Sweater Weather: 8 Outdoor Date Ideas For Fall

Before you hibernate for the winter, take advantage of the gorgeous fall weather and move date night (or afternoon) outside.


Here are 8 date ideas to enjoy the fall weather with your loved one:


  1. Go Sports!


Let loose your inner sports fan. Cheer on local athletes at a high school or university sporting event, splurge on tickets to a pro football game, or join a city league and compete in co-ed ultimate frisbee together. According to recent studies, couples that exercises together are more likely to stay together.


  1. Leave the Car At Home


Before the weather outside gets too frightful, ditch the car for the day and tour your neighbourhood and surrounding area on foot or by bike. Head to the waterfront and paddle the day away in a rented canoe or kayak. Or go horseback riding at a trail outside of the city. (Hint: some trails offer “romance packages” that include a private tour for two and a picnic lunch with a view.)


  1. Embrace the Harvest


Eat local, seasonal produce this fall. Start date night early by shopping for dinner ingredients at road-side stands, farmer’s markets and local orchards and farms.


Fun fact: Apple pie tastes better when you pick the apples yourself.


  1. Enjoy the View


Stop to appreciate the leaves’ changing colours. Go for a scenic hike — pack your cameras — or visit a ski hill with lifts that will give you a bird’s-eye-view of the stunning foliage around you. And when it comes to great views, nothing beats a hot-air-balloon ride at this time of year.


  1. Cheers!


Moderate temps make fall the perfect time for a wine or cider tour. Grab a sweater and make a day trip of it, visiting a few vineyards in the wine country nearest you. Stock up on your favourites for date nights to come.


  1. Be a Kid Again


Until you’re cooped up for the winter, get outside and play! Go geo-caching. Take a hayride to pick out the best pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. Fly a kite. Win prizes for each other at a fall fair.  Or visit the zoo. When temperatures dip, the animals come out to play.


  1. Say Goodbye to Summer


With your bounty from the farmer’s market, co-host a final BBQ of the season for neighbours and friends. Head to the park for your last picnic date of the year. Or sip cocktails on a bar’s patio before it closes until spring.


  1. Stay Out After Dark


Light a bonfire, pass out blankets and warm drinks, and let your backyard BBQ party last well into the night. Escape the city lights and go stargazing the country. Find an outdoor movie screening — or rent a projector and host your own.


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