For the veteran dater, first dates can become a monotonous routine, as repetitive and dull as doing laundry or renewing your driver’s license. It’s always the same drill; you’ll order a drink or two, coffee or liquor, and politely sip while asking each other the same old questions and giving the same old answers. Half the time you’re bored, disinterested or just plain uncomfortable, but you’re forced to play the first-date charade of forced smiles and idle chitchat.

Don’t you wish you could escape all these early obstacles and skip ahead to the romance? Well, it’s not impossible—you just need to consider some fresh dating ideas to add spice to spice up your night out.

1. Axe throwing

This high-intensity sport has been gaining popularity over the last couple years, loved for its quirky mix of danger or playfulness. With an open mind, and the right chemistry, you can have a blast on your first date.

2. Maze room

Indoor or outdoor, maze rooms let you and your date bond together. You’re typically stuck in the maze for a whole hour, so even if you’re not crazy about your date, the experience at least won’t be boring. As you strategize and plan your way out, you can connect on a more natural level, instead of forcing awkward conversation over drinks

3. Gun Shooting

Get your blood pumping with some hearty gun shooting practice. Whether you’re a skilled shooter or a total newbie, you two can work together on your aiming skills. One day, maybe you’ll hit the relationship bullseye!

4. Driving Range

The driving range creates the opportunity for you to learn and interact together. It also opens the doors for some flirty physical contact. So, while you’re both working on your swing, you’ll also be working on hitting it off.

5. Escape room

Want to see how they deal with problems on date one? Try an escape room, an enclosed space where you and your date have to escape within the hour. During the challenge, you’ll have to solve puzzles and unlock clues to break free. The whole time, you’ll be too busy navigating through the activity, rather than worrying about first-date jitters.

6. Cooking Class

A cooking class can be a great first date idea for a creative, amusing bonding experience. If you can be mindful of dietary restrictions, this unique first hangout could heat up more than just a sizzling dish!

7. Rock Climbing

Let your first date reach new heights with the excitement of rock climbing. The activity creates a positive, energetic vibe, allowing you to encourage and motivate one another. After a couple hours, you can both grab a smoothie to cool down.

8. Salsa Dancing

Salsa dancing can be fun, but it can also be sexually suggestive. So, for those who prefer to do less talking, this activity is ideal as it removes the first date pressure to engage in conversation. In this case, there’s nothing wrong with assessing the physical chemistry before the chatting compatibility.

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If you want to try these first date ideas but the people you keep meeting seem unadventurous, you may want to start looking elsewhere for better dating potential. Dating apps like Tinder and POF are notorious for setting you up with casual nights in. Instead, try your luck on apps with people who are more adventurous, like WhoWinkedMe or SaucyMeet, so that you can step up your dating game.