together
Even if you can’t sing, the silly atmosphere and camaraderie of the group as they support (or make fun of) the singer guarantees a fun evening.
13. Join a meetup together
What is the common interest you have? If you need casual first date ideas search for meetups near you that feel is worth giving a shot.
14. Find your way out of an escape room
Using clues and relying on each other to find a way out of the escape room falls under creative casual date ideas your date will enjoy. Act as a team and get to know each other more.
15. Go hiking
If you want first date ideas that will make you active and get you outside consider hiking. Choose a path you know will work for you and your date’s current physical readiness.
16. Visit a go-kart track
Many find go-karts to be in the class of perfect date ideas. Although a bit more expensive it sure isn’t boring.
17. Ziplining together
Many will go for romantic date ideas, so if you want to stand out from the crowd make your date’s heart race. Check with them in advance if they like similar activities so you don’t put them on the spot.
18. Write dirty limerick and have some wine
If you are looking for dinner date ideas you can bring some booze, pen, and paper and let the words flow. Bonus points if your dirty song rhymes.
19. Have a water gun/balloon fight
In the summer this is one of the cute first date ideas you need to have on your list. It is not only fun but will cool you down and bring out the child in you.
20. Play hide and seek
Rarely we can feel carefree like kids. Suggest this childhood game with other childish first date ideas so your date can choose.
21. Dress each other in ridiculous outfits
To have a memorable first date, dress each other up in hilarious new outfits. And who knows, maybe you end up liking the new style.
22. Photography walking tour
Among many romantic first date ideas, this DIY idea is precious and allows you to have something to keep. If it goes well you will look back on these images with much joy.
23. Play video games
If you are both into gaming, look no more for great first date ideas. Be careful not to become too competitive. You want to connect, not just win.
24. Do a pottery evening
Lots of malls have a pottery workshop space where you can throw a pot or glaze a plate or mug. Show off your creative skills by having your first date in a place where you both come away with a cool ceramic souvenir.
Maybe your two handprints on a platter? How romantic is that?
25. Have a music lesson together
Do you play an instrument? Have you always wanted to try one? Now is your chance to have fun and a notable date.
26. Rent a luxury car and cruise
If you are okay with expensive, good date ideas consider renting a luxury car. You can try it out and create a lasting memory together.
27. Opt for a sports activity you both suck in
Laugh together doing something you are horrible at. Cute date ideas encourage you not to take yourself so seriously.
28. Build a fort
If you are not sure what to choose from so many first date ideas and you know your date is a big child, this is perfect. When you are done watch a movie and have popcorn inside the fort.
29. Antique shop visit
Each of the items gets a story of origin you will invent on the spot. Come up with the use of items you don’t know the purpose of.
30. Be creative with some sidewalk chalk
Not as lasting as graffiti, yet also fun. A bit of asphalt as your canvas, some fun drawings, and before you know it you will be having a great time together.
31. Accomplish a mission
Create an objective and milestones. Compete against each other or team up to beat the time.
32. Impresionante an ultra-wealthy couple
Playing play pretend allows you to be someone else and explore how it would be. You can make up fake names, jobs, and whole new lives.
If you are both outdoor enthusiasts, this falls under a must try first date ideas.
34. Go to an auction
Check for an interesting auction near you. You don’t have to buy anything, but you can bid on things.
35. Make a time capsule
This particular capsule can be opened on some anniversary if you get to celebrate it in the future.
36. Join a workout class together
Whether you embarrass yourself or end up being amazing, you will surely have an endorphins boost afterward.
37. Play a round of mini-golf
For some, it falls under boring first date ideas, while for others it is a perfect chance to teach the other person some moves through physical contact. It is all a matter of perspective.
38. Volunteer an evening for a good cause
How about meeting at the local soup kitchen and working the line there?
Involving yourselves in a volunteer activity will bring you closer emotionally.
Meeting up to do some community service, like working the food bank, helping kids gain some literacy skills, or just passing out warm coats to those in need is a win-win proposal for your first date together.
39. Rock climbing
Choose a climbing wall depending on your level of experience and physical readiness. This active date is not about reaching the top, rather sharing the experience.
40. Catch a comedy night
One of the best first date ideas is to relax while someone else makes you laugh.
41. Take a cooking class
Whether you are a great cook or not, a cooking class is an activity date that takes the pressure off since you are not required to talk so much.
42. Watch a film under the stars
This romantic date might seem not as ideal as you won’t be able to talk as much, but you can press pause or take a walk after and talk.
43. Go to a concert together
If you are both fans of similar music, check out if there is a concert, an open mic, or a gig nearby you can visit.
44. Sunset walk
If you are into romantic first date ideas, this is on top of the list. Choose a place where you have amazing views and a kiss is almost sure to happen.
45. Tour an art gallery or museum
Is there an exhibit you haven’t had a chance to visit? Go together, talk about your impressions of the artifacts, and learn more about each other.
46. Ice skating
You don’t have to be a pro in skating to like it. Ideally, they are not that great either so you can have an excuse to hold hands.
47. Organize a picnic in the park
If it is sunny and you both like to spend time in nature, this will most definitely be a pleasurable date. If you are not great with home-cooked meals, you can always run to the local bakery.
48. Be a tourist in your city
Explore together all the places you’ve been meaning to visit.
49. Go to the zoo
Do you both love animals? why not visit a zoo? Every exhibit can give you plenty to talk about and connect over.
50. Play a board game
How long has it been since you played Monopoly or Jenga? This is a great idea you are both fans of board games.
51. Feed the ducks or swans
Animal feeding is a simple, yet cute date idea that is low cost and helps you bond with your date.
52. Yoga in the park
Fresh air, physical activity, and stretching together. If this sounds like a great first date idea to you, pack workout clothes and yoga mats and head to the park.
53. Spa date
For a moment of mutual pampering, book a couples’ spa date.
How relaxing (and potentially intimate) would it be to have a massage and sauna with the person you’ve got a major crush on?
54. Enjoy the sunrise together
This is great if you are an early bird. Sunrise is the moment of nature awakening. If you go to a great spot in nature you are sure to feel the thrill.
55. Go running together
You are both athletes? Is there a more suitable first date idea than to bond over a shared passion and go for a run together?
56. Visit a Burlesque or Drag Show
If you are in a city where this is available, consider going together. These shows are entertaining, made to make you laugh, and have fun.
57. Stop by an open house
If you wanted to see the inside of some beautiful buildings, this is your chance. Plus, you can talk about what you like and dislike inside and get to know your date thoroughly.
58. Create a vision board
Resolutions are not restricted to the New Year. If your date inspires you and you both value personal growth, write up some goals, and share your hopes and dreams.
59. Take a meditation class
This is perfect if you worry about what you are going to talk about on your date. Meditating together will relax you so the conversation will flow much smoother afterward.
60. Buy funny gifts to each other
Since you don’t know each other that well it can be a great opportunity to get something small and fun to each other. Bonus points if you make it useful too.
61. Share each other’s favorite spot
Where do you go when you need to think or to enjoy some time alone? Share what is special about this place and encourage your date to do the same.
62. Bike rides in the park
Nature lovers will enjoy this. You can talk or you can ride a bit further away if you need a moment alone while the blushing goes away.
63. Get an aura reading
Whether you are into horoscopes or not, this can be a lot of fun. You can talk about it over dinner later on.
64. Go to a sports event
Even if you are not a big sports fan it can be fun to cheer on a team. You can chat when you want or focus on the game when you don’t want to communicate.
65. Look through a bookstore
You don’t need to be book nerds to have fun in a local bookstore. There are going to be titles that make you giggle and produce topics to talk about.
66. Visit a brewery
It’s a win-win. If you enjoy their company it is going to be even more fun, and if you don’t like your date, it is going to be a bit easier to pass the time.
67. Do you both have dogs?
Suggest a long dog walk together, or take your puppies to the dog park. You’ll learn a lot about the person by watching how they interact with their (and your) dog.
68. A flea market visit
It is not only about what you can find, but about interesting people there too. Whether you end up buying something or not, you are not going to be bored for sure.
69. Go to a botanical garden
You don’t have to know anything about plants, the smell alone will set a great mood. It is a perfect spot to get away from the city rush and be present with each other.
70. Watch the fish in an aquarium
Would you prefer to be able to live underwater or fly? This is just one of the questions an aquarium visit can spark.
71. Enjoy a ferry ride
You can see your city from a different angle, have some fresh air, talk to each other while enjoying the view. When the ride is over, combine it with some of the other first date ideas.
72. Have fun in an art class
You don’t have to be the next Picasso to attend an art class. Bonus – you have something to hang on your wall later on.
73. Have some beach fun
Watching the waves and talking seems like a perfect romantic date idea. You can make a day out of and build sandcastles all over the beach.
74. Go to a dancing lesson
An hour of dancing for beginners allows you to physically interact and connect on a bodily level.
75. Horseback riding
A true fairytale first date. You don’t have to be a pro, instructors will help you if you are new to it.
76. Go clubbing
Why not dance the night away? One of the more classic first date ideas, yet still pleasurable.
77. Go to a hunted site
If you are horror fans, this is for you. Hold on to each other tight while you stroll through a scary place.
78. Create a campfire
The intimate atmosphere can be perfect to talk to and open up to each other. It aids you to feel close on the first date already.
79. Ride a hot air balloon
Although pricey this is an experience you won’t forget. A whole new way to look at the world.
80. A specialized tasting
Find a wine-tasting, whiskey-tasting, vodka-tasting, or another sort of spirited, themed alcohol tasting workshop.
A fun, educational way to spend an evening with your new person and the pressure is off because you aren’t having to interact just with each other. Bonus: the alcohol will loosen you both up, so by the end of the evening your conversation will flow easily!
81. Tour to candy or chocolate factory
This is a sure shot great date for any sweet tooth. Not only will you have fun, but you will also go home with tasty souvenirs.
82. Fly a kite
This is a simple, yet a sweet idea. You can visit a park or head further from the city if you want to combine this idea with a little road trip.
83. Bird-watching in nature
Besides going to the zoo to see animals, you can go together on a tour to watch all kinds of birds in nature nearby.
84. Catch a lecture
What is something you are both interested in? Find a lecture about it and spend the night discussing it afterward.
85. Put a puzzle together
Another budget-friendly first date idea. Bonus – if you don’t get to finish it, there is an easy invite for the second date.
86. Play Twister
Move around and get more intimate with each other. A first date idea that is sure to get you to laugh together.
87. Find a record in Guinness Book to break
Browse through it and find something you could attempt breaking. Whether you succeed or not, this activity is fun on its own.
88. Take Compatibility tests
This is an amusing way to see how much you belong together. Whether the results make sense or not to you, you will have fun doing the tests.
89. Go through old photographs
No one expects you to have your baby photos. Use the ones you have on your social media account(s). Talk about periods when the photos were taken,develop closeness, and learn more about each other.
90. Is there a funfair in town?
Take your date to the carnival.
The noisy, cotton-candy atmosphere will make you feel like a kid again. Try all the rides you used to love, ending the evening on the Ferris wheel, where, with a little luck, you can grab a kiss when your car stops at the top of the wheel!
91. Quiz Night at the local
Got a bar that features a quiz night? Take your date there.
You will see how they function in a team and get some insight into their trivia skills. Throw in a couple of beers and this will be a first date that you’ll both enjoy, especially if your team wins.
92. The Farmer’s market
If it’s summertime, why not meet up for a stroll through the local Farmer’s market.
It will give you a chance to see what their eating style might be (organic? vegan?).
If you both get along well, you can take your purchases back to your place and cook up a nice brunch together.
93. Ethnic restaurant or tea room
Pick a place that is a truly exotic experience, a cuisine that takes you to a faraway place – North African couscous, for example, or Ethiopian Wat.
This will open up the conversation and you can talk about places you’ve traveled to, or wish to travel to.
You’ll get an idea of your date’s sense of adventure (or if they aren’t into travel at all).
94. Get your palm read
For some fun, visit a psychic or palm reader together. See what they predict for you.
If this first date turns into atrue relationship, be sure to thank the person who foretold your happy future!
95. The Planetarium
Does your city have a planetarium?
You may have thought this was just for school groups, but it’s a really cool idea for a first date. You’ll have stars in your eyes, not just because you like this person, but because you are actually learning about the night sky!
96. A poetry reading
Are you both into poetry? Check out a local poetry reading or poetry slam.
After the reading, go to a nearby coffeehouse and deconstruct the poetry you’ve just heard so you can show off how well-read you are.
97. Meet up at the arcade
Got a Chuck E Cheese in your town, or a Dave & Buster’s? Take your date to one of these fun places where you’ve got arcade games and pizza.
It’s noisy, sure, but it will get your adrenaline pumping and put you in high spirits as you play against each other. Bonus points if the arcade has vintage games from your childhood.
98. Participate in a political rally
Nothing says “we’re in this together” than marching, chanting, holding a sign that says “Vote for …..”.
You’ll want to make sure you are both on the same page politically before proposing this as a first date, however.
99. Go bowling
For some, bowling is the ultimate retro evening out.
What’s not to like? You get to wear cool shoes, it’s not really that difficult once you get the hang of it, and helping your date position themselves to get a strike will give you an excuse to touch them.
100. Jump around in a trampoline park
Bouncing in a room with trampolines and spending time in indoor parks count as good first date ideas. Let your date know to dress comfortably to maximize the fun.
In order to make a great impression on the first date and keep it fun and memorable, here are 2 first date conversation ideas.
With these fun ideas for a date, you are sure to make a great impact.
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