Getting to know someone, and in turn, allowing them to get to know you, can be terrifying enough without having to worry about the in’s and out’s of where and how you’re going to meet. You want to stand out, to be able to talk and to get a sense of who this special person is beyond emojis – but where exactly do you do that?! Here are 10 first-date ideas in Calgary that will not only give you room to chat and laugh  – but that will ALSO still be worthwhile even if you find that there’s just no chemistry.

VISIT WITH THE ANIMALS AT COBB’S ADVENTURE PARK 

Cobb’s Adventure Park really has it all. From cuddly kangaroo’s, axe throwing and mini-golf, this place is a first-date fail-safe.  Here, there’s a  ton of opportunities to get to know each other better, be comfortable and enjoy yourselves, which is super important.

Where: 1500 84th Street NE, Calgary
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: $20

HIT A LOCAL MARKET

In the summertime, Calgary is a city of markets. No matter the weekend or weather, there will almost always be vendors, artists and food trucks to wander. Not sold? Just remember that every good rom-com has a solid shopping montage!

CHECK OUT THE CALGARY CLIMBING CENTRE

So you and your new ‘friend’ bonded on Hinge over you’re mutual love for physical activity and the outdoors? The Calgary Climbing Centre is a perfect spot for your first date. Not only is it just a ton of fun, you can also get a sense of how supportive and encouraging your date is.

Where: 7130 Fisher Rd SE, Calgary
Time: Mondays 6 pm – 11 and Saturday Sunday 8 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $22

WANDER THROUGH THE DOG PARK 

They say a way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, but if you give them the choice between fries and a pug snuggle, you’ll find out pretty quickly that this is simply untrue. Whether you’re looking to bond with each other or your partner’s furry friend, get some exercise, or just want to pup watch, hit one of Calgary’s favourite dog parks.

GO ‘GOLFING’ AT HOTEL ARTS

What better way to bond than over beers and balls. Despite being a little pricer than other ideas on this list, the virtual golf at Hotel Art’s really is a ton of fun – even if you’re not a pro. Honestly, how bad could you embrace yourself on a fake course?!

Where: 119 12 Ave SW, Calgary
Cost: $50+

CHALLENGE EACHOTHER TO A GO-KART RACE

A little competition never hurt anybody, right? This summer, proceed with caution to Winsport Canada and go head to head on their 1800 metres downhill go-kart track or their mini-putting green! The ‘loser’ buys the other a drink afterwards!

Cost: $24+
Instagram: @WinsportCanada

WORK TOGETHER OR GO HEAD-TO-HEAD AT A BOARD GAME CAFE

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it a thousand more times. You NEVER really know someone until you’ve played a game of Monopoly with them. At the Hexagon Boardgame Cafe, couples can have a beer and then basically put their true compatibility to test for under $5 – not a bad deal, hey?

Where:  1140 Kensington Rd NW #200
Cost: $3

ENJOY A LEISURELY BIKE RIDE

Gear up and let your walls down. From Fish Creek and Prince’s Island to Banff and Canmore (if you’re confident that it’ll go well), Calgary is blessed with hundreds of bike baths through the city, the mountains and by the river. On your way, stop for a bite to eat, take 5 and watch the sunset or go wildlife watching – the city is your oyster.

GRAB A BEER AT GRETA BAR 

Chances are that some of your fondest memories were made playing SEGA or Nintendo, why not make one more? At GRETA, you can have a beer, talk a little and then kick each other’s butts during one of the many games at GRETA Bar. If all goes well, maybe you split a basket of fries. Sounds like the beginning of a love story to us! 

Where: 213 10 Ave SW, Calgary

GET YOUR ADRENALINE PUMPING AT CALAWAY PARK 

Looking for something more fast-paced? Calaway Park is a no-brainer! Take a deep breath and head out for a full day of sun, fun and of course, cheap and delicious carnival food – just consider waiting to eat until after you ride the strawberries.

Where: 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary
Cost: $47.95+

There you have it, love birds. 10 first-date ideas in Calgary – now get out there and enjoy yourselves!