Coffee makes a great first date. It’s quick. It’s casual. And it’s pretty low-stress. There are other people around, which is important in the beginning. And you still have a chance to talk and get to know each other.
Local museums can be really nice. You walk around together and “ooh” and “ahh” at the art. You get to see each others’ different interests and tastes. Sometimes, there’s mini-movies or interactive exhibits. And there’s usually an inexpensive place that has pretty good food.
Some coffee houses have live music on the weekends. It can be a little noisy. But, it’s a relaxing way to hang out together and talk between sets in a low-key setting. The music gives you something new to talk about. And if you want to talk while the music’s going, you have to lean in close.
A lot of towns have free concerts in the park during the summer. You can bring your lawn chairs or blanket and a picnic if you want. It’s a nice way to get outdoors and be with people and still be together. There are usually listings on the city’s website with dates for the different types of music (ie. oldies, swing, rock, pop, jazz)
Does a local town have a downtown or main street that’s kind of cool? These are great places to window shop, hang out at a bookstore and grab a cup of coffee. You get to see which book section they like? Is he a motorcycle magazine guy? Does she prefer self-help or relationships? Do you both gravitate toward the travel section?