9 First Date Ideas That Will Help You Really Get To Know Each Other

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Coming up with great first date ideas isn't easy. You want something that will feel casual and fun, but you also want to make sure that the conversation can flow and that you can get a good sense of each other. That's really what first dates are all about. “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,” New York-based relationship and etiquette expert of Relationship Advice Forum, April Masini, 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.”

So when coming up with your first date activities, it's important to keep that in mind. A great first date will allow you to connect and feel each other out. It's OK if you feel nervous or a little awkward — so many people feel that way on first dates — because it's mostly about getting a sense of whether or not you'd want to see this person again. Think of it as a test run. And if you're having trouble coming up with something fun and interesting to do together, don't worry — here nine first date ideas to help you get to know each other, because going to the movies is overrated.