Let’s face it: dating can be awkward. It’s hard to get to know someone from nothing, especially if, like many people do these days, you met them online. That’s why daytime dates can be so great: they’re more casual, which means less pressure, and they’re often a safer way to meet someone in person for the first time. But there’s no reason you have to go the boring lunch-or-coffee route. These daytime date ideas are fun, casual, good conversation starters, and — sometimes, most importantly — you won’t drain your bank account just to find out he’s really rude to waiters or smells weird.
Take a Hike
If your date doesn’t mind the outdoors, a hike or bike ride can be a great way to get to know someone. You can talk the whole time, it won’t cost you anything, and doing something challenging together is a good way to bond and understand how you both approach tasks. Plus, you’ll get a good view and can stop for a picnic lunch if you’re so inclined — romantic, but still low-key. Safety tip, though: if you’re meeting someone you don’t know well, go for a popular trail or bicycle path where there are always plenty of people around.
Get Some History
Personally, I love museums. And I love museums on free museum days, which occur at most major museums in most cities (you can look up a list of your local free days, or find special offers for certain credit card users or loyalty members). If you don’t like art, find a natural history museum and check out some replica mammoths, or go for something unusual like a ghost or prison museum (possibly macabre, but unique). There’s something to talk about around every corner, and you can stop for a cappuccino at the museum cafe if things are going well (or speed through the insect exhibit and use a mortal fear of spiders as an excuse if they’re not).
Try Something New (And Weird)
A lot of people get nervous about trying something they’re never done before on a date, in case they end up embarrassed or make a mistake. To that, I say firmly: get over it. If you want to get to know this person, commit to it, and get to know their strengths, weaknesses, fears, and hopes. One of the best ways to do that is to find something neither of you have ever tried before (surfing, ballroom dancing, making sushi, spinning pottery, rock wall climbing) and take a stab at it together. One class won’t cost you a month’s salary, and you’ll learn something important about the other person: whether or not they can laugh at themselves when they look silly. Because you will, and that’s great. You’ll never forget doing it, and if nothing else, maybe you’ll discover a previously unknown talent for something strange (archery?).