date night ideas

Best First Date Ideas

Dating has certainly changed a lot over the last few years. It used to be that people would meet in person, hit it off, and agree to go out and get to know each other.

Then, with the dawn of the internet, the way people got dates changed, and a growing number of people began searching for dates online.

At first, that meant spending time reading about a person’s information on their dating page—if you felt attracted to the person, you could reach out via email and possibly set up a date.

Then came Tinder—now, you can connect with someone just by swiping a picture on your phone. However, while the way we get dates has changed, the dates themselves have also changed.

Below is a list of the top five date ideas.
 

Get Active!

 
Trying out a physical activity is a great idea for a date; it’s fun and exciting, it allows you to get to know your date—including how they behave in competitive situations (which can potentially draw out any potential red flags such as over competitiveness), and it’s a great way to ease the tension many people feel on dates.

Plus, there are so many different types of activities you can try—there are simple activities such as mini-golf or bowling, which allows you to get a little active while also enjoying the atmosphere and maybe even some food and drinks.

Water sports such as paddle boarding or surfing are great for people who are fans of the beach (also a great way to show off to your date all those hours you’ve been putting in at the gym), and for adrenaline junkies, there are extreme sports such as skydiving or paragliding—these types of dates, either good or bad, will be unforgettable.
 

Work Together

 
Doing something cooperative together can be a great way to see how compatible you are together, how well you can communicate, and how your personalities match.

Whether it’s an art class where you have to build or paint something together, or a cooking class where you have to make something together (bonus if you get to eat it after), or even an escape room—an activity that is growing in popularity—can all be a great idea for a fun date where you can find out how compatible you are.
 

Keep it Simple

 
Dinner and drinks remain at the top of the hierarchy as the king of all dates, and for good reason. It provides an intimate atmosphere where you can get together, talk, and get to know each other.

It also provides plenty of flexible options for those looking to spice up a classic. You can try out a new restaurant that’s been getting rave reviews, or invite them over to your place and show off your cooking skills, or invite them to a niche bar from their favorite story—there are plenty of ways you can turn a meal together into a date that they’ll never forget.