12 of the Best Fall Date Ideas

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12 of the Best Fall Date Ideas

It is no big news that fall is my favorite season of all. The cooler temperatures, crisp air, and coziness are something everyone should slow down and soak in. While the Fall season brings on many events, activities, and bucket lists for families, it is also the perfect time to spend quality time with your partner. Whether it is a first date or your thousandth date, grab your flannel shirt and check out this giant list of the best fall date ideas.

Pick Fresh Apples at the Local Apple Orchard

Typically our social media and cameras are filled with our children apple picking from the local orchard, but visiting the apple orchard for a date is a fun way to connect with your partner too! Leave the kids at home and spend time walking through the orchard, sipping hot apple cider, or indulging in caramel apples. Extend your date by going home and baking an apple pie together. Let the entire family enjoy your tasty masterpiece.

Enjoy a Thrill at a Haunted House

Enjoy a thrill and attend a haunted house. For many adults, it may have been years since they attended a haunted house or if they have small children it may not be in the cards to attend one. This is a great way to bring some excitement and fun. Bonus points if you can see who screams the loudest! Here is a list of the best places to attend a Haunted House in the Des Moines area.

Participate in all the Fall Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

Similar to the apple orchard, many of us think of the local pumpkin patch for the kids or families. This is a great option for the perfect date during the Fall. Act like a kid again and enjoy all the fun things with no kids. Get lost in the corn maze, enjoy hay rides, search for the perfect pumpkins, jump on the jumping pillow, or play with all the farm animals. Download our pumpkin scavenger hunt to add a little challenge to the day. Let loose and soak up the time with your cute date.

Jester Park Equestrian

Grab your better half and enjoy horseback riding on a guided trail ride or a fall wagon ride at Jester Park Equestrian Center. This is a wonderful way to take in the beautiful scenery and fall foliage. Plan ahead! Bring some warm blankets and cozy up with some hot cocoa.

Attend a Fall Festival

Many local communities are filled with festivals to celebrate the best season of the year. Enjoy good food, and a fun activity, or attend an Oktoberfest in your area. Many festivals have a lot of entertainment options such as live music, food trucks, rides, and more. Another fall favorite is to leave the kids at home and act like a kid again!

Enjoy a Campfire at Home

Fall nights are one of the best parts of the season. If you are looking for some cozy fall date ideas, this one is for you. Stay home with your loved one and cozy up by the fire pit with some hot chocolate. Bring out some board games, make some s’mores, or enjoy an intimate conversation under the stars.

Sample Local Ciders and Brews

Head to the local brewery or cidery for a fun afternoon together and watch a football game. It is football season so dress up in your team gear and catch your team on the big screen. If you are local to Des Moines, Iowa we love to visit the Winterset Cidery because they offer the best views and tastiest cider. The Hall is a great place to taste-test a ton of local brews in one spot and has a fun beer garden to enjoy.

Enjoy a Drive-In Movie

If you are looking for specifically fun fall date night ideas, a drive-in movie is a good one! Enjoy the cooler weather and cozy vibes under the blankets. Gather all your favorite things to snack on too. Valle Drive In located in Newton offers two movies in one night and several communities offer Halloween-themed movies this time of year such as Hocus Pocus!

Attend a Costume Party

Costumes are not just for kids! Head to the thrift store or flea market and create a Halloween costume for the next Halloween party. Many local restaurants and businesses host Halloween parties during the season or host one yourself with a chili cook-off for dinner. Take this fun date night idea up a notch and dress up in a couples costume.

At-Home Date Night

After the kids go to bed grab your favorite movies and enjoy a movie night at home. Watch some romantic movies with a late romantic dinner, or make it a scary movie night snuggled up by the fire. Sometimes keeping it simple is the perfect way to spend time together.

Get Some Movement in with Fall Yoga

Enjoy some morning yoga and calmness together. In Des Moines, there are a few spots to catch fall yoga. You can enjoy yoga put on by the Johnston community at the local park, or head to Rose Farm for Sunrise Yoga on the Farm. After you enjoy some movement head to the local coffee shop and grab a pumpkin spice latte before heading home.

Attend the Local Farmers Market

Enjoy a bike ride or car ride to your local farmers market. Many may think of a trip to the farmers market during the Summer months, but fall offers the best weather to walk around visit different vendors, and support local businesses. Grab a locally baked pumpkin pie, produce, or fun gift.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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