Congratulations, you’ve made it past the first date—an important feat for sure, although the second date is just as key. Why? Because all-important second dates typically fall into make-or-break territory for a couple.
With that in mind, we’ve assembled 25 out of the box second date ideas that are bound to get you a third date simply because the date itself is so fun.
So get out there, skip dinner and a movie, and opt for something slightly more unexpected. Your date will thank you.
1. Instead of dinner out, do takeout in.
You went out to dinner on your first date, why not bring dinner in for your second date. Order favorite dishes from a few of your go-to neighborhood joints. And when in doubt, just order a lot of sushi, and have sake on hand. You won’t be able to go wrong.
2. Go to an amusement park.
Don’t be afraid to have some serious fun on your second date. An amusement park is essentially guaranteed fun. Get on the bumper cars for some friendly second date competition.
3. Cook at home.
Cooking for your date is a great way to get intimate on your second date. Don’t feel the pressure to prepare something with 120 steps, and laundry list of complicated ingredients, instead opt for a dish that you are a master at.
4. Rent bikes together.
Spend an afternoon biking on your second date, picking an area of where you live that you are looking to explore, or a scenic spot, like along a lake or a river.
5. Go paintballing.
Dating experts suggest skipping that noisy bar in favor of something more active for a second date. Paintballing will definitely get the blood flowing.
6. Get on a horse.
Think outside of the box and go horseback riding! Chances are neither of you will be experts, and the experience will turn into a memory you’ll both have forever.
Pick out an art opening from the local paper, and what you see will automatically get the conversation going.
8. Get your fortunes told.
Feel more connected with your date by going to a fortune teller together. Who knows, she might say you two will grow old together.
9. Unwind with a couple’s massage.
Looking for a date that is seriously relaxing? Head to a spa and get a couple’s massage.
10. Stage your own movie festival at home.
Instead of going to the movies choose a few indie movies from Netflix, and stage your own movie festival date at home.
11. Go see a band neither of you have seen before.
Peruse your local music listings and plan a date that involves seeing a band neither of you have seen before. Regardless of how good the band is, it will be an new adventure.
12. Find a public swimming pool that is open at night.
Night swimming on a second date? Why not? It will certainly be memorable. Research what local pools are open late, and go for it.
13. Pack a picnic, and go for a hike.
Choose your favorite local spot for a hike, and pack a picnic lunch for the summit.
14. Go on a macaron tour.
Get to know someone and taste test sweet treats? What could be better. Go to a few macaron spots, and decide together which ones are the best.
15. Check out a baseball game (the cheap seats will do).
Go cheer on your favorite baseball team, get some hot dogs, and some beers, you’ll be well on your way to your third date before you know it.
16. Go to drinks with a view.
Going to drinks on a date is about as classic as it get, so pick something with a view (a really, really great view) and up the ante.
17. Find great seats at your local coffee bar, and bring a crossword puzzle.
Spend an afternoon like you are in a Paris coffee bar (whether you are or not) sipping espressos, chatting, and doing a crossword puzzle. Lazy and relaxed is the name of the game here.
18. Visit an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Every city and town seems to have at least a few old-fashioned ice cream parlors, where you can sit at the bar, order a banana split for two, and just indulge.
19. Hit the local farmers’ market, and pick up brunch.
Go to the local farmers’ market together one morning, and pick up fresh ingredients to make brunch with! Don’t forget a jar or two of homemade jam.
20. Get your adrenaline going and go sky diving.
Looking for some serious adventure for you second date, then sky diving should be your top choice.
21. Check out a burlesque show.
The perfect activity for those looking to up the sexy quotient on the second date is checking out a burlesque show.
22. Make chocolate martinis together.
Instead of baking together, do something a little more date worthy, and create chocolate martinis for each other.
23. Hit up a jazz club.
More intimate and romantic that an oversized dance club, find a local jazz club, reserve a table, and enjoy.
24. Pull out all the stops on a Zagat date.
Try the best food, best drinks, best dessert, and best view in town. It’s a great way to discover new places together while getting to know each other.
25. Go on a walking tour of an undiscovered neighborhood.
Find a local walking tour where you can learn about history, check out some spots off the beaten path, and just explore.