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15 Super Fun First Date Ideas to Plan in NorCal

15 Super Fun First Date Ideas to Plan in NorCal

Between all the exciting outdoor recreation and creative indoor fun in NorCal, you’ll never run out of fun first dates ideas.


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August 11, 2021

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Slip out of your hiking boots or Birks and step into your dancing shoes. This fun first date idea is always a hit.
The Napa Valley Wine Train is a luxuriously vintage setting, perfect for a unique first date. Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train.
How about you skip the dinner date and take it outdoors? Go kayaking with your date and enjoy nature at its finest.

8. Go Kayaking on the Russian River 

Calling all nature lovers, we promise that kayaking on the Russian River is an ideal first date idea. Get to know the adventurous side of your date while kayaking on the scenic river. River’s Edge Kayak and Canoe Trips will take you on a unique trip that’ll surely be one of the best things you’ll ever do in Napa.

Romantic First Date Ideas In Sacramento

9. Watch a Movie or Two at West Wind Sacramento Drive-In

Take Netflix and chill on a whole new level and catch a flick at a drive-in theater at Sacramento’s best spot. West Wind Sacramento Drive-In is the largest family-operated movie theater chain in the world and it’s totally worth giving it a go. Enjoy watching cult classics, munching on snacks, and perhaps even cuddling on your first date? Some might call it cheesy, but we think it’s one of the best summer date night ideas.

Come aboard the Delta King docked riverboat on the Sacramento River and experience all it has to offer. Photo courtesy of The Delta King.

10. Dine Aboard the Historic Delta King 

Luxurious riverside dining is always a romantic first date idea, especially if you want to leave a great first impression. Where else to do exactly that than aboard the historic Delta King steamboat? Indulge in outstanding cuisine, enjoy a wonderful ambiance, and take in the scenic views—this dining experience will surely capture your date’s heart.

11. Volunteer Together at a Local NGO

Nothing brings people together than joining hands for a greater cause. Check out the many volunteering opportunities in the State Capital to give back to your community together. Besides, there’s no better way to know someone than seeing them lending a helping hand. There you have it—a fulfilling, fun, and free date idea in Sacramento.

Looking for an artsy date idea? How about you set up your own couples painting date night, whether in a class or at home?

12. Get Creative with Colors

Another creative and fun first date idea is literally tapping into your creativity. Plan the best first date ever by participating in Yaymaker’s Paint Nite events for a date that’ll make you go Yay. To add icing to the cake, you get to take your art piece home and be reminded of the unique date idea you came up with.

Casual First Date Ideas in Mendocino

13. Explore Sea Caves on a Kayak

Have you seen the sea caves in Mendocino yet? If not, planning to do it on a first date is a great opportunity to do something for the first time. Resort to Mendocino Kayak for the ultimate adventure—exploring the sea caves. You’ll leave Van Damme Cove on a kayak and start your journey towards the caves along the coast. Enjoy!

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It is a grand passion." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. Go Horseback Riding at Ten Mile Beach

You’ve probably never thought about taking your crush horseback riding for an awesome outdoor date idea. That’s why we suggest planning a memorable ride at Ten Mile Beach and wow your date with your romantic side. Enjoy the oceanfront ride with Ricochet Range Ranch’s well-trained horses that are suitable for first-timers. 

15. Enjoy a stroll at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is home to the most beautiful native plants and is a must-see spot on the North Coast. Your date will appreciate the tranquility and charm of this paradisiacal spot while getting to know you. But plants are not all that the garden offers—a short walk to the cliffs exposes you to wonderful ocean views, where you can sit and relax. That’s definitely a romantic first date idea you’d want to go on. 

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