From a night under the stars to a hot air balloon adventure, dating over 40 just got a whole lot easier. Whether you’re on a continued search for your forever partner or reentering the dating market after a long hiatus, dating over 40 is a whole other animal from your dating days decades earlier. Potential mates know more about themselves, they have well-established preferences, and that means well-established intolerances, too. Hopefully the years have given you more self-love and esteem, and more knowing about what you want and don’t want, so first dates can be more meaningful. And those dates can take many forms, from sophisticated evenings out to reclaiming old-school fun. Perhaps you’re looking for simple, straightforward first date ideas to minimize the initial pressure—or you’d rather blow it out with a big adventure and see where it takes you.