Coming up with creative first date ideas can be super tricky. If you're like me, you automatically default to grabbing drinks, just because it's an easy and seemingly foolproof choice. You also have the option of choosing the cliched dinner-and-a-movie date that's mentioned in almost every romantic comedy but which, in practice, can be pretty boring (and awkward AF, if things aren't going well and you're stuck sitting through three courses and a two-hour film). So if you want to branch out a bit on your next date, what are some other options?
In a recent AskReddit thread, users gave their best suggestions for first dates that aren't dinner and a movie, because the best way to make a lasting first impression is to make fun memories together — something you can't do in a dark, crowded movie theater. “First dates are the beginning of something, and like with first impressions, these first dates are the door that opens your relationship with this person,” April Masini, aka “Ask April,” New York–based relationship expert and author, tells Bustle. “The best first dates are those in which you not only do something together, you learn about yourselves and each other, and create this great experience together.”
For the next time you have a ~hot date~ lined up, here are 19 out-of-the-box first date ideas (and if you're already happily coupled up, consider this inspo for your next date night).