culture The Best First Date Ideas  

Samantha Dillinger
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The best first date ideas are those activities that have the best balance between allowing two people to get to know one another a bit without being overly intimate. So if you're looking for a unique first date idea or even a cheap first date idea, browse these options or even add your ideas below!

These days, if you really want to wow your date, odds are that you'll need to select an activity a bit more interesting than dinner and a movie. That's not to say that enjoying dinner in a new cuisine or even preparing dinner at home isn't a bad first date idea. Even going a bit more casual--and brief if the sparks don't fly--is the option to meet for coffee.

But fun first dates are more than just consuming edibles and those which allow two people to participate in activities together are a great way to get to know each other. Try physical activities like ice skating or rock climbing. Take a stroll in the park or go for a hike. Learn new things together by taking a cooking or art class together or visiting the museum or aquarium.

What would be your ultimate best first date? Vote for your top first date ideas below or add any not already listed! When you're done, head over and vote for the best qualities in a woman and best qualities in a man too!
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Visiting the Museum or Aquariu... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Visiting the Museum or Aquarium

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319 79
Taking a Stroll in the Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Taking a Stroll in the Park

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318 95
Going Out to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going Out to Dinner

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274 97
Attending a Festival is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Attending a Festival

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270 97
Having a Picnic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Having a Picnic

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241 84
Eating Lunch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Eating Lunch

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251 99
Going to the Beach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going to the Beach

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238 95
Drive Go Carts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Drive Go Carts

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254 108
Going to the Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going to the Zoo

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266 120
Meeting for Coffee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Meeting for Coffee

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251 110
Watch the Sunset is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Watch the Sunset

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198 74
Go Stargazing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Go Stargazing

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248 111
Listening to Live Music is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Listening to Live Music

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211 85
Visiting An Amusement Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Visiting An Amusement Park

The Best Qualities in a Man

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204 82
Watch Movies at the Drive-in is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Watch Movies at the Drive-in

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191 81
Eating Ice Cream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Eating Ice Cream

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200 96
Going Hiking is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going Hiking

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209 105
Play Mini Golf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Play Mini Golf

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211 108
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Bowling

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180 102
Eating Brunch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Eating Brunch

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188 111
Visiting the Comedy Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Visiting the Comedy Club

How to Get a Girl to Like You

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196 119
Taking a Boat Ride is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Taking a Boat Ride

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167 95
Ice Skating is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Ice Skating

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179 106
Meeting for Drinks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Meeting for Drinks

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159 114
Attending a Sporting Event is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Attending a Sporting Event

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146 111
Going to the Theater is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going to the Theater

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132 99
Cooking at Home is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Cooking at Home

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127 96
Volunteering Together is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Volunteering Together

The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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124 93
Visiting a Historical Site is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Visiting a Historical Site

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140 117
Going to a Wine Tasting is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going to a Wine Tasting

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129 107
Visiting the Farmer's Market is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Visiting the Farmer's Market

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125 105
Playing Pool is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Playing Pool

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115 95
Going for a Bike Ride is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going for a Bike Ride

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Playing Arcade Games is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Playing Arcade Games

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113 108
Taking a Cooking Class is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Taking a Cooking Class

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96 89
Going Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going Roller Skating

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101 95
Playing Board Games is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Playing Board Games

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97 109
Going Fishing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going Fishing

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85 104
Taking An Art Lesson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Taking An Art Lesson

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86 106
Visiting the Dog Park is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Visiting the Dog Park

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70 117
Going Rock Climbing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going Rock Climbing

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67 115
Play Sports is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Play Sports

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72 124
Singing Karaoke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Singing Karaoke

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56 132
Going Skydiving is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going Skydiving

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46 142
Visit the Casino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Visit the Casino

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43 144
Going to the Driving Range is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going to the Driving Range

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36 149
Go On a Factory Tour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Go On a Factory Tour

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28 161
Going to Chuck-E-Cheese is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Going to Chuck-E-Cheese

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31 172
Visiting a Psychic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Visiting a Psychic

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21 161
Taking a Fitness Class is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best First Date Ideas
Taking a Fitness Class