10 Sober Date Ideas that Don’t Involve Drinking

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Dating in recovery - sober date ideas

Sober date ideas aren’t just a good idea for people in recovery.

When you’re trying to get to know someone, alcohol may help to relieve a sense of nervousness, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you or your date will be revealing your true selves. Staying sober gives both of you the chance to get to know each other without any mind-altering substances getting in the way.

There are many activities that you can do with a date that don’t involve alcohol in social settings. The following list will give you some ideas for sober dates.

1. Go Out for Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s even better when someone else prepares it for you. Restaurants that serve breakfast offer lighter meal options as well and you can always linger over coffee if the conversation is going well.

2. Pack a Picnic Lunch
Food always seems to taste better when eaten outdoors. Your picnic lunch can be as simple as sandwiches and fruit or as substantial as fried chicken and salads. Be sure to put some cold packs in your cooler or basket to keep food and drinks cold until you reach your destination. Then you can choose a shady spot to enjoy your lunch and the fresh air.

3. Go on a Hike
The good thing about hitting a trail is that you only need a sturdy pair of shoes. If you or your date aren’t experienced hikers, start by going to a city park and checking out a path. You don’t need to be an expert to appreciate the colors of the flowers and any other points of interest as you walk. You could also explore the neighborhood or take a walk along the beach.

4. Go Bowling
Bowling is an activity that anyone can enjoy. If you and your date are focused on the activity, you aren’t worried about filling in awkward silences. It’s a relaxing way to spend time together.

5. Enjoy an Outdoor Concert or Movie
Check out the outdoor concert schedule near you. Most major cities host these types of events during warmer months. This form of sober socializing is a great alternative to going to a bar if you want to hear live music.

Your local community may also hold movie nights under the stars. This is a fun, budget-friendly sober date idea, where you can bring lawn chairs, sodas and snacks to watch a film under a big screen.

6. Visit the Planetarium
Speaking of stars, how long has it been since you’ve been to the planetarium? You will likely have a different perspective now if you haven’t been since you were in grade school. If you’ve never been, then it will be an adventure for you and your date.

7. Explore a Museum
Museums are another place you probably haven’t been to visit since you have been in school. It may be time to go back and let your inner child explore the exhibits. You’ll be guaranteed to learn something new during your visit, and you and your date will have plenty to talk about while exploring the displays.

8. Go Ice Skating
Most rinks are now open on a year-round basis. If you haven’t gone ice skating for some time, it’s a skill that will come back to you quickly. Afterward, you and your date can go for coffee or some hot chocolate.

9. Visit an Amusement Park
There’s always plenty to see and do at an amusement park. There are rides and games galore, with plenty of food to sample. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, go during the week or during the off season.

10. Sign Up for a Cooking Class
The advantage of taking a cooking class together is that both of you learn how to prepare a certain type of food or a meal under the direction of a chef and you get to eat what you prepare.

By Jodee Redmond

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