5 Amazing First Date Ideas That Are WAY Better Than Dinner And A Movie

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Getting coffee is for amateurs.

When planning a destination for a first date, it is often easy to fall into the reliable routine of a coffee shop. Or a movie. Or a moderately priced dinner. You know, clichés.

However, if you are looking for something a little more unique, here are 5 atypical, but totally fun first date ideas to help you make an entertaining and unforgettable first impression.

1. Tantalize your taste buds with some alternative cuisine


George Bernard Shaw once wrote; “There is no love sincerer than the love of food."

Therefore what greater way to start a relationship than by introducing your date to a new type of cuisine? If you have a particular ethnic cuisine that you enjoy, or if you have an all time favorite restaurant, why not introduce it to your date? You may find you share a common gastronomic interest.

Alternatively, if you are looking to discover a new cuisine together, you can search for a wide range of alternative restaurants on online food guides such as Gayot. By doing so, you can locate the perfect place to base your first date and share your food interests with a new partner!

2. Break the ice with an arcade excursion

It's always great to have something to do on a first date — helps fill the awkward silences — so why not share your love of gaming with a trip to the arcade! The '80s might be over, but there's been a modern resurgence of retro arcades, barcades, or even just your local as well as Dave and Buster's. After all, what better way to get to know someone than seeing how they handle 8-bit intergalactic combat?

3. Discover new worlds together with a museum visit

Irrespective of where you live in the US, you can discover and visit a wealth of museums from the Guggenheim to the Smithsonian to whatever weird local museum you have in your area.

And if you're not into art or history, you can go full-on kitschy with a visit to something totally touristy and fun like a Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum? Browsing a gallery of art treasures or oddities is a fantastic way to guarantee that you and your date won't be lost for conversation starters.

4. Scale your first date to new heights while rock climbing

For an adventurous first date, why not try rock climbing? If you pursue rock climbing already, this activity is a great way to introduce your date to one of your hobbies. Alternatively, even if you are a complete novice, rock climbing provides a memorable activity through which you and our date can work together to acquire a new skill.

Moreover, there are a wealth of indoor rock climbing facilities, so you and your date can easily find a facility wherein you can both enjoy an afternoon scaling some walls and getting to know each other better.

5. Two words: boat trip.

For an unforgettable romantic experience, why not plan your first date on a boat? It's scenic, unexpected, romantic, and just plain beautiful.

From floating down the Niobrara River in Nebraska to canoeing the Buffalo National River in Arkansas, there are so many places across the United States where you can easily plan a quick boating excursion — either super-relaxed or super-sporty — to match the vibe of the person you're trying to connect with.

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