10 Smart First Date Ideas for Over 50 Singles
There's no question first dates can be nerve-wracking. What to wear? What to say? Where to go? All this uncertainty is compounded when it's not just a first date-but perhaps your first date in a long time.
Mature singles over 50 who haven't been "out there" for a while may feel more comfortable going on a group date. Perhaps even participating in group activities, such as a wine tasting outing or a picnic. Successful first dates at any age should center on common interests or hobbies. By tailoring a first date to include a shared value, you immediately establish a positive connection with others.
So, even though times have changed, the essence of a first date is still the same: Focus on common interests, keep an open mind and always have fun!
Here are 10 smart first date ideas tailored for more mature singles:
Spice it Up. Cooking can be fun and sexy. There're cooking classes for all levels available throughout the country. Checkout the food section of your local paper to see what area restaurants and community colleges are offering up courses.
Cut a Rug Ballroom, Salsa, Swing, and Samba. The choices are endless when it comes to dancing. Even if you haven't stepped on a dance floor in years, there're plenty of teachers who can help you get back in the swing of things. Besides being fun, dancing cheek-to-cheek may also help you further determine the chemistry factor.
Have a Picnic. One of the most romantic and soothing outings is a picnic by the lake or on the beach. This is invitingly enhanced when both people like the outdoors. If you're shopping for food and drink together, this will add to the adventure. If not, be sure you decide on what each of you will bring to eat.
The Beauty of Art. Share a love of art by going on a gallery walk or museum tour. You can also sign up for an art history lecture at your local university.
Set Sail on the High Seas. You can also keep it simple by renting a canoe or row boat and heading to a nearby lake or canal. If one of you is skilled, you can even rent a powerboat or sailing vessel. And, don't forget the excitement of a splurge on a moonlight cruise.
The Literary Word. What better way to bond than over your favorite books? Attending a book reading at your local bookstore or university is a great way to find common ground and keep the conversation flowing.
Get Moving. Perhaps your new friend enjoys hitting the courts or shares your passion for golf. All types of active outings make great first dates and help you stay in shape at the same time. Engaging in a physical activity can raise the level of intimacy, as you'll be more exposed both physically and emotionally. You'll discover how the other person deals with winning and losing.
Make Music. Whether you're moved by opera, country, rock, or classical, attending an indoor or outdoor concert is sure to set the tone for a great evening!
Cultivate Romance. If gardening is a shared passion, a trip to a plant nursery or arboretum could be a fun first date idea.
Wine and Dine. What's the difference between Shiraz and Syrah? A fun and easy way to find out is attending a wine tasting or by visiting a winery. This is ideal for a first encounter because it's both casual and informative, and yet, you're still able to talk to each other.