So how can you make the second date as memorable as the first? For the first date, you might have done the typical restaurant or coffee date. Hopefully something that will help you get to know more about who they really are. After all, we all put on a bit of an act for the first date. Everything from extreme to relaxing, from cultured to crazy, from loud to quiet.
You might be tempted to make the date idea a surprise, but that can often be a bad idea unless the person you are dating is adventurous. If you do decide to surprise them, at least let them know what kind of clothing they should wear. There are so many date ideas here you should be able to choose a backup date option, no problem.
So, here we go! Rent motorized skateboards and zip around town. A load of fun and a great way to get around. Stop at whichever shops look exciting and make a day of it. Find something touristy in your area that neither of you has done and do that. Most locals never get around to doing the touristy stuff.
Find out what is popular in your town on TripAdvisor and pretend to be a tourist in your own town. You can even make up fake personas if you want. Find some cool science experiment videos on YouTube and try them out. Whether they fail or succeed, you are both sure to have a good time trying them out.
Just make sure to go shopping ahead of time to get all the ingredients and create a playlist of stuff to try. You can both choose some videos to try before the date. Join a fun looking meetup together.
There are a lot of meetups these days, and they cover almost every interest. Do a pub crawl, coffee shop crawl, thrift store crawl, or any other type of crawl you want. Pick a theme, plot some of them on a map, and go! Works well with some of the other date ideas like renting scooters or bikes to ride around town. Buy a bunch of seeds. Plant them all around town. Sounds weird, but can be a lot of fun visiting new places and secretly or not so secretly planting seeds. It makes you look at your surroundings in a new way.
Go to an antique store, look at the old photos they usually have in a drawer and make up stories about the people in them. Or just treasure hunt some awesome old stuff.
Antique stores have a lot of neat stuff in them. Lots to talk about and check out in antique stores. Go to an open mic night. Bonus points if one or both of you get up on stage. Find a bingo place and play bingo. Okay so I know people associate bingo with senior citizens, but it can be a lot of fun and pretty exciting. Plus, there is a good chance neither of you have ever been to a bingo parlor. Hooray for new experiences! Nothing like dinner and a show. Do some wine tasting at a local vineyard if one is around.
If not, you might be able to find wine tasting festival. Always good to support local, and you get some wine in the process! Take a factory or brewery or bakery tour. Plus, if you go for a bakery or brewery tour, you get some tasty samples. Go to a local fundraising event. Do a little good on your second date and have fun in the process. There are always groups running fundraising events, and they can be a lot of fun.
Take a dance lesson. Just try not to step on too many toes. Do one of those wine and painting classes. Get in touch with your inner painter or at least your inner wine drinker. But it might not be the best choice if one of you is actually good at painting. Go foraging for edible plants and berries and make a meal with them. You and your date definitely need to be of a certain mindset or very open minded for this one, but it can be a fun way to cook dinner together and learn about what plants and weeds are edible.
Go to a local nonprofessional sports game. Like a high school football game or a little league game. Choose a side to cheer for or cheer for opposing teams. Lots of fun and usually quieter than professional sports games. Plus, a lot cheaper. Each of you picks a short story, novella, or graphic novel for the other to read, and then you get together on the second date and discuss them. This one is an excellent idea if you are both into books. Do a photo booth crawl and make silly photos at every booth you can find.
On the way to the next booth, you can plan out what theme you are going to do for your next set. Bonus points if you pick up props for the photos at a dollar store. Do a seasonally themed date. For fall or spring, you could carve a pumpkin or paint Easter eggs. Have seasonal food and drinks after the activity.
There are a lot of these games for both Android and iOS. Make a bucket list, talk about all the things you put on yours, steal good ideas and brainstorm ideas together. You can find out more about their goals and aspirations, and see if they match or complement your own. Always nice to do something that gets the heart pumping.
Have a cooking competition with whatever food you have in your or their house. It forces you both to be creative and can lead to some hilarious results. Pick out workout videos on YouTube and do them together.
Once again, this one is better if you both are into fitness and working out. Drive around looking for yard sales and see if you can find any cool stuff. You can find out what kind of stuff they are into and maybe find some super cool things for yourself. Get some coloring books and color.
This one is on the super relaxed side. You can do it at a park or at a coffee shop. Learn about local history and visit some historical spots. Okay so not everyone is interested in history, but this can be a great way to learn more about your town.
Go see a local band. If you are both into music, this is a great option. Do some pub trivia. Now you can sit at the bar and try to answer trivia questions! It gives you a lot to talk about, and you can find out what they are interested in. Try to take great pictures of each other in different locations. Basically, pretend to be photographers. Everyone appreciates a good picture of themselves. Go see some live standup comedy. But most of them have lots of things going on all month that are open to the general public.
Rent a skateboard or longboard and give it a go. This one is a bit risky. It can be a lot of fun no matter what your or their skill level is. A trip to the hospital does not make for a good second date. So, choose this one with caution. Find a project on Pinterest or Instructables and make it together.