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 on the path to relationship success.
From old favorites to new and novel ways to impress your potential partner, here are our top 9 second date ideas:
3 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 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?
2. Visit an Art Gallery
They say that everyone’s a critic, and there’s something fun about experiencing art – both classic and modern – in company. It’s one of the better second date ideas for getting to know someone and their tastes; 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!
3. Wander Round a Botanical Garden
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 lots 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 heading to a skating rink together. Free date ideas don't come much better!
3 active second date ideas
4. Get Sporty
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 way to foster the bond between you. We’d recommend something you could do side by side – hiking, jogging or rock-climbing are all good second date ideas.
5. Play Mini-Golf
The least active of our active second date ideas, mini-golf is the sort of gentle, low-energy 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, it can get oddly competitive very quickly!
6. Go For a Bike Ride
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 options as second dates. Save them for now! 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!