The Dating Game: 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas

Whether you’re paired up or not, these 5 fun fall actives are sure to keep a smile on your face this season…

Game night. A little friendly competition is never a bad thing for a relationship. Grab your guy and head out to his favorite sports bar for some air hockey, pool, and maybe even pop-a-shot

The Dating Game: 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas

Try a new food. There’s something special about discovering new things together as a couple. Testing out cuisines is a simple way to add a little adventure into your day-to-day life without having to put in too much effort. Plus, weather is never an issue when it comes to eating. Foods to try this fall: pho, mughlai chicken, and dim sum. (Have more suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!)

The Dating Game: 5 Fun Fall Date IdeasGo bowling. I feel like we forget to do the activities we loved as children when we are adults. I don’t know about you, but I used to love to go bowling when I was younger. Bowling is great for fall and wintertime dates since it’s an indoor activity that’s both competitive and fun—a winning combination for bonding.

The Dating Game: 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas
Do a night in. Mix things up and spend the night at home. To make it extra special, garnish the house with freshly cut fall flowers, a few board games (Jenga anyone?), yummy baked cookies, and a home cooked meal like my mother’s Taco Soup (perfect for a chilly night).

The Dating Game: 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas
Take a hike. Spending too much time indoors can drive you stir crazy. Weather permitting—take your guy out for a hike. There’s nothing like trekking the trails when it’s cool and crisp out. Plus it’s a great way to double up a date a workout too.

The Dating Game: 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas
Go apple picking. Nothing says fall like picking apples fresh from the tree. If you live in an apple-friendly climate, find a local orchard and head out for the day. The best part? You can bake a pretty amazing apple pie with the fruits of your labor. No pun intended.

The Dating Game: 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas

Even if you are solo, all of these activities are fun things to do with your friends and family during the cooler fall and winter months. Give them a try and report back!

Do you have another fun fall or winter date idea? Sound off below!

XO Lauren

Photo Credit: Long Island Press

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  • Sarah Heckle

    My husband and I did a game night in last night. We played Monopoly and ate homemade soup – it was so nice!

  • Deanne Castro

    Those are great ideas for date night!!! :)

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  • Helene Sula

    How sweet! love it! My husband’s idea of a date is talking about no shave november! haha

  • Melissa Panici

    These are great ideas!! Well I don’t know if you consider this fun, but my boyfriend and I this past weekend picked up pears that fell from our pear tree and put them in buckets. We made it fun and it was nice spending some “”outside”” time with each other.

  • Melissa Panici

    @Sarah Heckle My boyfriend and I play Monopoly all the time!!:)

  • Amy Breckenridge

    great ideas! my boyfriend and i are going away to VT for a long weekend this upcoming weekend and i can’t wait! we are definitely going to hike, go out to dinner and get massages together, along with just relax. it should be fun!

  • hooleywithaz

    my husband and i love to get up on saturday mornings and make coffee and pancakes. if it’s a nice minnesota fall day, we go for a walk after, but if it’s a normal (i.e. cold) minnesota fall day, we stay in our pajamas and read together. it’s like a night in, but in the morning!

  • Dina Karivalis

    Love these ideas, I already went apple picking but will have to try some others!
    xo Dina

  • Eliana Cardeno

    I recently did “”game night”” for a first date, and we had a wonderful time. It gave us a chance to talk, laugh, be a little competitive, and even do some flirting while playing pool and air hockey. I deff. recommend this for any date! :)

  • Rachel Trampel

    These are great ideas! We just went apple picking but I love the bowling/game night! My bf would love it! :)

  • Katie

    Going to Barnes & Noble and picking out a book together is a fun event in itself. Mysteries are always great because they’re page turners and it’s exciting to look forward to that time you devote to reading the book to find out what happens next. Whether it’s a certain time very night, or a certain day of the week, reading together is a fun bonding experience. Taking turns reading to each other is one of my favorite past times with my boyfriend :)

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Such good ideas! If I went bowling it would be more a comedic time because I just cannot bowl! LoL! In fact, one time we had bumpers along the lane…still managed to get it in the gutter :(
    I love the apple picking idea, especially since it is fall that would be such a great way to spend an afternoon followed up with some hot apple cider :)

  • Emily k.

    Great ideas! I love the suggestions for a night in. We have a lot of “”nights in”” but they don’t involve the careful planning! More like leftovers and DVR catching up! 😛 Fresh flowers make it nice.

    We went for a walk yesterday after having a big breakfast. Lots of forest preserves around our house… it was so nice!


  • Kelby Peachey

    Cute ideas for beau or friends. For a “”night in””, make sure to have all of your guests turn off their mobile phones. Its amazing how much more focused and therefore more fun you have when you do!


  • Ashley Rene

    Bowling is always fun! the game and greasy food!

  • Danny Decker

    I love it! The game night is something he will love too (: I wish we lived somewhere that apple picking was a viable option though.

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  • Martin M

    Let me guess you as a guy to go bowling. It is a perfect way to have fun and to have an amazing first date. After that you can cook at home or go out to eat something. Thats how you can really impress a guy. I would be definitely :) XOXO Martin

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  • michelle cannizzaro

    I live on Long Island and I absolutely can’t wait to take a date apple picking! Thanks Lauren :)

  • suzanne

    The pictures are so pretty :)


  • alex jones

    thanks for giving the ultimate ideas…

  • Leanne

    We do these things often and always have so much fun!

    Love from South Africa

  • Cesie Alvarez

    I love game nights. Most of my dates have been to a bar to get drinks. I love when a guy gets creative and we do something entirely different.

    I think going to a movie is the worst for a first date! It’s great for when you know each other better but sitting awkwardly with someone you just met for 2 hours in the dark is not fun.

  • Kate Noto

    My boyfriend and I love to do date night ins. It saves money and we go swimming afterwards

  • Alyssa Dawson

    Such great ideas!! I’ve got some fun ideas myself! Check them out!

  • Emilie

    My fiance and I love trying new foods. There are so many restaurants and cafe and so little time. Nothing is more relaxing than having a lazy sunday brunch at a gorgeous little cafe :)
    xo Emilie @

  • Rachel Southwood

    This is such a nice post, after 3 years it is always nice to do these cute little things!

  • Amy

    I posted some of my no fail date ideas here and I love apple picking

  • Kellie Norton

    I’ve always loved Ice Skating as a fun winter date :-) It’s a great excuse to “”fall”” into the arms of your guy or even to use his hand to steady you! So perfect :-)


  • C Hayes

    These are really cool ideas!

    ~Chymere Anais

  • akomouse

    These are great ideas, which don’t have to be just dates, I really like the idea of a game night, rather than a date, but with friends; asking them to come round and bring their favourite childhood games like monopoly, mouse trap, etc.

    In England we had Bonfire night yesterday, every 5th November we celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up parliament 400 years ago, by burning a “”Guy”” on a bonfire and having fireworks. It is a great group activity/date. That’s another reason I love Autumn, Bonfire night, I love fireworks :)

  • Meghan Conard

    Love these ideas! Can’t wait to mix things up with the boy :)

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  • Tiffani Stuart

    Awesome ideas!!

  • Deja Snyder

    Love these ideas

  • dinaafifi

    There are many popular social sites out there that you can probably meet people on like facebook but let’s face it, they are not a dating site and there is a big difference between social networking and dating sites. The good thing about is that it combines between social networks and dating websites.

  • Cuteideasfordates

    Thanks for all these ideas. We don’t have a fall date idea category on but we do have winter and summer. Now I have a few date ideas that I can use personally during autumn! Thanks a bunch.

  • Cheyenne

    Thanks for these wonderful Fall date ideas! You could also go pumpkin picking, check out Haunted Houses and hay rides! :)

  • Lindsey

    New England is premier for fall foliage. There are a lot of great routes to just drive around and enjoy the view. My guy and I love to drive around, sometimes in silence, and sometimes just to talk. There are also a lot of ski resorts that have fun fall activities going on at the mountains. You can take a chairlift ride or go zip lining. Don’t forget the most fun fall activity of them all… Oktoberfest! All of the breweries host these german festivals filled with lots of great food and new brews. The weather is perfect for a cozy sweater, a big comfy scarf, and some leather boots!

  • Alexa

    I have a blog post up about fall dates ideas as well. Check it out if you guys can! Thanks :)

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