Do dim sum
It’s not just a feast, it’s a social experiment: by the time the check comes, you’ll know whether 1) you share adventurous tastes and 2) you’re comfortable unbuttoning your pants for all the wrong reasons together. Take the test at Star Kitchen, Super Star, or King’s Land.
Go on a local safari
Less than an hour from downtown, the Wild Animal Sanctuary feels worlds away. Criss-crossed by observational walkways visitors can access year-round, its 720-acre property is home to lions, tigers, bears, wolves, emu and countless other rescued creatures great and small—and anyone who’s not moved by the sight of them isn’t worth any more of your time.
Santa Fe Art District
No, this seasoned troupe of comedic talents won’t cause traumatic flashbacks to childhood matinees of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Their original productions are smart, funny, and just weird enough to give you plenty to talk about afterward.
Go rock climbing in (relative) comfort
Most area rock-climbing gyms offer day passes, which is a fine step when you’re ready to work up a sweat together, but not yet ready for an outing that could theoretically require calling in a rescue team. Bonus: your jokes about the relationship hitting a wall are going to kill.