First dates are try-outs of sorts. They typically allow two people to discover whether they’d like for a second date to take place or not. The location of a first date is important. It should be a place that allows for conversation, a space that feels comfortable for both parties. After all, it’s much too early in the game for that. These 9 Massachusetts locations are great for first dates. Check them out if you think you’ve met that special someone!
Meeting for coffee is an excellent first date idea. Pavement Coffee House is a great spot to make it happen. Open until 8 p.m., you have plenty of time to have coffee and maybe a pastry, too, and to chat for a while to see if compatibility is probable. If you close the place down, it’s a sure bet there’s a little something there, and you can move on to another location for a drink.
Ice cream is a great ice breaker, so check out Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream for that first date. Sort of like going for coffee, only colder and sweeter, an ice cream date can be as short or long as you like it. If things aren’t going so well, simply gobble up your cone or sundae and bid adieux. If things go well, take a stroll through Cambridge afterward.
A first date at a zoo is a fun idea. Check out Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and learn if your date likes animals, has a sense of adventure and is a kid at heart. If you strike out on all three, don’t even think of going on a second date.
Create some art on your first date and enjoy a beer or some wine, too. If sitting across from one another over coffee is a bit too intimidating, visit the Paint Bar. You’ll sit beside or across from one another, but you’ll be busy creating your masterpiece, so you’ll be far less stressed. And even if your date isn’t a Picasso, there still may be hope.
Who says a first date can’t be educational? At the Museum of Science it can be educational and fun, too. Check out the exhibits and hands-on fun. If all goes well, consider buying a ticket to the IMAX theater and see a film. There’s even a café if you get hungry or want a cup of coffee.
A hockey game is a great place for a date—and what’s better than supporting the National Women’s Hockey League? Head to the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston and spend the night cheering on the Boston Pride. You can score tickets for just $20.
See how well your date does on a rollercoaster that first time around with a day at Six Flags New England. Open from late April through early September and again in October for FrightFest, there are rides, games, food and more.
Take a cooking class on your first date at Culinary Underground. Delicious home cooking is taught in groups. If it doesn’t work out, you’ve both gained a new skill. And if it does, you can cook for one another during a subsequent date.
Have a cocktail or a bite to eat. Have a cup of coffee and some dessert. Check out some live music. Enjoy some rich Massachusetts history. These are all great first date ideas and can all take place at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In addition, you can browse in a variety of shops and do some people watching, too.