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| by Nada Allam

21 Ideas for a Unique First Date

First dates are usually quite nerve-racking; the thought of going out with your crush gives you butterflies; you are not alone; it happens to all of us. Movies have taught us that a first date means going out to dinner, which can be an awkward dinner where you try to learn as much as you can about the person in front of you, sort of like an interview session. To be honest, the best way to get to know someone is in a casual and enjoyable setting. You get to see them for who they truly are, and more importantly, you get to be yourself without being forced to act in a certain way. So, if you want to do something out of the ordinary, here are 21 ideas for a unique first date.

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Here are a few original first date ideas that will guarantee both of you a fun time:

1. The Zoo

I bet you just laughed reading this suggestion, and this is just the beginning of all the laughs you will probably have on this date. It's always fun to see the cute animals, feed them, take wacky pictures, etc… As you walk through the zoo, you will find there are a million things to talk about, and if in the off chance you are faced with an awkward silence, coming across a gorilla will do the trick. 

2. Go Karts

There isn't much talking on this date, but you learn a lot about a guy when you give them their toys. Is he the gentleman who will let you win, crush you with his competitiveness, or possibly the guy who waves to you as he passes you every single time. Put a guy in his comfort zone and you can guarantee a very relaxed date. A little friendly competition never hurts, and is always fun. 

3. Amusement Parks

I have to say the movies were right about this kind of date; they are superb. There are so many things to do in an amusement park, you usually don't know where to begin. Whether it's playing a friendly game of air hockey, him winning you a teddy-bear or even just eating some cotton candy; you'll get to learn a lot about one another. For example, he gets to learn about your favorite candy, you get to learn which games he is good at, and from there you'll probably know his story of how he got good at the game. You will be leaving this date knowing at least two things about his childhood. 

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4. Explore Different Foods

Even though this does involve sitting at a table and talking, exploring a new kind of food is never boring. Find a type of food like Indian or Thai and try out the place together, it will pose as a great memory to look back on. Opposed to change, that is fine, challenge yourself, better yet challenge each other, you will be eternally grateful after the experience. Who knows, maybe after this date you will grow to love Thai food. 

5. A Cruise

Looking for a bit of romance? Why not opt for a cruise? Pack yourself some snacks and a jacket and head down to the port for a mid-day cruise. You can share stories about one another, while looking at a gorgeous view. If all goes well on this date, you can come back on your yearly anniversary to where it all began.

6. Visit a Museum

If you and your date are both art enthusiasts, going to one or more museums can be a great first date. It allows you and your date to have casual small talk and understand each other's perspectives on life through the lens of art. Don't worry, there won't be any awkward silences because you'll be too busy talking about what you're seeing. If you think the date is going well, you can extend it and go grab a coffee together. 

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7. Swap Hobbies

if you and your date are open to new experiences and are interested in each other's interests. Divide your day between your hobby and the hobby of your date. It's a great way to get to know each other better while also trying something new. You can take a break in the middle to eat something, and then return to the other person's hobby.

8. An Escape room

If you and your date enjoy solving puzzles and decoding clues, an escape room is a great place to spend your first date. Getting out of an escape room is all about teamwork, and it's a great way to get to know your date and how they think. If you're worried about awkward silences, don't be because you'll be talking the entire time you're trying to solve the puzzle to get out of the room.

9. Sing karaoke

If you enjoy singing your heart out and want to show your date this side of you, karaoke night is the perfect date for you. A display of such vulnerability demonstrates confidence and an effort to get to know someone by first sharing about themselves. It's also a great way to learn about their musical tastes.

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10. Go Bowling

Do you want to break the ice? Go bowling; it's a silly competitive game that everyone can enjoy. It's interesting to see how each person approaches winning in a different way. It's a whole new level of getting to know someone.

11. Visit an Animal Shelter

You're probably wondering if this is even a date. Yes, if you and your date are both animal lovers, this is probably the best date for you two. It's a great way to see how your date interacts with animals, and you can often tell how affectionate someone is by how they treat potential pets, so it's definitely a unique way to get to know someone.

12. Cook Your Own Meal 

Many restaurants now provide cooking classes or let you prepare your own meal. Making your own pasta or any other dish of your choice is a great idea for a first date because it is a shared experience that allows for a wide range of topics to be discussed. This experience can help you decide whether you want to go on a second date or whether a first date is enough. If you decide to go on another date, you could go to an Italian restaurant.

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13. A Picnic

If the weather is nice and you both enjoy being outside, nothing beats an outdoor picnic. You can use this to find out what your date likes, and you can tell them about your food preferences as well, and you can get what you both like and enjoy it in the nice weather. Don't get me wrong. Dinner at a fancy restaurant is a nice first date idea, but this is far more thoughtful.

14. Bounce Around in a Trampoline Park

Who says trampolines are only for kids? They are enjoyable for both children and adults. It's difficult not to have a good time when you're jumping around on trampolines. It's a great way to see your date laughing and not taking themselves too seriously.

15. Go to a Dance Class 

The dance scene is huge right now, and if you both enjoy dancing, it's a great way to spend your time and go to a dance class together. There are many options, from latin dancing to african, so just pick the type of dance you'll be feeling on this day. It's a good idea to see if your date has any dance moves or not. 

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16. Go Kayaking 

Kayaking is a great activity for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. You can rent a two-person kayak to be close to your date and talk about your previous adventure. Bring extra clothing in case you fall into the water by accident.

17. Go to a Ballet Performance

If you want to wear something fancy, the opera is the perfect place to go. The entire experience will be fantastic, and after the show, you will be able to discuss how much you enjoyed it and what your favorite parts of the performance were. It's a very classy first date, and if you try it once and enjoy it, you'll definitely want to go again. 

18. Ride Bikes

Going on a bike ride as a date is a great idea if you enjoy the sun and the wind in your hair. It's a very fun date where you can end up racing each other to see who is faster, and you'll both have a great time. You can take a break in the middle to go out for ice cream before returning to your bicycle ride. It's the type of exercise date that will undoubtedly save you a trip to the gym on this particular day.

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19. Walk the Dog Together

If one of you or both of you have a dog, you can take them out for a walk, similar to a double date. Make sure to bring some treats for the happy pups. It's a laid-back date where you'll get to see how your date treats their pets and you can grab a cup of coffee to sip while on the walk. 

20. Go Rock Climbing

A rock climbing date is ideal if you both aren't afraid of heights or being held on a harness while clinging for dear life. This requires a lot of strength, but it's a great way to see if your date will be helpful while climbing the wall or if he'll try to race you to the top. It's just a fun date for those who enjoy heights.

21. Go Horseback Riding

It sounds like something out of a romantic movie, but if you or your date aren't afraid of horses, this is a unique date to consider. It's a fairy tale date, but who doesn't want a fairy tale story to tell their friends?

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