Unconventional First-Date Ideas for 2017

If you consider a movie and dinner way too basic and boring for your taste, you can always find unusual yet fun Valentine’s date to make it more romantic. Get inspired to think outside the box and consider these options that will set a more inviting mood.

Take a Ferry Ride

gettyimages-644016565The length of a 30-minute ferry ride is the perfect bite-sized date option for people who don’t want to have to drag things out over dinner or drinks. It’s a good chance to get fresh air, take in some sights, and suss out whether the other person’s up to snuff for a post-excursion drink or coffee.

Sample Treats at a Food Festival

Big holidays like Chinese New Year and annual food festivals are excellent opportunities to sample bites while you get to know someone. All the various food options and the mingling in a crowd will give you a good chance to survey how adventurous and adaptable the other person is, too.

Go For a Leisurely Bike Ride

If both of you like to bike, plan a trail date in a park or scenic area where both of you can chat while cycling at a *leisurely* pace to avoid any Tour de France-worthy pile-ups.

Visit a Tea Room

gettyimages-560779579If you’re more into herbal blends than java, visit the soothing atmosphere of a tea room for your first rendezvous. The tea room owner will typically lead you in a tea ceremony at an ASMR volume while both of you sip on calming teas and feel zen.

Go to the Beach

Whether you live by an ocean or a lake, a day out on the sand is always a calming date spot if the weather’s playing along. Soak in some sunshine near the water and as the day draws to a close, take a romantic stroll with the setting sun as an Instagram-worthy backdrop.

Go to a Carnival

Appeal to your inner child by buying tickets for a carnival. Yes, we know, we know, so cliché. But embrace the cheesiness—share cotton candy, let him try to win you a prize, and ride the Ferris wheel if you’ve got the stomach for it. It’s a great way to get to know each other while having fun at the same time.

Go Bowling



Whether you’re a strike machine or a ten-pin novice, there’s so much fun to be had at a bowling alley, from the beer and cheap pizza to the rush of the game itself. Set up the bumper guards if you want to avoid utter embarrassment or go no-holds-barred for a competitive one-on-one match.

Take a Wine-Tasting Tour

gallery-1470142015-rsz-gettyimages-160588572If you’re both vino fans, grab lunch and wander through some scenic vineyards on a wine tasting tour. Both of you can learn to sniff, swirl, and sip like the pros while spending a boozy afternoon together.

Cook a Meal Together

There’s nothing more satisfying than preparing a meal together in the comfort of your own home if one or both of you is an avid cook. If you’re more of a boxed mac-and-cheese type of gal, take the backseat as a sous-chef and help with the chopping and peeling.

SOURCE: www.marieclaire.com

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