Fun Free and Low-Cost Activities for Daters over 50

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Occasionally, people over 50 who are on a fixed or low income say they don't want to date because it costs too much money. That's not much of an excuse when almost every institution, from zoos to art museums to ballet companies, has free activities that invite the public.

There are so many free and cheap community activities that you'd never have time to do even 25 percent of them! Here are a few ideas:

  • Local high school football, baseball, and basketball games, or competitive trials for runners

  • Symphony and ballet rehearsals

  • University and high school recitals and practices for music and theater

  • Book readings, poetry slams, and other events at local YMCAs, bookstores, and coffee shops

    Consider just picking a book to read and discuss together. Done in a nice comfy place, reading aloud to each other can be positively romantic and intimate.

  • Hiking and fishing and water sports along rivers in most states

  • Most evening lectures at universities and colleges

  • Trail-clearing for conservation groups

  • Most federal and state buildings and exhibitions

For another low-key date that exposes you to new things, consider attending an AARP convention together. The cost is minimal (only about $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers), and you get access to three days of nonstop lectures and festival-like events with your peers.

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