Afterward, enjoy a quiet lunch together at Veladora.
Get to know each other while paddling the lagoons or the coast. Or maybe they like to listen to live music under the stars? Take a leisurely afternoon cruise around the harbor with some snacks on board, or save your appetite for lunch or dinner at the shops at the Harbor. Afterward, you can all go grab a bite at one of the many pet-friendly restaurants. If your first choice of beach is washed out due to a high tide, have a backup plan for watching the sunset from higher ground, like maybe Torrey Pines or Carlsbad Cliffs.
How about a cooking class?
Want to know if you and your match can really heat things up? Do you have massive amounts of useless information in your head? K1 Speed is a great place for a first date for those that always dreamed about being a race car driver! You can hike a volcano in Carsbad, go on a trek at Lake Hodges, or on an ocean view hike at Torrey Pines. Have fun exploring the local tide pools as you ask each other all those awkward questions.
Torrey pines state reserve
Why not take your pups to Dog Beach in Del Mar and find out? Take your potential sweetie on a tour of this local Carlsbad chocolatier. Cyclops Farms has a monthly dinner that includes a view of the ocean and a lovely sunset, not to mention dinner prepared by one of our local talented chefs, as well as wine and beer tastings.
I mean, we hope it works out, but if not, at least you got a fun day out of it. Make sure to bring a blanket or a towel to sit on. I know… I know… another no brainer. Not sure what to grab? Did you meet your match in goofiness?
Whether you go to La Jolla Pier or Oceanside Pier, there are lots of food and drink options, if you hit it off on your stroll. Grab a ball, a towel, and some water and meet at any one of the nets up and down the coast. You can also order food in this part of the restaurant! Did you swipe right because you liked their childlike enthusiasm for life? This is a beautiful and serene spot to sit and have a quiet get-to-know-you chat with your new meditation buddy. Already coupled up?
Do you and your upcoming date have a passion for painting? You can go for a cruise along The Strand, ride road bikes along the coast, or get dirty on a single track. Grab a couple of boards and paddles and head out for a nice afternoon in San Elijo Lagoon just across the road from Cardiff Beach.
A great new place to climb indoors is Vital in Oceanside, which made our list of Unique Workouts. And hey… if that date goes well, leave an impression by sending them off with a bouquet of fresh flowers! Finally, surprise your date with a few little bites to nosh on.
So maybe you guys match, but you want to make sure your fur babies are cool with this love connection. Are you and your match into kick flips and ollies? Maybe later, you can take that Potato Chip Rock picture together! Did your match have a picture of themselves on Potato Chip Rock?
Tours are offered on Fridays at 11AM and PM, but you will need to purchase tickets on line in advance. And food and drinks….
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Guide to Outdoor Concerts and Movies. How about an hour or two bouncing around at a Trampoline park? The best part about this is that you can be a team and work together from the very beginning. If you build up an appetite out on the water, there are plenty of places nearby to have a bite and a drink. An afternoon of croquet on the lawn might be in the cards for you. Try one of the local skate parks in North County. Want to really wow your new Farm to Table friend? First, you want to check the sunset time. You can always give your romance a nice boost with a fun date to remind you why you fell in love.
FYI: Kissing in the gardens is discouraged. Is there anything more exciting and also nerve wracking than a first date? Do you and your prospective partner have a need for speed?
Say one of your post-swipe, pre-meetup conversations was about having lived in California all your life but never having learned to surf. The idyllic surroundings of hibiscus and bougainvillea are a lovely backdrop for a sweet afternoon. The point is to have fun and get to know each other. Any time of day is perfect for a walk on the pier. If it is, well then… a round of Arnold Palmers at the club! Show them that you listen and set up a date at any one of the concerts or movies playing outdoors throughout North County. There are plenty of options in North County.
There are a few places to go, but for a really great bowling date, I highly recommend the lanes at Urge in San Marcos. No problem.
This one is an easy one. Impress your match with your knowledge of all the stuff you know that will never matter… go to a Trivia Night! There are a few galleries in North County where you can have a glass of wine and paint, either pottery or on canvas.
Giant telescopes are pulled out right in front of the tasting room to check out the starry skies. You can rent a boat down at Oceanside Harbor! Maybe avoid spiking on them on the first date…. There are plenty of local markets that have a nice selection of meats and cheeses. Go out on a trail for your first date! Go to K1 and get your race on! Did the Lunar Eclipse come up in conversation?
Great for dates with someone who truly embrace someone their inner child! But before you move on to the next idea, remember to keep a few things in mind before heading out to watch the sun go down. Maybe you and your match have a more refined idea of fun and games.
Come on… you know you want to! If so, you might want to do some night sky exploring. GlowZone is a new fun center in town that has several fun and challenging attractions, like a Ninja Course, Bazooka Ball, ropes course, zip lining, laser tag, bumper cars, and more. It used to be a secret passage for bootleggers back in the days of Prohibition! You can drive out to Palomar Mountain to see some celestial action from the Observatory, or you could go to Wavelength Brewery in Vista on any one of their star gazing nights.
In the kitchen, I mean! How about a dinner at a local working farm? K1 Speed in Carlsbad has environmentally-friendly electric karts on a large indoor track, as well as indoor entertainment venues that feature authentic racing memorabilia, pit cafes, meeting rooms and pool tables.