- Thinking of a first date idea besides dinner or drinks can be difficult.
- Insider created a list of unique date ideas that will help you stand out as you try to find the one.
- From brewery hopping to cooking classes, there's no shortage of fun you can have on a first date.
Places like Sur la Table offer gourmet classes and "date nights" in person and online.
Whether it's a themed bar, a bar that lets you create your own drink, or something undercover like a speakeasy, it'll take "grabbing drinks" to a whole new level.
Doing a beach clean-up, working at a soup kitchen, or helping build a house will reveal how caring the person you're dating is, and it'll get your relationship started on the right foot.
If you aren't located near any wineries, there are breweries all over the country.
You could also head to a bar that offers flights of beers or wine for a similar experience.
If you're an animal lover and want your partner to be one too, find the ASPCA near you or a local animal shelter and spend the day among dogs and cats.
You can see how your date interacts with animals in a low-stakes environment, and even if they aren't the one for you, you could find the pet of your dreams.
Whether you're a seasoned thrifter or novice, you'll have fun going through bins to find hidden treasures or trying on outrageous things people have given away.
Sure it can be cheesy and embarrassing, but you'll be able to tell if the person is down to get silly sometimes.
Small towns and big cities alike are known to host cheesy, lantern-lit ghost tours at night.
If you're lucky, your date will jump into your arms.
Search for local readings from both famous and aspiring artists. You might be surprised by how romantic it feels to take in art with your date.
Your favorite bar probably does a weekly or monthly trivia night, even if you don't know it.
They're often on weekdays, which makes it perfect for anyone who works weekends or wants to spice up their work week.
If you head to an arcade bar, you can throw it back to the Pac-Man days with a side of beer.
If you find your closest natural wonder and get lost outside, you can get to know your date with some peace and quiet.
Check out your local arts section in the paper or online to find an interactive play like Sleep No More or something at Chicago Theater Works.
Trampoline parks are like bouncy houses for adults.
You can test out your best tricks and show your date your playful side.
There's the Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles, Cancún's Underwater Museum, and, if you're bold enough, there's the Museum of Sex in NYC.
Spend the day looking through people's old junk and find your own treasures. Maybe you'll end up with a cute keepsake from your first date.
The holiday season offers dates that are simple, cheap, and a good start to many memories together.
See how well you two work together with a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle or the New York Times Sunday crossword.
There's nothing like having a psychic tell you whether or not you two are right for each other on the first date.
Even if you don't agree with their telling, you can bond over the experience.
Topgolf has revolutionized this athletic activity, but you could even play it old school and find local ranges or cages to use.
Turn the strawberries, apples, or blackberries that you pick into pies or jams afterward — if you want to spend more time together.
You can head to Painting with a Twist or take a pottery lesson together.
They even have bowling bars like Splitsville or bowling alley and concert venue combos these days.