The first step to planning any first date is making that first move. Whether you’re the one asking or the one being asked, a first date will only be perfect if it starts out with a set plan. Save the surprises for a follow-up date; both parties should be well aware of what the date will consist of and when it will take place. Iron out any details about where you’ll meet or who will pick up whom beforehand. Getting off to a smooth start in this way – and making sure both of you know what to expect – will help calm your nerves and prepare you for a perfect first date.
First Date Options
If you’re the one asking the other person out on a first date, it’s great to have at least an idea or two in mind as a suggestion for what you two will be doing. First dates aren’t the time for going to a movie since that will leave you both sitting silently in the dark. Instead, take advantage of the opportunity to get to know one another better. The following are some suggestions for first date settings according to different personalities and hobbies:
Going on a hike: Planning a hike is a great option if you’re the outdoorsy type. As an added bonus, it’s super cheap and seems casual enough to make both of you feel comfortable. You’ll have an activity to do the whole time, and there are plenty of opportunities for conversation. Plus, the beautiful scenery adds just the right amount of romance. Tip: Pack a picnic lunch to make sure that the two of you get some face-to-face time during the date.
Boating: There are plenty of ways you can go with this one: rent a paddle boat, bust out your kayak or snag a ride on a sailboat tour. Either way, it’s a great outdoor activity that will give you plenty of time to get to know one another. Tip: Get extra points for going on a canoe or paddle boat. The privacy of your own boat and the effort of having to work together to get anywhere creates an instant bonding experience.
Bungee jumping: This is a little more on the pricey side, but if you and your date both love a thrill, then go for it. The anticipation leading up to your jump and the high you get from the fall will create intense emotions that are instantly memorable.
Amusement park: Head to the nearest amusement park and dare each other to go on all the scariest rides and tallest roller coasters. You’ll have a day full of screams and laughs and, let’s face it, who doesn’t love going to an amusement park? Tip: Avoid the water park for now. Some people might be a little daunted by having to strip down to a swimsuit and get drenched in water on the very first date.
Go to breakfast: Most people love breakfast food, and foregoing the traditional dinner for a stack of pancakes or waffles has more of a fun, casual feel to it. You get the benefit of a unique, fun date while still enjoying a low-key activity. Tip: Plan something for after breakfast in case the date is going well. Taking a walk in a nearby park or browsing at a local bookstore are good ideas.
Check out a local museum: Museums are a great way to get the conversation going as you casually browse through the galleries. Tip: Art museums may not be the ideal first date for everyone, so you might want to try a museum with lots of unusual or interactive exhibits that get the conversation flowing.
Volunteer at an animal shelter: Many shelters allow volunteers to come help wash or walk the dogs or play with the cats. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll get to enjoy the positive experience of giving back together. Tip: If animals aren’t your thing, try a soup kitchen or nursing home.
Karaoke: This activity is a great way to get to know someone, and the shared experience of embarrassing yourselves on stage will bring you closer together. You’ll also have fun watching the other performers and thinking of songs that you want to sing.
While picking a fun and interesting activity you’ll both enjoy can make or break you first date, picking the right person is just as important. If you choose someone who you get along with or have chemistry with, there’s a good chance that your date will be perfect regardless of what you two are doing together.