9 Genuinely Good Second Date Ideas
Having gotten over the initial nerves and awkwardness of the first date, it’s always handy to have a few good second date ideas up your sleeve to continue the conversation on the path to relationship success.
From fun old favorites to new ideas and novel ways to impress your potential partner, here are our top 9 second date ideas:
Classic Second Date Ideas
1. Wine Tasting
The crucial difference between wine tasting and meeting for drinks is that the activity of trying different wines can stimulate the conversation – great when you’re still in the early stages of dating. Perfect second dates give you the opportunity and time to get to know each other better and enjoy a shared experience, and wine tasting is great for both these things. Plus there’s wine! What more could you want? And keep in mind, that the better the second date, the higher your chances are for a third!
2. Go to an Art Gallery
They say that everyone’s a critic, and there’s something fun about experiencing art – both classic and modern – in company, with the person you like. It’s one of the better second date ideas for getting to know your potential partner and their taste; whether you love art or loathe it, you can have fun either discussing the virtues of one piece over another, or poking fun at a painting a child could have done. Be warned though, drastically different opinions here could spell big trouble if one of you is particularly passionate about the arts – try to gauge each other’s interest level on date one! It gives you an interesting topic to talk about and art makes for one of the classier dates.
3. Romantic Botanical Garden Stroll
An ideal opportunity for you both to reconnect with the great outdoors, make the natural beauty of your local Botanical Gardens the setting for an open-air second date. The key to this idea is its simplicity – Botanical Gardens tend to be pretty big, so you’ll have loads of time to wander around and chat, and you don’t exactly have to be an expert to appreciate how gorgeous everything is! Perfect in the spring/summer, a good winter alternative would be an ice sculpture show.
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Active Second Date Ideas
4. Sporty Spice
For some there’s nothing worse than the thought of exercising in front of a person you’re trying to impress. But there are plenty of scientific studies that support the claim that couples ‘who sweat together, stay together’, and if it happens to be a sport or activity you’re both interested in, it’s the perfect idea to foster the bond between you and a new person. Tennis is a popular game, but do bear in mind that you’ll be on opposite sides of a net – which isn’t great for a conversation! We’d recommend something you could do side by side – hiking, jogging or rock-climbing are all good second date ideas, or third.
5. Enjoy a Bike Cycle
Is there anything nicer than a bike ride? We don’t think so! Yes the romance of a horse ride or hiring a boat might trump the humble bike, but the disastrous consequences of falling off the horse or getting wet probably make them both bad ideas as second dates. Save them for another time! Plus, bike rental places can be found pretty much everywhere and are relatively cheap – free to go wherever you want, find a local beauty spot and get pedaling! A tandem bike ride could up the romantic stakes even higher, for a girl or guy, share a ride to remember.
6. Tee it up with Mini-Golf
The least active of our active second date ideas, mini-golf is the sort of gentle but fun activity that even kids can do. It’s actually part of the charm; even non-athletes can take part and not feel too silly about it. Be warned though, this game can get oddly competitive very quickly! A mini-golf course is a great place to talk. Take the opportunity to ask your lovely guy or girl some questions about themselves with a view to share a little more about each other.