Top 10 Fall Date Night Ideas for Any Budget

It’s so important to keep things fun in any relationship, especially after becoming parents. Planning and making time for each other takes a lot of work and effort. Things can get a bit more complicated because we’re still dealing with the pandemic. However, date nights should not end. The weather is starting to get cooler, especially in the evenings for Florida residents. This is best time to start exploring new ways to connect as a couple. I have put together my top 10 fall date night ideas doable on any budget. Check out the list and find something you both will enjoy.

top 15 date night ideas (couple sitting under a tree)

Visit a Drive-in Movie

This a great way to enjoy a movie with your spouse. Bring your own snacks or purchase from the snack bar at the drive-in theater. Check out these outdoor movie experiences in the Tampa Bay area. Make sure to check online to see available movies and time slots.

Explore a Farm Festival

Despite the pandemic, you can still visit a farm festival or weekend market this year. Businesses have found great ways to keep everyone safe while allowing residents to continue to make memories. Spend some time outdoors with your loved one. Many farms offer tractor rides and other fun activities in addition to lots of goodies to purchase. Check online to find one in your area and plan ahead. Some farms may still be requiring guests to make reservations in advance.

Carve and Decorate Pumpkins

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean the festivities have to end, too. If your spouse enjoys arts and crafts, this will be a fun project to complete. Pumpkin carving (and fall crafts in general!) is perfect for parents who are not quite ready to leave the kids with a babysitter for a night out. Put the kids to bed early and start date night. You can carve or decorate the pumpkins in the house or on the patio. Play some romantic fall music and enjoy each other’s company. You can use a pumpkin purchased at your local pumpkin patch or grocery store. Get creative and have fun!

Bake a Fall Dessert

Nothing screams fall like baking delicious treats. Whether you’re team apple or pumpkin, there are so many awesome recipes for fall desserts. Check out my Pinterest board for some great ideas. You can also find some good recipes from my fellow bloggers with Tampa Bay Moms. Here are 10 pumpkin recipes to try, as well as some fall treats to enjoy this season. If you like candy corn, you’ll love these delicious cookies. The best part about baking together is it doesn’t require a babysitter (if you wait until the kids are in bed) and the whole family can enjoy your treats!

Go Horseback Riding

There are so many romantic movies that include couples horseback riding. If you’re looking for something different to do with your spouse, this will be a fun option. Check out some of the local businesses in Tampa Bay that offer horseback riding.

Go on a Ghost Tour

There are many tours that are available in Florida and a few in the Tampa Bay area. Nothing will bring a couple closer than being scared together. Check online to find one  that’s available in your area.

Go for a Hike

The weather is starting to get nice in the morning and evening in Florida. It’s the perfect time to go for a hike in one of Tampa’s many local parks. This one on one time is perfect for having a nice and peaceful conversation with your spouse. Talk about your goals and ways to grow closer as a couple.

Visit a Local Brewery

Hail a ride from your favorite transportation service and enjoy a day or night out at a local brewery. Many establishments are offering seasonal beer or hard cider. Here’s a few spots in the Tampa Bay area to visit for date night. If you have a favorite spot, share it in the comment section below!

Make Candles 

Create your own scented candles for date night. Make candles with fall scents or anything that will set the mood. You can do this at home or visit a local candle pouring shop.

Have a Picnic

Cooler weather makes spending time outdoors more fun. Pack some blankets and a basket full of seasonal goodies then enjoy a nice picnic with your partner. There’s so many wonderful places in the Tampa Bay area to enjoy a romantic evening. Watch the sunset at the St. Pete Pier after you finish your meal. You can also set up your picnic at Curtis Hixon Park,  Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park or Coachman Park.


What are your favorite ways to spend date night in the fall? Share with us in the comment section!




Karimah is a SAHM residing in Wesley Chapel with her family. She is married to her husband of seven years. They have two adorable boys, a preschooler and a toddler. They also have a stubborn but loving dachshund who enjoys eating whatever his human brothers drops on the floor. Karimah grew up in Lakeland but became a Tampa resident after graduating from the University of South Florida. (Go BULLS!) Her weekdays are filled with fun activities like library programs, exploring the local playgrounds, visiting local theme parks and crafting at home (Pinterest mom). Karimah enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, participating in 5k races, watching Netflix, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. You can follow her on Instagram and Pinterest @craftingafunlife.