Fall colors, fallen leaves, crackling fires: Autumn is a very romantic season. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors this season by going on an outdoor date with your sweetie. Don’t have much money to spend on outdoor adventures? No worries–these ten fall outdoor dates won’t cost you a penny.
1. Go on a scavenger hunt. Before you head out the door, jot down a list of various items you might find outdoors: a rabbit, a tree with red leaves, a rock that looks like a heart. Then set out to find each of these items. Work together on this hunt; not against each other.
2. Fly kites at the park. On a windy day, it might not seem all that desirable to spend time outside, but it’s the perfect time to fly a kite. Bundle up, grab your kites and set out to the nearest park.
3. Take a drive to see the fall colors. When I was little, my family would frequently go on Sunday drives in the country to look at the colorful leaves. This is a romantic date idea that will get the two of you together with ample time to spend getting to know each other.
4. Go on a bike ride together. Grab your bikes and head out for a fall ride. Don’t have a bike? Some cities offer free bike rentals; check out your town’s website to find out where you can get one in your area. You will get a great workout while spending time together.
5. Go on a nature hike. If there are trails in your area, pack some granola bars and a couple bottles of water, and set off on a nature hike. This is an opportunity to spend time together, not only getting to know each other, but getting some exercise and fresh air.
6. Have a picnic. Rather than going out to dinner, plan a picnic at the park for a lunchtime date. Pack a couple sandwiches, some chips and carrots–or whatever you have in the house–and something to drink. Either go to the nearest park, or find an offbeat picnic destination: your yard, the driveway or even the roof.
7. Go camping in the backyard. Want to go camping, but not while totally roughing it? Pitch a tent in the backyard and get the camping experience with the modern amenities your nearby house can provide.
8. Have a bonfire. Get a fire started, and snuggle up under a blanket while roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.
9. Go on a photography date. Set out to take fall-inspired photos in your local area. Search for colorful leaves and wildlife to capture together, whether in your backyard, the neighborhood or at the nearest lake.
10. Watch the sunrise or sunset. Find out what time the sun rises or sets in your area, grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, and prepare an area outdoors to sit and watch it.