Simple, yet significant: Five over 40-year-olds tell us their best first date ideas

No matter what your style, you'll love these first date ideas.

By Holly Royce
In these socially distant COVID times, dating has been a tough cookie to crack.
Rightly so, health and safety comes first. But as we eventually look towards a post-pandemic world without restrictions, many of us might be wondering how to tackle the dating game once again.
Sure, the movies or dinner are tried, true and fabulous, but if you're looking for new, fun first date ideas, these suggestions are sure to keep you busy.
These ideas have all been submitted by real people over 40-years-old on internet forum, Reddit.
First date ideas are perfect if you've been out of the dating scene for a while.
Take a look at the list below and pick your date activity. Then all that's left to plan is your first date outfit.
Meeting for coffee can be a low-pressure, easy way to get to know someone. (Image: Supplied)

1. Bowling

"I like bowling. I think it's nice because it's still physical yet relaxed, and if there is an awkward moment you can get up and toss a ball.
"One of the best qualities in a partner is the ability to not take themselves too seriously and have a good time in weird situations.
"An awkward game of bowling would bring that quality out right away, or showcase a lack of it."

2. A simple coffee

"If you don't know the person well, coffee is a good idea because it's cheap and easy to leave if it's not working out so well."

3. A brewery or a winery

"I like a brewery or a winery.
"You can try different craft beers, and if things are going well, grab dinner. If things are not going well, you duck out after one beer. Too easy!"

4. Museums are perfect

"Museums are good because you can chat and joke but also talk about the art, which actually gives good insight into the other person's tastes and thoughts.
"These sorts of dates also lead naturally into a dinner invitation if things are going really well."
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5. Head to the zoo

"My boyfriend and I went to the zoo for our first date. It was pretty fun.
"The zoo is the best early date. If you struggle to find stuff to talk about, there's something to DO and spark conversation. If you get along well, it's a lot of walking and talking."