Creative second date ideas

You had your first date with a great new guy last weekend, and today he called to ask you out again. While saying “yes” is the easy part, planning your next outing can present challenges. After all, you want to impress him, and that means carefully weighing any potential second date ideas. You certainly shouldn’t repeat what you did on the first date, nor do you want to suggest something he may find unsuitable. Most importantly, you want to ensure your idea is mutually acceptable.

Ideally, you’d like to show him that you are engaging, flexible, open-minded, and adventurous. Because your first few encounters should focus on getting to know each other in order to determine if you truly have a connection, consider activities that encourage chemistry through conversation and laughter. Here are a few second date ideas to get you both looking forward to date number three.


If you both are athletically inclined–something you probably discussed on your first date–you may want to suggest an outdoor activity. Hiking, kayaking, bowling, fishing, or biking are all interesting second date ideas and clever ways to bond with your guy. If you prefer to watch others participate, taking in a game together also can be relaxing and enjoyable. Either way, you’ll be able to spend quality time with each other, whether it be with an oar in hand or from the bleachers.


Visiting a comedy club is one of the most popular second date ideas. You’ll be able to get a good idea of your man’s sense of humor and interests if you go to show together. Laughing will help break any leftover ice, helps establish common ground, and releases endorphins that will make you feel more confident, happy, and at ease.

Amusement park

Sitting together on rides literally puts you close together. Show your date your fearless side on the roller coasters, your romantic side on the tunnel of love, and your competitive side at the games. Men appreciate versatility in women, and spending an afternoon at a theme park can highlight yours. At the same time, these parks bring out an endearing, childlike playfulness in anyone.

Other second date ideas can include touring a museum or aquarium, volunteering, taking a class (art, cooking, dancing), visiting a secondhand bookstore, going grocery shopping and cooking something exotic, packing a picnic lunch, partaking in wine tasting, and charting a cruise. No matter what you decide, just remember to always have fun and be yourself. But do make sure your second date ideas incorporate activities that allow for you and your mate to create memorable moments based on good conversation, as communication is the key to any unforgettable date.