First date ideas: 22 of the best
Wondering what to do on a first date? Check out our suggestions of 22 first date ideas with a difference
Choosing the perfect first date can put you under a lot of pressure. Do you play it safe with dinner or drinks or should you surprise them with something a little different? Don’t despair; we’ve rounded-up 20 of the best first date ideas out there so you’ll never be stuck for inspiration ever again. Whether your date is sporty with a competitive streak or a hopeless romantic, we’ve got a first date idea to suit every taste. Take a look…
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Fun first date ideas
1. Score a strike at a bowling alley
Challenge your competitive streak with a fun first date at the bowling alley. Not only will you be able to show off your skills, but you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your date between throws.
2. Check out a workout class
Whether it’s Zumba or box fit, taking a join workout class will certainly get your date’s heart racing. Plus, the dose of endorphins exercise provides will make sure that your first date ends on a high.
3. Play a round of mini golf
It might’ve been a few years since you last tackled a mini golf course, but this is the kind of game that just gets better with age! Just make sure someone keeps score…
4. Ride the rollercoasters at a theme park
Scream if you want to go faster! Test your date’s nerves and get the adrenalin pumping by spending the day at a theme park. You’ll soon find out whether your relationship is going be full of thrills.
5. Sing the hits at a karaoke bar
If you have perfect pitch, karaoke is probably already at the top of your to-do list, but if we’re honest, it’s more fun if you can’t carry a note! What better way to bond on a first date then over your terrible Britney impression?
6. Go rock climbing
Take your relationship to new heights by scheduling a fun first date at your local climbing wall. This active date is sure to get your blood pumping, even if you don’t reach the top!
7. Attend a comedy night
A shared sense of humour is one of the most important factors in romantic compatibility so what better way to exercise your funny bone than watching a live comedy show? You’ll soon find out whether you’ll be laughing your way to true love.
Romantic first date ideas
8. See a film under the stars
We wouldn’t normally recommend a film for a first date as there’s no chance to chat, but when it’s an outdoor showing under a perfectly starry sky then we have to make an exception.
9. Watch live music
If you and your date are music fans, going to a gig or an open mic night is a great first date idea. Grab a table and find out if the two of you can find perfect harmony.
10. Dine in an expensive restaurant
It’s the classic romantic date idea but if you really want to impress, nothing beats wining and dining your date. Bonus points if you pick a venue lit by candlelight.
11. Take a sunset stroll
Sunset is the most romantic time of day, so if you really want to make your date swoon, take them on a stroll as the sun goes down. A goodbye kiss is almost guaranteed!
12. Visit an art gallery or museum
A cultural first date can be great as it gives you and your date plenty of time to talk as well as admire the artefacts. And who wouldn’t fall in love when surrounded by some of the world’s most romantic works of art?
13. Head to a scenic point
If you want to take your date’s breath away, head to your local scenic point and the hard work will be done for you. Visit when the sun is going down and the romance levels will be off the scale.
14. Go ice skating
Whether you’re at home on the ice – or take a little longer to find your feet – there’s something inherently romantic about an ice skating date. Plus, if you’re feeling shaky, it’s a great excuse to hold hands!
Cute first date ideas
15. Take a picnic to the park
On a sunny day, one of the best first date ideas is to take a picnic to your favourite park. Surprise your date with a homemade dish or treat them to something extra-special from a local bakery.
It’s well-known that doing good to others is good for you, so why not share those positive vibes with someone special? A cute date idea could be to spend an afternoon volunteering at an animal shelter or getting messy painting a retirement home.
17. Be a tourist in your own city
First dates offer a great opportunity to explore those places you’ve always been meaning to visit. And if you and your date share interests, this could be the perfect way to show you’ve been paying attention.
18. Take a walk on the wild side at the zoo
If you and your date are up for an adventure, a cute date idea is to take a trip to your local zoo. Whether you exchange stolen glances by the snakes or loving looks by the lions, every exhibit is sure to give you plenty to talk about.
19. Take a cooking class
Opting for an activity date is one of the best first date ideas out there. A cooking class combines learning a new skill with the opportunity to check out your date’s kneading technique – and gently tease them if their cake turns out a little flat!
20. Play a board game
Playing a round of Monopoly or Jenga might not immediately spring to mind when wondering what to do on a first date, but returning to these games helps bring out your fun side – and throws a little healthy competition into the mix.
21. Feed the ducks
A simple but surprisingly cute date idea, a first date spent feeding the ducks is a great way to bond with your date and keep your costs low. Simply grab a can of sweetcorn or some bird seeds (remember, bread is bad for ducks) and spend an afternoon meeting the residents of the pond in your local park.
22. Go for breakfast
When a dinner date feels too formal and coffee seems too short, breakfast is a great first date compromise. It’s the perfect no pressure start to you day; if it’s not working out, you have an easy excuse to leave but if all goes well you can spend the whole day together.