So, you’ve finally gotten up the nerve to ask them out. It should be smooth sailing from here, right? Not so much. Here you thought the difficult part was over. Far from it. Now you have to be sure to pick the perfect first date spot to impress and entertain your crush. That's what we're here for! We’ve put together a list of the 5 best first date ideas to set you and your boo on the path to romance.

  1. The classic coffee date - This one is a no-brainer. What’s not to love about a piping hot latte, good conversation, and very little pressure? You and your date can get to know one another in the cozy, laid back atmosphere of a nostalgic coffeeshop. But beware of coffee spots that are known for being crowded and busy. No one wants to shout to be heard, especially when you’re trying to parse out your potential soulmate. Also, avoid picking a cliche spot like Starbucks—go for something local. This adds a touch of personality to your date, which otherwise has the potential to feel ordinary and expected. Still, there’s a reason why coffee dates are the classic go-to. Take it from me, the right caffeine fix can lead to a romance for the ages!

  2. The zoo or aquarium - Take your crush to explore the jungles of Africa or the depths of the sea! Or at least as close as you can get in the city. If your date is an animal lover, this might be the perfect option for you. Nothing forges a strong, romantic connection like a shared experience over something your crush adores. Maybe letting out your inner child together will bring you closer together. Or maybe, spending the day with the animals will bring out the carnal and passionate in your relationship. Either way, I ain’t ‘lion’ when I say you have to try this date idea!

  3. A live show - Whether it’s a pop-up indie concert, your favorite band of all time, or a comedy set up in a dive bar, a live show takes the pressure off of conversation and allows you and your date to enjoy each other’s company. If you’re not the best with first impressions, or you get nervous around your boo, this might be the perfect option for you. With some research you may even be able to find a variety of free shows around town—and who knows, you might just discover a performer you and your crush really like! For music lovers and novice daters alike, the live show is a prime locale at which to romance your crush.

  4. An adventure - Take your crush on the adventure of their lives! While you can spend big bucks to go skydiving, bungee jumping, or drag racing with your date, there are plenty of low-cost options for date night. Find a fun hiking spot, go rock climbing or kayaking, or take your date on an impromptu road trip to a neighboring town—not only will your date find you spontaneous and sexy, you’ll both make some great and unexpected memories together. Maybe even pack a little picnic to wine and dine them at the end of the night. This type of date will show off your fun side and your ability to plan a great time for your crush!

  5. Netflix and chill - Now I know what you’re thinking, but I’m not suggesting you have to go straight for the jugular and hookup on the first date. Instead, have a low-key night in and get to know each other without the pressure of looking cute or planning activities. Watch a movie, build a fort, make stove-top s’mores, the possibilities are endless! Show your crush that you can Netflix and chill while maintaining your chill. And if things naturally progress to the next level, it’ll be a cherry on top.

And there you have it daters, the 5 best first date ideas. The option you pick really depends individually on you and your crush—what your likes and dislikes are and what your relationship dynamic is. So choose wisely boys and girls, and leave us your first date success stories (and epic fail stories) in the comments section!

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