Alicia Ostarello was interested in what dating is like in parts of the country other than her California home. So interested, in fact, that she embarked on a project: go on 50 first dates, one in every state in the union. A Kickstarter project turned into a documentary, as well as a blog, and a journey that took her across the country and on many, many, many dates. She enlisted ZOZI as Adventure Consultants for active dates, and went outside her comfort zone to see what the men she met online might be down to do. After two and a half months of so-called “professional dating,” here are her 19 favorite first date ideas (some complete with Twitter-length commentary from the actual date).

Top 19 First Dates You’ve Never Tried

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  • The Public Library
  • Fly A Plane
  • Breakfast
  • Swing Dancing
  • Scrabble
  • Disc Golf
  • Dateopoly
  • Suggestions from the AAA Guidebook
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard)
  • Shooting Range
  • Anything Involving Dinosaurs
  • City Hall
  • Running
  • Planned Conversation Topics
  • Pinball Arcade
  • Food Trucks
  • Go Kart Racing
  • Rock Climbing Class
  • Adult Shop


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