6 Second Date Ideas That Aren't Boring

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If you asked someone which date was the most important to a relationship, most would say the first date. But we'd like to argue for the second date. Sure, you need the first date to introduce a potential couple, but is it really anything more than an introduction? Once you get past the basic questions about where they're from, where they live now, and what they do for work, it's pretty much time to go home.
The second date is when most people really get a sense of their potential new love. Based on the interview-esque nature of a first date, it's easy to make excuses if you were feeling kind of awkward. But awkwardness on a second date might mean that there isn't much chemistry between you and your datemate. So, the stakes are a little higher on date number two.
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If you're banking on an interesting second date, you have to set the scene. There's nothing wrong with dinner and drinks (we all have to eat, after all), but it's not exactly an exciting date idea. That's why we've rounded up some fun second date possibilities for you. It's time to think outside of the bar.
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Show your competitive side.

There's something to be said for a little friendly competition on a second date. Whether you're the sweet type who doesn't care who wins or someone who gets really into the game, it'll really make your personality shine. Plus, there are lots of options to get your competitive side going, whether it's something sporty, like bowling and batting cages, or something a little more old school, like shuffle board (hey, it's making a comeback).
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Embrace your inner child.

The most fun dates are the ones where you can let go of your adult worries and feel like a kid again. Does your town or city have a state fair? Schedule a date when it's in town to ride the ferris wheel and gorge yourself on funnel cake. Or, go back to childhood arts and crafts with a pottery painting date. No matter what you choose, it's sure to be a good time.
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Share an over-the-top dessert.

Sure, regular dessert is great. But why not go big and bold? Grab your date and head to a local restaurant to share a larger-than-life milkshake or a cookie as big as your head. If your city or town doesn't have any restaurants that makes sugar masterpieces like these, then you can always DIY it. Just order three deserts and stack them on top of each other (there's nothing wrong with a cake-cookie-pie hybrid).
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Explore the cosmos.

This one's for all the space nerds out there. It's super sexy to share your passion with someone, so make your stargazing habit a romantic gesture. See if your local science museum has an astronomy exhibit, check out stargazing nights in your area, or make an astro-date of your own in a local park — all you need is a telescope and a blanket (though bringing a picnic along wouldn't be a bad idea).
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Take a leisurely stroll.

Who says a fun date has to be complicated? If you and your date are into nature or just need some fresh air after being cooped up at work all week, then a walk in your town or city's best park is just what you need. Bonus: This kind of date gives you plenty of time to talk and figure out if you and your date really vibe.
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Hit up the arcade.

Embrace your nostalgic side and bring your date to an arcade — it'll be just like all those dates you had at Dave & Buster's in high school, except this time you can drink. Bonus points if you can find an arcade with retro games from the 80s and 90s. After all, a Pac Man tournament is the best way to someone's heart, right?
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