Choosing what to do on a first date can be stressful and chances are you’re finding it hard to think past the obvious ideas. Here’s 30 fun, classic and out of the box ideas to help you decide where to take your new guy…
1. Go For A Romantic Meal
This one’s a classic but it’s a classic for a reason. Having a meal together is a great way to get to know each other – it’s romantic, it’s quiet and it’s just the two of you.
2. Explore A City
Set out on an adventure with your new guy and go and explore a city together. The pair of you can visit all the tourist attractions, see all the sights, grab some food and, in general, have a fab day getting to know one another. This one works in your own city or a one that’s new to you.
3. Visit The Cinema
Here’s another classic but it’s another great one. The cinema is great because, when the lights go down, you don’t have to worry about how you look or what to say. You can both just relax then after you both have something to talk about too.
4. Go For A Walk Along The Beach
Sigh! This is so romantic it has me day dreaming. Picture it – a long beach, the sun shining, your hand in his as you walk barefoot in the sand. At some point the sun begins to slip away and the pair of you curl up under a blanket together. See, romantic!
5. Use A Hobby You Have
Introducing him to a hobby you do is a great first date. Whether it’s horse riding, pottery making or tennis, you’ll love showing off your stuff and he’ll no doubt enjoy learning. This one can be flipped round too and he can show you one of his hobbies.
6. Go Stargazing
If it’s a clear night, what could be better than stargazing? The romance of this is unquestionable and it gives the two of you another chance to snuggle up under a blanket. It will be a night to remember. How about bringing along a bottle of wine to really spice it up? This will work even better if it happens to coincide with a meteorite shower, bonus!
7. Go To A Band Night or Gig
Live music is always a winner and, in most towns and cities, there’s usually something going on. This will work if you both like the same music or if you don’t you could try introducing each other to something new. The atmosphere at gigs is always very relaxed so the two of you will feel comfortable around each other in no time.
8. Enjoy Dinner And A Show
Dinner and a show – that’s not something you hear too often unfortunately. Venues that provide dinner and entertainment are slowly becoming more and more popular however. Many a year ago our streets were lined with them but nowadays they are few and far between. If you want a romantic meal but are scared of any awkward silences that may occur then this could be perfect.
9. Take A Walk In The Park
Simple but sweet. Whether it’s a lovely sunny day or a crisp, snowy afternoon this date is timeless and will never lose it’s charm. You’ll have plenty of time to talk, admire the scenery and, if all goes well, it’s easy for the two of you to take off somewhere else after.
10. Go For A Picnic
This is one you could even do when in the park. Picture it – you, him, a checkered blanket to sit on and a wicker picnic basket. Maybe the sun’s going down or you’re sat under some beautiful oak trees or in a meadow. Perfect!
11. Go Bowling Together
To bring a little more energy to the date, bowling is perfect. It’s a great way for you both to let your hair down and relax around one another.
12. Go To The Carnival
If you like the sound of a fun filled date but bowling isn’t your thing, how about going to the carnival? They have something for everyone and always make for a memorable night. He can show off his muscles on some of the games while you get him to protect you in the haunted house.
13. Go To The Arcade
Unfortunately, carnivals don’t come to most towns very often. That’s why the arcade is a great back up plan. Most towns have them and, if the weather isn’t on your side, you can still visit them.
14. Visit A Theme Park
If visiting a carnival or an arcade sounds a little bit too tame for you, how about visiting a theme park? If you live for adrenalin thrills then this could be perfect. You’ll have miles and miles to walk round with your guy, plenty of rides to squeeze his hand on and lots of places to eat too. Just be sure not to scare him!
15. Try Paint-balling or Laser Tag etc
For a more energetic date, trying out a game like paint-balling, laser tag or paint-ballooning could be great. Think ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ and you’ll understand why.