First dates are hard. If you take your date someplace too fancy, you may give the impression that you’re desperate, or trying too hard. Also, if you plan to go Dutch — meaning you each pay your own way — you can’t assume someone else’s financial situation is comparable to yours. But if you go someplace cheap, your date might think you don’t care, or that you’re a cheapskate. And these are not the impressions you want to make on a first date. Consider these first date ideas:
- A picnic. Dinner and drinks is a classic first date idea, but why not shake it up a bit and pack your own? Find a quiet, secluded spot, spread out a blanket, and relax at dusk for this romantic first date.
- Do a wine tasting. Another great alternative to a classic date at a bar is to do a wine tasting. You’ll be able to have drinks, which will certainly help loosen you up and make you relax, but you’ll also have built in conversation topics, regarding each of the wine selections. Pair with cheese or crudités for best results.
- Attend a festival or street fair. Some place where there are food stands and independent artists hawking wares is a great place for a first date. It allows you to get a sense of their taste, and express your own.
- Head to a theme park. If you’re into thrills, why not find a place with lots of crazy roller coasters on offer? This, of course, is only an option if your date is into rides as well, but if you both are, it could prove to be one of the best first dates ever.
- Be a tourist in your own city. Find out what people like to do when they’re in from out of town, and explore the city you live in like it’s your first time there. Bring your cameras and let them hang around your neck as you explore with a map and your date on your arm.
- Take a painting class. If you check out Groupon, there are always deals for Wine and Paint classes, or you could head somewhere that lets you paint ceramics. This sweet, quiet date option is a great place to have a conversation — and to show off your artistic prowess.
- Go bowling. Got a bit of a competitive streak? Head to the nearest bowling alley, rent some funny looking shoes and see who can knock down the most pins.
- Team up for trivia. Many local bars have trivia nights where you and your date can team up, either by yourselves or with others, to answer questions and score points. Someone with a head for factoids is sure to love a date like this.
- Head to a museum. Art, Science, History, whatever floats your boat. The beautiful thing about a museum date is that it’s quiet enough for good conversation, and a quality exhibit will mean that there’s plenty to discuss.
- Take a dance class. If you’re feeling bold, you could bring your date to a dance class where you could swing your way into their heart.