32 Cozy Fall Date Ideas to Keep Your Romance Alive This Autumn

Tis' the season for pumpkin spice lattes, ghost tours, and fall foliage drives.

Whether it's your first date or your millionth, coming up with and agreeing on the perfect date night outing can be next to impossible. It doesn't matter if you're snowed in and looking for a winter date night activity, or the leaves are falling and you are searching for some fall date ideas, having a fun and cute date is more about finding a shared interest than planning the "perfect" romantic scenario. But if you are looking for a way to add some (pumpkin) spice to your dating game, there are lots of fall date ideas that blend cozy vibes with a little bit of spooky adventure.

The season of fall naturally lends itself to fun activities you can enjoy on your own, with your friends, your family, and, of course, your partner. And the best part about all of these fall date ideas is that they are great for any stage of relationship. Some, of course, may be more enjoyable when you are closer with your significant other (for example, a long weekend getaway), while others were brewed to break any awkward tension you may feel during a first date. And if you are the type to post a quick photo on your social media, find some inspiration in these couple Instagram captions and fall quotes that will encapsulate the autumnal vibes you felt during the date. So, look no further than these fall date ideas for your next date night at-home or out and about.

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1 Have a pumpkin spice tasting.
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From lattes and beers to desserts and breakfast, pumpkin spice can be found in almost anything in the fall. It only makes sense to dedicate a date night to indulge in the season's most highly anticipated flavor.

2 Watch a football game.
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Get loud together at a professional or local high school football game. Don't forget to whip up some tailgate food to make the game even more fun and memorable.

3 Can summer produce.
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No need to let your favorite summer harvest disappear with the cooler temps. Spend some quality time together while learning how to preserve your favorite summer fruits and vegetables. You can even save them for a dinner date later in the fall.

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4 Build a blanket fort.
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Who said fort-making is reserved for kids? It could be the perfect activity for some young-at-heart adults looking to revisit childhood for the perfect date night at-home.

5 Do some gardening.
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The hot summer temps may be long gone, but that doesn't mean you still can't put some life back into your garden. Get a little dirty with a loved one as you swap summer flowers for chrysanthemums. Keeping a plant alive together will certainly give you both a sense of pride.

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6 Go camping.
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Spend a weekend outdoors in the woods surrounded by beautiful fall foliage. Whether you spend the day hiking, biking, or simply sitting outside, quality time in nature can help you two connect.

7 Get lost in a corn maze.
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You can make this a fun daytime adventure in the fall or, if you and your partner are up for something spookier, consider finding a "haunted" corn maze to explore in the evening.

8 Visit a nearby town or city.
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You don't have to go far to enjoy a day trip or weekend getaway. Pick a place the two of you have never been to and have fun exploring. You can even string together a few cities and make a road trip out of the itinerary.

9 Attend a cider or wine tasting.
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There's nothing like the taste of hot mulled cider and exploring lush vineyards to get you in an autumnal (and romantic) state of mind.

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10 Go apple picking.
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Check out a nearby orchard and celebrate the arrival of apple season. When you get home, there's an apple nachos or old-fashioned apple pie recipe just waiting to be made.

11 Bake a fall dessert together.
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If you guys aren't the pie types, hole up in the kitchen and make a homemade apple treat instead, like this apple-walnut cake or caramelized apple dessert.

12 Hike a scenic area.
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Set your sights on the changing leaves and breathe in the crisp air. You can even make a few picnic-perfect sandwiches to enjoy at the summit before you hike back down.

13 Head to your local coffee shop.
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Grab a fall concoction or baked goodie with your loved one and enjoy each other's company.

14 Have a picnic in the country.
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Pack some warm blankets and a basket of dips and salads for a lazy afternoon outside. You can even pack some lawn games to bring with you for hours of fun (and maybe a little competitive) bonding.

15 Light a fire.
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Enjoy the flicker and warmth of your first fire of the season. Prepare a delicious charcuterie board with two of these apple-cinnamon cider cups to sip on while you snuggle up on the couch and watch a romantic movie.

16 Visit your local park.
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It's yet another fun way to make the most of the outdoors during this picturesque time of year.

17 Visit a haunted house attraction.
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If you're the type of couple to go all out on the Halloween house decorations, then you'll have a blast visiting a haunted house attraction with your person.

18 Make homemade candy apples together.
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Caramel is classic, but there are so many mouthwatering ways to dress up your favorite apple that you may just find a new candy apple favorite.

19 Enjoy a bonfire.
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S'mores taste just as good in the fall, so bust out the bonfire to keep warm as the temps drop.

20 Walk through a pumpkin patch.
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Skip the grocery store and pick your own pumpkins this year. Even better: Find a patch where you can sip cider (or eat cider donuts).

21 Carve and decorate pumpkins.
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Bond over a creative activity that will also add some festive flair to your home. There are more than a few pumpkin carving, unique painting, or no-carve ideas that can help you get a jump-start on celebrating the spookiest day of the year.

22 Visit a Jack-O-Lantern festival.
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After you've carved your own pumpkins, go see what the pros can do at a nearby jack-o-lantern festival.

23 Take a long drive to see fall foliage.
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Roll the windows down and get the romantic tunes going. There's no better way to appreciate the season than with a leisurely afternoon of leaf peeping with your favorite songs playing in the background.

24 Go horseback riding.
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Everyone needs a little adventure. Locate your nearest horse ranch and wrap your arms around your partner's waist as you ride through the autumn woods on horseback.

25 Go to your alma mater's homecoming festivities.
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Campuses tend to look their best in the fall, so now's the perfect time to show your significant other your old stomping grounds.

26 Celebrate sunflower season.
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Can you think of anything more enchanting than seeing a lush field of sunflowers?

27 Take a guided ghost tour.
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Plenty of cities and towns offer tours of haunted buildings and destinations. If nothing else, it's a fun way to learn more about the history of your area.

28 Shop at your local farmer's market.
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Can't make it to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch? Consider this the next best thing.

29 Visit a brewery.
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There's no wrong time to visit a brewery, but there's something about doing it in the fall that feels so right.

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30 Watch a scary movie.
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Get in the Halloween spirit by screening some festive flicks together. There are more than a few scary Halloween movies to choose from, including family-friendly options that won't leave you worried about all those creeks at night.

RELATED: 30 Best Fall Movies to Watch for All the Autumnal Vibes

31 Have fun on a hayride.
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You're never too old for this fall-friendly trek around the farm. It's one of the best ways to see all the red, yellow, and orange leaves.

32 Go to a fall festival.
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Whether dedicated to street food, art, wildflowers, or wine, there are interesting events going on all over the country this time of year.

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