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.
Instead, get your hands dirty at a local cooking class. To shake things up (and enjoy more cuisines), pick three different places to nosh at. No, we’re not talking about taking a stroll in the nude (though kudos to you if you do). Whether you go for a long bike ride, try outdoor rock climbing (psst, an indoor rock climbing wall is an awesome option too), go for a hike, or take some swings on the golf course, the natural air make the date that much sweeter. No matter where you live and how long you’ve been there, there are likely things on your tourist bucket list.
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.
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.
And it’s not hard to find classes that serve wine or are BYOB.
And you don't have to be very outdoorsy to enjoy an outdoor date.
There are tons of couple-y activities that you and your partner can partake in that don't involve camping or getting lit up by bug bites.
I love my kids, I really do, but I also love my time away from them. Time to think, be still, and have no one yelling my name or smearing my pants with dirty fingers. Yes, we’re huge advocates of taking kids with you on adventures, but every now and then leave them behind! Mine is my favorite adventure partner, and something about being outside together (and alone) does wonders for our relationship and our individual sanity.
So, if you’re like us and have a hard time thinking of a fun outside date on the spur of the moment, here are 50 ideas to get you started!