Finding the perfect spot to bring your date can set the atmosphere for a continued relationship. In “Ten First Date Rules For Guys,” Susannah Breslin reminds men that, after they ascertain the lady’s general preferences, deciding on the first date's venue is up to them. If you live in Orange County, California, take advantage of the area’s relaxing, popular, elegant or exciting sites for your first date.
Enjoy a relaxing day on a Long Beach waterfront (longbeach.gov). Head to the Long Beach Marina’s natural bay for some sailing time, or take a walk along the shoreline of Marina Green, Marina Vista or the Long Beach Shoreline Marina. Spend a few hours wandering around the The Pike at Rainbow Harbor (thepikeatlongbeach.com) for some window shopping and dining at beachfront eateries that include the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub (aulddubliner.com), California Pizza Kitchen (cpk.com) and Kavikas Grill and Bar (kavikas.com). The Pike at Rainbow Harbor also offers evening entertainment that can make your first date a perfect one at the Laugh Factory (laughfactory.com) or Sgt. Pepper's Dueling Piano Cafe (pepperspianos.com).
Invite your date to join you in a unique Orange County dinner experience. Reserve seats at the Medieval Times (medievaltimes.com) dinner theater in Buena Park and enjoy a four-course dinner while you watch a drama that acts out 11th century life, including a realistic tournament. For a more elegant first date, bring your date to the ENO Wine Rooms (enowinerooms.com) in Dana Point. You can taste wines from ENO’s large selection while sampling the cheeses, fresh breads, seasoned olives and Spanish Marcona almonds. For dessert enjoy ENO’s hand-crafted chocolates.
Explore the ocean off the coast of Orange County by heading out to the sea for a whale or dolphin cruise. Whale watching trips that head out from Newport Beach (newportwhales.com) provide a fascinating glimpse of some of Earth’s most graceful and amazing creatures as they migrate past Laguna Beach. If your first date occurs in the December through April period, you will have the opportunity to see the Grey Whales migration while May through November brings blue whales, finback whales, dolphin pods, killer whales, seals, sharks and other marine life. If your date seems like a sporting type, take her on a fishing expedition. Fishing boats set off from Dana Point (danawharf.com), where you can have a few hours of daytime fishing or even a twlight fishing experience.
If you like sports, take the young lady to a sporting event. You can make sure that you agree regarding the pleasure of watching sporting events while easing the strain of chatting during a first date. The Los Angeles Angels (angelsbaseball.com) play their home games in Anaheim. Local college sports games include the University of California at Irvine's team sports (uci.edu/athletics.php), which offer a dynamic afternoon or evening of polo, basketball, golf, track, tennis or volleyball.