Understandably, most people (ourselves included) spend a lot of time stressing over the first date (you know, what to wear, where to go, what to talk about). But we'd argue that the stakes for the second date are even higher than the first. After all, you want to keep the positive momentum of the first date going, not to mention the fact that you're a bit more invested in this person you're trying to get to know.
We know from experience that one of the most nerve-racking things about planning a second date is figuring out is what to do. So we asked our Instagram followers (one of our go-to sources for trusted dating advice) to share the best second date they've ever been on. From making homemade pasta to riding roller coasters at a local fair, ahead are 10 inspired second-date ideas we're stealing for ourselves.
On our first date, we had talked about our mutual love of pasta and Master of None, so for our second date, he invited me over and we made pasta together. It wasn't the best pasta I've ever had, but it was one of the best dates I've ever been on.
The guy I was dating could not believe that I can make a pretty decent cheesecake. For our second date, I baked a medium-size cheesecake, and instead of eating out, we sat in the car, outside a nice restaurant plaza, getting to know each other and stuffing our faces full of strawberry cheesecake.
On our first date, we talked all night. Honestly, it was love at first sight. We had both previously lived in France (me in Paris; him in Corsica), and he had never been to Paris. I found cheap tickets and took a leap of faith and asked him if he wanted to go! We went to Paris together, fell in love, and now we're married.
My best second date was pretty much a continuation of our first date. Neither of us wanted to part ways, so we decided to go downtown to a rooftop bar to continue our evening together. We got great drinks and had a great view of Manhattan while we got to know each other better.
I was wondering if I'd ever see him again when I bumped into him while shopping at Whole Foods. I was literally thinking Will he call today? and when I turned around, there he was. We grabbed food there and walked to Central Park and had lunch.
We went to the local fair, and I went on rides I would never have ridden if I wasn't crazy about my now-husband.
I had had a horrible day at work and was not in the mood to go to a loud bar, so I was going to call our second date off. He, however, suggested we move it to his place. I reluctantly agreed. When I got there he had set up a mini spa date complete with chocolate, mud masks, and a ton of wine.
The best second date I've ever been on was with a guy I met online, and I wasn't sure if he was interested in me romantically or not. He had a membership to this wine and flatbread dinner club that was set up on a private rooftop in Santa Monica, and he bought tickets for the both of us. We drank wine and talked for hours, forgetting all about the flatbread! Being from Hawaii, it was understandably cold for me, so I put a blanket over us, which soon let to our first kiss.
For our second date, he took me to see a Renaissance vocal ensemble at The Getty. It was beautiful! After, we took a trip down Mulholland Drive. We got to a lookout point, and he pulled out a water bottle filled with wine. It was such a genuine, authentic, sweet night. He's now my husband.
One second date with a guy I met on Tinder was to a premiere of a documentary about the Irish revolution. My date was from Ireland, and the documentary was showing at the university in town. There was a red carpet and a poetry reading by Liam Neeson—I'll never forget it!