Activities to Avoid for a First Date

Going on the first date is a little nerve wracking; after all, you want to make an excellent first impression. 

The first date is when you take the time to get to know someone. 

Therefore, wanting to impress that special someone can make choosing a first-date destination or adventure a little intimidating.

If you are worried about picking the wrong place or activity for a first date, we have you covered with different ideas and activities to avoid for your first outing with that someone special. 

1. Going to the Park

Going for a walk in the park on your first date is a big no-no.

Going for a walk in the park seems exceptionally cheap for a first date. 

It is one thing if you’ve had a nice elegant dinner followed by an afternoon stroll in the park. 

But, if your only activity on a first date is a walk in your local park, that makes you look frugal. [Read also: Signs Someone is Not Frugal Just a Cheap Person]

Furthermore, it also looks like you’re incapable of planning anything worthwhile. Thus, indicating you might be boring. 

If you want to make a great first impression, avoid the park. 

2. Hiking

If you know that the person you’re taking on the first date is interested in hiking, it could be a good idea.  Especially if you live around some excellent hiking destinations and national parks.

However, if you’re not sure if the person you want to take out is into hiking, then it’s probably best to avoid it.

I’ve learned throughout life that hiking seems to be something people love or hate. 

Furthermore, your date may have an underlying medical condition or injury that prevents them from hiking.

3. To the Bar

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Taking the first date to a bar comes off as cheesy and gives hook-up vibes. 

Furthermore, depending on the bar, it may be noisy, making it hard to have a conversation with the person you are trying to connect with. 

Taking your date to the bar may make them feel like you would rather avoid getting to know them on a more personal level.

Another reason to avoid the bar is that your date may want to be wined and dined and not taken dive bar for cheap drinks. 

Furthermore, first dates are usually more lavish. 

Such as taking your date to a nice restaurant, fun artistic classes (baking, painting, or pottery), or visiting a lovely winery where you can talk, eat some appetizers, and sip wine.

4. Sing Karaoke

Nothing is worse than taking someone stage shy to sing karaoke.

Furthermore, taking a girl to karaoke may take a lot of work to get to know one another as it will likely be loud. Thus, making it hard to hold a conversation with one another.

If taking a date to Karake is a must then make sure your date likes to sing. 

However, karaoke could be a fun night to let loose, sing, and dance away. It can also be a unique way to connect. 

Therefore, knowing if the person you are trying to impress is interested in karaoke prior to going is essential to avoid a disastrous date.

5. Movie Night at Home

One thing to avoid for a first date is taking your date back to your house to watch movies.

The worst thing on a first date take her back to your place to watch a movie and Chill. 

Binge-watching a tv series or a movie is not most people’s ideal date night idea, especially if you do not know the person. 

Furthermore, it may indicate that you cannot afford to take her someplace nice or are unwilling to spend the money on her.

Bringing her back to your place to watch a movie and chill also give hook-up vibes. 

If the only intention of this date is hooking up and nothing more, then an at home movie night is perfect unless your date isn’t on the same page. 

Then it will make for an awkward and uncomfortable night.

6. Meeting Family

This one should be a no-brainer, but meeting family members on a first date will likely send anyone running, especially if the family member is your parents. 

Yikes, that indicates the relationship is moving quickly and will make for an extremely awkward first date.

First dates are already nerve wracking, and bringing a personal member of the family to the date makes it all the worst. Especially if your date hardly knows you. 

If you must, for whatever reason, bring a family member on the date, try to get someone close in age. That way, it is less awkward and can feel like friends hanging out.

However, it is advised to leave your family members out of your dating life until you know this person is someone special.

7. Wedding Cake Tasting

Wedding cake tasting may be fun. However, it may be a little too much for the first date. 

Wedding cake tasting is something you do right before you get married. 

Usually, not on a first date. It may send your date running, thinking you are desperate to get married.

8. Going to a Fast Food Restaurant

Another sign of a bad first date idea is eating fast food. This may leave your date feeling cheap.

Taking that someone special out to a restaurant is an excellent idea. However, it is important to choose a venue that will make your date feel special and valued.

Choosing a fast food joint might come across as not valuing your relationship or not being invested in your partner’s company.

It’s highly recommended that you pick a restaurant that shows your desire to share a unique and unforgettable experience with your date.

So, it’s better to choose a restaurant that offers a romantic ambiance, delicious food, and great service.

This way, you can impress your date and show them how much they mean to you.

9. Cooking at Home

One thing I wish I knew about Life Before I was 30 is how to cook. Cooking is so important and very hard to learn as you get older, especially when you are trying to feed a hungry husband. Although, cooking at home may not always be ideal. For example, taking someone back to your house on a first date. Another thing about cooking at home is that it allows you to save money for things like a family vacation.

Cooking at home is ideal after you have dated the individual for a while and know them. 

In fact, some people are uncomfortable going to another person’s house, especially on a first date. 

Inviting a stranger to your home may give off some serious serial killer vibes. 

Therefore, leave the homemade meal for after you get to know the person better.

Picking the perfect first date depends on the interest of the person you are trying to date. 

Thus, catering to their interests ensures they will enjoy themself. If the person you are dating is into art, then a pottery class or paint-and-sip night may make the perfect date night. [Read also: Unique Date Night Ideas]

However, if unsure, play it safe and take them to dinner and after learning more about them, take them on a unique and fun date for the next time you hang out with them. 

Taking your date to dinner allows for conversing to figure out their interests and hobbies. 

Thus, allowing you to plan future date nights they will surely enjoy.

Full List of Activities to Avoid for a First Date

  1. Going to the Park
  2. Hiking in the Woods
  3. To the Bar 
  4. Sing Karaoke
  5. Binge a TV Series
  6. Movie Night at Home
  7. Meeting Family. 
  8. Wedding Cake Tasting
  9. Going to a Fast Food Restaurant
  10. Cooking at Home

Sara Elizabeth

About Author, Sara Elizabeth
Writer, Amora V Lifestyle
Co-Owner of Elizabeth Besich Boutique

Sara is a writer for Amora V Lifestyle and is Co-Owner of Elizabeth Besich. Sara previously worked as a Marketing Manager and has her Master’s from Lindenwood University.

Sara studies everything of interest, from psychology, recipes, finances, mental health, and travel, thriving to find happiness and to live a good life.

When not learning, Sara loves all things outdoors, food, and hanging around great company. Furthermore, Sara loves spending time with family, who she is blessed to have in her life.

Note from the author: Through my articles, I hope to bring you joy and peace and that you enjoy it!

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