99 Free or Cheap Fall Date Night Ideas

With back to school season officially here, the first thing I think of is all the fun Fall Date Nights I can have with my hubs.  Fall to me is the perfect time for romance.  Not only do you have tons of great inexpensive ways to spend time together, but the weather is perfect.  Cool, crisp weather is great for bundling up and going for walks, hikes and of course stargazing!  Check out our list of 99 Free or Cheap Fall Date Night Ideas and make sure to grab your main squeeze and head out for a fun night alone!

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99 Free Or Cheap Fall Date Nights

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99 Free or Cheap Fall Date Night Ideas

  1. Visit a local orchard and pick apples
  2. Put blankets in the bed of a truck and drive out to an empty field to star gaze
  3. Play board games at home
  4. Visit a local art gallery
  5. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  6. Take a nature hike
  7. Go fishing
  8. Play strip poker, monopoly or other favorite game
  9. Give each other massages
  10. Go swimming
  11. Go dancing
  12. Take a class together – check local libraries and community collages for free cooking and art classes
  13. Cook a new or unique meal. Ever wanted to try Greek or perhaps Indian cuisine? Grab a recipe and have fun together in the kitchen
  14. Go to the dog park and watch the puppies play
  15. Movie night in
  16. Visit local landmarks
  17. Make cookies together
  18. Go to a local nursing home and visit with residents
  19. Go to your local bookstore and sip coffee while you look at the latest new release books
  20. Visit a brewery and test out locally made beer
  21. Have a Netflix Marathon of a new movie or TV series
  22. Create an at-home drive in with a great new movie and a projector in your back yard
  23. Download a free constellation app and see what stars you can find in the sky
  24. Go to the local high school football game
  25. Go to a local comedy club
  26. Head to the fair or amusement park
  27. Go roller blading or skateboarding
  28. Take a bike ride around your city
  29. Play tourist at local attractions
  30. Have a photo shoot with each other.  Have fun with silly costumes or go risqué with a boudoir shoot done by your spouse
  31. Take a music lesson (voice, guitar, piano or similar)
  32. Create a funny viral YouTube video
  33. Play video games
  34. Go to a comic book convention
  35. Create bucket lists and fulfill one item each on date night
  36. Face your fears by eating weird foods, riding the big roller coaster or jumping from a plane – as a couple
  37. Train for a triathlon
  38. Dress up and host a haunted house for Halloween
  39. Volunteer to babysit for you friends if you don’t have kids this is good experience and fun (I think I Will skip on this one with three of my own kids lol)
  40. Be a kid again and build a fort to snuggle and watch movies together in
  41. Go to a matinee
  42. Watch a local theater production
  43. Pack a picnic and head to a local park
  44. Play together like kids – games, paintball, laser tag or go-karts are tons of fn
  45. Go parking. Yep, you know the kind.  Then bring it back home for a little romantic interlude.
  46. Start a website together.  Spend the evening deciding what it will be about and designing the site graphics
  47. Build something out of a pallet.  We love our pallet creation and know thy are great fun projects for an at-home date night
  48. Head to look at the fancy homes on Open House days. (I have friends who do this, and they say it’s a ton of fun!)
  49. Hit the local home improvement store to daydream about redesigns on your home, or fantasize about what you want in your dream home.
  50. Enjoy a little sip of wine at a local vineyard or winery
  51. Take a road trip through the country (always such a peaceful way to reflect on your relationship)
  52. Go Geocaching
  53. Build the ultimate Lego creation
  54. Go window shopping and take pictures of all the things you want for Christmas
  55. Build a new flower bed or garden at your house
  56. Take a moonlit boat ride on the lake or river nearby
  57. Go to a concert at your local public park or venue
  58. Find a local coffee shop for poetry readings
  59. Tap your inner rock star at the local karaoke or open mic night.
  60. Take a bar tending class and learn how to mix each other a few new drinks
  61. Go bowling
  62. Take in a local college football game
  63. Go to a local hackathon
  64. Go to local yard sale, thrift shops or flea markets and search for your favorite collectible or the best deal of the week
  65. Go to the library for a book reading or author appearance
  66. Take a romantic bubble bath together
  67. Miniature Golf
  68. Head to a restaurant grand opening
  69. Go to an arcade
  70. Take a class on how to get out of debt
  71. Go to the pumpkin patch and cave pumpkins
  72. Pack care packages for the troops
  73. Chaperone your kid’s school dance or event
  74. Load up your car with muffins, cookies or donuts and fresh hot coffee to take to the area of town you know there will be homeless people who are cold and hungry.
  75. Go on a scavenger hunt in your home (spice it up by leaving fun personal items for him/her to find)
  76. Give each other manicures and pedicures.  Yes, men often enjoy having their nails done too.
  77. Get a new piercing
  78. Volunteer at the local animal shelter and pick out a new family pet
  79. Decorate the house for the holidays ( I can never get my DH to do this one, LOL)
  80. Go camping at a local state park
  81. Build a fire in the fireplace and read a romantic novel to each other
  82. Go to a local food festival (we love doing a local one and also going to the Taste of Chicago)
  83. Enter a local food festival and use date nights to perfect your recipe ahead of time
  84. Get to know their friends.  Hang with the guys for poker night – or call the girls for cocktails.  Being friends with their friends earns brownie points for sure.
  85. Browse the local gourmet grocery for new and exotic foods to try together
  86. Collect nonperishable foods, toiletries and more to donate to those in need in our community
  87. Take a ballroom or swing dance class
  88. Create an at home “prom night” complete with formal wear, disco ball and cheesy music from your high school years. Don’t forget to spike the punch!
  89. Tackle a DIY home improvement project like painting a room or resurfacing a table
  90. Go birdwatching
  91. Head to the beach and search for seashells or sea glass
  92. Go to the local park and swing or play on the merry go round like kids
  93. Visit your local zoo
  94. Make his and hers t-shirts with solid color tees, craft paint and iron on transfers
  95. Build a bonfire and roast marshmallows to make S’Mores
  96. Take a couponing class to learn to save more money
  97. Take treats to your local fire department or police department to thank them for their service
  98. Volunteer as Salvation Army Bell Ringers as the holidays near
  99. Go out for dessert and coffee at the expensive local restaurant

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Just because your budget is low doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fun-filled Free or Cheap Fall Date Night with your lover.  Focus on the things you or they enjoy doing the most and explore all areas.  If you both enjoy the Marvel movies, why not check out old comic books and read the original stories together?  Love a little glass of wine?  Check out the local vineyards and find out what wine your state has made famous.  These fun ideas are a great place to start toward making your Fall Date Night’s tons of fun this year!

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  1. September 4, 2014

    I want to try them all! Hahaha!

  2. What a great list. Now to find someone to take me on a date or 99!

    • September 10, 2014

      Take a friend on a date!! Doesn’t always have to be a SO!

  3. September 10, 2014

    Great ideas! I’ll be sending your post to the bf! 😉

    • September 10, 2014

      ha ha– sometimes they need hints on great ideas!

  4. September 10, 2014

    Great list. My ex was really good at giving massages so I am hoping my next bf is too :).

  5. September 10, 2014

    What a great list! Your strip poker mention had me laughing out loud. 🙂

    • September 10, 2014

      Hey! You can’t go wrong with that free date night idea! lol

  6. Thanks for the list… now I need 100 date night ideas with a free babysitter:)

  7. September 11, 2014

    Thanks for the share! I’m going to have to try some of these with my husband 🙂

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