First dates are supposed to be casual, no-frills, and low-pressure where both of you could just be yourselves and get to know each other better. The purpose of a first date is to enjoy the company of each other and not to exert all your effort on something which she might not really enjoy (given that you do not know much about her yet). First dates should be simple but put a lot of thought on (for her benefit and enjoyment), and should not be expensive for her to think that you have high expectations of her or that you are trying to buy her affections.
The good thing about a low-key first date is that it will leave the other person hungry for a second or a third date. So choose among these great low-pressure ideas that will keep your date clamoring for more.
Coffee dates: for those who want to ward off those first-date jitters
The good thing about a coffee date is that the atmosphere is just about perfect to make both of you feel relaxed. The rich aroma of coffee plus the dim lighting of coffee shops is an excellent combination to make those jittery first daters feel at ease with each other. Also, you do not need to worry about spending your entire fortune on coffee dates because it is very budget friendly. You can even go Dutch and do not have to worry about picking up the tab (although it is an unspoken rule that guys would have to pay on the first date). A coffee date is a very casual choice for a first date that it even calls for a come-as-you-are vibe, unlike in formal dates where you have to wear a penguin suit and appear to be stiff at all times.
Drive-in theaters: for those who want to date under the stars
What is more perfect than dating under the stars? Drive-in theaters are a better alternative to movie theater dates as the former gives you more privacy because you are in the comfort of your own vehicle, as opposed to the latter where you have to sit on less-than-comfortable upholstered seats that smell funny, and by some bad luck, you might sit behind someone with big hair and will talk loudly all throughout the movie. You could just close eyes and you would still know how the movie goes, what with his blow-by-blow account of the movie, sometimes complete with sound effects.
Another good thing about drive-in theater dates is that you can even prepare your own food than buy those processed foods that they sell in concession stands. There are not many drive-in theaters around anymore, but whenever there is one available, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of it.
Fairs and festivals: for those who want hours of endless activity and enjoyment
This type of dating location is very suitable for those nervous first daters, since they are held outdoors and are very much public. Entrance fees are cheap (sometimes free), and there are a lot of activities and delicious food to try. This is a good dating location for those who want to keep things simple and friendly, and just walk, talk, and enjoy the night away. Who knows, you might even impress the girl by winning her that big bear she has her eye on.
Explore the city: for those who want to spend the whole day together
This is a great first date idea for those who are outdoorsy and are up to the challenge of being together for the whole day. Scout the city for those not-so famous but interesting places to see, do window-shopping, go to some of the not-so known yet recommended by many restaurants to sample their best sellers, and just walk around the city and have the time of your lives exploring the area and at the same time getting to know each other. Allow spontaneity to take over and let you enjoy the whole day just being together.
Outdoor community concerts: for those who enjoy good music
This is another great low-pressure first-date idea for those music lovers out there. Check your community center for concert schedules in advance to prepare for your date. Some concerts come with a price (do not worry, as prices are not that high), and others for free. Dance the night away or just enjoy good music together. Also, almost all concerts end with a fireworks display, a romantic way to end the evening.