Galleries are great events for dates because there's usually not an entry free and you can score a glass of wine.Plus, the surrounding photos and art will provide instant conversation cues to transcend basic small talk. No matter how well you two know one another -- whether it’s your first Tinder date or you’ve made it to the one-month mark -- the city is full of ways to actually have fun on an early-in-the-game date. But don’t make it harder than it has to be by subjecting your date -- and yourself -- to a painfully ordinary night of dinner and drinks.
After dinner or drinks in DUMBO -- Juliana's for pizza or Gran Electrica for a tequila drink -- make your way over to Brooklyn Bridge Park to check out the beautifully restored Jane's Carousel, which is enough to conjure romance worthy of a Nicholas Sparks book.
Every night of the week at this underground West Village bar you'll find live music (Latin jazz, for example) and games like foosball, ping pong, and chess -- all of which guarantee there will be zero awkward silences. Three times a day at the Central Park Zoo (am, pm, and pm), visitors can watch the sea lion feedings before taking a stroll around the central gardens.
While the whole aphrodisiac thing has mostly been debunked, oyster happy hour is never a bad idea (assuming your date isn't allergic to shellfish...).
You don't have to go to an all-out amusement park with roller coasters to have fun.
Carnivals are one of those timeless traditions that feel just as exciting on screen as they do in real life.
Spoiler alert: Seeing each other's brainy side will be quite an aphrodisiac. Take them home and immediately try them all on—other clothing optional. Intense fans, fast-paced action: Hockey has everything to get your heart racing.
A dinner that's rich and satisfying is a must on a cold winter night. Take your honey to a home game (the arenas are chilly so you'll be able to cuddle up between fights) or make a date at a bar to watch with other fans. Get the right kind of cabin fever and book a weekend getaway, sans Wi-Fi (hot tub and mountain views preferable).
Creative Dates for .00 - .00: take a float trip, go to a hockey game, go to Six Flags, attend a murder mystery dinner, plan a murder mystery dinner and invite close friends as suspects/victims.
Creative Dates Over .00: fly somewhere on an airplane, go white water rafting, go on a TEC retreat, go to Baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, NY, take your girlfriend shopping.
Creative Dates that are Freebies: watch TV, go to the Zoo, visit the Art Museum, praise God, cook together, color in a coloring book, draw pictures for each other, visit Turtle Park (near the Zoo), hiking, picnic, visit the Wolf Sanctuary, go to a park or conservation area (city, county, or state parks are all options - our favorites include Laumeier Sculpture Park, Creve Coeur Park, Pere Marquette Park, Lone Elk Park, Powder Valley, Busch Wildlife Area), swing on swings, stargaze, walk around Soulard, watch airplanes take off and come in (in North county), people-watch while walking around “the Loop” on Delmar in University City, watch UFOs, drive around and look at houses in ritzy neighborhoods, go roller blading, paint a mural on your bedroom wall, tie-dye, look at Christmas lights, baby-sit together, go camping, go to a park and watch ducks, go to The Muny and sit in the free seats, go sledding, go fishing, play hide and seek, make sock puppets (and attaching fireworks to them and blowing them up), jump in leaf piles, play basketball, play baseball, climb a tree, volunteer at a soup kitchen, serve the poor, visit a friend, drive around the countryside, take a Rosary walk, go to church, go on mysterious double dates, have a water fight, have a food fight, visit caves, go creeking, play sports, take an interest in others’ activities, do community service, visit a youth group you’ve never been to, go biking, play frisbee golf, visit Hannibal, pitch horseshoes, make a video, play mud volleyball, clean out a closet together, play children’s games, play board games, imitate animals and try to guess them, play charades, visit Grant’s Farm, walk around the mall, go four wheeling, be a counselor for a day camp, go to the Humane Society to look at animals, go to open houses and act interested in buying, visit historic sites downtown, visit different churches, cook a meal for your date, listen to Rush Limbaugh on KMOX and discuss, fly a kite, visit the Science Center, visit the Botanical Gardens (free before noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays), attend free summer concerts on Sunday nights at Francis Park or on Monday nights at Tower Grove Park in St.
Louis City, host a game night, wash a car, go biking on the Katy Trail, create scavenger hunt for one another (to visit “familiar” places and do crazy things in public to get clues), plan any random act of kindness, write a story together, write a song together, go swimming, go jogging, make a time capsule, put a jigsaw puzzle together.