The dating game can be exciting, spontaneous, and full of adrenaline. You were probably nervous on the first date, interested on the second, and probably know the person by date # 3.
By the 4th date, it might seem like routine – so what can you do to keep the 5th date interesting?
By the time you go on your 5th date, you both may have shown some interest and are ready to take it to the next level. If you’re not the creative or romantic type, you might have been stuck finding ideas that’ll be sure to impress your date.
Read on for an extensive guide to the best 5th date ideas that’ll leave you feeling inspired – and ready to have an awesome date with your beau.
The Fifth Date: What You Should Know
Sure, you have a few basic ideas of what to do by the time the fifth date arrives. But, there are some things you should know in advance – before that eagerly anticipated date arrives:
1. You should feel comfortable around each other.
At this point, you should know the person you’re interested in a lot better than you did on the first couple of dates.
When you’re about to go on the date # 5, you should feel more relaxed and less nervous than you were originally. If you find yourself still anxious by this point, then it’s really not a good sign.
2. You should be able to see a future together.
If you don’t see a future to your relationship by this point, then something is wrong. Generally, you should know a lot about each other’s interests, be happy with them, and want to spend more time with them.
3. Conversation should be natural.
There’s no need to worry about what they might think of your interests, opinions, or behaviors. By now, you should be able to freely express what you feel without any fear of judgment.
If you find that conversation is not easy, then you should call it quits; maybe you both aren’t meant for one another.
4. They make you feel happy
We assume you’re continuing your dates because the other person makes you feel good about yourself. Not just purely for the sexual intent.
If they don’t make you feel happy, then ditch the date – because this is a huge red flag before any relationship even starts.
Top 15 Ideas for an Amazing 5th Date
1. Go to a music concert
Music is always a good medium to turn to. By this point, you should know each other’s music preferences, and whether you both like similar genres. If not, you may want to move onto the next one.
Check online, in the newspaper, or on the radio to see if there are any good bands or artists playing in your area. If there’s a well-known artist playing nearby, you could buy tickets, book a hotel, and travel for the concert.
There are probably many local musicians and cover artists playing in your area, so go have a look and watch the music together. Whether the music is amazing or terrible, it’ll be a great bonding experience to have together.
2. See an outdoor movie.
Have you seen Grease? People loved to gather up in their vintage cars and watch an outdoor movie in the open while cuddling with blankets.
While we might not be in the time of Grease, there are more outdoor movie theatres popping up nowadays due to the pandemic (some of which occasionally screen the film Grease!).
If you both drive, this could be a good opportunity for you to grab some popcorn and blankets, and watch a classic together cuddling under the moonlight.
3. Go to the arcade.
Ah, the arcade… So many childhood memories of playing the grabbers, slot machines, and dance mats!
Even better than the games, are the prizes! Impress each other by winning enough tokens to buy a gift or teddy bear to showcase your interest.
You’ll have fun playing games and competing against each other, and will also have a souvenir to remind you of your lovely date.
4. Visit the library or a book store.
If you’re both book worms, a book store or library might just be something cool for you to do. Get talking about books you like, and share your favorite parts with each other.
You can even explore new books together that neither of you have read. What’s even more exciting is that you could intimately whisper your favorite book quotes in each other’s ears. How romantic and seductive is that?
5. Go bowling.
It’s 2021, and yes – people still bowl! Bowling is a great activity to bring out from the past. In fact, it’s not an expensive one to do either. Get quirky bowling shoes and make comments about how cool or weird they look on each other.
When it comes to bowling, you can get your competitive streak on, or, if you want to make your date feel good, you can let them win. Either way, it’s a fantastic bonding experience.
6. Attend a haunted house or ghost tour.
Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you do or don’t, we could all get caught up with a horror story and love to hear about the paranormal. If you guys don’t believe in them, turn the activity into a sarcastic and humorous one.
If there are ghost tours in your area, consider taking your date on a late-night one or even visited a haunted house.
There’s nothing more intimate than cuddling each other and protecting them from the paranormal. It’s an experience to remember!
7. Go on a roller coaster ride.
Although you think they’re into you romantically, it’s time to take their commitment to the next level and see if his emotions are stable by taking him on a rollercoaster ride!
See how he deals with the challenges of a scary and seemingly uncontrollable situation next to you. It’ll be even better if the roller coaster is full of upside down loops and fast accelerations.
You never know – the post adrenaline may actually leave him feeling more aroused than he did in the first place!
8. Visit your local farmers market.
Farmer’s markets are coming back into fashion and are an activity many people are reviving. There’s nothing like interacting with the hardworking farmers who grow and bring to you tasty organic food.
Go and visit the different stalls together, and learn even more about each other’s likes and dislikes when it comes to food. Go and buy food together, then go home after and make a scrumptious meal…. but don’t forget to save room for dessert! (wink)
9. Take a train ride to a new place.
Trains are an epic mode of transportation; they’re comfortable and scenic. Take the day to explore a place nearby, about 1-2 hours away by train.
If you’re prone to going on dates in a the same area each time, this will add something new to the experience and allow you to make the most of a new place.
Similarly, it’ll be a good insight to see whether you can travel together. If you can keep the conversation engaged from the train to the destination and back again, then you’ve met a good match.
10. Go out for drinks.
While there’s no actual rulebook when it comes to dating, you may have reached the point of willing to take it to the next level and step up your intimacy by date # 5.
Obviously, if you haven’t done this before or you’ve been out of the game, you might be nervous doing so. A fantastic way to break the ice is going out for some alcoholic beverages.
It’ll help boost your confidence and allow you to smoothly take your date home or go to their place.
11. Go rock climbing.
Are you both sporty individuals? Rock climbing is a fantastic and different way to spend your fifth date. You’ll get a briefing from your instructor, and if you’re experienced, you can go directly onto the wall where you can teach your date about how to rock climb, the different equipment involved, and support each other as you try to achieve certain wall levels.
12. Go on a boat.
Do you live near a lake or river? If so, there might be some paddle boats or canoes. Hire one for a couple of hours and have a great time!
Impress your date by taking them out somewhere peaceful, away from the crowds and people. It’ll just be the two of you in the middle of the water, where you can interact uninterrupted.
Bring a picnic to help add to the romantic mood!
13. Visit a Korean BBQ.
Korean BBQs are great places for meat-eaters, vegetarians or vegans. There’s always something available on the menu for every dietary requirement.
By simply visiting a Korean BBQ, you can both step out of your comfort zone and explore a new culture together. It can also be fun to choose the hotplate and grill the food yourself, as opposed to letting the chefs do it.
14. Go camping.
Camping is a fantastic way to get out and bond together without having your date stay the night at your home just yet. Bring a tent or visit a campsite with tents already set up.
Spend time bonding together in the great outdoors, cooking, sleeping together, and cut yourselves off from the world around you. There’s no need for texts, calls, or social media; you have the whole time to interact together, without distractions.
15. Go to a sporting event.
Do you like sports? Perhaps there’s a local soccer, ice hockey, or rugby team playing nearby over the weekend.
Going to watch your home team play a game can be a fun way to interact and get your adrenaline pumping, especially if you or your partner is knowledgeable about the team.
The Bottom Line
Dating is an exciting and fun time in your life. Everyone wishes they could go back to the days of the “honeymoon phase.” Even though you’re probably comfortable with your date by now, it can still be a bit nerve-wracking to find ideas for the fifth date.
Remember, you shouldn’t be too nervous if you’re comfortable with them, they make you feel happy, and the conversation comes naturally. Some great date ideas are taking them bowling, visiting local music, going to an outdoor movie, camping, and going to a sporting event.
Whatever you decide, put your best effort in, dress your best, and enjoy the time together. There’s no rulebook to dating, so take it at your own pace!