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Whenever I was asked out on a first date, it always seemed to be an endless array of happy hour drinks at bars I’d been to multiple times before.

Don’t get me wrong, this can be a lot of fun, but it’s nice to mix it up and not feel like you’re gaining the freshman 15 by eating and drinking all week.

People often ask me for first date suggestions that don’t involve too much commitment.

And I get it, if you’re just not feeling it, you want to be able to quickly get out of dodge.

However, by thinking this way it means that you’re anticipating a date going poorly…first.

Why not anticipate a date going well?

And therefore, here is a list of 10 different first date ideas that don’t involve happy hour, and, create connection between two people.

Why not suggest you do something fun and outdoorsy like go for a hike? My husband and I used to stroll through the Rose Gardens by my apartment, or just meet up somewhere with relatively low key hiking trails. You get to spend the time out in nature, and you’re moving your body, which generates endorphins.

Plus, you don’t have to be staring directly at the person the whole time, which can make conversation flow a little easier.

Clearly this one only makes sense if you both have a dog, but if you do, it’s a great option! Dog parks are typically easygoing, friendly places. You can both focus on your dogs as well as each other to ease into the date. If it’s going well, you could always take a walk or get a drink afterwards.

If it’s not going so well, you can easily skip out after…

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