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What To Do On A First Date – 38 Great and fun things to do!

What To Do On A First Date – 38 Great and fun things to do!

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Gentlemen, this is Mantelligence.

And we get it… Sometimes it can be hard to decide what to do on a first date (especially if she’s a real catch!)

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Because today we’re sharing with you the 63 best things to do on a first date that are almost guaranteed to make her beg you for another one.

So if you follow these first date tips, and be sure to make the date fun, you’ll be one step closer to figuring out how to get a girlfriend!

I recommend reading through all of these 38 things to find your absolute favorites… but if you’re looking for something specific, you can click the links below to jump to that section:

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38 Best Things To Do On A First Date

I’m going to stop right here and say this: Where you take her doesn’t matter (but it helps!) It’s what you do with her and how you engage with her that will keep her hooked.

Some dates are better than others for this… It all depends on your personalities.

But really, no matter what you do or where you take her, as long as you make it a fun time, you’ll be light years ahead of most guys (that means actually doing things instead of sitting in a movie for two hours.)

Here are 38 best things on what to do on a first date: 

Just go outside and walk around! Adventures will pop up everywhere if you’re spontaneous and say, “Let’s go in here” a bunch.

If you’re not a morning person, maybe skip this one. It also works as a second date the morning after your first date.

See who can find the strangest, the best, and the worst books in the store.

It’s never too early to get your Christmas shopping finished.

Being a tourist in your home town can be surprisingly interesting and fun! Check your local Historical Society.

This date could last hours so be sure to be ready for that.

A quick drink is plenty of time to figure out if you want to go on another date!

Going to a restaurant completely blind is always an interesting experience.

It’s sweet, romantic, and it gives you an excuse to hold her hand.

Every nook and cranny. Hipsters leave all kinds of stuff lying around.

There’s a reason long walks on the beach are a thing. Walking with someone sparks great conversations. A dog just makes it more unpredictable.

Nothing like a little liquid courage to loosen up the conversation. Just be sure you’re not drunk every time you hang out with her.

If you go on a lot of first dates, a zoo pass is a smart investment that will save you money in the long run.

Flea Markets are great for people watching and finding things you’d never buy. In other words, they’re a blast.

They’re peaceful and give you plenty of quiet time to get to know each other.

Find some vantage points to snap some pics of a gorgeous view or two.

One way to really get to know each other is by singing with all your heart. If you’re not afraid to sing in front of strangers (or her), she’ll be impressed.

This shouldn’t be a stand-alone date! Do it at the end of everything else you’ve planned.

Nobody really uses Ferries anymore, which is why they’re the perfect, surprisingly enjoyable date!

Or just go to Costco. Either way, walking around and eating free samples is a cheap date that can turn hilarious when one of you tries something you don’t like.

A bike ride is a relaxing way to get some exercise and get to know her.

Show off those abs you’ve been working on

Only available in Autumn, cornfield mazes are often built on farms where you can buy pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns!

A fun, but expensive date where you can impress her with your knowledge on beating carnival games.

A local climbing gym is the perfect first date if you both enjoy getting physical.

Feed ducks cracked corn, bird seed, oats, or rice, but definitely NOT BREAD. It can kill them.

Get her heart rate pumping for a fun and exhilarating time she’ll always associate with you.

A little on the pricey side, but if she’s never ridden a horse, why not be the first person to do it with her?

You’ll almost definitely lose to one of the regular patrons, but it’s still a fun time. Plus there’s alcohol!

Go to the rich part of town.

To me, there’s nothing more relaxing. Make sure it’s a more popular trail or park though, otherwise she might get uncomfortable if you’re too far from other people.

You can find some great outfits at the thrift store, both serious and absolutely ridiculous.

Even though it’s illegal, bar hopping on a bicycle is a blast (I wouldn’t know though.)

Paint a pretty picture that you can show off to other girls if this one doesn’t work out.

Seriously, you should learn to dance. It’s fantastic exercise and feels amazing. Alcohol will help get you started.

Picnics are ideal for uninterrupted time alone to get to know each other.

Girls love wine, and a wine-tasting tour is the perfect place to find a lot of it for a decent price.

This is a win-win! You’ll make a piece of pottery you can use and a memory of your first date!

25 Things to Do/Talk About on A First Date

This is the hard part. Figuring out things to talk about on a first date can be nerve-racking, but if you stay busy (by walking around or looking at things other than each other), the conversation will come naturally.

And even if you’re just sitting across from each other at a table and there isn’t much going on around you, if you keep some of these things to talk about on a first date in mind, you’ll be just fine.

Here are 25 things to do/talk about on a first date: 

Save the severe childhood trauma for after you’ve been dating a bit. Letting too much out at once is a big red flag.

You can learn a lot about why a girl is the way she is if you know a little bit about her family.

We become more worldly and wise with travel and some of our defining moments come from far-away places.

Everyone has at least and they’re fun to recount (plus it’ll make her realize she’s on a good date!)

Most girls like animals so if you don’t like them, consider acting like one.

Work is a pain sometimes and it always helps to vent about it.

You can pick your friends. You can pick your nose. You can pick your friends’ noses too, but I don’t recommend it.

Talk about any and all experiences you’ve had. And be sure to remember the best stories so you always have one to tell.

EVERY girl has been on a terrible date or seven. Hearing about them is a good self-esteem booster because at least you’re not that nuts.

This is an important one. Find something to be passionate about and work at it every day.

And more importantly, why she got out.

Maybe you can take her there one day.

We all love something. What does she love?

Don’t spend too much time on this one, but definitely show an interest in what she does for a living.

What keeps her getting out of bed every morning?

For some people, their friends are their family. And even if that’s not the case, the types of people she hangs around will tell you more about her.

Did she draw that “cool S” everyone drew?

Also, learn to cook. Girls like a guy who can cook.

It could be a naughty one…

Music is one of humanity’s greatest cultural creations. Share some great tracks with each other.

The word ‘sexy’ has an automatic sexual connotation to it. This is a safe question to get her mind on the naughty stuff.

Adventure is the spice of life. Think of everything as an adventure and life gets more interesting.

If the conversation heads in this direction (don’t force it to go there), by all means go for it. You’re definitely getting a kiss.

Read more books!

She can crash at your place if she’s not busy. Or you can schedule something for tomorrow.

Things To Do Before You Kiss on the First Date: 11 Steps

Unless you’re both giving off obvious sexual tension, your safest bet is to wait until the end of the date to kiss her.

Why?

Because if you read the signs incorrectly and move in for a kiss, the date is officially over once your kiss is rejected. And that’s awkward.

So follow these steps to ensure you have a successful and memorable kiss on the first date.

Here are 11 things to do before you kiss on the first date: 

As the night progresses, keep an eye out for signs she wants you to kiss her.

Lick the back of your hand (in private!) If it stinks, your breath stinks. I always carry gum while on a date. Pop a piece in before you make your move.

At the end of a date, keep the conversation moving and mainly focus on how much fun you had with her and how great you think she is (once you’re ready to make your move, stop talking and go to step 4)

People who can’t maintain eye contact are viewed as distrustful. Keep those eyes locked!

Slowly move a little closer to her

Smile often. You’re more handsome that way.

If she catches you and wants you to kiss her, she’ll get quiet all of a sudden.

If you think you’re reading the signs correctly, don’t ask, just slowly move in. But asking in a sweet way works too.

This needs to happen throughout the date to build sexual tension. It lets her know you’re into her. But as you move in for a kiss, move your hand to her cheek or the lower portion of her back.

Move in and let those lips lock! Don’t forget to come up for air!

If she rejects your kiss… It happens and it sucks. You did your best and it’s going to hurt for a bit but the most important thing you can do for yourself is learn from this date by figuring out where you went wrong (maybe you didn’t do anything wrong and she just wasn’t that into you. That’s okay too.) and maybe your next date will be more successful.

More Tips On How To Get The Girl

Getting the girl requires more than a successful first date!

  1. If you can’t figure out how to approach a girl, we’ve got you covered.
  2. How to talk to girls gets easier with practice and the knowledge of how to do it.
  3. No girl wants to kiss a guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Learn how to kiss a girl!

How to Decide What To Do On A First Date: 5 Steps

Deciding what to do on a first date can sometimes be the hardest part. Especially with so many options!

Follow these steps to help ease the anxiety.

Here are 5 steps on how to decide what to do on a first date:

1. Relax!

Where you go isn’t as important as how you handle the date! Make it fun. Don’t forget it.

2. Figure out What She Likes over Text

It’s usually the case that you text a girl before you go on a date with her. Use some of our questions to ask a girl over text to get to know her before you even ask her out on a date.

3. Watch the Weather

If you’re like me and don’t check the weather often, you’ve probably had your plans for a date ruined by a thunderstorm and didn’t have a backup plan. Which brings me to my next point…

4. Have a Backup Plan (Or three)

Anything can happen between the time you plan a date and the actual day it happens. Have some backup plans in case your first option doesn’t pan out.

5. Once you Decide, Get Pumped

You should always bring your best self to a date, so it’s important to actually be excited about it. That excitement will give you the confidence to ask her out…

And she’ll notice your enthusiasm once the big day comes.

In Conclusion

Well there it is. Figuring out what to do on a first date should be no problem now.

And I know I keep saying this… But as long as you are fun to be around, where you are doesn’t matter.

Now get out there and plan some dates!

About The Author

Robin is our female dating expert, style guru and resident life coach. Her expertise has been featured on Reader's Digest, Bustle, Hello Giggles, Best Life Online, Cheat Sheet, and many more. She lives with her fiancee in Austin and loves to cook and play with her cat.

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