You’re never too old for a first date! However, first dates can be tough for newly single senior citizens. Tired of the “dinner and a movie” routine for first dates? Ditch tradition in favor of doing something out of the box. Both you and your date will appreciate some creativity. Often, we are out of practice when we reenter the dating field. It’s awkward. We don’t know which way to turn. Sometimes, we just need a little nudge to get started (or to keep going.)
Take A Class Together
Cooking. Wine tasting. Pottery. Sewing. Knitting. Square dancing or line dancing. The list goes on and on. It doesn’t really matter what the class is but attending an interactive class is a low-stress way for you and your date to get to know each other while learning a new skill. Taking a class together allows you to learn more about your date’s personality and past life experiences in comparison to your own. The classes can also be a lot of fun!
Try Something New
Dates should be fun, so what better time to try that thing you’ve always wanted to do than with a potential partner? Act like a tourist. Take that historical walking tour in your hometown and discover all the cool haunts that have been right under your nose this whole time. Or, hit your local rock-climbing gym and learn the basics of belaying before conquering a wall or two.
Sometimes the perfect venue for love to bloom at is the great outdoors. Find a local trail and take a hike with your date (Bonus points if you bring your dog along). Or, pack up a picnic and wow them with a homemade meal in the park. If the weather is good, you could even hit up the nearest beach or lake for a day spent lounging in the sand. You can read about the health benefits of getting outdoors in our earlier story “Seek outdoor entertainment for personal satisfaction.”
Looking for an outlet for your competitive side? Maybe you are a more energetic couple and would rather have an active date night. A putt-putt first date night would be perfect for baby boomers who have a more competitive edge. The great thing about going to play putt-putt in the evening and night time is that you get to also enjoy a night out under the stars.
Some Senior Citizens Volunteer
Many senior citizens enjoy volunteering. Why not volunteer together. Show your date that you care about a cause by taking them to volunteer at your charity or organization of choice. Pass out meals at a soup kitchen or walk dogs or play with cats at the animal shelter. Your date will appreciate your kindness and feel good about making a difference in your community.
Learn Something New
Share your thirst for knowledge with your potential partner by taking them on a date where you can both learn new things. A trip to the art or science museum can help you discover pieces of history, and the zoo or aquarium may provide a fun and educational experience for all. By thinking outside of the box for your next date, you can have a worthwhile experience while impressing your potential partner with your creativity. See if sparks will fly during a date that neither of you is likely to forget.
Looking for someone to date?
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Even though the clock might be ticking on our dating years, take your time and don’t get in a rush. The bottom line for the first dates for single senior citizens is to relax, have fun, be safe, and be on the lookout for fun new things to do.