How many times has this happened to you? A guy asks you out and then “surprises” you with a first date plan of dinner and a movie. So original! Staring uncomfortably at each other across the table at a restaurant is so old-school. Instead, next time a new guy asks you out, propose one of these easy, romantic yet guy-friendly and fun first date ideas.
Hit up a dive bar
Hit up a dive bar and challenge him to a game of darts or pool. It’s prime time to use your flirting skills and “ask for pointers.” Wow him by wearing casual-cool springtime gear: Converses and a sexy tank.
Rent bikes and explore a new neighborhood or park on wheels. Guys love being active, and he’ll dig that you’re the kind of girl who isn’t afraid to work up a sweat.
Pick up a basketball and challenge each other to a game of hoops at your local playground. Shooting three-pointers gives him a chance to show off a little.
Meet for lattes in the morning
Get up early before work one weekday and hit up your favorite coffee place. The jolt of caffeine will keep the convo sharp and funny and you’ll stay on his mind all day.
Have a picnic in the park
Bring some sandwiches and finger foods, and let nature (and maybe a little contraband wine) inspire a romantic connection.
Go to a used bookstore
It can be a new bookstore if you insist. It doesn’t matter! If you and your date enjoy reading and perusing books, hitting up a bookstore on a first date may just end up being one of the ideas that sets you on a quick course to true love.
Adventurous or forbidden ideas
Head somewhere a little forbidden or adventurous, like a sick roof or a scenic overlook. Excitement pumps your adrenaline and boosts your odds of bonding.
Paddleboat or rowboat
Rent a paddleboat or rowboat at a nearby lake in the afternoon. If you get tired, let yourselves drift for a bit as you watch the sunset.
Go for margaritas at an outdoor bar
Take your pitcher to the back patio and watch the sun go down—the lights and sky are magical this time of year.
Watch an outdoor movie
I know, I said going to a movie is pretty worn out in the world of first date ideas. Make it fun by going to see a movie outdoors or, even better, at a drive-in movie theater if you still happen to have one near where you live.
Visit a tourist hot spot in your town that neither of you has been to before
Even if you’ve been living in the same place for years, there’s a great chance that you’ll have missed at least a few interesting places in your community. If it turns out that your chosen spot is a dud, get creative and come up with a few quick ideas to finish off your date. Just turn it into an inside joke and the venue won’t be such a killer.