A well-planned first date will be the difference between a relationship or just a casual acquaintance.  It is important to know what their interest are or what excites them. You don’t need to stalk them, you just need to get hints so you’ll have an idea what might work.

1. A romantic evening restaurant reservation

I know that this sounds traditional but try booking a well-known restaurant. It does not have to be the fanciest or most expensive. Look for a place that has great food quality. Research their specialties, you might want to impress your date on your knowledge about the food they serve.  What’s the connection? It makes you look very well-prepped and even caring. That’s bonus points for you.

2. Hit the beach.

Does she like her toes in the sand or getting a tan? Plan a casual, romantic beach date. Don’t forget to check the weather and always be prepared for Plan B just in case nature puts a hold on your first date. If everything goes well you may also want to ask her to go for a swim. Nothing makes your getting to know stage more refreshing than a relaxing splash in the warm water.

3. Go to a carnival.

Does she like carnival rides and games? Take her to a local carnival! What’s good about such places is that it tends to relieve the child within the both you, thus making your date more relaxed and casual. Not much pressure compared to a formal event. Pro-tip: Try to win her a big bear.

4. Visit a museum.

Some girls totally dig art and history. Take her to a museum. Women appreciate guys who love to learn new things. Pro tip: Prepare your own set of trivia. You’ll be surprised how impressed she’ll be with your “Did you know…” ice breakers. Intelligent facts are better than cheesy pick up lines. Warning: Be careful not to be the annoying know-it-all date though.

5. Book a cooking lesson.

Search for any one day or night cooking class in your area. This will appeal best to girls who are passionate about cooking. Don’t worry if youcan’t cook, that’s the reason why you’ll attend the class. This will be the perfect opportunity to compliment how well she knows her way around the kitchen.

6. Jog in the park.

Dates don’t necessarily have to be formal. If your date is a health buff why not ask her out to have a quick jog in the park? Benefits: good for your health and you won’t be tied to formal and conversations which are first date bummers. Since it’s outdoors too, you can talk about anything under the sun.

7. Fill her in on a local destination secret.

This will work well if she’s not from your area. Take her to a secret spot where only locals go. This can be a beautiful swimming hole, hiking trail, camp site, old restaurant, etc. Any local gem that’s not listed on the first page of Google. It will make her feel special.

8. Go for the yacht sunset.

If budget is not a problem, take her yacht cruising. They say a sunset is extremely romantic. Such a fancy date will surely bring sparkle to her eyes. Teach her some basic maneuvers if you know how to operate the yacht.

9. Schedule a wine tasting tour.

This one’s a little unique and interesting. It’s usually booked in groups but you may ask the reservation staff if you could get an exclusive tour. Connoisseur or not, this will surely enhance the senses.

10. Tour the city.

Is she the new girl? Take her around the city.  Show her the most popular destinations and hot spots. It is best if you know a little bit of history so you could have interesting talks about the places too.

11. Have fun at a theme park.

This might sound a little high school but who wants to feel old? If she’s game, you two can brave the roller coaster once and have the best night ever. Who knows you might get a free hug down the slope!

12. Have a Classy Picnic

It will be extra special if you know how to pick the place. Take her to the most beautiful area of the park; always remember that simple things becomes magical if you put a little dash of effort and planning. Offer to bring some food too — please don’t bring takeout. You’ve been warned! On the other hand, don’t stress yourself with the food selection. Research online recipes for simple picnic dishes. Some wins are veggie sandwiches, oven-fried chicken, creamy pasta salad, cranberry and ginger tea punch, etc. The menu is endless, take your pick!

13. Skydiving or Bungee Jumping. Go extreme.

Is she into extreme sports? Is bungee jumping and skydiving her thing? Then book one over the weekend.  Adrenaline rush can be romantic too! It’s a plus if she haven’t tried those but is dying to take the plunge too. It will surely go down in history as one of the most memorable days of her life.

14. Love Sports?

Take her to the ball game! Is your date a sports fanatic?  Buy tickets to the next game. Put on a little bet on who’s going to win or what the final score will be. This adds to the excitement.

15. Road trip

You might want to both try a new restaurant outside the city. Make sure to make the travel enjoyable by engaging her in interesting conversations or games. This is the perfect way to get to know her better and who knows, before you reach your destination you’ll have an idea on what your (possible) second date will be like.

16. Treat her to an outdoor cinema.

Outdoor or drive-in cinema are old school choices, but you know what they say about old school right? Old school is still cool. This would perfectly work for dates who are into movies especially the classics. If this works, expect a lot of cuddling over Movie night in the future.

17. Go Karts

Fun and exciting is always the perfect combination. Unleash the race car drivers in you both! With adrenaline pumping it will surely be a night to remember.

18. Karaoke Bar.

First dates should not be limited to regular get-to-know-you norms. Remember, what matters most is to show your date that you’re not afraid to have fun.  The last thing she’ll see on your resume is the word boring.

19. Plant a tree.

For the environmentally conscious date, this would be a unique and earth-friendly option. Check out tree planting schedules any organizations have planned and sign up. She’ll be impressed. You help save our mother planet and (fingers-crossed) get the girl too. Another pro-tip: Make sure that you are sincere, you should never do this for the sole purpose of impressing her.

20. Fun run.

Marathon for a cause could be one of the best modern date ideas. This is a nice date because you get to flex some muscles while you get to know more about your date.  It’s outdoors so it’s almost impossible to run out of topics you can talk about. After finishing the marathon, you can casually grab a few drinks (or non-fat organic beverages) at any nearby restaurant or bar.

21. Painting Class.

So, you met on an art exhibit? Then this creative date idea is perfect for art enthusiasts. Learn more about shades and brush strokes together and we can only hope that it’s the beginning of a colorful relationship. Win-win!

22. Poetry reading.

If your date’s interest includes poetry, then this is one of the best options. If by any chance, you are a member of a poetry club, then you may want to take her to a reading/sharing night. Impress her with your poems and talk about your favorite poets over dinner.

23. Volunteer at a community kitchen.

You wouldn’t really think this is an ideal location for a first date. But if your date is a genuinely caring and sharing person, then this will surely melt her heart. Guys are not known for showing their sensitive side but being part of such a wonderful “give back” activity is pretty impressive.

24. Go to a local bookstore.

If your date is a book enthusiast, you might want to start your day at a local bookstore and learn about the selections she recommends. You’ll be learn a lot of things about a person by learning about the kinds of books they read.

25. Attend a car show.

Car shows aren’t exclusive for boys night. Cars, especially the classic models are always great topics. Girls who know a lot about engines are absolutely sexy. So rev up your dating game and head to the nearest car show.

26. Circus.

You’ll both be amazed as you watch the nerve-racking stunts and magical presentations. It doesn’t need to be Cirque du Soleil, there are a lot of great performances around your area.


27. Music festival.

Save the date! It’s always fun to attend music festivals. Who knows this might be the perfect venue to validate if you play well together.

28. Paintball.

What’s more exciting than to team up and play some paintball. This is a good exercise and will enhance strategy and tactics building which will be vital if you’re serious on being on a relationship.

29. Walk the dog.

Both of you a dog lover? Then it’s time to go out on a double first date. If you’ll be exclusively dating it is necessary for the pets to get along well too, right?

30. Stargazing

Grab some food, blanket, lamp and voila! You’re all set!