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When you think of a first date, you may think of going to a nice restaurant while nicely dressed with a suit and nerves. Dating in the 21st century can and should be much more fun. Whether it’s your first date or you’ve been married for a while, active dates can be a great way to have intimate time with your partner and get your blood pumping.
1. Escape Room
If you’re going to have a relationship, you’ll need excellent chemistry and teamwork with your partner. One way to build that is to go to an escape room. This game has increased in popularity in the last decade or so. Escape rooms have different themes, and the players must work together to solve puzzles in an allotted time, usually 45 to 60 minutes. You may have to use your knowledge of math, science and history to unravel the mystery.
2. Ice Skating
This is a terrific idea for a date that’s sure to impress your partner or bring out a lot of laughter. Ice skating is an art that has beautiful aesthetics of skates gliding across the rink. Plus, it’s a great icebreaker without physically breaking the ice.
If one of you doesn’t know how to ice skate, it can be a romantic date by holding hands and learning how to skate. Try not to fall too many times, though. The great thing about ice skating is it can be done indoors or outdoors, depending on your location. And indoor ice skating can happen any time of the year.
3. Mini Golf
Miniature golf can be a great way to mitigate some of the typical awkwardness on a first date. It doesn’t take much skill, and it’s fun to play. Plus, you’re only competing against each other, not Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie.
For the date itself, mini golf is a great atmosphere to get to know somebody because of the ambiance that’s not too loud and not too quiet. The cost to play is inexpensive, and the course is typically close to places you can find food to eat after and continue your date. Mini golf is a hands-on date that’s low-stress and will keep you off your phones so you can bond with each other.
Hiking is a great option for an intimate date only involving the two of you. It’s an opportunity to soak in the beauty of nature, get active with a long walk and genuinely get to know each other. A bonus is many state and national parks are free to enter. There are national parks all over the country, especially in the West. From Shenandoah to Acadia and Badlands to Redwood, there are many opportunities to take your partner and explore America’s natural wonders.
Going to the zoo is a layup for animal lovers who want to go on active dates. From the Smithsonian National Zoo to the San Diego Zoo, there are plenty of options for exploring. You’ll get to walk around and see majestic animals like elephants, lions and monkeys.
A great way to bond with your partner is to take part in interactive experiences at the zoo. Feed the giraffes, touch stingrays, go to the petting zoo or talk with the zookeepers at special animal sessions if the zoo has them. You’ll have a neat learning experience and a special bonding session with your partner.
6. Ax Throwing
Ax throwing has seen a boom in recent years, with these businesses eclipsing $200 million in revenue and 500% in growth. It’s a fun activity for people of all ages, especially young couples.
Imagine it’s a Friday night, and you’re ready to go on a date after a long week. How can you take out your frustrations better than throwing an ax at a wall? Ax throwing brings laughs, adrenaline and intimate time with your date. You can easily have conversations and get to know each other while showing off your throwing skills or lack thereof.
Active Dates With Your Partner
One-on-one dinners at a restaurant are nice, but they don’t work for every couple, especially on a first date. Nowadays, you have plenty of options at your fingertips for a fun date that gets you both up and moving. These six ideas for active dates will provide a unique bonding experience that can bring you closer together.