Are you getting bored of typical first dates and looking for something different? Why not try something fun and exciting to get to know your date better while having a good time. After all, getting to know someone is easier when you’re both comfortable and having fun! We’ve put together a list of places you can go that aren’t your average first date clichés.
From the classic diner food to the fun atmosphere, a diner is a great idea for a first date! Zak’s Diner has two locations in Ottawa (in the Byward Market neighbourhood and in Kanata), and what’s even better is that they’re open 24 hours, so your date never has to have a time limit! You can even just grab a couple of their famous milkshakes and request a song or two on the jukebox!
Why not do a little bit of teamwork on your first date? With two locations – 201 Queen St. and 982 Wellington St. – Escape Manor is an escape room attraction. Here, you’ll find various themed rooms in which you must work together to find clues and solve puzzles that will help you escape. Find your way out within 45 to 60 minutes or… Meet a tragic end. Escape Manor is definitely a good way to get to know each other. A reservation is recommended.
The Mud Oven
Impress your date by exploring your creative side at The Mud Oven! Here, you get the chance to design and paint your own ceramics. You can choose from pieces such as mugs, plates, vases, and pretty much anything made of ceramic. You can both create something and spend the time getting to know each other! Visit The Mud Oven’s website (www.mudoven.com) to know more.
The National Gallery of Canada
Museums and galleries can be a fun first date idea especially when there’s new exhibits available to browse. It’s typically quiet with a low-key atmosphere, so you get the chance to really get to know your date. Plus, the art gives you something to talk about if you get nervous or run out of ideas.
There’s lots to see at the Gallery. This beautiful building is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art, including Inuit art. There are plenty of paintings and sculptures to help you keep the conversation going!
Bowling is a classic activity. But it can be a lot of fun, especially for a first date! If typical bowling isn’t for you or you want to switch things up, try glow in the dark bowling at Walkley Bowling Centre.
Located at about a 20-minute drive south of the downtown core, the Bowling Centre offers Rock ‘N’ Bowl from Thursday night to Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy bowling with black lights and great music. Also, Walkley Bowling Centre is fully-licensed, so you can have a drink at your lane while you play. Visit Walkley Bowling Centre’s website (www.walkleybowlingcentre.com) for more information.
These are only a few ideas to get you started. To learn more about Ottawa’s great restaurants and activities, browse Ottawa Tourism’s website.