So you’ve connected with someone and you’re both keen to meet up and go on a first date together. Your nervous, anxious and excited all at the same time.
Your date has suggested that instead of sitting around a cafe, staring at each other, pondering whether to order a coffee, an alcoholic drink or a milkshake (yes I kid you not, I had a date order a milkshake), that you do an activity together.
Something fun, something light, something that will provide you with a common ground to talk about and an experience to share, but you have no idea what to suggest.
Below is a list of some of the fun and wonderful things, I’ve done with people on first dates and would recommend to others.
Bridge Climb – I know right! This is absolutely amazing and scary all at the same time. Climbs are generally offered at, sunrise, mid-morning, lunch, mid-afternoon and sunset. The best part, you get to support and encourage each other over the challenging points. The downside, everyone gets to wear sexy overalls and sneakers.
Kayaking – This is a great way to get out and see the waterways, rivers and ocean around you. The good thing with this is that you are generally with a group of people, so you can interact with the other group members if you are running short on things to say to each other. Oh, and if you are sharing a kayak, you could get a glimpse to see if you can work as a team.
Cooking Class – This was seriously fun. You get to chat, cook, use your hands and learn together. At the end of the class, you get to sit down, eat and enjoy the fruits of your labour, sometimes with wines to match, yum.
Dinner Show – think comedy clubs, Outback Spectacular, Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant etc. These are great, because you get to mingle, have a couple of drinks and chat away until you are ushered into a sit down theatre to watch a comedy, musical or combination thereof, as well as munch your way through something delectable.
Go Karting – not much time for talking when you’re out on the track, but such a great adrenaline boosting fun way to spend a couple of hours together and you get to see the competitiveness of each other as well.
Go for a walk – There are so many pathways, beaches and parks to utilise and the best thing about this, it’s just the two of you and the great outdoors.
Theme Park – now this is generally a full day activity, so you want to be sure that you are going to enjoy each other’s company. What’s to like? The exhilaration of the rides, talking to each other, being supportive and perhaps an early opportunity to hold a hand if you freakin out.
Ghost Tours – I personally love these. Tours are often held at night and in a cemetery, old gaol or city streets. You are guided around the site by a historian that has some creepy old stories to tell as you wander around with a torch. A fantastic opportunity to hold hands, or stand a little closer, even if you’re not scared.
Picnic – What’s better than grabbing a blanket, some food, kicking off your shoes and lying around in the grass or by the ocean and enjoying the surrounds. Also lends itself for a walk or a swim afterwards.
Motorbike Excursion – if you and your potential ride a bike, why not head up a mountain range, stop at the look-outs and admire the valley views. Stop off for brunch / lunch, wander around quaint villages and then cruise back together. If nothing else, you’ve met a fellow rider.
Ice Skating / Roller-blading – This can be a lot of fun, especially if you’ve not done it years. You can awkwardly hang on to each other whilst trying to stand up-right or use each other for support to make it around the ring.
I’m sure that there are many more ideas, however these are just some of the ones that I was fortunate enough to experience and enjoy.
I hope that this short list is helpful and provides you with some inspiration.
Now get out there. Have fun and don’t forget to let me know how you go or if you have some other ideas. Feel free to share your story on what activities you’ve done on a first date in the comments section below.