First dates can be nerve-wracking for anyone, but for LGBTQ+ individuals, the added pressure of finding a safe and welcoming environment can make the experience even more stressful. However, with a little creativity and planning, it's possible to find LGBTQ+-friendly first date ideas that allow you to relax and be yourself. Whether you're looking for something low-key or more adventurous, here are some ideas for LGBTQ+ first dates that are sure to make a lasting impression:
This is the perfect first date! You can grab an iced vanilla latte with your date, as you stroll by the various vendors. Maybe grab a pastry or other local fare and enjoy light conversation. It’s casual yet thoughtful.
At first thought, this may not sound appealing but hear me out. At the roller rink, you can enjoy fun music, low lighting, and good times. Most roller rinks have adult skate nights that are a real vibe. So, if you want some excellent people watching and a reason to hold your date’s hand, look no further than your local roller rink!
Short hike & a picnic
This is one of my favorite date ideas! Find a short hike that leads to a scenic outlook and pack an elaborate picnic and your favorite bottle of wine. It’s a perfect opportunity to relax, have deep conversations, and enjoy a beautiful view.
Pick a duet and bust out some vocals with your date! It’s not about perfection, it’s about having fun. So, if you’re brave and looking to break the ice immediately, this is the ideal date idea for you.
Go thrifting together
Set a $10 limit and give each other a challenge to pick out a date night outfit. Change into your new outfits and grab dinner or a drink. And if you really want to make it fun, pick the outfit out for each other!
Go to a local animal shelter & play with the animals
Not only will you be helping to socialize the animals at your local shelter, but it’s a great way to get to know your date! What could be cuter than playing with kittens or walking an adorable dog?
Get a psychic or tarot reading together
This is definitely not your typical first date. What if you’re meant to be? Could be fun to find out!
Get portable hammocks & watch the sunset
This low-key date idea is great for two adventurous souls. Find a cute spot, set up your hammocks, and enjoy each other’s company while you watch a beautiful sunset. What could be sweeter?
Before your date, make a collaborative playlist. Take a speaker to the beach/lake/river and enjoy the playlist you both created.
I love finding out what type of music my potential partner enjoys. Make a collaborative playlist with your date that includes all your favorite songs. It’s a fun way to get to know each other and see if you have something in common. Then, listen to the music as you enjoy cooling off in the water together.
Go to a trampoline park
This date idea will make you feel like a kid again! Jump around to get rid of the first date nerves, and then enjoy conversation while you rest. It’s playful and fun.
Go to the bowling alley
There’s nothing like a little friendly competition. Bowling allows you to get to know each other, have some fun, and casually hang out for a couple of hours. Get some snacks, drinks, and make an afternoon out of it!
Do a wine tasting or brewery tour
Sample a few beverages and let the conversation flow. Will you be able to get over the fact that they prefer Chardonnay over the Red Blend? This is your time to find out.
Games are an excellent way to get each other laughing and enjoy casual conversation with a new date. Maybe even raise the stakes with a little bet? If you struggle with conversation on the first date, the arcade will keep you both engaged and excited.