Going on first dates during the winter pretty much sucks. There are a lack of options when it comes to first date ideas. Dinner? Coffee? Anything that doesn't involve standing out or walking around in the freezing cold?
Good thing it's finally warm enough to have options, hurrah! If you're into the whole dinner/drinks thing, at least now you can hit up a patio. If you're feeling a more fun/adventurous date, we've got some first date ideas for you to try this summer. It's time to come out of hibernation mode.
1. Jays Game @ Rogers Centre
Whether your date is a sports fan or not, Jays games make for great first dates. Seats in the 500s are pretty affordable. Grab an overpriced beer and an overpriced hot dog and it's basically a nice date!
2. The EX
The CNE doesn't open until later on in the summer and as always, it only lasts two short weeks (tear, tear). Be sure not to miss it – it's a worthy experience! Just make sure not to spend all your cash trying to win prizes from games – they will eat your money. The CNE is open from August 21st to September 7th.
3. Canada's Wonderland
A little more on the expensive side, unless you have season passes. If one of you has a season pass, you can even use the "bring-a-friend" discount. You can get to know each other in the never ending line-ups and break the ice by screaming in terror/excitement. Make sure your date's a ride warrior, or it probably won't be much fun for either of you. Wonderland opens May 3rd!
4. Allan Gardens Conservatory
Allan Gardens is a gorgeous botanical garden and a major landmark in the city. It's completely free to visit. You can enjoy the sights and smells of the exotic plants while getting to know your date and basking in the serenity. It's open 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily, so you can grab some lunch or dinner afterwards.
5. Distillery District
If you're going to do the basic drinks date, you might as well take your date somewhere nice 'n fancy – try the Mill St. Brewery. After that, you can take a walk around the district and take in the beautiful historical architecture. Don't forget to check out the love lock installation.
6. Picnic @ Toronto Islands
Take the ferry over to the Toronto Islands and have a cute 'lil picnic. Either pack your own lunches or grab some takeout sandwiches from somewhere. Maybe you could even stay long enough to watch a romantic sunset over the skyline.
7. Picnic @ High Park
If you don't feel like venturing out that far, have a picnic at High Park instead. Take a walk around and bask in the beautiful cherry blossoms – it's best to visit in late April or early May to see them in full bloom. Even if you don't get to catch the cherry blossoms, High Park is still a worthy place to visit for a first date. There's even a free zoo!
8. The Beaches
The Beaches make for a really great first date place when it's warm enough. If you're looking for a place to eat or drink, grab some burgers at The Burger's Priest or drinks at Breakwall BBQ. Hit up the beach afterwards and watch the incredible sunset.
Photo cred – Lucas Richarz
Nothing says romance like delicious food. With the prix fixe menus, nice meals are a lot more affordable. This year's Summerlicious is happening July 3rd to 26th. Not much information has been released about this event, but stay tuned for restaurant announcements!
Photo cred – The Docks Driving Range and Drive-In Movie Theatre
10. The Docks Drive-In Movie Theatre
Regular movie dates are too basic – you can't even talk to each other. Catch a flick under the stars at the drive-in and you can whisper all you want... Unless you're the type of person who doesn't like talking during movies. Either way, it's an experience that's different and unique. Try it!