37 First Date Ideas That Aren't Awkward, No Matter How Nervous You're Feeling

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It doesn't matter how much of an extrovert you are, or really even how well you know the person in question — first dates are generally unpredictable, and can run from totally awesome to a total bummer. The best you can do is try to prepare yourself with first date ideas that aren't awkward, so that you're both at ease, engaged in what's happening, and don't need to rely just on each other to keep the conversation going if you catch yourself in a nervous moment. Thankfully, there are a whole slew of options to do just that.

Depending on how well you know your date, some of these suggestions you may want to take or leave — but all of them are reliable in that they will give you plenty to talk about, and give you a hard and fast time "out" if things end up going south. This list of ideas will also encourage you to experience something together, and help you get to know each other in the process by letting the conversation flow naturally based on what's happening around you. If you're at a loss for where to go, here are 37 places to consider for a first date — and if all goes well, for the second, third, and more dates to come!

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