Taking someone out on a first date can be a nerve-wracking experience. Thinking about what you’re going to wear, what to talk about and where to go is a lot to consider when you’re trying to impress. Dinner at a nice restaurant and a movie is a safe bet and a popular choice, but it is predictable. If you want to wow your date, why not try something a little different? Here are five fun, alternative first date ideas that could help you.
If your date is a music fan, it’s a no brainer that you should take them to see a live performance. If there’s a band or artist in they like playing a gig in town, check to see if there are any tickets available for the show. If not, research some bars that have live bands playing and try to match it to your date’s music tastes. It’s a good excuse to ask for a dance and to have some fun, plus they will be impressed that you have put some thought into the date. Find ticket sales for live music events online.
Visit a Museum or Gallery
It’s easy to spend an hour or two wandering around these institutions, and different pieces of art or artefacts could lead to an interesting conversation between the two of you. These are also good options for those who need to have a date on a budget, as a lot of galleries or museums have free entry. There will always be a café where you can both enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat, plus a gift shop where you can buy your date a cute little memento from your first date together.
With the waves of the 80s and 90s nostalgia that has been seen over the last few years, there are plenty of arcade bars that have popped up all over the world. These are perfect if you’re both lovers of retro anything, but also just good fun. Inject some healthy competition into your date by playing against each other, or team up and shoot some virtual zombies, all while enjoying a cocktail or two.
This one is for the adrenaline junkies and is another way to inject a bit of nostalgia into your date if you both loved coming to theme parks when you were a kid. It’s a fun day out and there is plenty of time to get talking while you’re waiting in line for the rides. Plus, you can laugh at each other’s expression when the rollercoaster cameras snap you at the worst moment.
Bike Ride and Picnic
For another budget-friendly date, why not take a scenic bike ride to your favorite spot in the park or countryside and set up a picnic? It’s a relaxed atmosphere which helps to reduce the pressure you might be feeling, and if you bring some homemade treats that will only impress your date further. Just make sure the weather is nice enough to venture out in!
Do something different on your next first date, try one of the suggestions above.