“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds, or roses, or chocolate. It is focused attention.”Rick Warren
Like most parents, my husband and I can find it crazy hard to spend time together just the two of us. Sometimes, the logistics of living with small kids can be tough on a marriage.
But all couples need TIME to connect. (No matter how exhausted you are!) And these simple, creative fall date ideas help create new adventures and lasting memories with your spouse.
Creative Fall Date Ideas
So, instead of staring at each other, wondering what you are even going to do by yourselves (speaking from experience here), check out this list! It’s a great mix of options this fall!
1. DO A FALL PICNIC
Bring a big blanket and some goodies for a relaxing picnic at the park. Take wine, snacks, and appetizers or pick up food on the way!
After, take a long walk and connect during this fun and cheap date.
2. WINE TASTING
Wine drinking is so much more enjoyable when you can sit outside with your partner.
So, check out flights at a local winery (many have live music), or buy 2-3 bottles for home and sit out on the deck choosing your favorite!
3. ATTEND A FOOTBALL GAME
Football season is in full swing, so why not see a high school or college game just the two of you. Split some concessions and take in the cheer.
4. GO TO AN OUTDOOR CONCERT
Fall is one of the best times to be outside, so use it! Check your community calendar and see if there are any cheap or free concerts in the park.
5. GO CAMPING
Are you the adventurous type? Or do you need to get away from life’s hustle and bustle? Spend a night cooking by firelight and connecting without distractions. Snuggle up in your tent at night and listen to nature together.
6. COOK SOMETHING FALLISH
Prepare something different together! Get the ingredients and spend the night mixing up new fall cocktails or baking a delicious apple pie. Here’s a fun bourbon apple cider to try!
7. GO GARAGE SALING
Spend a morning driving around to find treasures! Flea markets and highway garage sales (across states) are extremely popular now, so grab a coffee and see what you can find!
8. GO TO A DRIVE-IN MOVIE
One of our first dates was at the drive-in and it continues to be the classic place to experience a movie in a novel way. With fall, showtimes will be earlier and it’s much better weather to snuggle up.
9. MAKE CHILI & APPLE CIDER
Make a huge pot of your favorite chili together and some apple cider to drink while cooking. Grab some cozy blankets and snuggle up on the couch with your warm drinks!
10. GO BUY SOME CANDLES
Sounds weird right? But hear me out. Pumpkin pie is one of the known scents that seriously turn men on. So, take that guy with you to buy a few new candles and see what he likes!
11. TAKE A SHORT ROAD TRIP
The scenery is gorgeous this time of year. If you can get a good chunk of time, then use it to drive to a nearby town. Enjoy quiet time in the car and take in the beauty nature has to offer.
12. HOST A FIREPIT NIGHT
Double date time! Throw out your firepit and invite a few couples over for roasting marshmallows on a crisp night.
13. GO GET A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Coffee dates are our favorite kind of dates. So, hit up Starbucks, find a cozy local cafe, or even try your hand at making one at home. Here’s a fun recipe to try!
14. HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT
Play the latest scary movie or choose one of your favorite classics. For me, Hocus Pocus will make an appearance! Enjoy warm drinks and cozy blankets on the couch together!
15. A SPECIAL FALL OUTING WITHOUT KIDS
Who says you have to take the kids to everything? Go to the pumpkin patch, do a hayride, find a corn maze, or pick apples by yourselves. Pick one event and make it a special reocurring event for the two of you to look forward to every year.
16. GO HIKING
This no-cost date is perfect for fall! Find a beautiful spot and spend a few hours hiking together with just you and nature. You’ll be getting exercise and fresh air to boot!
17. GO ON A ROMANTIC FALL GETAWAY
This is arguably one of the best times to get away. Fall tends to be busy, so take a short break and book a hotel for a night or two just to focus on being together or seeing something new.
18. ENJOY A BIKE RIDE
Bikes can be done anytime, but it’s so much more enjoyable when it’s cooler. Find a new scenic route to enjoy a ride together.
19. HAVE A TASTE TESTING DATE
This is one of our all-time favorite dates. We’ve tested all sorts of random things, and it can easily be given a fall theme! Buy 2-4 different varieties of the same fall food and vote on your favorite!
- Fall flavored beer
- pumpkin/apple/pecan pie
- mashed potatoes
- pumpkin lattes
- pumpkin pancakes
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20. VISIT A FARMER’S MARKET
Use a morning date to visit the farmer’s market and then go somewhere for brunch together. You’ll find great fall produce to try for new recipes, and it gives a wonderful excuse for a breakfast date!
Related Post: 21 of the Best Healthy Recipes For Fall
21. BOOK A GHOST TOUR
Do you love scaring yourself? Then find a local haunted house and book a tour! Get that adrenaline going together!
22. HOST AN ADULT PARTY
Sounds crazy, but it really just means inviting over a few couples for a game night or talking. Have everyone bring a fall dish for the group to enjoy and spend the night relaxing with your spouse and friends.
23. IRON CHEF SOUP CHALLENGE
Have a soup cookoff between you and your spouse! Make your favorites or opt for new ones and see who comes out with the best soup! After, have your kids or neighbors taste test and vote on the winner!
24. MAKE A FALL BUCKET LIST
Make a date out of writing the things you’d like to do for Halloween and Thanksgiving. These could be just the two of you, with friends, or as a family.
25. GO TO A FALL FESTIVAL
Festivals and fairs are in full swing now, so check one out with your partner! Walk around and just enjoy looking at the different items. But be sure to buy some kettle corn to take home!
Something To Consider
Our busy lives can make date night a difficult pursuit, but dates are what keep the spark alive in our relationships. So, try some new fall date ideas in the next few months! It will be worth taking the time to strengthen your relationship!
What was your last fall date?
Finally, what can you schedule today for a future date?
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