First Date Ideas for Online Dating

Mini golf and amusement parks provide good places for online daters to meet for the first time.Mini golf and amusement parks provide good places for online daters to meet for the first time.

Meeting the other person is an important step to online dating. Online daters usually schedule the first date not long after communication has begun. The first date should emphasize conversation so the couple can get to know each other. First date ideas for online dating range from going to the beach to taking a wine-tasting tour.


Couples on a first date at a local beach or lake should take a blanket and picnic lunch. They can also play Frisbee near the water and talk about their favorite vacations.

Botanical Garden

Online daters meeting for the first time at a botanical garden can wind their way through manicured lawns and groves of trees, before taking time to sit near the fountains.

Amusement Park

A first date at an amusement park is a guaranteed good time. Couples can chat and share a bag of cotton candy while waiting in line for a ride on the Ferris wheel.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is another first date idea. Couples can rent trail horses for the afternoon and ride laps around the arena before taking the horse trotting out into nature.

Farmers' Market

Online daters meeting at a farmers' market can ask growers for their recommendations on fruits, cheese and breads before taking the organic goods to a park for a picnic.

Comedy Club

Couples on a first date at a comedy club should be prepared to play along if pulled onstage by the actors.


Few places exude more romance than an aquarium. Online daters meeting for the first time can stroll past the tanks, pointing out their favorite sea creatures.

Mini Golf

Couples on a first date at a mini golf course can compare putting techniques while maneuvering their way around windmills.

Wine-Tasting Tour

Wine-tasting tours make for unique first dates. Couples can wander through the vineyard, pretending to taste the oak in a glass of pinot noir.


Online daters on a first date to the natural history museum can spend hours marveling over dinosaur bones or analyzing Egyptian artifacts.

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About the Author

Based in northeast Texas, Shalina Ramirez-Melton has been writing feature articles since 2000. Her work has appeared in the “Tyler Morning Telegraph,” “The Paris News” and “Paris Lifestyles” magazine. Ramirez-Melton holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Texas at Tyler.

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