When it comes down to the first date, it’s crucial that you make a good impression. That impression could mean you may, or may not, get a second date. Baltimore has some exceptional places that are unique, fun and special for those first dates, which could help them lead to much more.

Maryland Science Center; Photo credit: Vickie Lawson

Maryland Science Center Planetarium
601 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 685-5225

Float among the stars for that special first date. The nighttime sky of the planetarium will set the mood for romance as the two of you journey into the unknown together. This is a great way to explore the solar system and get closer. Look for the Big and Little Dippers inside the Planetarium and once you get back outside as you view the real nighttime sky.

Top Of The World Observation Deck
401 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 837-VIEW

Give your first date a unique and close-up look at Charm City! Venture to the Top of the World Observation Deck where you can have interesting conversations, view exhibits and get a breathtaking panoramic view all over the city. Hours of operation for Top of the World Observation Level are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gertrude’s At The BMA
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 573-1700

When you are taking your date out for a fancy brunch, lunch or dinner, Gertrude’s at the BMA is the place to go. The wait staff is courteous and the meals are affordable. Try Gertrude’s and then peruse the Baltimore Museum of Art to make that special connection. You can also meander along the sculpture garden to walk off your meal. The relaxing atmosphere makes it a special place to get to know that special someone.

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Canton Waterfront Park
3001 Boston St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 396-7931

If you want a private moment for that first date, the Canton Waterfront Park is the ideal place to spread a blanket and picnic or to go fishing off the pier. There is usually some other interesting activity, such as a festival, happening in this beautifully landscaped space. There is also a beautiful view of Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, which further helps set the mood.

Mustang Alley; Photo courtesy of Vickie Lawson

Mustang Alley’s
1300 Bank St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 522-2695

At Mustang Alley’s, you can bowl and eat while hanging out and having fun (without having children around). Get to know your new friend as you both throw off the awkwardness of that first date. Mustang Alley is located on the second floor and is open Wednesdays – Saturdays from noon to midnight, Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. and Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to midnight.

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Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.