50 Low-key first date ideas. Fun, creative, unique and cute low key first date ideas. For an unforgettable night that is way better than dinner and a movie.
First dates can be exciting yet kind of nerve-wracking to. You have to pick the perfect date spot. Figure out what to wear to make a good first impression. Then make dazzling conversation with someone you barely know.
Needless to say, that can be a lot of pressure on anyone.
All things considered it also means that nailing the perfect date activity is going to be essential to make your date a success. Because the date spot you chose is going to dictate the entire mood of the date. Not only where you go, but how you dress, how much fun you’ll both have and even what you’ll talk about.
Of course there’s always dinner and movie, but there are actually way better first date ideas out there for you to try.
Below you’ll find a list of 50 super fun low key first date ideas that I’ve put together for you, that are also unique, creative and affordable. No matter what you’re into or looking for you’ll be able to find the perfect idea for you!
10 Best Low-Key First Date Ideas
You’ll find that each date idea has its own unique advantages. But most importantly, they are designed to encourage you to have fun, connect with each other, and have meaningful conversations.
1. Go To A Local Museum And Explore The Exhibits
Even if you’re not a major history buff or art lover, a trip to a local museum can be a enjoyable first date. Besides being interesting, museums have an inspiring atmosphere and are full of opportunities to start and keep the conversation flowing.
2. Attend A Comedy Show Or Improv Night
If you’re seeing someone new and want to keep things casual, a comedy show or improv night can be an exciting and lighthearted way to spend time together. Plus, the laughter will also help to alleviate any first date jitters.
3. Check Out A Street Fair
Street fairs are a cheap and cheerful casual first date option. You can sample some tasty food, browse local artisans, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Plus, street fairs have great people watching. So if you’re meeting for the first time after swiping right on Bumble or Hinge, it will give you lots to talk about and your conversation will never dwindle.
4. Trivia Night At A Local Pub
Feel nervous about keeping a conversation going? Then take your date to a Trivia night at a local pub. Trivia nights are an easy and entertaining way to break the ice and get to know each other.
I especially love the idea of a trivia night date because of the team work aspect of it. As it, provides you with a cute way to bond with each other over a shared positive experience.
5. Visit A Farmer’s Market
If you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy first date then browsing a farmers market together on a Sunday afternoon is a great option. There’s plenty of readily available topics to chat about and you can get your weekly shop in too. Then if things are going well you can pick up a snack and chat more in a relaxed and casual setting.
6. Play Date At A BarCade
For the young at heart, an arcade date can be a cute and nostalgic way to spend time together. Get some friendly competition going playing classic games like PacMan or Mario Kart. Or check out the virtual reality section for an out of this world date. BarCades are a cool option because they’re adults only. So you can indulge in a cocktail or two while you play arcade games.
7. Play Bocce Ball In The Park
First dates can be awkward but playing an outdoor game like Bocce Ball is an easy way to make your date entertaining and memorable. Simply, relax, chat and get to know each other better, no formalities required.
8. Take A Painting Class
This is one of my go to dates when you want to do something out of the ordinary on a date yet keep things low pressure. Even if you aren’t any good at it you’ll both have fun and you can chat (or not) as much as you like.
9. Take A Mixology Class
Are you tired of the “let’s grab drinks” same old, same old? Instead take a mixology class with your new love interest. You’ll learn how to make some fancy (yet casual) drinks together and share some laughs. For what will sure to turn out to be an unforgettable first date for you both.
10. Go Bowling
Bowling is a classic fist date idea that’s always a hit. It’s also great way to get a sense of your dates personality and gauge how fun they are. Plus bowling is always a fun date idea. Even if you suck at it you’re practically guaranteed to have a good time.
Fun Low Key Date Ideas
Wether you consider yourself to be more introverted or extroverted, below you’ll find a casual first date idea that you’ll both enjoy:
11. Check Out A Food Truck
Find a food truck in your area and enjoy some delicious eats. Food trucks are a great way to sample a variety of cuisines and try something new together. There’s lots of people around so you don’t have to worry about making awkward small talk.
12. Putt-Putt Mini Golf
Personally, this is one of my favorite date ideas! Mini golf is incredibly enjoyable and it’s an excellent way to spend time getting to know each other’s playful side. Basically, it’s the perfect laid-back first date.
13. Get Pastries At A Bakery
Satisfy your sweet tooth by visiting a local bakery and trying different pastries and desserts together. Coffee dates can be casual but ultimately boring. On the other hand picking out a variety of sweet treats to share is a charming yet relaxing and affordable date.
14. Browse A Record Store Together
If you both love music, browsing a record store together is a unique and chill first date idea. You can share your favorite artists and albums with each other. If things go well you can grab a drink after. Or if not, you can easily end the date and go your separate ways.
15. Get Coffee At A Cat Cafe
When you’ve just met through a dating app coffee is a pretty typical yet boring date. However, adding a cat cafe into the mix can take your first date from blah to an automatic easy win. Because, well kittens obviously!
16. Brewery Tour And Craft Beer Tasting
Most local breweries offer tours and tastings, which is an entertaining alternative to the typical casual drinks first date. In addition, if you’re the kind of person that tends to feel anxious on dates, they give you plenty to talk about. Because if you’re doing tastings it feels more active than just sitting across the table from someone wondering what to talk about.
17. Head To The Beach Together
If you live near a beach, a day spent outside soaking up the sun is a relaxing, low-key first date option. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks, bring some beach towels and sunscreen. To help break the ice you can bring a card game, or play a beach friendly game like frisbee or corn hole.
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Fun Active First Dates
18. Go Roller Skating
Another classic date idea, roller skating is an enjoyable and low-key way to spend time together. In the winter you can go to a roller rink. If it’s summer you can take the date outside and skate in the park. Even if you’re not great at roller skating you’ll have a few laughs and enjoy yourself. If things seem to be going well, it gives you a chance to hold hands. Too cute!
19. Go For A Romantic Bike Ride
For those who enjoy the outdoors, going for a casual bike ride is an ideal first date option that won’t break the bank. You can get some exercise, admire the beautiful scenery. If things are going well you can stop for coffee or ice cream along the way.
20. Play Pickleball or Badminton
Pickleball is a popular and easy-to-learn sport that’s a perfect option as inexpensive first date for active couples. Just head to a court and play a game or two while getting to know each other better.
21. Go Ice Skating
Ice skating is a casual and romantic way to spend time with someone new during the winter months. It also gives you the perfect excuse to break the touch barrier, and hold hands. After grab a hot chocolate, snacks and get your flirt on by asks them a few flirty questions. And viola, you’ve now had the perfect low-key winter date!
22. Casual Afternoon Tennis Date
If you’re looking for an active first date idea and don’t mind getting a little sweaty then meet up for a casual afternoon tennis date. Tennis also promotes interaction, communication, and is simply a fun activity to do as a couple. Plus, studies have shown that couples who engage in sporting activities together report having stronger and healthier relationships.
Unique & Creative First Dates
23. Check Out A Roller Derby Match
For adventurous couples, a roller derby match is an exciting way to spend a first date. It’s an entertaining and unique experience that allows you to bond over the excitement of the game. Plus, there’s plenty of past-paced action to keep the conversation flowing.
24. Two Words: Drag Brunch
Low key dates don’t have to be boring. Drag brunches are highly entertaining and can be a great way to break the ice on a first date. Plus, once the show starts you’ll soon forget that you were ever anxious at all.
25. Test Your Skills At Axe Throwing
Axe throwing has recently gained a lot of popularity as a date option, and it’s not hard to see why. As far a dates go, it’s a unique activity that is loads of fun. Wether you’re any good at it or not. You’ll always have something to talk about so the conversation is practically guaranteed to keep flowing.
26. Get Your Tarot Cards Read
If you’re looking for a first date with a unique twist then get your tarot cards read together. Wether or not you’re both interested in the mystical not you’ll have lots to talk about.
27. Go To A Funky or Weird Museum
If you find traditional museums a bit morning but still want to keep the date easy, creative and budget friendly then head to museum with an off-beat or weird theme.
28. Hit Up A Karaoke Bar
Go to a Karaoke Bar for a casual yet and endlessly entertaining date night. If you’re feeling brave you can belt out a few tunes. If you’re shy then you can both just enjoy the light-hearted atmosphere.
Any way you slice it, it’s an enjoyable way to break the ice and have a memorable first date.
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Cute First Dates
29. Visit A Zoo
If you both love animals a trip to the zoo makes a charming and memorable casual date no matter how you old are. There’s plenty of action around to keep the conversation flowing. Even if things don’t work out the way you hoped at least you got to see some adorable animals!
30. Visit A Local Botanical Garden
For a peaceful and romantic casual date, visit a local botanical garden. Leisurely stroll through the gardens and enjoy the low-pressure atmosphere while getting to know each other better. If things go well you can extend the date by having a cup of tea or grabbing a bite.
31. Take A Dance Class Together
Get up close and personal by taking a dance class together. Learn some new moves, enjoy the music and each other’s company. I suggest Salsa or Swing, loads of fun and it will give you a chance to touch each other in a non-awkward way.
32. Watch An Outdoor Movie In The Park
Enjoy some entertainment under the stars by attending a free movie screening in the park. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and some snacks.
Relaxed First Date Ideas
33. Go For Hot Chocolate And A Walk
Perfect for a cozy fall or cold winter day, a hot chocolate date is a sweet and cozy way to get to know each other. Find a cute cafe or coffee shop to pick up your hot chocolate then head out for a walk in the crisp fall air.
34. Visit a Local Bookstore and Browse the Shelves Together
If you and your date are both book lovers then you may have just discovered your perfect match. Though it may not seem like an obvious date spot. Bookstores are an excellent way to learn more about each other’s interests in a low pressure atmosphere.
35. Head To The Dog Park
If you both have dogs, then meet up for a date at the dog park. You can chat as you watch your pups play. There will be plenty of adorable distractions around and you’ll also gain valuable insight into more of who they are as a person. If you don’t have your own dog you could volunteer to walk one for a friend or your local animal shelter.
Chill First Date Ideas
Chill first date ideas for those time when you want to relax and enjoy your time together:
36. Get Bubble Tea
Grabbing bubble tea and going for a walk is quick and easy date. The bubble tea makes it more fun than an awkward coffee date. Plus it’s a much cheaper, and less formal option than your standard dinner date. Win win!
37. Have Sushi In The Park
Sushi is a fun first date but can be pricey. A great alternative is to get sushi take out from a cute yet inexpensive spot. Then head to the park for a picnic for two.
If you’re not sure what to talk about you can break by playing a flirty game of “Would You Rather?” or asking each other funny couples questions. You’ll get to know each other better and spark some interesting conversations too.
38. Do A “Seasonal Date” Activity
Let the season dictate your date activity! If your date is in the fall and you’re looking for an outdoor activity then go apple picking. If it’s during the winter months, get hot chocolate and go ice skating. You can pick fresh berries on a spring date, or head to a night market in the summer. The sky’s the limit! Just check your local listings and see what’s going on that month.
39. Visit a Local Ice Cream Shop and Try Different Flavors Together
Going out for ice cream is a relaxed way of spending time with a someone new without it seeming like a formal date. If things aren’t going well, you can end the date as soon as your ice cream is finished, which, let’s face it, won’t take long if you’re anything like me.
Easy Indoor First Dates
40. Visit Your Local Aquarium
Explore the wonders of the ocean by visiting your local aquarium.
41. Take A Pottery Class
Get your hands dirty and create something beautiful together by taking a pottery class. You can do one that’s more hands on like wheel throwing, or hand building a mug. Or check out a ceramics painting drop in at an art studio near you.
42. Attend A Local Art Exhibit
Check out a local art gallery or exhibit together. Just like museums there’s plenty to see that will spark conversations. But this time you can feel good that you’re supporting your local arts community. Who knows you may even discover a new favorite artist.
43. Take An Interesting Cooking Class Together
Cooking together can be a very a romantic experience. But because it’s your first date, it’s way too early to go to each other places. So the next best thing is taking a cooking class together. From Italian, to Japanese, to baking or even chocolate making the sky’s the limit.
One of the reasons that I love cooking together as a first date idea is that it really can help bring couples together. You get to see how you work together as a team, and it’s easy to chat and learn about each other through a unique shared experience. Not to mention enjoy some great food at the end of the night. Making it one of those perfect activities for couples at any stage.
Low Key Date Night Ideas
44. Go To A Hockey Game
Even if you or your new love interest aren’t avid hockey fans, watching a sporting event can be incredibly thrilling. Plus, there’s plenty of opportunities to socialize and get to know each other better. Unlike a movie where talking is discouraged, cheering during a sports event is practically mandatory.
45. Go Stargazing At Your Local Planetarium
Explore the wonders of the universe by going stargazing at a nearby observatory or planetarium. This can be a romantic and awe-inspiring experience that you won’t soon forget.
46. Groove At An Outdoor Concert In The Park
If you’re feeling nervous about what to say on your date, then check out a free outdoor concert in your area! It’s the perfect mix of relaxed and cool. Plus if you’re the type that hates small talk, the music and atmosphere can fill in any awkward silences.
Depending on where you live you can find community concerts from spring and summer though fall and even during the winter months. Just check your local listings.
47. Visit A Nearby Amusement park
Amusement parks are delightful at any age. Plus, with so much to see and do you’ll both be so busy enjoying yourselves. That you won’t have to worry about making small talk or awkward silences.
48. Go On A Group Date
If you’re shy, introverted or feeling extremely anxious about going out on your first date alone, then plan a fun group date with friends. This way it still feels like a date but it also has the aspects of a safe, comfortable “first hangout” with a guy or girl.
You can each invite one or two people then chose lively group activity, (bowling would be perfect!) were you and your crush can be on the same team. You’ll still have time to talk to each other and plenty of people around who can help to break the ice. Keeping the night low-pressure, yet still lots of fun.
49. Play Board Games At Cafe
Board games at a pub or cafe are one of my favorite all time first date ideas. What makes them so great is that they are low-pressure, yet unique and entertaining. They are also easy, so they make a great option as a weekday date night idea that you can easily do after work.
Whether you’re introverted or extraverted, first dates can sometimes just feel awkward. Having a game to play gives you something fun you can focus on. Which in turn can help to calms nerves. So you can chat much more easily and have an all round enjoyable first date.
50. Try Some New Wines Together
Visit a local winery or wine bar and sample different wines together. Wine tastings are more entertaining and interactive than just meeting for drinks. Yet, still let you relax and enjoy each other’s company in a romantic and sophisticated setting.
What To Do On A First Date So It’s Not Awkward?
To have a first date that is as least awkward as possible chose an activity based date that will be fun for you both and give you lots to talk about. Be open and authentic, ask your date questions and share about yourself as well. If you’re feeling nervous remind yourself that this person already likes you or they wouldn’t be going on the date with you in the first place.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a first date isn’t to decide if this person is your future spouse or not. (As a dating coach and relationship expert this is one of the areas that I see my clients putting way too much pressure on themselves and their dates.)
Instead of worrying about wether or not this person is “the one” make the focus of your first date on having fun and getting to know each other. Seeing if there are any obvious compatibility issues, red flags or dealbreakers.
Ultimately, on a first date you want to get an idea of wether or not you enjoy each others company enough to go on a second date.
What Is A Low Key Date?
Low-key dates are relaxed, casual, affordable dates that are not overly extravagant or formal. Where you can both have fun and enjoy each others company in a comfortable and stress-free setting. Low-key dates are a good option for first dates. Or for people who prefer a more laid back approach to dating. Without the worries or pressures of a date in a more formal setting.
Fun and Affordable Casual Date Ideas
I hope that you’re inspired by this list of fun low-key first date ideas. Make sure to keep them on hand in case you ever get stuck and need a last minute first date idea.
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