Planning the perfect first date activity can be nerve-wracking. Movie dates make it too hard to talk to one another, and dinner dates can sometimes be intimidating and rigid. Finding the perfect balance of a good date that’ll make a good impression can be exhausting!
First dates are all about getting to know someone, which is always easier when you’re having fun. With that in mind, we’ve created a list of fun first-date ideas in Utah that will make dating easy.
1. Visit a Museum Together
Museums are a great place to walk and talk while also doing an activity. It’s also insanely affordable. Worried about holding a conversation on a first date? Museums will give you plenty of topics to bring up and endless ways to break awkward silences. Some of the top ones in Utah include:
- Natural History Museum of Utah
- Goulding’s Trading Post Museum
- Park City Museum
- Utah State Railroad Museum
- Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life
- Thanksgiving Point Museum of Natural Curiosities
- Thanksgiving Point Butterfly Biosphere
- Springville Museum of Art
An artsy first date is a great way to be classy and creative but casual. Just make sure your date likes art or history first! No matter where you live in Utah, there is bound to be a museum or gallery within driving distance.
2. Go Axe Throwing
There’s nothing like a little bit of competition on a first date: One study found that a healthy dose of competition can lead to a more passionate relationship. An ax-throwing date is a thrilling adventure and one of our personal favorites. Just make sure you don’t overdo it and scare off your date.
In addition to the potential for greater passion, axe throwing on a first date is unique and sure to be memorable. It’s also a social environment and much more affordable than a dinner date. You can even make it a group date.
Never done hatchet-throwing? Not a problem! Sharing a new experience is an easy way to form a bond and connect with your date on a deeper level. Check out general FAQ information and tips for beginners before going.
Heber Hatchets offers axe throwing for date nights and has locations in the following cities in Utah:
3. Take a Cooking or Baking Class Together
Taking a cooking class together is a great way to learn a new recipe while seeing how you and your date work together as a team. You will get to learn a lot about your date’s skills and enjoy a nice meal afterward. Or, if you have more of a sweet tooth, you can take a baking class. Teamwork can create a strong bond between you and your date and is a unique date idea that they are sure to remember. And if you’re already great at cooking and baking? You have the perfect opportunity to show off a little bit!
4. Share a Laugh at a Comedy Show
If you or your date have more of a humorous personality, then a comedy show is a great way to have a fun night together. Laughter releases endorphins, which create a happy mood for you and your date. If you’re lucky, those endorphins may do all the work of getting a second date for you. If you’re under 21, just be sure to check out the comedy club’s age requirements, as most serve alcohol and have restrictions.
5. Go on a Hike
A hike is a great way to do something active and enjoy nature together. If you’re an outdoorsy person, this is a great way to introduce your date to your lifestyle. Always opt for an easy, short hike on a first date to keep it low-pressure and non-strenuous. You can also impress your date by packing a small picnic for the hike. Just be sure to have some conversation starters ready— awkward silences are even quieter in nature.
One of the perks of Utah is being near Zion National Park, which has breathtaking views and hiking trails. Take advantage of that scenery. Some easy and stunning hiking trails in Utah include:
- The Narrows “bottom-up” hike at Zion National Park
- Lower Calf Creek Falls hike at Grand Staircase-Escalante
- Corona Arch at Arches National Park
- Diamond Fork hot springs trail in Springville
- Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City
- Donut Falls up Big Cottonwood Canyon
6. Enjoy a Round of Mini Golf
Mini golfing is a fun time for everyone. It’ll bring out your more playful sides and make for some simple fun on a first date. It’s also another great way to have a casual conversation with very little pressure. And the best part? It can be as quick or as long as you want it to be! If the date isn’t going well, you can easily speed through a few holes in thirty minutes. And if it’s going well, you can take your sweet time and enjoy a slow pace—you can even go for another set of 18 holes if you feel like it.
7. Visit an Amusement Park
Though this date tends to be on the pricier side, it sure is fun. Facing your fears on a risky ride together and then grabbing some cotton candy is a total movie-like date. You can also attend a local fair or carnival when it’s in season. Some great options are:
- Cowabunga Bay Water Park (in Draper)
- Lagoon Park (in Farmington)
- Cherry Hill Water Park (in Fruit Heights)
- Cache Valley Fun Park (in Logan)
- Boondocks Fun Center (in Draper)
- Fat Cats Fun Center (search for one near you)
Make a Great First Impression at Heber Hatchets
Ready to make a good first impression? Blow your date’s mind with a trendy, exhilarating, and downright fun hatchet-throwing experience. Plan your first date at Heber Hatchets and book online today!