Things to do when dating

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The better option: a smaller stadium and a much smaller price tag.

The athletes may not be as well-known, but the beer and hot dogs taste just as great — and the extra funds don’t hurt either.

Lots of bars have jazz nights and showcase great local musicians.

If you’re not sure where to find ’em, try resources like Yelp, Time Out, and the arts section of the local newspaper.

It’s also another awesome activity for getting a little closer to that special someone. Bonus: The worse you are, the funnier the date will be.

And it’s not hard to find classes that are BYOB or serve wine.

If you’re a little apprehensive about a solo hang-out sesh, try a group activity like trivia.

At the very least, it’s a super convenient place to accidentally run into a friend if things go awry.

Why do first dates seem to be an endless cycle of grabbing drinks or dinner at restaurants we’ve been to dozens of times before? There’s something comforting about fluffy pancakes doused in butter, topped with sweet syrup, and accompanied by a side of bacon.

Don’t get us wrong — we enjoy (responsible) drinking just as much as college students. So why not take the stress out of a dinner date by opting for all of the best brunch fixings instead?

Though this outing is optimal for warmer months, it could even be fun to bring hot chocolate in a thermos and stroll through the snow. But do you retain the information sommeliers lay on you? The rides are actually pretty fun, and big roller coaster drops provide the perfect opportunity to initiate a little hand holding. It’s a great way to build up adrenaline and have some laughs while you’re at it.

Chat it up about your love of grilled cheese or “The Walking Dead.” Cooking is always a great alternative to going out, but it can feel a bit awkward to go to a stranger’s home on the first date. And do you really want to spend on the only bottle of wine you actually enjoyed? Instead, have each person bring their two favorite types of wine, meet at a park, and read the description on the back of the wine bottle when you try each type. Plus, theme parks are a great excuse to eat a funnel cake. When the warmer months hit, calendars explode with opportunities to take your favorite activities outside. Sitting at a coffee shop can be a little drab, but picking up a coffee and walking around the neighborhood can make it that much better. The days of scavenger hunts may feel long over, but they don’t have to be. Simply make a list of a few things you’ve been dying to try and don’t be afraid to get creative.

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