11 Tinder First Date Ideas (+Real Examples

You swiped right on Tinder, made a match, messaged back and forth, and now you are ready to meet but, where do you go?

What is a safe and neutral location to go to on a first Tinder date?

This article will let you know of the ways to stay safe while using Tinder and the 5 best safe Tinder first date ideas.

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Tinder First Date Ideas

In this article, we will guide you though three 3 important topics:

  • Ways to Stay Safe While Using Tinder

  • Safe Tinder First Date Ideas

  • Can you hide your Tinder account from your friends and family?


Ways to Stay Safe While Using Tinder

Online dating is a great opportunity to find real love but it can also be really dangerous.

That is why you have to do all you can to make sure you are staying safe while swiping right.

1. Find your match’s social media and stalk it. It might be creepy but no one has to know.

Of course, this is not a foolproof way of making sure someone is not a serial killer but it will give you peace of mind to at least know they are a real person.

2. Message back and forth on Tinder for about a week before meeting in person.

3. Message on the Tinder app as long as possible. Do not give out your personal information like your phone number or address until after you meet in person.

4. Speaking of not giving out your address, have your own transportation to and from the date location so you do not have to rely on anyone to drive you home. This way you can leave whenever you want or need to.

5. Meet in a public place and preferably during the daytime. Meeting in a public place means you are at less of a risk of being assaulted if your date has nefarious intentions.

6. Tell a friend or loved one where you are. I am sure your friend will also appreciate a text throughout the date checking in letting them know how it is going.

The two of you can even set up a code for if you need your friend to save you from a bad date.

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Safe Tinder First Date Ideas

1. Bowling

Bowling is a great Tinder first date idea because it is affordable (depending on the bowling alley). A bowling alley is also the perfect location for a first date because everything is in the same place.

You do not have to go from a restaurant to a movie theater, everything you need is right there!

2. Local Festivals

No matter what time of year it is, I am sure you will find a festival in your area. Whether it is a Christmas festival or a summer concert series, these local festivals are a great Tinder first idea.

There is always a lot to see at festivals and some of them have amusement park rides so, if things are going well you and your date can take a ride on the ferries wheel at night.

Local festivals also have a lot of food vendors so you will not have to worry about leaving to go and find food.

Also, there is no set time limit at a festival so if you’re feeling like it’s time to go, there is no need to come up with an awkward excuse as to why you’re leaving early.

3. Tinder Wine Tasting Date

Wine tasting makes a perfect first Tinder date! Wine tasting tours last for approximately an hour so, if things aren’t going great you have a perfect excuse to bail but, if things are going well there is usually a bar attached to the winery which is the perfect place to go for an extra glass of wine or two.

4. Zoo

What makes the zoo a great first Tinder date is that the animals make for great conversation starters and there will hardly be a chance for a lull in the conversation as you guys will have to walk from exhibit to exhibit.

5. Tinder Coffee Shop Date

Choosing a coffee shop for a first Tinder date is another smart idea because it is inexpensive. It is also a very casual location so there are no expectations.

If things aren’t going as well as you hoped, a coffee date can be very quick but, if it is going well, a coffee date gives you a great opportunity to get into some heartfelt discussions.

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Whenever you do decide to meet your match in person, staying safe is key.


  • Always tell a loved one where you are.
  • Meet in a public place on your first date.
  • Have fun!
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