Is a new cuddler is apprehensive, where are the best public yet intimate places to go?
A park. Bring a blanket.
A movie theater can be comfortable
Parks, theaters, and restaurants are all I have experience with, however I have ideas for more early cuddles. Walking through malls, concerts, sporting events, floating a river/water park, parade/fair, dog walk, or sightseeing and sunset/sunrise cuddles. The possibilities are endless, keeping platonic and comfortable varies depending on the individuals involved.
One of the non-pro ladies I cuddled with wanted to meet in public first. I suggested the Dallas Aquarium since it was too hot for cuddling in a park. We'd walk around and cuddle while standing at the different habitats or cuddle up sitting on a bench. After we finished exploring the place and it had cooled down a bit outside we went to a park nearby to cuddle under a tree.
A few ideas:
1. a coffee shop that you know has couches to cuddle up in
2. busy but not overly busy businesses like the zoo or aquarium
3. if you both enjoy hookah (nothing illegal in them) then many hookah lounges have comfortable set ups to cuddle at too
4. go see a movie as you can cuddle in the nicer ones that the arm rest folds up into the seat
5. parks are always good ideas as long as the weather isn't too hot that you'd both be sweating
6. depending on your location, cuddling at a mall can be fun to enjoy people watching too
Those are some of my ideas for public meet ups. Hope these help!
I do think that whether a public meetup be with a pro or non-pro, both people should be clear ahead of time on any admission charges. A non-pro I was going to an aquarium with, we made it clear before deciding to meet that we were paying separately. A pro may or may not be okay with splitting the cost as it would eat into their earning for the session, but if it's for a multiple hours session though then $5-20 might not be that big of a deal for them. It would depend on the pro, if it was a first meet or a regular, how long the session is and if the pro rates were $40 an hour or $100, and if they could justify to spending a little money if they knew they'd still be making a larger amount.
Just one of those things that both people should blatantly discuss before meeting for a public cuddle that charges admission for the location.