Dinner and a movie. Drinks and dancing. Coffee and conversation. Sure, these are tried and true first date routines. They’re also boring as hell. If you want to make a great first impression, why not take your date someplace exciting? Whether you met your date online or by chance in a local coffee shop, the following first date destinations are the perfect choice for adrenaline junkies, extreme sports fans, or anyone who just wants to try something new.
Sometimes, the best first dates can be the ones where you aren’t even in the same room. Virtual dating makes a lot of sense for people who met online, but even people who met face to face can have a great time on a virtual date. Even the experts say that video games and other virtual experiences can make for a solid first date.
“Just like any shared hobby over which people can bond, video games make a fun and engaging way for couples to spend time with each other while enjoying a shared sense of adventure, whimsy and excitement — and, due to their interactive nature, can many times be even more engaging than film, TV and other passive forms of entertainment,” says video game expert Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global and author of Get Rich Playing Games.
Even though it may seem anti-social and somewhat counter-intuitive, video games are actually a smart way to get to know your date and have fun at the same time. “Couples who play video games together gain extra bonding time in an activity that pushes many pleasure buttons and even changes your brain chemistry,” adds dating coach Hadley Finch, author of Tribe of Blondes. “This play time revs up the fun factor with your partner, which will strengthen your intimate bond.”
So what are your options? Well, you might try meeting in a virtual space like Second Life, a site where you can create your own avatar, hang out in virtual lounges, and even fly! And while it might seem like meeting an avatar instead of a person won’t let you get to know your date, your can actually tell a lot about a person by the type of virtual representation that choose to create.
Another idea is to fire up your Xbox and play a cooperative (or competitive) game. Video games like Halo, Call of Duty, and other shooting games allow you to use headsets to communicate with your date. It’s a great way to see if you have chemistry, and there is plenty of flirting that can be done during competitive gameplay.
Another option for people without a gaming console would be to play a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) such as World of Warcraft, City of Heroes, or RuneScape. How many couples can say that their first date revolved around quests for treasure chests or slaying dragons?
If you are committed to staying fit and pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone, why not share a truly extreme experience with your date? Experts say people who engage in active pursuits together are more likely to experience an intense bond that is often created quickly.
For example, couple Mary and Trevor Dodge have been married seven years, and keep things fresh and exciting by racing sailboats. “It strengthens our relationship because we are together a lot of the time,” Mary says. “It’s teamwork. We learn from mistakes and celebrate in the things we do right.”
Great sports to try out on your first date include snowboarding, alpine skiing, scuba diving, or water-skiing. If your date is a little intimidated by the physical coordination it takes to master these sports, you could try something that involves less athletic prowess. Skydiving (or even just taking a ride in a helicopter or small aircraft) can be just as invigorating. Best of all, a guy can hold hands (of the body) of a woman who’s a little freaked out by heights or extreme sports, making it easier to break the ice and get close to each other.
Not big on sports, but still love the electric thrill of an adrenaline rush? There are plenty of exhilarating dating destinations for you to consider. If you happen to have an amusement park in your area, you might spend the night riding the biggest, most extreme roller coasters that park has to offer. If you get a head-rush or motion-sick, you can use the downtime between rides to have a snack and talk.
Another way to get your date’s blood pumping is to take them to a scary place. While a scary movie is a tried and true way to get close to your date when they get scared, around Halloween, it should be easy to find haunted houses, eerie corn mazes, spooky hayrides, and other bone-chilling attractions to take your date.
If you find that you love the thrill of the chase, why not literally chase your date? A great, unique first date destination might be a paintball field or lazer tag arena. Sure, it’ll be fun to enjoy a little healthy competition…but even more enticing are the secluded corners and dark woods where you might have the opportunity to have your first kiss. If you don’t mind getting a little sweaty during your date, these games can be a great way to get to know each other and see if you are compatible.
Here’s the bottom line: You only have one chance to make a first impression. Make it count with an exciting date guaranteed to open up a whole world of possibilities.
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