Out of the Ordinary First Anniversary Date Ideas

Date: February 21, 2020
Category: Things To Do


Your first anniversary of dating is a special milestone that deserves a celebration. After you have spent a year wining and dining together, you might want to consider some unique and fun things to do that are a little bit out of the ordinary. This helps to differentiate this important date from all of the rest of the dates you have enjoyed together during the last 365 days.

These are a few unique and eclectic 1-year dating anniversary ideas:


Rent a Houseboat for the Weekend

After 12 months of learning about each other, you are probably ready to dedicate several days of uninterrupted time together. One of the best ways to celebrate your 1 year dating anniversary is on board a houseboat. When you rent a houseboat from Callville Bay Resort & Marina, you can enjoy endless hours on beautiful Lake Mead. You can bring flowers, chocolates and all the items you need to cook a special meal onboard your boat. Afternoon swimming, sunset dining with panoramic waterfront views and relaxing under the stars will all be on your itinerary throughout the weekend. There are various options available through the marina, so you can select the boat that is right for you and your special someone.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Falling in love can make you feel buoyant, so why not take you and your loved one up, up and away to celebrate your first dating anniversary. It’s easy to find a hot air balloon rental company when you are out west, as this is one of the most popular activities in the region. The weather is almost always perfect, and the rides are particularly romantic at sunset. Talk with your rental company to learn more about your options, but you may want to consider bringing a bottle of champagne and some strawberries on board to enjoy during your flight.

Hike a Trail Together

One of the best ways to learn more about the person you have been discovering for the past year is to go on an adventure together. Hiking is the perfect activity for a date because it forces you to work together and rely on one another to trek the trail. Typically, at the end of the hike, you are rewarded with an incredible view of a natural wonder, such as a waterfall, hoodoo or spectacular vista. Some of the best trails to hike in the Lake Mead area include the Lake Mead Bluff Trail and the Railroad Tunnel Trail, both of which are easy hikes that are perfect for beginners.

Hit the Road

You don’t necessarily need to plan an extensive itinerary that accounts for every detail of your 1 year dating anniversary. Sometimes, spontaneity is the key to success. If you and your sweetheart prefer spur-of-the-moment adventures, then consider taking a road trip together. You can easily hop on the highway and head to popular locales, such as Las Vegas. Don’t forget to make a stop at the Hoover Dam along the way, and make time for the Lake Mead Recreational Area. While you are on the open road together, you’ll find that it’s easy to laugh, learn more about one another and discover opportunities to make precious memories that will last a lifetime.

Enroll in a Local Class

When you make it a point to learn together, you will discover even more about one another. Luckily, the idea of giving the gift of an experience rather than the gift of material stuff is trending, and there are lots of ways that you can learn something new on your first-anniversary date. Local businesses in your area may offer classes such as instructional painting, pottery or glassblowing. Other experience classes that you might consider include a build-your-own charcuterie board class, wine tasting course or cooking class. These experiences can allow you both to discover a new passion together, and you may decide to continue in your studies together. Or, you may find that it’s fun but not quite your style. Either way, you’ll learn something new about yourself as well as about your relationship.

Pack a Picnic and Head to a National Park

Your first year dating celebration does not have to include dinner reservations at a five-star restaurant where you will spend half your paycheck on one meal. In fact, sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to commemorating this important occasion. For a more laid back approach to your special date, consider packing a picnic that includes shareable bites, such as fruit, cheese, bread and of course, wine. Bring the basket and pick up that special someone then head to a nearby national park for romantic dining with a view. No reservation required, yet it will be just as memorable as if you had dined at the hottest place in town.

Learn to Dance Together

After a year of dating, you might be thinking about a lifetime of possibilities with this person. If you do intend to spend many months and years with your significant other, then it might be a good idea to learn to dance and to learn it well. Dancing plays an important part in almost any celebration, and learning a specific dance style together can make all of your future dates more memorable. From ballroom dancing lessons to salsa dancing or Bollywood dancing, you will find a dance style that fits your personality, style, and culture. Together, you can find the moves that work best for you.

Book a River Rafting Tour

Sometimes, being surrounded by nature and tasting the thrill of adventure is the best way to launch your relationship from the first year to the second year. A guided river rafting tour can take you through the hallows of a canyon, introduce you to local flora and fauna, allow you to see native wildlife for yourself and give you a story to tell for the years to come. It may not be considered a traditional romantic date, but it’s sure to make both of your hearts beat faster as you try this awesome experience together for the first time.

When you make it a point to commemorate your 1 year dating anniversary with a unique experience, you are sure to cement the foundation of your relationship for years to come. Not only will your first date be one that you talk about with your children and grandchildren, but this special anniversary will always be one of those memories that you cherish.

Learn how you can make this celebration special by contacting Callville Bay Resort & Marina today.