15 Date Night Ideas to Keep You Both Smiling

Get outside this fall and enjoy the crisp air with your date.

Autumn can be a romantic time of year, with the cooler weather and colorful leaves inspiring a host of creative dating ideas. For couples who are looking to celebrate the changing of seasons, the fall brings unique opportunities to celebrate both the beauty of nature and the pleasure of each other's company. If you're looking for some memorable ways to spend time with your significant other, check out our list of autumn-themed, couple-friendly activities.

1. Visit country fairs or fall festivals
The great thing about fairs and festivals is that most of them offer something for everyone. Whether you're into handmade crafts or homemade food, a trip to a local fair can be a great way to spend the day.

2. Attend a wine tasting or vineyard tour
Wine enthusiasts will love a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process, and most vineyards offer free tours and tastings. After you've seen the sights and sampled the different vintages, take home a bottle of your favorite to share over a romantic dinner.

3. Go pumpkin or apple picking
Depending on your location, pumpkin or apple picking can be a fun alternative date idea. If there aren't growers in your area, consider other fall-friendly farm activities, like visiting a corn maze.

4. Build a fire and roast marshmallows
What better way to enjoy the cooler weather than to cuddle up by the fire and roast some marshmallows with your sweetheart? Planning is key; you'll want a safe spot for the fire, plenty of wood, sticks or skewers for roasting, and a clean spot to sit and snuggle with your honey. Once you're ready, enjoy gazing at the stars in the firelight.

5. Tour a farm or go for a hayride
Nothing ushers in the autumn spirit like a good, old-fashioned hayride. Many local farms or petting zoos offer horse or tractor-drawn flatbed hayrides, and visiting the animals can be a fun and relaxing way to spend the day.

6. Go horseback riding
Horseback riding can be fun any time of year, but nothing beats a relaxing ride in the crisp fall air. Check the internet for local stables offering trail rides or by-the-hour rentals.

7. Picnic in the park
Grab a blanket and your picnic basket and head to a local park for lunch. After you've eaten, relax for a while and read a book together while enjoying the great outdoors.

8. Tour a brewery and sample beer
Great news for beer lovers - most breweries offer free tours and beer tastings. If there's a facility nearby, you can get a closer look at how your favorite brew is made while sampling some new and different varieties.

9. Visit a local farmer's market and make dinner
If you love the domestic life, there's something romantic about buying and preparing food together. Consider visiting a local farmer's market for in-season produce. After you've browsed, take home some fresh veggies to cook together, or fruit to make a pie.

10. Plan an indoor picnic in front of the fireplace
If you're ready to ramp up the romance, stay indoors and picnic in front of the fireplace. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine and pair it with some fresh fruit, chocolate, and gourmet cheese. Light some candles for added ambiance.

11. Take a bike ride and admire the leaves
Taking a bike ride can be a great way to enjoy the fall weather and colorful autumn leaves. If you don't own your own bike, consider borrowing one or renting one from a bike share program.

12. Browse a local flea market or go antiquing
While some guys balk at the thought of looking for antiques, others may enjoy the historical aspect of browsing all things old. Flea markets can also be guy-friendly, since many offer a variety of collectables and memorabilia.

13. Carve pumpkins and decorate for the season

Even if you don't celebrate Halloween, carving pumpkins can be a fun fall activity. Pumpkin carving kits are very inexpensive, and the internet is replete with a wide variety of printable patterns.

14. Take a weekend camping trip
As the weather gets cooler, consider taking a weekend camping trip to make the most of the season. Most state and national parks offer full restroom facilities and electricity, so you don't have to rough it if you're not ready! There's no better way to get back to nature - or enjoy some alone time with your sweetheart.

15. Spend the Weekend at a Cozy Bed and Breakfast
Though it depends on where you're located, the fall season is often slower for bed and breakfasts, and many offer deep discounts for weekend getaways. Nothing says romance like a leisurely weekend in a four-poster bed or enjoying a warm breakfast before a crisp stroll.

Content by Zoe Bauer.