Once you've cleared the hurdles of the first and second dates (arguably the most nerve-wracking situations in the world!), you're on to the third date. However, as a relationship progresses, thinking up cute third date ideas can be tough. If you're like most, you probably used up most of your creativity-under-pressure on your first couple dates. No worries – read on for the best collection of fun third date ideas! These ideas are all about connecting on a deeper level and keeping sexual pressure off while still keeping things fun.
Studies suggest that the pressure created by wondering whether or not a new couple will have sex can actually kill a lot of the fun of those first few dates, and even sabotage the relationship from progressing. Keep things rated PG-13, and you'll actually be increasing the chances of a long-term relationship in the future.
Lunch and A Movie (or Play, Concert…)
This cute third date idea is all about connecting, talking and having fun. Scheduling a daytime date shows that you're not trying to scheme for anything sexual to happen. Planning something to do after you've eaten also shows that you care enough to actually plan another date. Pick someplace nice for lunch – daytime price drops mean you can afford super-nice restaurants on a budget. After, you can see a movie, take in an art exhibit, browse a flea market – whatever is happening locally.
Virtually everybody likes beer, at least on occasion. And, thanks to the exploding market for small-batch brews, nearly every locale has its very own brewery! This is one of the most popular and fun third date ideas out there because it's inexpensive, educational (in a fun way) and gives you a chance to talk about what you're seeing. If you live near a huge, nationally-known brand, that's great – but don't overlook the little guys. Often, the smaller breweries offer longer tours, more interaction and more free samples – some even offer snacks!
Be a Tourist
Even in the smallest towns, there are probably loads of cute third date ideas regarding tourist-type destinations. In big cities, this is a very easy date – simply search online for something interesting, make sure your date hasn't already been there, and book a tour or visit. Do your research, however – many small towns have a fun, goofy claim to fame, like those tourist-trap places advertised on the side of the highway. Yes, it's silly, but remember, these dates are all about getting to know each other in a fun, pressure-free environment. What's more fun than touring silly tourist traps? In larger cities, you'll have your pick of romantic third date ideas. Take your date to the top of the tallest building in town, for example, or take a walking tour of historic places.
As you can see, there are loads of fun and romantic third date ideas very close to home. Be sincere and keep the pressure off, and you're sure to have a great time on your date. You're also likely to turn that dating relationship into a longer one!