If you’re like most people, planning a first date can be pretty nerve-wracking. You want to make sure you choose an activity that will not only be enjoyable for both of you, but will also give you the opportunity to get to know each other better. To help take the guesswork out of planning your next first date, we’ve compiled a list of 6 fun and romantic ideas that are sure to create lasting memories.
So put on your best outfit, grab your date’s hand, and get ready for a night (or day) filled with laughter, love, and maybe even a little bit of magic. Who knows? Your next first date could be the start of something truly special.
Go for a walk in the park together
Going for a walk in the park is such a perfect first date idea! You want to keep it simple, with plenty of time to chat and get to know each other, with enough distractions to keep the conversation moving. A walk in the park hits all the spots. Bonus points if you have a botanical gardens, nature reserve or other points of interest nearby.
Whether it’s your first time seeing each other or you already know each other well, a stroll in the park is always a great way to spend quality time together. Enjoy nature’s beauty and spend some intimate moments while getting to know one another better. Feed the ducks, spot wildlife, have a picnic and make some wonderful memories together.
A first date in the park can set the tone for a romantic beginning which could last for years to come!
Get ice cream or dessert
A first date is a special moment, so why not make it extra sweet? Getting ice cream or dessert is the perfect first date activity – you can get to know each other while enjoying something yummy! Going out for ice cream or indulging in an exquisite dessert is the ideal way to set the tone for your first date to be both fun and romantic. Depending on your preferences, you and your companion can have a tasty time going out for a scoop of your favourite flavour of ice cream, or trying a unique take on traditional desserts. So don’t hesitate – grab a spoon and take your first date for some delicious treats!
Go to a museum or art gallery
Nothing sets the mood for a first date like an afternoon of fun and exploration. A great way to mix things up is to head to a nearby museum or art gallery, where you can spend an hour or two surrounded by amazing works of art.
Step back into history while getting to know your date, marveling at all the artifacts and hidden secrets that each exhibit has to offer. Art galleries also provide a unique atmosphere for first dates; you can chat about the art pieces on display and let your imagination wander as you take in the skillfully crafted works made by renowned artists around the world. You won’t run out of conversation because there is so much to comment on, and you might even get to know each other on a deeper level by sharing your insights about art.
There’s no better way for couples to explore and share their first experience than with a trip to a museum or art gallery – it’s romantic, educational, and most of all, fun!
Play tourist and explore your city/town
All too often we sleepwalk through life without ever visiting some of the main sights of our town.
Exploring your city or town is an ideal first date option, as it allows you to spend quality time with your partner and get to know them better. You get to experience your surroundings in a new way and appreciate the places you see everyday from the eyes of a tourist. Pick out some interesting attractions or places-to-visit near you that pique both of your interests, such as a beautiful park, interesting museum, or amazing rooftop terrace. You could even plan a route around your city/town so that it feels like an exciting adventure where you two can explore together!
Whether it’s lunch at a local cafe or a stroll through the neighbourhood markets on a warm day, playing tourist for the day is sure to help spark conversations between you and your first date and give you some fun memories.
Cook dinner together
There is nothing quite like cooking dinner together on a first date to break the ice and get to know one another! It can be fun and romantic as you learn how to work together in the kitchen, tasting different ingredients as you go. Plus, there’s nothing better than sitting down to a meal you put together yourselves – showing off your culinary skills while sharing more than just a romantic dinner.
Have a picnic in the park – or in your backyard
A first date doesn’t have to be a stuffy dinner in a fancy restaurant (although there’s nothing wrong with that, of course!) Why not organise a romantic picnic in the park or your own backyard instead? Grab some snacks, pre-make sandwiches and salads, get some comfy blankets spread out and if you feel like it, even break out the champagne.
A picnic is more fun than a restaurant, and also feels more intimate and private with no waiter hovering over you. An outdoor dinner is going to bring you much closer together — all with fresh air and sunshine to enhance your first date bliss!
Going on a first date can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of romantic and fun first date ideas that will bring you together, get you talking and don’t even require you to spend a lot of money.
So go out there and enjoy getting to know someone new – your perfect match might just be waiting for you.