Fun Date Ideas That Don’t Just Focus on Food

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A Couple on a fun date enjoying the outdoors
Fun date ideas help keep a budding relationship interesting and exciting. Whether it is your first face-to-face or your fifth, while you are still in the early getting-to-know-you stage, spice things up by avoiding the boring old-school dinner and a movie. It’s summer! Take advantage of that great weather and set up a fun-in-the-sun date.

Get Moving

Did you and your date both proclaim a love for golf in your profiles? Well, why not back it up on a first date? If you have a mutual interest in a sport or hobby, there’s no better way to break the ice than by doing an activity you both enjoy.

Active dates are great options for shy-talkers—doing something physical takes tons of pressure off of having a conversation. You aren’t totally off the hook for talking, however. Obviously, talking to each other is imperative for figuring out if you click, but being active removes the need for sustained conversation throughout the entire date.

If being physically active is important to you and is a trait you want in a mate, now’s the time to set those habits in place. Go for a bike ride, take a nature hike, play tennis, drive go-karts, ride horses, anything that gets you both moving and having fun.

Take it Outside

Getting outside allows you and your new online connection get to know each other better than you can in a quiet movie theater or restaurant that’s either too stuffy or so loud you can’t hear a word your date is saying. “What was that? Sorry, I couldn’t hear you because of the kid screaming in the booth behind me.” Not fun and not a good way to make a great first impression.

Being out in a busy public place helps avoid slipping into that taboo too-serious kind of talk on a first date. Right now, you need to be making sure your personalities click, not spilling your life story.

No one likes that awkward silence slipping into an otherwise great date. People-watching is always fun because you never know what you’ll see, and it provides you with plenty of stimulus to spark new topics of conversation if things start to lag a bit.

Here are a few places where you and your date can take in the external environment, relax, have a few laughs, and let your real personalities shine through.

  • Stroll along a pier or historic shopping district
  • Grab a bite at a busy sidewalk cafe
  • Enjoy a summer concert in a park
  • Browse through an art fair or flea market
  • Check out a cultural festival
  • Spend a day at botanical gardens, city park, or zoo
  • Ride some coasters at an amusement park


Outdoor dates are often the most memorable because you and your date are actually doing something besides sitting in a closed room. You have more chances to have relaxed conversations, more opportunities to be playful and laugh. You learn right up front if you have compatible interests, hobbies, competitiveness, and funny bones—all those personality traits that will eventually make or break a match.

Now that you are ready to test the waters with your online interest, find something you both enjoy doing outdoors and go do it. Be yourself and have fun while getting to know each other by spending an active afternoon together on a warm summer day. It just might be a summer day you’ll both remember for the rest of your lives.

What is your most memorable date? Please leave a comment and tell us all about it.

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