Creative Dating Ideas

Have you gone on so many coffee dates lately that you haven’t slept in months? Sure, getting together for a quick cup of coffee is a good choice for many reasons. Here, some other options.

By Michael Tresser

coffee date can be quick if necessary, can be stretched out if things go well; it is inexpensive, and you can usually find a place to go in every neighborhood in every city.

But when you’re pondering the age old question about where to go on a first date, keep in mind that creativity and spontaneity go a long way. Also,
“You get to laugh a lot, sing off-key and really break down all the barriers.”
be sure you go someplace where you can actually talk and get to know each other (so forget the movies). Here are five alternate ideas to keep in mind when planning that first date.

1. Take a walk
Taking a leisurely walk is not only fun and good exercise, but it can also take your mind off the fact that you are on a date. Crissy, a 35-year-old advertising executive, went on a walk on her first date with the man who is now her fiancé. “Walking can be incredibly intimate and romantic; on the other hand, it’s pretty easy to skeedaddle if it’s not going well! I was so smitten with him, I felt like my feet barely touched the ground.”

2. Break a sweat
Jonathan, a 27-year-old Internet executive, likes going bike riding on his first dates while Diane, a 31-year-old writer, prefers hiking. “I am a marathon runner and hiker, so it is important for me to meet someone who
Sure anyone can go out to dinner or a show on a first date…
shares those interests, plus you are together sharing a common goal—getting to your destination.”

3. Be creative
Bill, a 26-year-old financial advisor, likes to take his dates to a paint your own pottery class. “It’s creative, messy and we usually end up laughing at our mistakes.” Linda, a 29-year-old human resources director, loves music. “Going to a karaoke bar on a first date is a great way to break the ice. You get to laugh a lot, sing off-key and really break down all the barriers.”

4. Be romantic
Who doesn’t love romance? Nicole, a 30-year-old vice president, thinks that picnics in the park are great first date alternatives. “Romance is important for me, and a well-planned picnic in a park sets the right tone.”

5. Be adventurous
Sure anyone can go out to dinner or a show on a first date, but doing the unexpected on a first date says a lot about you. Rhonda, a 24-year-old student, likes going to amusement parks on her dates. “I get to see what they are made of when they are hanging upside down on a roller coaster.”

Michael Tresser is a freelance writer who frequently contributes to Happen magazine.
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