First dates aren’t just about coffee anymore

INDIANA- A recent poll revealed that 1 in 5 singles surveyed believe the usual coffee shop rendezvous or the familiar clink of glasses at the local bar are boring and outdated ideas for first dates. The contemporary single is in pursuit of an experience, a story to tell, an adventure to embark upon from the very first ‘hello.’

With an array of unique offerings sweeping the nation, from pop-up speakeasies to adrenaline-pumping activities like escape rooms or twilight zip-lining, first dates are transforming into experiences that impress and create lasting memories. commissioned a poll (run by QuestionPro) of 3,000 singles to establish the top first date options in the U.S. – the types of dates to set hearts racing. Participants were asked to highlight the date spots that excited them the most, the places where sparks could fly. The findings shed light on the most thrilling dating suggestions that could inspire countless romantics planning to court their beloved this coming Valentine’s Day. Indiana had 5 destinations included among the most unique for a first date in America:

32. Chocolate Tour in Bloomington.

Indulge your sweet tooth and get to know each other’s taste buds on a chocolate tour in Bloomington. Sample decadent treats from local chocolatiers, learn about the bean-to-bar process and create sweet memories together. Bloomington has several fantastic chocolatiers, like Chocolate Moose and The Chocolate Shop, offering diverse flavors and experiences.

35. Vintage Arcade Bar in Fort Wayne.

Relive the nostalgia and friendly competition of classic arcade games at a vintage arcade bar like Punch Bowl Social in Fort Wayne. Play iconic games like Pac-Man or Street Fighter, grab some craft cocktails, and challenge each other to high scores. It’s a fun and playful atmosphere that breaks the ice and encourages conversation.

74. Couples Spa Day in French Lick.

Treat yourselves to a luxurious and relaxing couples spa day in French Lick. Enjoy rejuvenating massages, soak in mineral pools, and unwind in tranquil settings. French Lick offers several renowned spas like French Lick Springs Spa and The Spa at West Baden Springs Hotel, making it a perfect escape for pampering and quality time together.

107. Craft Brewery Tour and Tasting in Lafayette.

Discover Lafayette’s vibrant craft beer scene on a brewery tour and tasting. Visit local breweries like Lafayette Brewing Company or 3 Floyds Brewing Co., learn about the brewing process, and sample diverse beers. It’s a fun and informative experience for beer lovers and curious minds alike and a great way to find common ground and spark conversation.

145. Indianapolis Artsgarden.

This vibrant center of arts and culture in downtown Indianapolis is perfect for art enthusiasts or anyone seeking a visually stimulating date. Stroll through the glass-enclosed garden, admire sculptures and installations, and catch a free concert or performance.

Infographic showing the 150 most unique first date destinations, according to the poll of 3,000 singles.