When thinking of ideas for a first date, I like to try new things. Rather than cater to what either of us enjoys, I try to find something completely new. This is my way of starting the relationship with a bang and excitement. Dinner and a movie have been done to death, and so have trips to bars and clubs. Give a few of these ideas a shot, and you will be pleasantly surprised.


I haven’t tried this out for a first-date idea yet, but it seems like it would be great (provided neither of you is afraid of heights). It’s exhilarating and standing together at the door of a plane about to jump out at several thousand feet has a romantic appeal that not many other things can match. Call your local municipal airport to see if they have any skydiving instructors.

Hookah Cafes

If you’re not one of the enlightened who enjoy middle eastern food and hookah, then you should give it a try. It might not be a good option for the health-conscious, but for the rest of us, it makes an excellent first date. Hookah cafes are usually bustling places with a laid-back and cozy atmosphere and are a great place to smoke a hookah, enjoy some coffee and have a nice conversation. This works especially well for college students as there are usually many cafes nearby.

Art Conventions/Galleries

One of my favorite places to have a first date is at the monthly art walk they have here through the downtown area. Artists and vendors get together and line the streets. Musicians play their music for you as you walk around and take in the artwork. It works wonders for anyone who can appreciate art.

Live Comedy

Another astounding option for first dates is local comedy clubs. There are a handful of really excellent ones in my area featuring both professional and amateur local comedy acts. This is a great way to break the ice, with some laughs.

Wine Tasting/Tours

If you live somewhere close to vineyards taking a tour, or going to a wine tasting make excellent first dates (as long as you’re 21+). A few good wines and good conversation tucked away on a vineyard seems peaceful and has worked wonders for me in the past.

Scuba Diving

If you are fortunate enough to live near the beach snorkeling or scuba diving make great date activities. Follow a romp in the ocean with a nice seaside dinner, and you have the makings of romance.

Poetry Readings/Book Signings

Poetry readings make great first dates, and if you’re the adventurous type, you can even whip up a peace to read your date at the reading. Talk about a way to score some points! Book signings are also great even if you’re not really into books. You can enjoy coffee and conversation with your date and often enjoy a dramatic reading from the author.