After weeks of putting forth your best effort, you finally scored a first date. You’ve got a sharp outfit picked out and now all you have to do is figure out where you’re going to spend those first few magical moments together. If you want to stand out from the rest, you’ll want to scratch plans for dinner and a movie. Think outside the box and do something fun and creative. Here are five first date ideas that just might get you a second date.
1. Take a hot air balloon ride
Spend some one-on-one time in a hot air balloon ride. For an added romantic touch, you can choose to take a sunset balloon flight or a sunrise flight. Once your ride lands, enjoy a glass of champagne and make a toast to what will hopefully be many more exciting dates together. “Sunset flights generally take you into the air a fair amount of time before the sun disappears so that you can relax with your date and enjoy the entire experience,” says Dave Hall, owner of Hot Date Ideas. “Sunrise flights, on the other hand, take off closer to the event and spend more time rising and descending to give passengers a view of local landmarks and scenery. …The entire trip lasts an hour to an hour and a half, and companies generally offer drinks, and possibly snacks like cheese, crackers, pastries, or other food while aloft.” Hall recommends making reservations at a nearby restaurant so you and your date can discuss your trip over breakfast or dinner.
2. Go on a treasure hunt
Take your date on a whimsical adventure. Go on a treasure hunt around your city. Also known as geocaching, this activity is a fun way for you and your date to get to know each other and see firsthand how you each problem-solve under pressure. You have more than 2 million geocaches to choose from worldwide. You can locate a geocache near you by using your phone or GPS and creating a free geocaching account. Once you set up your account, pick a geocache, find the location, and then record your discovery online. You can celebrate your victory by going to a coffee shop for dessert or choosing a fun reward for the person who finds the treasure.
3. Visit an arcade
Feel like a kid again and visit a local arcade. Emma and Denis Merkas, founder of $30 Date Night, recommend selecting a game you can play together. Also look for games that elicit nostalgic feelings from your date. This may encourage a great conversation afterward and make things more interesting for your date. It also shows you put some thought into the activity. “Air hockey is a good competition game that is a heap of fun. If you’re a strong player, you should use your less dominant hand to give your date a chance,” Emma and Denis suggest. Don’t forget to bring extra money so you can play to your heart’s content. “For good measure, bring along some extra cash as you may run out — although $30 should give you a good 60 minutes or so of play. Afterwards you can always keep the youthfulness going – go grab yourselves ice cream or cake,” says the couple.
4. Try karaoke
Show off your vocal skills (or not) at a karaoke bar. “There’s so many opportunities on this date to talk about favorite bands, musicians, and songs. Personally, music is important to me, and I like to know what other people are listening to. I like to talk about music. So if you’re like me, this is a good chance to figure out what each other is into, without sounding like a music snob,” says dating blogger Almie Rose.
5. Take a dance class
Demonstrate some of your smoothest moves on the dance floor. You can visit a nearby dance club or go a step further and take a dance class. “Almost every dance school has open classes or social dance parties. Skill level and experience are completely unimportant; in fact, most of these will be focused on teaching you the basics and working your way up from there,” says dating and relationship expert Harris O’Malley. “The atmosphere is open and friendly and certain nights will be specialty nights. Ever wanted to learn to salsa? Waltz? Swing? Bring your date and let it be an adventure for the two of you.”
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