The first date went well enough and the two of you are scheduling a second date.
You may never get a second chance to make a first impression, but when it comes to dating, it’s through a second impression that you’re given a chance to make a real statement.
In short, the 2nd date is just as important as the first.
The following second date ideas are designed to make it easy on you.
Not only are they a lot of fun, but each is designed to create a relaxed atmosphere, taking most of the pressure out of the date.
While the first date indicates whether you are compatible enough to meet a second time, the second date sets the stage for how a potential relationship might unfold. The second date is intended to confirm the impression that you got of each other on the first date.
Here are the 10 best second date ideas:
1. Bike Ride
Take her for a mellow (avoid hills) bike ride. Be sure to have a destination in mind. This could be a scenic view or a nice restaurant.
2. Brewery Tour
First, seeing how beer is made is extremely cool.
Second, brewery tours are almost always guided. This means you’re able to experience something new together without having to force conversation. At the end of the tour, you’ll probably both be a little tipsy, so the conversation will flow a bit easier.
Walking around markets, there is an abundance of cool things you’ve never seen or haven’t seen in years. This provides an almost endless source of conversation. If your first date was a little rocky, this is a great second date.
They usually have live music and often have good food.
It is easy (enough) and is not serious enough to be intimidating. It is the perfect atmosphere to chat and flirt without making chatting and flirting seem like the focus. This alleviates the pressure of forcing a connection. Since it’s essentially a child’s game, there’s also the opportunity for some shared nostalgia.
Parks are of course the standard for picnics, but, if you can, go elsewhere. Maybe the beach? Maybe by a lake? Maybe you combine this with #10 below?
6. Live Music
For a second date, it’s better to find a lesser-known act playing a smaller venue. You shouldn’t be spending $600 for two Springsteen tickets this early. Where do you think you’ll bond more, at an amphitheater packed with 15,000 people or a small venue with a handful of people?
7. Take A Class/Lesson
This is preferably something neither of you have done before. It will help you determine if she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone and try new things. As you are both likely stepping out of your comfort zones, a class on a new subject will connect you. Why not try a “Paint and Pour” class?
8. Gallery Hopping
Strolling through a gallery like GOMA is a highly underrated second date idea. It’s affordable and has the potential for unexpected excitement and gives you plenty of time for casual conversation.
9. Botanical Garden
Botanical gardens are parks on steroids. They are beautiful, often huge, garden complexes with a variety of different plants.