Are you ready to have an amazingly romantic season? Check out our list of 50 fun date ideas for fall. These are cozy as can be and you’ll definitely grow closer to your sweetheart through these fun, adventurous dates.
Personally, I don’t think spring is when love is in the air. I think it’s fall. Without a doubt, fall has to be the most romantic season. The chilly air makes lovers want to snuggle under blankets, walk hand-in-hand clad in flannel, and cozy up to a fire. The scenery is beautiful and the seasonal food is delicious.
What better season is there to fall in love–or to rekindle your passion?
Whether you’re casually dating, in a serious relationship, engaged, or married, fall is the perfect time to grab someone special and go on an adventure.
To help you make the most of fall, we’ve compiled a list of 50 romantic and adventurous fall date ideas to help you have an amazing season. These are the best autumn date ideas for 2019 (and beyond!).
50 Romantic & Adventurous Date Ideas for Fall
1. Go apple picking in an orchard.
Apple picking is so much fun. Pick a whole bushel or peck and you can bake for days. In September, find your nearest apple orchard and start planning. Apple orchards usually offer an array of pies, fresh cider, and cider donuts, too. Truly the perfect fall date!
2. Have a coffee date in the coziest cafe you know.
While this might not be the most adventurous date, it’s one of our absolute top choices! Now is the time to unashamedly choose the pumpkin spice latte. Or a maple latte and hot chocolate–our personal faves.
A coffee date is a great chance to sit together and have a deep conversation. Or you can dig into a couple of good books, side-by-side. Sometimes the best dates (especially for long-term couples) are ones where you can simply sit and be completely comfortable together.
3. Movie marathon under soft, warm blankets.
It feels like a good time to watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, doesn’t it? The Harry Potter films are also fitting for the fall and coming winter season.
Need more date ideas? These are considered the best romantic films of all time.
If scary films are more your thing, Halloween offers plenty of opportunities for horror movie marathons. Don’t forget a cozy blanket to snuggle under together.
Nothing wrong with staying in! Our friends Bassam and Lena have some more ideas for stay-at-home date ideas 🙂
4. Get lost together in a corn maze.
Corn mazes are super fall. If you can find a haunted corn maze, even better. In New England, this is one of the ultimate autumn date ideas for couples, and it’s pretty easy to find a corn maze in the region!
5. Pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch.
Go find the great pumpkin, growing in the wild.
When you get home, you can carve one together, or pick two pumpkins and have a carving contest.
6. Eat too many cider donuts.
Why is fall food soooo good?
Cider donuts are one of our absolute favorite fall treats. It’s best if you get them fresh at an apple orchard or farm. Otherwise, you could try making your own at home–a real challenge, but a great date option for an autumn afternoon.
7. Go on a fall hike.
One of the go-to fall dates for couples is hiking. A hiking date is always so much fun, in all seasons.
In the fall, you can work off all of those cider donuts and pie with a challenging walk or climb. This is the ideal time of year to go hiking as the temperatures are typically perfect for working up a sweat. And the foliage looks beautiful both along the trail and when you reach the top.
8. Get spooked together in a haunted house.
Nothing brings people closer like shared fear. October date ideas begin with a trip to the local haunted house! Hold hands and scream together.
(We recommend Busch Gardens Howl o’ Scream! Laugh and scream at the same time!)
9. Create a new fall cocktail, play music, and dance around the kitchen.
Get classy. Grab all your favorite spirits and brew up something amazing.
Together, you can toast to a wonderful fall, and slow dance to some lovely music.
10. Bake a seasonal pie together.
Apple or pumpkin are the clear winners, and to really get in the fall spirit, use apples you’ve picked yourselves.
Here’s a delicious recipe for apple pie that we made together.
11. Go on a road trip somewhere with amazing foliage.
We love a good road trip. Hopefully, you can drive a few hours and peep some killer leafage.
Hint, hint: New England is an absolutely ideal place to visit in the fall.
12. Create a cozy nook in the bed of a truck and go stargazing.
If you don’t have your own truck, borrow a friend’s. Your partner will love this creative and cozy idea.
Cover the bed of the truck with pillows and blankets, fill a thermos with hot cider, and drive out to a dark spot to look at the stars. For romantic fall date ideas, this is an epic choice.
13. Take turns cooking a romantic fall dinner for each other.
There are so many yummy fall recipes. Take turns crafting a gorgeous meal for one another.
14. Enjoy a bike ride on a crisp, sunny day.
You can take a ride and see some of the gorgeous fall foliage. Not only are you getting good exercise together, but you’re enjoying nature during the best time of year.
Tell each other about your favorite costumes or your first haunted house visit.
16. Attend a fall festival.
There are so many fall harvest events. Pick a couple and explore them with your partner.
You can check out huge, award-winning pumpkins at the county fair, or sample pies in a baking contest.
17. Have a bonfire with friends.
Bonfires are such a fun thing to do with friends. They remind me of being a teenager and feeling young and free. Perhaps you can capture that same feeling on your next fall date night.
If you can’t find a bonfire, cozy up to a fireplace at home. S’mores optional.
18. Go for one last camping trip before the weather turns too cold.
Summer may be high time for camping, but early fall is a perfect time, too. While the weather is at its most beautiful, head into the wilderness for a day or two.
Make sure you have a warm sleeping bag–a double sleeping bag is ideal for a romantic camping trip.
19. Make homemade caramel apples.
Just one of fall’s amazing sweet treats.
20. Watch a few of your favorite scary movies.
You can scream and hide your eyes together.
21. Go shopping for Halloween costumes–bonus points for a couple’s costume!
Go explore the Halloween costumes, try on some masks, and make each other laugh.
If you’re up for it, consider going as a famous duo or pair. Salt and pepper? A pair of dice? Bonnie and Clyde? There are soooo many options.
22. Build an indoor blanket fort.
I don’t care if you’re 9 or 49…an indoor blanket fort is as much fun for adults as for children.
You can use the cozy blankets you bought for cuddle time.
Feel free to create an Instagram-worthy fort with hanging fairy lights and beautiful touches of decor.
23. Rake the leaves…like adults. Then jump in the leaf piles…like kids!
Speaking of being a grownup…tackle a fall chore together, such as raking the leaves. Then make the most of those piles!
24. Go on a romantic fall getaway (we recommend New England).
Traveling as a couple is always a good idea, and this region has so many options.
If you have some extra $$$ to splurge with, consider a classy bed and breakfast. This type of accommodation is simply made for couples. During your drive, you can pass the time by asking each other some of these fun questions for couples.
25. Step back in time (and visit a fantasy world) at a renaissance festival.
For cute fall dates, look no further! Fall is the season of renaissance faires and festivals. Grab your lord or lady, put on some medieval garb, and toast with a cup of mead.
26. Sample the tasty offerings at a local cidery.
Hard cider is so popular these days. It shouldn’t be hard to find a local cidery, most of which offer tastings.
27. Have a pumpkin beer taste test.
Fall is the season of pumpkin beer! Try all the varieties in the store. We’re partial to Shipyard Pumpkinhead ourselves.
Not super into beer? You can also have a DIY cider tasting. Hard cider has grown in popularity in recent years, so there are typically tons of options at the grocery store.
28. Watch Hocus Pocus…the best Halloween movie ever.
Relive your childhood by watching this great Halloween classic.
(Or go find the filming locations in Salem, MA!)
29. Saddle up and go horseback riding.
Horseback riding is one of the best fall activities for couples! Riding your trusty steed is best when the leaves are at their most colorful. And what could be more sweet and romantic than riding horses through the woods side-by-side?
30. Stay in bed all weekend long.
Sometimes the greatest dates involve doing absolutely nothing at all. Make your weekend bed date even better with your favorite movies, a stash of snacks, and plenty of wine.
This is a great opportunity to order in for dinner, too. Go ahead and be lazy; you’ll love it. Add this to the top of your list of November date ideas, for when the weather really starts to get chilly and cuddling is a necessity.
31. Go to a football game.
Cheer on the local high school, or spring for a pro game. This is one of those cute fall date ideas you see in movies, but it’s just as wonderful in real life!
32. Have a cute fall photo sesh (thanks, Instagram husband!)
If you’re significant other is up for it, take some adorable Instagram-worthy fall photos. So glad my husband doesn’t mind posing with me!
You don’t have to think very hard to find great poses, either. Fall just lends itself naturally to the cutest photos ever. Pair these with the perfect Instagram caption and you’ll have a masterpiece.
33. Make some autumn crafts.
Pinterest has a million craft ideas–some of which could help you come up with a list of your best fall date ideas.
Awaken your inner creativity by gluing, painting, building, and crafting together. Even if you’re terrible at DIY crafts, you can bond over your humorous shared attempts.
34. Go on a hayride (a haunted one is best!)
Looking for fun fall date ideas? Hop on a hayride and enjoy the autumnal scenery. You might even be able to find a haunted hayride, perfect for that Halloween date night. Scarecrows, and pumpkins, and ghosts–oh my!
35. Take a romantic train ride on a fall foliage route.
Traveling by train is incredibly romantic, especially if you choose a beautiful destination. Put down your phones and settle in for an intimate conversation as you ride the train.
36. Book a candlelit couple’s massage.
Honestly, this is a great date in any season. It’s an especially nice date idea if you can surprise your partner with it.
After your massage, treat your loved one to a relaxing dinner and a chilled-out evening at home.
37. Turn your home into a cozy fall cabin.
Use twinkle lights and unique touches to make your abode feel like a fall fantasy. You can do this in any style of house or apartment. Get creative with the decor!
38. Go on a fall art/photography expedition.
Got a creative streak? How about combining a fall hike or road trip with a chance to express yourself through drawing, painting, photo taking, or whatever your preferred artistic medium is? There is no prettier season than fall, so take advantage of its colors and scenery. We can think of few better fall couple activities.
39. Take a hot air balloon ride.
Speaking of fall colors, a balloon ride is a great way to take in massive amounts of scenery at once. Not only do you get a massive vista but you get to see it in the company of your honey.
40. Have breakfast for dinner.
Breakfast foods are great at any time of the day, and at any time of the year! Having a fall-themed breakfast for dinner lets you munch on pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spice lattes, and apple muffins! And the best part: you and your sweetie can make the food together.
41. Bounce around a trampoline park.
Need to get in out of the cold? Go to a trampoline park to get some exercise and have some fun at the same time. These places are like giant playgrounds for all ages. We visited a trampoline park for our last anniversary and it was awesome!
42. Take a painting class.
Art classes are a great way to get out of the house for some low-key, low-stress activity. Lots of painting classes offer step-by-step guidance in creating your piece and a glass of wine to make the creative process even more fun!
43. Sing your heart out at karaoke.
Another source of indoor entertainment during chilly autumn days (and nights), karaoke is a cool way to relax and have goofy fun with friends and with the one you love.
44. Write your bucket lists.
As we approach the end of each year, it is nice to think of all the things we have yet to look forward to. A bucket list can be a source of inspiration and hope for the future, and writing your bucket lists side by side with your partner can help you bond and find common interests.
45. Watch old home movies.
Autumn is a time for nostalgia, and nothing brings out sweet memories like re-watching old home movies from years past and from your childhood. Not only can you and your loved one relive cherished moments from your life together, but you can see how cute and funny they were as a kid!
46. Rummage through an old bookstore.
Speaking of nostalgia, browsing the shelves of an old used bookstore is like paging through the past. Discover new interests together, learn new things about your partner’s likes and dislikes, pick out books that you think each other will enjoy, and take your treasures home!
47. Take a ghost tour.
If you want to get some fresh air on a moonlit night, consider taking a ghost tour. These tours are offered in many historic cities and offer a glimpse of the spooky side of a town. Keep your lover close so you can squeeze them if you get the chills!
48. Wine tasting at a local vineyard.
What could be finer than a visit to a vineyard for some wine sampling! Tour the vineyard and make your selection from the drinks available to taste. Take home a bottle to enjoy by yourselves.
49. Go to an arcade.
Return to your youth (or go back in history, depending on your age) with a visit to a video game arcade! These are often found combined with restaurants or bars. Compete with each other and try to beat each other’s scores!
50. Make a scarecrow.
Build a cute scarecrow together using straw, a stake, and a set of clothing of your choice. When your creation is complete, use it to decorate your yard or garden!
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Amy Hartle is the co-founder and owner of Two Drifters, where she blogs about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. With a Master’s in English and a BA in Musical Theatre, Amy loves to write quality content as well as to entertain, and she hopes to do a bit of both here on the blog! Amy is happily married to her husband Nathan, and when not working on their sites, Amy & Nathan can be found cuddling, reading, and enjoying delicious lattes.