Daring Dates in the Seattle and Eastside Areas

The typical first date involves a drink or coffee or a meal. 

These are fine ideas – nicely time-limited in case things don’t work out and conducive to conversation that allows you to get to know each other. But if you have been dating for five years … perhaps you want to spice things up by going on a date that is more like an adventure. This is not for everyone. It can be daunting to skydive with someone you have just met, but it can be a great way to bond quickly. Here are some options for the Bellevue and Seattle areas.

1. The Seattle Great Wheel. This date might scare some off, but it can be transporting. Reasonably priced at $13 per adult ($11 for seniors), the wheel offers you and your date a chance to look over the gorgeous waterfront for three full revolutions. At 175 feet tall, the ride is daring enough to offer some squeals and maybe a nice hand-holding. The wheel runs from morning to night, so choose whether you want to see forever or enjoy the glittering lights of the Seattle skyline and boats. You can stroll along the waterfront afterward, if you want some exercise or a great meal.

2. Haunted houses. Just in time for Halloween … take your date into a dark and scary kingdom. You’ll scream, laugh, and – if you’re lucky – hold onto each other for safety! You’ll find out quickly if your date is a good sport or not. Obviously, don’t force someone with legitimate fears to do this activity, but definitely propose it to someone who seems up for it. There are tons of options throughout King and Snohomish counties. Some of the most well-known haunted houses are the KUBE 93 Haunted House at the Georgetown Morgue, the Nightmare on 9 in Snohomish County, and the KISS 106.1 House of Terror in Lynnwood.

3. Get tattoos together. This might seem a very unlikely date, but think about how many people in the area have tattoos – and probably want more. If both you and your date are up for the idea, it can be a great bonding experience. You’re both facing a little pain, laughing together, and getting insight into each other’s taste and creativity. Tattoos aren’t for everyone, but for those that love them, finding someone else to enjoy the experience with can be fantastic. The Seattle area has hundreds of ink shops, so just check out Yelp! for reviews before you go.

4. Indoor skydiving. At iFLY in Tukwila, your intrepid date and you can experience what free fall feels like – without the utter terror of jumping out of an airplane. It sounds crazy, but it is amazing. The facility uses a vertical wind tunnel that generates wind speeds of up to 160mph. The wind creates a cushion of air that you float on, so there is no jumping – and nothing attaching you to the ground or anything else. It may sound scary, but it can be exhilarating for the right pair.

5. Do the New York Times crossword together. Ok, this isn’t PHYSICALLY daring, but it certainly is mentally. You’ll find out whether your date has a good vocabulary and a quick mind. Willingness to try is also a good sign. And hey, even if he’s not good at it, if he’s a good sport, he might be a keeper. You can also ascertain whether someone is too competitive or maybe a little wimpy.

Clearly, these dates aren’t for everyone, but if you find yourself bored with your usual routine, choose one of these activities for your next date and open up your mind and spirit just a little more.



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