10 No-Fail Fall Date Night Ideas
Posted by Casey Nicole on September 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM
Sure, winter has Valentine's Day, but all of us at GirlsGuideTo think that fall is the most romantic season. Something about the cooler weather has us cuddling up with loved ones and the bright, colorfull fall foliage just makes everything even more beautiful. If you're not convinced, just try any of these no-fail fall date night ideas. They'll remind you of your favorite childhood fall memories, but these options are all grown-up!
The Big Game
Football games make great dates, especially when you two are still getting to know each other. You’re side-by-side cheering on your team, but the focus is on the game, so there’s always something to talk about if the conversation lags. Visit your alma mater, or for an even less expensive option, check out your former high school football team and share in the nostalgia.
Researchers have found that doing something scary releases dopamine in your system, which can make you feel more attracted and attached to the person you’re with. So, getting your scare on with someone is actually a great way to bond. Plus, when else do you get to scream and shout without looking like a lunatic? And, being a little frightened is the perfect excuse to hold his hand all night long.
Have you ever visited a corn maze? They’re fun, but also challenging, too. You'll get some fresh air and have plenty of time to chat. Working together to find your way out can be very romantic. Plus, there is usually a farmer’s market attached to pick up some cider or seasonal produce to enjoy later.
Hayrides are available all over this time of year, so be picky when deciding where to go. They’re frequently found at pumpkin patches, but these are often targeted for the little kids, so the ride doesn’t last very long or go very far. Look for hayrides offered by real ranches or farms that follow a scenic route, and even offer a history tour along the way. (If you’re interested in that!) Bonus points if you find a traditional horse-drawn option, too. For a little more romance, find a hayride that runs during the evening, so you can enjoy the moonlight.
Enjoy the Foliage
This is definitely the easiest date option, so it’d be perfect to squeeze in on a weeknight. Take a scenic drive on some country roads or even through mountain passes where you and your beau can enjoy the changing colors of the leaves. Watching greenery transform into the vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds is one of the best parts of autumn. If you’re lucky enough to live near a tree-filled park, just take a leisurely stroll. Pack some simple sandwiches and apple cider for a fall-themed picnic. Enjoy each other’s company and the beauty of nature on this relaxed date. This can be a stand-alone date, or combine it with one of the other suggested activities.
Bonfire & Roast
Let’s be honest: Is there ever a bad time to sit around a bonfire? However, fall is perfect since it’s chilly, but not freezing. So cuddle up the campfire and roast some dogs and s’mores. This would be a perfect group date, too. Enjoy each other’s conversation and try coming up with some scary stories, too.
Hiking is a more extreme version of just visiting the park. You’ll work up a sweat and get up-close to nature. It’s a great way to spend time with a significant other, since it gives you plenty of time to talk and get to know each other better. Visit Trails.com to find a list of hiking trails in your neighborhood. Just remember to take all the necessary precautions and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
It’s the season for apple picking! Is it just me, or does fall make you nostalgic for all the fun activities you did back when you were a kid? Visit a local orchard or farm and make a date of it. Take the tour, make your own apple butter or cider (or just check out the process), and eat some yummy apple treats. Bonus, you don’t have to feel guilty about that second slice of apple pie, since the healthiness of the apples cancels out all the sugar, right?
Pumpkin Patch & Carving
Visiting a pumpkin patch and carving them is the perfect two-part date. Skip your local big-box store and start with the real thing, by visiting an old-school pumpkin patch. Get messy while scooping out all the pumpkin goo and see who can come up with the most creative carving. Afterwards, you can relax while roasting the pumpkin seeds and enjoying your work.
Cooking & Movie Marathon
When the weather drops, all I want to do is cuddle up inside, enjoy delicious food, and watch movies. What makes all of those ideas better? Combing them into one day long date extravaganza! After visiting the pumpkin patch and picking apples, you should have plenty of fresh, fall produce and recipe inspiration. Prepare some homemade comfort food, like a chicken pot pie then snuggle up and enjoy your fave fall flicks. Might I suggest Hocus Pocus?
What are your favorite fall date ideas? Share your ideas in the comments below, ladies!