Don’t get us wrong—we enjoy (responsible) drinking just as much as college freshmen. The rides are actually pretty fun, and big roller coaster drops provide the perfect opportunity to initiate a little hand holding. From outdoor movies to concerts to theater performances, the options are endless. Tune in to local newsletters or magazines that aggregate events, and check daily deal sites for the best options—you never know what you’ll find!
But there’s something unappealing about doing the same song and dance with each new dating prospect. And it shouldn’t make you feel forced into making unhealthy choices (like boozing every night for a week straight), or even worse: bored. Sure, wine tasting at a wine shop or restaurant is super fun. Sitting at a coffee shop can be a little drab, but picking up a coffee and walking around the neighborhood can make it that much better. It’s a great way to build up adrenaline, have some laughs, and soak up the sun while at it.
Gone are the days of sipping drinks, staring in silence, and forcing conversation.Lots of bars have jazz nights and showcase great local musicians.If you’re not sure where to find ‘em, try resources like Yelp, Time Out, and the arts section of the local newspapers.The better alternative: A smaller stadium and single digit price tags.The athletes may not be as impressive, but the beer and hot dogs taste just as great (and the extra funds don’t hurt either)!To make it even better, place a silly bet on the game.(We like to reward whoever gets the most gutter balls.)Whitney, Mariah, JT…And by ice cream social, we mean meet up at a self-serve ice cream or frozen yogurt shop. ) Aside from the awesome treat, it’s also pretty incredible how much you can learn about someone based on his or her topping choices. Visiting a historic site may not be the sexiest thing you’ve ever done, but you’ll never know until you try. So why not take the stress out of a dinner date by opting for all of the best brunch fixings instead?Not to mention, who wants to wake up hungover after hanging out with someone you didn’t hit it off with (especially if there isn’t even a good story to share)? These 29 alternative first date ideas will get you out of your comfort zone, into some fun, and at the very least have you and your possible new boo bonding over the experience. One person is responsible for drinks and the other brings along bites, pick a fun location (a park, riverside, or really anywhere with a nice view), and chat it up about your love for cheese or obsession with the latest whiskey concoction. But do you want to spend on the only bottle of wine you actually enjoyed? Instead, have each person bring their two favorite types of wine (make it even more fun by setting a price limit), meet at a park, and pretend to write the description on the back of wine bottles when you try each type. Try it with beer, champagne, or anything else you fancy. Tip: Pick a neighborhood you’re both unfamiliar with to make it more of an adventure. The days of scavenger hunts may feel long over, but they don’t have to be. Simply make a list of a few things you’ve been dying to try (don’t be afraid to get creative), and head out to find and experience them all.Heck, use them for any type of date—first and beyond! Though optimal for warmer months, it could even be fun to bring spiked hot chocolate in a thermos and stroll through the snow. )Cooking is always a great alternative to going out, but it can feel a bit awkward going to a stranger’s home on the first date. Sitting down for a long meal can feel stuffy—especially on the first date. (We suggest snacking on a baked good too.)OK, trespassing may not be the best suggestion on this list, but it can certainly be fun. You can make it as simple or complicated as desired, and you can always throw in the towel and grab a drink if needed—alone with each other.