Three First-Date Ideas for Newport News Area Couples Recovering from Alcoholism

Kathryn Gordon

If you and your date are both in recovery and are looking for date ides that don't involve alcohol, then your search could be frustrating. Drinks at a bar are out, and so are nightclubs. And dinner can be tricky, with everyone around you drinking wine or beer. So, instead of suffering in silence and ending up causing the date to be super awkward, it's better to just pick a place where there won't be as much of a temptation. The best way to do this is to either choose a place where there is no possibility of alcohol or a place where there will be lots of fun activities that will keep you distracted. Here are three different options to consider.

Rock Climbing

If you go indoor rock climbing, there is not much chance of being tempted. They don't serve scotch or tequila shooters at these places. The most you can get is water, energy drinks, and soda. Plus, you will get to have a super cool time. Rock climbing is an interactive activity, so you won't have to sit around, without a glass of wine no less, and think of stuff to talk about. You will have a fun time harnessing up and climbing the wall.

Kayak the James River or the Warwick River

If you want to head out and get outside and have some fun, then check out the James River. You can rent kayaks and launch into the river and get to see Newport News from a really cool vantage point. If you launch up north of the city, and you're up for a long kayak trek, you can even pass by Hog Island Wildlife Management center.

If that seems like a bit too much of a trip, then consider heading inland and finding a launch spot on the Warwick River. This river cuts right though the center of Newport News and is not as strenuous a trip.

Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling

If you really don't feel like kayaking or climbing (maybe you don't want to get soaked with sweat on your first date!) then hit a bowling alley on glow-in-the-dark night. These are super fun, with music and bright glow-in-the-dark lights. While some places will serve alcohol, you won't be sitting at or near the bar, so it can be "out of sight, out of mind," and you and your date will be so consumed with bowling that you won't even sweat it. Check out a bowling alley like Sparetimes Bowling to find out their schedule.