Have you found the courage to ask your love interest out? Bravo! Such a proud moment!
A first date is a great time to impress your newfound love interest and get to know them a little more. And it all starts with having the right conversation and going to the right place.
If you have no idea where to take your date; don’t worry, we got your back. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor date idea, virtual hangouts, or indoor activities, we’ve compiled a list of 32 good first date ideas to wow your date. Grab a seat and read.
Indoor Date Ideas
If you are both trying to save some cash, too tired to go out, or have the weather acting up, you can have a great first date with your partner in the comfort of your homes. Try these out!
- Read a Book
If the idea is to get cozy, this is the perfect romantic first date idea. Snuggle up and read to each other for a more intimate experience or go to a book reading nearby.
It doesn’t matter what genre it is, as long as you both enjoy it. You can discuss the book at the end of the reading or during a second date. Not sure what to read? Here are 5 books worth trying out on a first date.
- Play Board Games
Playing board games is one of the greatest ways to improve your love life significantly. How?
According to a study by Baylor University, playing board games triggers the release of oxytocin—the love hormone. This stimulates warm & fuzzy feelings like trust and romantic attachment. And those are the exact feelings to experience when you’re with someone you’d like to build a relationship with.
Some board games to try include:
- Word games
- Make a Craft
Did you know creative activities improve emotional wellbeing and bonding?
For one, clay work helps to reduce negative moods. Also, the Baylor University study mentioned above found that painting stimulates oxytocin up to 2 to 2.5 times higher in men, increasing trust and bonding.
Other activities like knitting improve feelings of happiness. This gives you and your date an opportunity to connect better and stir up positive emotions.
Besides the activities we’ve mentioned, you can try out woodwork, decorative arts, and bracelet making. Build anything you can look at and be happy it came through your hands.
- Cook Together
Have you known your date for a while but yet to meet each other physically? Cooking is a cool first date idea for this scenario. It’s a great way to try new recipes and explore your culinary skills. Plus, you get to save cash if you’re on a tight budget.
To make it more fun, stick to dishes none of you has ever tried before. Keep the conversation going, get to know yourselves and talk about your eating habits while you are at it.
Bowling is a fun icebreaker and a great way to know your date’s personality. What’s more? There will be less pressure, natural flow in conversation and lots of jokes to tell when you both miss a shot.
If you can’t get to a bowling alley, you can create one yourself by lining up empty plastic bottles in the hallway. You can then construct a ball with packing materials and take your first shot. Alternatively, you can use a tennis ball or a football to take down all the bottles.
- Go Dancing
Dancing is the perfect romantic first date idea for people who are artistic, expressive, and love energetic activities.
Outdoor Date Ideas
Whether summer, winter, or spring, there is always something fun to do with your newfound love outdoors. Create beautiful memories with some of these good first date ideas below.
- Go On a Picnic
Nice weather, good food, great conversation; what’s not to love? The things you need for a picnic are some food, a blanket, and a cozy location like a park, mountain top, or botanic gardens.
You can also go along with a book or music player to have a better time. You can turn things up and add a romantic touch to your picnic by stargazing or watching the sunset with your new favorite person.
- Double Date With Friends
While this is an uncommon first date idea, going on double dates can help relieve the anxiety of carrying a conversation or meeting someone new on your own. Plus, if you are both going to go forward, it makes sense to meet each other’s friends who will be in your lives for a long time.
Another great thing about double dates is that it can happen anywhere. It could be at a bar, cinema, restaurant, beach, or park.
- Take a Tour Around The City
No matter how long you have both lived in a city, there are chances you haven’t visited all the local landmarks or seen all the tourist attractions in the city. Take a camera to snap cool pictures, wear some comfy clothes, and have a great tour with your date.
- Go Ice Skating
For the sporty type, ice skating is a perfect first date idea. It’s fun and gives you something interesting to talk about while doing it and after the date.
On the other hand, if your date is a first-timer, going ice skating can be unnerving. It could make the date tense and unenjoyable—none of which you want. So, it is best to discuss this with your date ahead. If they agree to it, choose a less crowded, spacious, and safe rink.
You can add a romantic touch by helping your date wear their gear.
Remember, It is okay to show vulnerability! You and your date can grab one another for support when you are wobbly.
- Visit the Beach
There are so many things to do at a beach. Take a walk and get some sand on your feet, try sunbathing, take a dip, or build a sand castle together. Whichever activity you try, focus on having a good time and enjoying yourselves.
You can even collect seashells and rocks, and make a great romantic valentine’s gift out of these. How cool is that?!
PS: Remember to take your sunscreen.
- Play Scavenger Hunt
The best part about scavenger hunts is that you can do them anywhere—in a park, an enclosed space, or virtually. You can even add it to your city tour date idea to spice it up. All you have to do is to create a list of things to find, snap, or do, and then take turns finding those items.
You can make a list like this:
- Snap a color you love
- Take a picture of two birds
- Find an object that starts with the letter Z
- Follow hidden clues to find an ultimate prize
- Draw your first pet
- Find and meet me at a specific landmark in 20 minutes.
You can make a video of yourselves while playing this and turn it into a memory you can share during your anniversary.
- Visit Cultural Institutions
You can get a kick visiting cultural institutions like the zoo, museum, aquarium, or art center. Unlike where you have to sit still in a corner, you can easily walk around, pick out interesting bits to talk about, and get to know each other with no pressure.
Besides getting to know each other, this is an opportunity to learn new and interesting things together.
- Go Fishing
First, fishing is not for everyone. But if your date is passionate about fishing, go for it. It gives you an opportunity to strategize on best fishing techniques, work together to catch one, and share your wins together.
Later on, if you’re both feeling up to it, you could follow up with a fish-based dinner in the other person’s house.
- Attend Local Events
There is always an event coming up! A food festival, a street fair, a carnival, wine tasting, or a concert. Whatever it is, go out, feel the music, & have a swell time with your date!
Make sure to pick an event that aligns with your date’s interests. The last thing you would want is to get to a concert only to find out that your date doesn’t like the band you picked or worse—hates loud noises.
- Go to an Amusement Park
According to a Midwestern University study, an increase in adrenaline levels heightened attraction between male and female participants. Guess what an amusement park and this study has in common. Yes, you got it, adrenaline!
Some thrilling activities to try in an amusement park include high-speed roller coaster rides or walking through a fun house.
- Go Group Camping
You can find out when there is a group camping in your circle and go away with your love interest. This is ideal if you share some mutual friends with your date.
Build a campfire, sit around telling love stories, hike or stargaze with other couples.
- Love and Ice Cream
This is good for a casual and relaxing first date, especially if your date is nervous. Rather than sit in a cafe, you can grab some ice cream, walk around and get to know each other. You can even share embarrassing or favorite stories.
- Go Kayaking
Kayaking is an unconventional but really cool way to show your date how fun and physically fit you are. Seeing as one of the ideas of going on a first date is to impress, this helps you make a run for the perfect date award without being obvious.
You can both have a good laugh when you can’t seem to paddle fast anymore. Plus, you can both have a good water splash before the date comes to an end.
- Visit a Karaoke Bar
Don’t try to perfect your musical career or sing like Celine Dion. Instead, scream at the top of your voice, get silly and woo your sweetheart with a song.
You can duet them and let your inner performer lose. You’ve got this!
- Hang Out At Your Date’s Favorite Spot
This is a great way to build trust and show your love interest that you are willing to open yourself to them.
Show each other where you go to clear your head and share why you choose that spot. It could be at unexpected places like a bookstore or obvious spots like a restaurant. If the relationship progresses, it would be good to know where to find you when everyone else can’t.
- Take a Walk
Besides its benefits to physical health, taking a walk improves the mood, reduces anxiety, and increases creative thinking. The more relaxed and creative you and your date are, the easier it is to have a great conversation.
You can walk in a park, garden, or other relaxing places.
- Go Horse Riding
Many love stories are not complete without a ride into the sunset. Yours might be one.
If the mood strikes, you can both get on the horse, have a great conversation, and admire the landscape around you. If there’s a coach, you could ask them for fun riding exercises to make the day memorable. Don’t forget to take a picture!
- Volunteer Together
What better way to connect over shared interests than through volunteering together? Depending on the causes you both care about, you could plant a tree, share meals in a food bank, or host a game in a shelter. This way, you both get to spread some kindness while getting to know each other.
- Play Sports
Are you both athletic? Have you talked for a while over the phone and want a physical activity that involves less talk and more compatibility assessment? Playing sports is your best bet.
It takes away the awkwardness of sitting and talking endlessly. And it is also a good way to know your date’s competitive streak (or the less flattering sides of it).
While winning is a good outcome, keep in mind that you are on a date and not in the Olympics. So, it is important to keep the game friendly and engaging. You can try out sports like tennis, golfing, or rock climbing. Alternatively, you could both chill out and watch these sports instead for an indoor date.
Virtual date ideas
Whether you are limited on where to go on a first date due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Monkeypox outbreak, or you are in a long distance relationship, here are memorable first date ideas to try out:
- Watch a Movie
You can both make time to watch a movie on co-watching platforms such as Squad app, Twoseven, and Netflix party. Where using these platforms is not feasible, you can facetime on another device while the movie plays on your television or laptop.
You can turn off the lights on both ends and throw in some popcorn, wine, or biscuits to give it a cinematic atmosphere.
- Surprise Dinner Date
How is a surprise dinner date going to work? Well, the usual way—by ordering food for yourself and your date. But this time, you are sending theirs to their house.
To achieve this, you need to plan it as if it were a physical date. Ask them for their favorite meal on the days leading up to your first date and call them to pick up their delivery once the courier is at their door. To make this extra special, you can have a scented candle delivered alongside the food so you can light a candle, eat and bond virtually. Cool, right?
- Play Dress-up
If you have nothing but time and different outfits on your hands, playing dress-up is a perfect way to find out how adventurous and creative your love interest is. You can dress up as their favorite characters, such as the good doctor, cute nurse, secretary, or dancer. They can do the same from their end.
Or you can both think outside the box to fictional book characters you have never seen on screen.These will require costumes, so you both have to plan and make it as fun as possible.
- Write a Story Or Song Together
If you are both artistic, writing a story or song together is a great way to foster a special bond. Love stories and songs need a romantic touch so focus on telling a story that explains what love means to both of you.
It can also be about your feelings for one another or the direction the relationship will take. It will be fun if this is handwritten so you can save it and build a scrapbook with it if you decide to take your budding relationship to the next level.
- Start a Garden
Do you both love to get your hands dirty and grow something? You can start a garden and have your first date for that purpose.
How does it work? Decide on what to plant on a particular day, buy seeds and some gardening tools, connect over a video call, and proceed to plant your seeds.
It could also become a tradition where you both plant something for every first thing that happens while you are in the relationship.
- Themed Breakfast
Pick a date and dress up based on a theme. It could be as an oldie, a hipster, formal wear, or any theme you would both love to explore. To spice it up, the food could be a specific type like an English breakfast, a continental one, or a simple menu.
Make breakfast, take pictures of the food and yourself, and share these before hopping on a video call to have breakfast.
- Play Question Games
Playing question games opens up communication and is a great way to show genuine interest in getting to know your love interest without making it seem like you are grilling them.
Some of these question games are:
- 20 Questions
- Truth or Dare
- Never Have I Ever
Asking the right questions will deepen your relationship and give you something fun to do.
Voila! Now that you have these 32 first date ideas for any weather, no more delays in preparing for your first date.
If your date is introverted and shy, choose activities and places with less crowd. If you love a dose of sunshine and cool night breeze, the outdoor first date ideas will be perfect for you. For long-distance lovers, the virtual ideas are a good place to start.
You don’t have to worry if they have visited these places on their own. There is a different feeling when you go with the person you are interested in. The point is to make your date as comfortable as possible while having a great time. Enjoy!