15 First Date Ideas To Get You To A Second Date
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15 First Date Ideas To Get You To A Second Date

[nextpage title=”Next Page” ]First dates are so make-it-or-break-it. It’s important to choose a venue that can help you to be successful. This article is written for those whose goal it is to have a good time and to get a second date. We spoke with Aleeza Ben Shalom, The Marriage Minded Mentor, who offered innovative first date ideas. Movies, bars, and restaurants are not on this list.[/nextpage]
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1. Ice Cream

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Going for ice cream is casual, it’s good for conversation, and it’s delicious. Plus, unlike going for dinner, you don’t have to worry if there’s broccoli in your teeth. On top of that, Ice cream flavors can reveal personality traits, so you can learn about your date without him or her knowing. Aleeza Ben Shalom, The Marriage Minded Mentor, suggests going to the store together to buy ingredients and then creating your own sundaes. For maximum comfort, it’s best to use neutral ground like a park picnic table or a food court. Enjoy the sundaes and each other.
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2. Hit The Zoo

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You can learn a lot about a person’s sensitive side when you see them with animals—even if the animals are on the other side of glass. The zoo also provides a friendly, safe environment with many paths on which to walk and talk. (Be sure to put your phone away on your date to focus on the person next to you. Just sayin’.)
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3. Walk The Dog

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This activity is simple, free, and illuminating. Take your dog for a walk through a park. Aleeza Ben Shalom says that a “Dog helps to make people smile and also focus on something other than first date jitters.” You’ll also find out if your future likes your dog, and that’s important, right? Of course, don’t use this for Date #2 if you are the one who’s expected to pay the bill, because two free dates might make you look cheap.
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4. Aquarium

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Sticking with the animal theme, aquariums provide plenty of discussion points and lots to see. You can go any time of year. Another nice feature about an aquarium, or a zoo for that matter, is that if the date is not going well, the exhibits provide distractions until you reach the exit.
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5. Bowling

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If both of your backs can take it and your socks are in good shape, bowling offers an hour of action and conversation. Just make sure your date is completely comfortable with physical activity, and remember to reserve a lane ahead of time. You might even be able to find a chic alley in your town that offers a cool atmosphere and more to do than rolling ten-pound balls.
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6. Museum

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If you both like to learn, a museum could be engaging and good for conversation starters. Remember, talking is important. You want to learn about your date and they presumably (and hopefully) want to know more about you. The exhibits will give you conversation prompts if you need help getting the chatter started. However, if conversation is not your thing…
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