Date numero uno is all about the conversation and bonding: sometimes it’s a make-it-or-break-it evening. But if all the restaurant reservations and silence-filled movie hours of your typical date just ramp up your anxiety, get inspired to think outside the box with a host of other creative options that will set a more inviting mood.
Sample Some Fro-Yo or Icecream
When the temperature creeps upwards of 25 degrees, the best way to beat the heat and get to know each other (without a long time commitment) is the ice cream parlor date. Enjoy the cool treats and sample all the flavors together.
A Day of Light Sports and Games
If you’re definitely not into the traditional first date schtick, take a lighthearted sports bar approach to the date night with an outdoorsy game of badminton or beach volleyball. If it gets too hot out, retreat indoors for some board games or table tennis.
Catch Some #Views
Though going on adventures together have definite upsides, the timeless “catch up on a park bench while the sun goes down” is an ideal way to set the scene for a romantic end to the day.
Go for a Leisurely Bike Ride
If both of you like to bike, plan a trail date in a park or scenic area where both of you can chat while cycling at a *leisurely* pace to avoid any Tour de France-worthy pile-ups.
Visit a Tea Room
If you’re more into herbal blends than java, visit the soothing atmosphere of a tea room for your first rendezvous. The tea room owner will typically lead you in a tea ceremony while both of you sip on calming teas and feel zen.
Go for a Tranquil Paddle
If you’re both into water activities, plan a paddle date on some Stand Up Paddle (SUPs) Boards from a local adventure shop where both of you can chat while exploring the cool underwater scenery and experience the amazing sunsets.
Go to the Beach
Whether you live close to the lake or not, a day out on the sand is always a calming date spot if the weather’s playing along. Soak in some sunshine near the water and as the day draws to a close, take a romantic stroll with the setting sun as an Instagram-worthy backdrop.
Whether you’re a strike machine or a five-pin novice, there’s so much fun to be had at the bowling alley, from the beer and cheap pizza to the rush of the game itself.
Feed the Ducks
Up the “awww” factor with this classic daytime date at the park. Gather up your stale bread and feed it to ducks at the lake, then bring along fresh snacks and drinks for a park bench lunch next to the water.
Take a Beer-Tasting Tour
If you’re both brewery fans, grab lunch and learn a little bit about the history of the original Lake of the Woods Brewery that operated in Kenora from 1898 to 1954 while enjoying a pint of locally brewed beer. Both of you can learn how they make the beer and the unique processes used while spending a boozy afternoon together.