5 Date Night Ideas for Retirees

Retirement doesn’t have to be lonely! In fact, it is the perfect opportunity to rekindle your relationship with your partner or start a new relationship if you are single. Chances are your dating life was put on the back burner over the last few years. Between work travel and obligations, the demands of children, and social life, who has time to make date night happen?


Many couples feel like they have lost their connection when they enter retirement. You may have evolved and grown without having the opportunity to discuss these changes with your spouse. If you are single, finding a partner can feel like a real ordeal in an ever-changing world. Whether it is your first date or the thousandth, here are a couple of fun home date night ideas or new things for retirees to explore together and (re)create a meaningful connection.



Start a New Activity Together

If you want to learn something new together, now is the time. Whether it is dancing, painting, or learning a new language, there are so many opportunities to expand your culture, together. Not only is it a great way to broaden your horizons, but you will also have the perfect companion to rehearse, discuss your discoveries, and maybe even do homework together. Having a learning buddy by your side will help keep you motivated when things get tough. Besides, what about making a little tradition of turning your weekly lesson into an impromptu date? If you prefer learning from home using one of the countless video tutorials and remote learning opportunities, order take out or set up an inspiring cheese and charcuterie board to munch on while you learn.



Plan a Trip

Planning a trip, on the other side of the world, or across the street, is half the fun, and planning it with a partner is a great date night idea for retirees. Research exciting things to do in your area and discuss them with your partner over a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. For example, did you know that Florida has several beautiful waterfalls to explore? Whether the trip will happen a week or a year from now, building up the excitement and dreaming about it together will make it even more special.



Introduce Each Other to Your Favorite Hobby

As you get older, your interests change. Between each other’s social and work obligations and disconnected schedule, your partner may not know much about what you are up to these days. If there is something you are passionate about, whether it is a social cause or your favorite new retirement hobby, take a night together to introduce your partner to it. You could take them for a walk to your favorite beach, or for a round on your preferred golf course. Who knows, maybe you will make a new convert? And even if you don’t, its an opportunity for you and your partner to get to know each other a little better.



Create Something Together

Dinner and a movie is a tried-and-true date night idea for a reason. However, what about making something together from scratch? You could create a piece of art by taking on painting or sculpting if it tickles your fancy. However, there are many opportunities closer to home that can also be fun to share. In the spring or the fall, you can plant a garden together. Even cooking together or building a piece of furniture (or a puzzle!) can be a fun home date night idea with the right person.



Start a Wine and Dine Group

If you would like to introduce new people to your circle, or are wondering how to make new friends in retirement, wine and dine groups are the perfect senior dating opportunity. It is a great way to meet new people while having fun sampling different types of food and drinks. Whether you are hosting alone or as a couple, wine and dine groups make for a great home date night idea.


With a focus on social connection, Del Webb’s active adult communities are the perfect set up to stay social after retirement. With plenty of opportunities for date night for established couples or those still looking for their ideal mate, it is a great way to meet new people every day. Interested in exploring Del Webb more? Find one of our 55+ communities near you and discover how to we help you live a Life Well Led®.



Contributed to The 55+ Society by Alix Barnaud

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Published 12.1.20

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