You've had a wonderful first date, sparks were flying, the chemistry was just right and you two had a lovely time getting to know each other. At the end, you both knew you wanted to see each other again, which means that you need some second date ideas.
And now you're getting a little nervous because you know that it needs to live up to the hype of the first date and see if you two really have what it takes to become something more.
While the first date should be low-key and allow you to talk and get to know each other, the second date should be more exciting. It should be a chance to see each other in a different light, to explore each other even more.
And, whoever is organizing the second date needs to be creative and come up with something unique you're both going to like.
But don't worry, I'm here to give you what you need. Here is a list of 50+ second date ideas that will blow his mind…
Casual Second Date Ideas
1. Hit the road
Taking an actual road trip on the second date might be a little too much. But, what you can do is to get in the car and take a fun drive around town. Even better if you make it a scenic ride somewhere just outside town.
2. Go shopping
You can ask your date to help you pick out a new sweater, but it would be even more fun if you give it a little twist. Hit the thrift shop and challenge each other to wear the most outrageous outfits you find.
3. Organize a board game night
If you're both into some old-school fun, a board game night could be a perfect date on a rainy evening. Just as long as you're ok with spending the second date at yours or his place. If not, you can always find a board-game café.
4. Cook for him
If you were planning to make things more intimate on the second date, invite your guy over and cook him a nice meal. It gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills and gives you a lot of undisturbed one-on-one time to figure out if this guy really likes you.
5. Cook together
Similar to the previous idea, you can arrange a cooking date. But instead of you doing all the work, prepare the meal together. You’ll be surprised at how close two people can get while chopping vegetables, plus you get to see how well you work together as a team.
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6. Watch a movie and order in
Netflix and chill might be more of a fourth or fifth kind of date, which is why it's going to be a pretty unexpected thing to suggest at this point. But cozying up inside could be a really casual way to take things to the next level. Just be prepared that he could take it as the signal you want sex and if you do, here's exactly how to initiate it smoothly.
7. Be fake tourists
Exploring your own city is another great yet casual way to bond with somebody you've just met. You can also be your date's tour guide and show him your favorite hidden gems in the city and let him show you his.
Fun Second Date Ideas
1. Play mini golf
You may not be a teenager anymore, but mini golf dates are still as fun as they were back then. And this is a date that will have you both laughing your hearts out all evening.
2. Play arcade games
Another place that will take you back in time is the arcade bar. As soon as you hit the pinball machine, you will feel like kids again and have a blast.
3. Go to a comedy stand-up show
You won't only spend an evening cracking up, you will get the opportunity to see if you and your future boyfriend have the same sense of humor.
4. Go on a bar crawl
While going to a bar is a somewhat boring idea (especially if you did the same thing on the first date), going to several could be extremely fun. So, make a plan and hit your favorite bars all in one night.
5. Do wine tasting
If you and your date both enjoy some of the finer things in life, a wine tasting is a classy way to get to know each other better. Plus, you’ll both be a little tipsy, which will help you loosen up. It's even better if you live close to one of these perfect destinations for wine lovers.
6. Go to a concert
A concert may not be a great place to talk, but chances are you’ll have loads of fun listening to the music you both enjoy. And it will give you plenty to talk about after.
7. Visit the zoo
Hang out with the animals, learn something new and take some awesome photos. But first, make sure your date isn't against zoos because, in that case, the date will turn south fast.
9. Go to an amusement park
There's something cute about riding a rollercoaster together, eating cotton candy and having your date win a teddy bear for you. And no, it doesn't matter how old you are, amusement parks are always fun.
10. Take a class together
Whether it's painting, cooking or dancing, it's going to be hilarious watching each other navigate something you've never tried before. Learning a new skill will also bring you closer together.
11. Play pool
If you are competitive, challenge your date to a game of pool and see how he handles his wins and losses. You’ll get a chance to flirt and banter without the pressure to talk the whole time.
12. Go dancing
It really doesn't matter if you're a pro or you have two left feet. You know you guys can have a great conversation, but dancing will help you decide if there's any real physical chemistry. And to help develop the chemistry, make sure you have all the right moves to make him want you.
13. Check out a local brewery
It's no secret that guys find girls who drink beer irresistible. Especially if you really know your beer. So, take him to a local brewery, learn something new about your favorite drink and blow his mind with this surprising idea.
14. Go bowling
Just like pool, bowling will show your competitive side and allow you to have a relaxed conversation while having a blast. Just make sure not to become overly competitive or take the game too seriously.
15. Go to a sports game
Finding out you cheer for the same team on the first date is always promising. But if you take the guy to a sports game on the second one, I guarantee you’ll sweep him off his feet.
16. Play laser tag
This one is a little risky since there's a good chance you will be fighting a bunch of teenage boys in there, but if both of you are a bit nerdy and you're sure he would be into it, why not?
Active Second Date Ideas
1. Go biking
If the weather is nice, take out your bikes (or rent them) and explore the city on two wheels. It will give you a chance to talk while getting fun exercise.
2. Rent a paddleboat
This one also requires good weather and a body of water, but it's super fun. You will work as a team and then get plenty of privacy when you paddle out far from the coast. Use the opportunity to get to know him better by asking some interesting questions.
3. Go for a hike
Nature lovers will jump at the idea of spending a few hours taking a scenic walk far from the chaos of the city. It’ll give you a lot of time to talk while enjoying some fresh air and beautiful scenery.
4. Play a sport together
Your date is an active type just like you? Use the opportunity to invite him to a friendly game of basketball, tennis, badminton or any other sport. Break a sweat, challenge each other, and it's bound to lead to a third date. Plus, we've all heard that couples who work out together, stay together.
5. Go ice-skating
Ice-skating dates can go one of two ways: it can be either super hilarious or super romantic, depending on your skill level. But regardless, it's going to be fun, get your heart racing, and bring you two closer together.
6. Try yoga together
It might be a little early for couple's yoga, but a regular yoga class will do for now. Just make sure your guy is into this kind of exercise, otherwise, this spiritual second date could turn awkward fast.
Cheap Second Date Ideas
1. Visit a museum
Most of us don't really visit museums that often, even if we do love history and art. That's why a casual walk around a museum can be a refreshing way to spend time with your date and find out what inspires him.
2. Go to a gallery opening
Another great idea for art lovers is checking out a gallery opening. You can discuss art, see if your opinions match and probably get a free glass of wine while you're at it.
3. Go to a food festival
If there's a good food festival taking place in your city, you can use the opportunity to organize an inexpensive date, grab a bite and learn if your guy is a foodie or a picky eater.
4. Go to an open mic night
You're a spontaneous gal and want to see if this guy can roll with it too? Invite him to an open mic night and challenge him to a duet.
5. Hit the holiday market
Holiday markets are always fun, especially if you're there with somebody special. Try out delicious artisanal food, have a steaming cup of tea and enjoy the holiday spirit no matter the season.
Thrilling Second Date Ideas
1. Rock Climbing
When two adrenaline junkies find each other, there's no better date for them than one that gets their hearts racing. So, find a rock climbing gym and don't be scared to break a sweat in front of him.
2. Escape room
Let's see if you and this guy make a good team by trying to escape a zombie apocalypse. Escape rooms can be extremely fun but don't take the game too seriously or it might end up badly.
3. Play paintball
What better way to bond with the guy of your dreams than by shooting enemies around the paintball field. Just one thing: make sure to be on the same team.
4. Go kart racing
Kart racing is definitely going to get your blood flowing and stimulate some healthy competition. It's a great way to find out if he's a sore winner or a sore loser.
5. Go skiing
You won't be able to do this just anywhere, but if you're lucky enough to have a ski slope nearby, surprise your guy with a snowy second date that he won't easily forget.
6. Head to the shooting/archery range
Shooting guns or arrows may not be everyone's idea of a perfect second date, or any date, for that matter. But if you're sure he's into that sort of thing, a shooting or archery range will be one hell of a second date.
7. Go bungee jumping
Bungee jumping is definitely not your typical second date. Take this risk only if you're absolutely sure this guy is a daredevil just like you. If he says yes, it's safe to say he's ready to take the plunge with you, too.
Romantic Second Date Ideas
1. Go swimming
If you don't mind wearing a bikini on the second date, then go for it. It will be even more romantic if you spend an evening on the beach or find a pool that's open late.
2. Camping on the beach
And if you want to take things slow and keep all your clothes on for now, organize a short camping trip to the beach. Light a campfire, make some smores and use the opportunity to snuggle up to each other.
3. Take a boat tour
Who said boat tours are for tourists only? See your city from a completely different perspective and enjoy each other's company while you slowly glide through the water. Since you'll have time, keep an eye out for these sexual tension signs to discover how much he actually likes you.
4. Go stargazing
He's a true romantic soul? Take him to the outskirts of town, find a comfy spot, lay a blanket down and enjoy gazing at the starry skies. Although you'll probably soon be staring into each other's eyes.
5. Visit a botanical garden
If he's the outdoor type, surprise him with a romantic stroll through a botanical garden. This beautiful and peaceful environment will take all the pressure off and help you connect.
Classic Second Date Ideas With A Twist
1. Have an exotic dinner
You’re more of the classic type and don't really see yourself rock climbing on the second date? No worries, you can still put a twist on a traditional idea and have an exotic meal neither of you has yet tried.
2. Grab drinks with a view
Instead of going to your favorite local bar, find a bar with the best view in the city and grab drinks there. The view is probably going to be breathtaking so you just need to make sure you know how to keep the conversation going.
3. Grab brunch
Another classic idea with one important change. Grabbing brunch in the middle of the day will be much more relaxed than dinner. Plus, if you're the nervous type, you’ll get it over with early in the day, instead of dreading the date until the evening.
4. Go to an outdoor movie theater
As long as the weather is nice and you pick a movie you both like, you’ll have a great time at an outdoor movie theater or a drive-in.
5. Go to trivia night
Instead of sitting at a bar, chatting and drinking, go to a trivia night. Let's see where this guy stands with pop culture and general knowledge.
6. See a play
Forget about the classic dinner and a movie, and take your date to see a play instead. The theater will give you a chance to connect on a deeper level and see if similar things move you.
You're going on the second date which means he already likes you. It's time to relax, be confident and let him get to know you even better. You don't need an incredibly unique second date idea for that, you just need to be yourself.
But, if you really want to stand out and show this guy what he's in for if you're his girlfriend, these 50+ second date ideas will definitely help.