Now that we're reaching the tail end of the sweaty season, it's high time to actually enjoy the outdoors. Here, 12 ways to make the best of fall with someone else, whether your hobbies include beer, art, or cheering on your favorite basketball team.
Make a Bonfire
If you're both outdoorsy people, grab some wood and a match, then find a place where you can cozy up by the fire and read each other's birth charts (kidding!). In all seriousness, you can actually look up at the stars and enjoy getting to know each other.
Get Tickets to a Basketball Game
Basketball season begins in October, which means you can find cheap tickets now long before the playoffs begin. Bonus points if you both like the same team, but if not...a little friendly flirty competition doesn't hurt.
Sign Up for a Cooking Class
If it's too cold outside, turn up the heat in the kitchen as you learn a new recipe together. For your next date, you can make the meal at one of each other's homes—where you'll also get clues to their true identity.
Take a Ghost Tour
If you're into scary stories but not here for engineered spooks, take a visit to some real haunted areas. Breaking the sexual tension has never been easier than when you're on a ghost tour and need someone to hold on to because you're...scared.
Visit a Sculpture Garden or Public Park
If you're an art buff, fall's the perfect time to get your fix in an outdoor setting. Suggest a date to a pretty outdoor sculpture museum or a zen garden with peaceful fountains and scenery.
Go Apple Picking
Going apple picking is almost as refreshing as drinking a fresh Martinelli. Perk #1: Visiting an orchard usually involves a scenic drive through farmlands. Perk #2: Once you're done picking apples, there are apple cider donuts and (spiked, hopefully) cider at the end to reward your labors.
Take a Scenic Walk
What's more romantic than leaves falling, a brisk wind blowing, and a beautiful backdrop for you and your date to enjoy?
Take a Hike
If not for the #views alone, do it for the endorphins. There's nothing better than getting a little exercise while exploring a new place with someone you love (or like, if you're not quite there yet).
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Even if you're not as stoked about PSL season as the average person, fall wouldn't be the same without these orange guys. A trip to a pumpkin patch is the chance to spend a day outdoors and makes an easy setup for part two of the date: taking a pumpkin home and carving it.
Visit a Biergarten
How many more excuses do you need to indulge in German food, beer, and carbs than Oktoberfest? Even if you're not partaking in the festival, sharing a beer sampler with someone else during the fall is the definition of a good time (seriously, look it up).
Difficulty level: expert. If you've never been camping before this isn't the ideal time to start, but if you're both outdoorsy types and want to spend a night or two away in nature, there's no better chance to get some fresh air and gauge how you function together in cramped spaces. (The true test of a relationship.)
Explore a Corn Maze
Fact: Corn mazes are far less spooky with another person close by. Use your wits to find your way out of the maze while learning about how you each handle challenges. If you get cold or creeped out, you can edge a little closer.
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