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Second dates are about getting to know each other a little better. They are usually a bit more intimate than first dates, which are often held in public places like coffee shops. The more comfortable singles are on a date, the better able they will be to discover the right person for them.
Here are some ideas for a fun and engaging second date.
Dinner at Home
Making a meal for a date is a popular way to get to know someone. If one partner has the cooking skills, this is the perfect time to show them off for his or her new love interest. Meals at home don’t have to be elaborate or stuffy, and could even include take out or pizza if there’s no time to cook.
For an extra special evening, singles can have their date help them prepare the meal. Conversation flows much more easily when there is two sets of hands making food together in the kitchen.
By the time a second date rolls around, both singles have usually found a shared interest in a certain activity. If both parties agreed that plays were on their list of favorite things to do, a trip to the theater can be a wonderful second date activity.
The trick is to find a play that isn’t so dramatic that it dampens the mood of the night. Aim for a lighter production that will also allow for an upbeat discussion afterward.
Stroll in the Park
Second dates don’t need to be too sophisticated or stuffy. If two people enjoy fresh air and some light exercise, a walk in the park can be a wonderful second date. Strolling side by side offers plenty of time to converse while also getting one’s heart rate up.
Long Lunch at a Pub
Many daters meet for the first time over lunch, but a long afternoon meal can also be a good second date. A pub or casual restaurant will provide the perfect atmosphere for singles to relax and find out more about each other. A word of caution, however: drink in moderation. While second dates are meant to help daters loosen up a bit, getting drunk isn’t advised.
Breaking a Sweat
A competitive pair may find that sports matches, such as tennis or racket ball, make for a comfortable second meeting. Athletic types may enjoy a run or side-by-side bike ride. Regardless of the activity, daters should allow for time afterward to grab a juice and chat about their next date idea.
Scenic Car Ride
Taking a trip into the next town could suit some daters well, especially if they enjoy discovering new restaurants and local culture. Every town has its own special history and background which helps spark conversation when two people are getting to know one another. An hour car ride can be the perfect environment to talk or even play a road game or two!
Daters looking to plan a car ride to a neighboring town are advised to plan ahead to find the perfect restaurant to stop and have a meal.
Beer, Wings, and Trivia
For two people still getting to know one another, a slight diversion like bar trivia can help ease the date along. Showing a vast array of trivia knowledge is sure to spark conversation topics daters might not have planned on. Light competition of trivia followed by a beer or two takes the pressure off each other and allows for singles to find out if they’d like a third date.
Some singles are natural hams. Good thing for them karaoke nights are plentiful in towns across the country. Opening up and letting the goofy side of a personality can help daters relax and bond that much quicker.
Second dates are meant to be filled with conversation and togetherness. Daters should choose an activity that lets them feel comfortable, so they can be themselves and let their personality come through. The activities listed above encompass a wide range of interests, and one of them is bound to spark a great idea for any second date.