Best First Date Ideas

M&H Staff

First dates are meant to be playful, laid-back, and all-around fun! But, do they always need to include lunch, coffee, or a drink? Snore! First dates are the opportune time to do something you genuinely enjoy or have wanted to try. No daters block here! Milk & Honey Magazine compiled a list of upbeat, unique ways to enjoy the company of your new potential man! Happy dating!


With the crisp leaves changing colors and the cool fall weather, now is the perfect time to go for a light walk to get to know one another! Plus - it's free!

Farmers Market

Buy an apple, a hot coffee, and maybe (if he's a gentleman... wink, wink) you'll get a bouquet of fresh daisies!

Painting / Cooking Class

Groupon it and try something new! You might just find your new favorite hobby!

Botanical Garden / Arboretum

Wander through the flowers and enjoy the holiday decorations.


Boys who like art are sexy. That is all.

Live Music

Most cities have live music every night of the week. Find an artist/band you've never heard of and check 'em out!

Rent Street Bikes

Hourly bike stations are popping up all over on street corners. Take advantage!

Beer / Wine Tasting

Much classier than just meeting up at a bar. Amiright?


Find a a lovely downtown or harbor within an hour of home and be a local tourist. Get to know the new area and each other!

Mini Golfing

This is a cliché first date idea, but hey - it's fun! There's usually arcade games to play and carnival-esque snacks to buy.

Comedy Show

Entertainment makes first dates (somewhat) less awkward.

Trivia / Bingo

Your local bar scene surely has a trivia or bingo night somewhere. Sometimes the trivia is even themed!


Put on the goofy shoes, buy the pizza, and re-try the sport you haven't played since your 2nd grade birthday party.

Apple Picking

Or cherry picking in Washington, or peach picking in Georgia... and the farm may even have hayrides! Bonus!


Jinglebell Run, Skeleton Scamper, St. Patricks Shuffle... Get your workout on!


With the holidays around the corner, your zoo probably has fun decorations up! And convince him to buy you a stuffed animal! ;)


Pick out a funny outfit for the other to wear for dinner. It'll definitely be memorable!


Find your local state park and enjoy the scenery. Pack some AB&J's (ahem, almond butter) and have a picnic to reward yourselves!

Rent Kayaks / Jetskis / SUP

If you live in a warm locale near an ocean or lake, water sports are a lovely way to have some fun!

Explore a Book Store

It's a great way to talk about your interests, and you can end the date with a mocha at the coffeeshop.

Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Go ice skating afterwards!

Paint & Wine

What a great way to keep a souvenir from the date, right?! Find your local paint-and-sip on Groupon!

Dog Park

Bring your puppy or find one there. Too much cuteness!