5 Second Date Ideas She’ll Never Forget

Above: It's hard out there--don't blow your chances with a boring coffee date
Above: It's hard out there--don't blow your chances with a boring coffee date

There’s something to be said for meeting for coffee or a drink on your first date—especially if it’s the first time you’re meeting, full stop. But if there’s enough potential there, the second date is where you can get a little more creative. She’s been to dinner and a movie a million times, so why not suggest something a little more… interactive? Just make sure she’s the type of girl who likes adventure first—and that she wears appropriate shoes.

Axe throwing

Both athletic and trendy, axe throwing is no longer just for lumberjacks. There are plenty of places popping up across Canada like BATL Axe Throwing and Bad Axe Throwing where you can either join a league and participate in tournaments or simply walk in for a one-time session to learn how to throw an axe accurately and effectively. Chances are your date will have never done it before so if she’s into trying new things and working up a bit of a sweat on a date, this could be perfect option—just save the drinks for after.

Zip lining

If you’re getting adrenaline junkie vibes from your date, consider taking her to a zip lining obstacle course like Treetop Trekking. If you’ve never done it before, you’ll start with a tutorial on how to use the equipment and get from point A to point B, then you’ll start making your way through the obstacle course. It’ll be a great way to get some exercise and have fun getting to know each other. By the end of the date, you’ll feel like you accomplished something and even if you never see each other again, at least you didn’t waste your day sitting in a random restaurant trying to make small talk.

Escape room

What better way to see if you make a good team than trying to interpret the riddles and mind games of an escape room together? There are plenty of options in most major cities across Canada and while some recommend you come with a group of an least four, there’s nothing stopping you from doing one just the two of you—or making it a double date. If you don’t mind teaming up with another group, the rooms at Casa Loma in Toronto are well-designed and thought out.

Indoor skydiving

Real sky diving on a second date isn’t for the faint of heart, so maybe go with something a little more tame—but just as fun. iFLY in Oakville features a free fall, indoor wind tunnel that simulates the experience of sky diving. It’s not exactly cheap, but it’ll definitely be a date neither one of you will forget—in a good way.

Rock climbing

Test your date’s upper body strength with an hour in a rock climbing gym. The Rock Oasis in Toronto offers newbies a lesson and unlimited climbing time, which is perfect for an afternoon date. Your arms will be like Jell-O after so a pint of beer might be out of the question. Stay within your active theme and end the date with a green smoothie instead. Guaranteed she’ll be thinking about you the next day when she wakes up sore from the work out rock climbing provides.

Courtney Hardwick

Courtney Hardwick

Courtney Hardwick is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared on AmongMen.com, 29secrets.com, therichest.com, and ELLECanada.com.  When she isn’t writing about relationships, and the best TV shows and books you should really already know about, she is working on her novel. She hopes to have it published by 2025. You can follow her on Twitter @Courtooo.

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