Every season is the perfect time to cozy up with your significant other, but autumn has an even cozier and quintessential feel for romance. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or just starting to get to know someone, the autumn season offers a wealth of romantic opportunities. From local dates to trilling getaways to there-and-home trips, we’ve got you covered for lovely moments with your partner. Plus, we curated group date ideas for strengthening bonds, creating lasting memories, and simply having a great time together. So grab your sweaters and enjoy the crisp air and beautiful colors of autumn.
Date Ideas for the Perfect Night In
#1. Get cozy with a bonfire and s’mores
Gather around a crackling bonfire, roast marshmallows, and indulge in delicious s’mores while sharing stories and laughs.
#2. Put your baking skills to the test
Have a friendly baking competition where you both choose a fall-themed recipe and see whose creation turns out the most delicious. Pumpkin pie, apple crisp, or cinnamon rolls are excellent choices.
#3. Enjoy an outdoor movie night
Set up a cozy outdoor movie screening with blankets and pillows in your backyard or on your apartment rooftop, and enjoy your favorite film under the stars. No outdoor space? You can still enjoy movie night indoors by getting creative with your decor by laying them out on the floor.
#4. Host a spa night
Create a spa-like atmosphere at home with scented candles, soothing music, and DIY facials or massages. Pamper each other and relax in the comfort of your own space.
#5. DIY home decor
Get creative and make some fall-themed home decor together, like wreaths or scented candles.
Date Ideas for Trilling and Engaging Moments
#6. Visit a Corn Maze
Navigating a corn maze can be a real adventure. It’s a unique and thrilling way to strengthen your bond and practice problem-solving as a couple.
#7. Go on a fall foliage hike
Explore nature’s vibrant canvas by taking a scenic hike through the colorful woods. Don’t forget to snap some Instagram-worthy photos along the way.
#8. Go wine tasting
Visit a local winery and savor the flavors of the season with a wine-tasting tour. To enhance the tasting experience, many wineries offer food pairings such as cheese boards, charcuterie platters, or even full gourmet meals. A winery visit in the fall is not just about wine; it’s an immersive experience that combines natural beauty, culinary delights, and the pleasure of discovering new flavors together.
#9. Visit a haunted house
Get your adrenaline pumping by braving a haunted house together for some spooky thrills. As you navigate through dark corridors, encounter creepy characters, and face jump scares, you’ll find yourselves clinging to each other for support and laughing at your own jitters.
#10. Go to a cooking class
Take a fall-themed cooking class and learn how to prepare dishes like butternut squash soup or pumpkin ravioli.
#11. Visit a cider mill
Sip on fresh apple cider at a local cider mill. You can explore a diverse range of apple ciders, from sweet and crisp to spiced and bold. The setting at a local brewery adds an inviting and social atmosphere, where you can enjoy each other’s company while engaging in tastings and perhaps even learning about the cider-making process.
#12. Take a scenic drive or bike ride
Take a leisurely drive or bike ride through the countryside, admiring the breathtaking fall foliage and stopping at picturesque spots along the way.
#13. Go to a fall festival
Attend a local fall festival featuring hayrides, corn mazes, and plenty of delicious treats.
#14. Visit a museum or art gallery
Transform your date night into a captivating journey through history, culture, and creativity. As you walk through the hallowed halls of a local museum or the hushed corridors of an art gallery, you’ll find yourselves immersed in a world of wonder.
#15. Enjoy a historic town exploration
Explore a historic town or village decked out in fall decor. Stroll hand in hand through charming streets, visit quaint shops, and perhaps enjoy a cozy meal at a local cafe.
Date Ideas for Outings that Lead You Back Home
#16. Go apple picking
Spend the day at an orchard, hand-picking apples, and later transform your harvest into a homemade apple pie or cider.
#17. Go on a pumpkin patch adventure
Visit a local pumpkin patch, pick out the perfect pumpkin, and carve it together. It’s a classic fall activity that never gets old. Get creative with a pumpkin decorating session. From painting intricate designs to carving funny faces, let your artistic sides shine.
#18. Do a farmers’ market trip
Start your day with a visit to the local farmers’ market. Sample seasonal produce, artisanal cheeses, and freshly baked bread while enjoying each other’s company. Cook up your delicious finds for dinner.
#19. Explore an antique shop
Antique shopping is not just a date night activity; it’s an opportunity to embark on a treasure hunt through time. Antique shops and flea markets are like museums where you can touch, feel, and even purchase a piece of history. Take it all home and decorate your space with anything from old furniture to retro kitchenware to unique collectibles.
Date Ideas For Fun Group Adventures
#20. Organize a picnic with friends
Plan a romantic picnic under the glow of the full harvest moon. Pack your favorite fall snacks, warm beverages, and a soft blanket for a memorable evening.
#21. Host a game night extravaganza
Host a game night filled with board games, card games, and interactive video games. Enjoy some friendly competition and snacks.
#22. Go to trivia night at a local pub
We’ve got a strong game theme happening! Visit a local pub that hosts trivia nights. Form teams with your friends and test your knowledge on a variety of topics while sipping on drinks.
#23. Volunteer together
Give back to the community by volunteering as a group at a local charity, food bank, or animal shelter. It’s a rewarding way to spend time with friends while making a positive impact.
#24. Enjoy a scary movie marathon (if you dare)
Plan a group date night filled with thrills and chills. Whether you gather at home or head to the cinema, choose a spooky Halloween theme for your movie lineup and immerse yourselves in a night of cinematic scares and laughter.
#25. Go on an escape room adventure
Challenge your group’s problem-solving skills by participating in an escape room adventure. Work together to solve puzzles and “escape” within a set time limit.
#26. Attend a football game
Organize a lively tailgate party with your friends before attending a football game together. Grill up some delicious food, enjoy cold beverages, and soak in the excitement of the game-day atmosphere.