Fall is the seasonal equivalent of brunch. Nothing gets us out of the house like hoodies and bonfires. Except maybe waffles and OJ. The chilly air boosts energy and adventurous spirits. But our wallets can’t always keep up with our ambition. This season, enjoy fall activities with your partner on any budget, listed from totally free to more of an adventure investment.
- Go for a hike. Crisp air and crunchy leaves. Less bugs. An excuse for an artsy photo of the two of you in flannel and a mug of hot chocolate or apple cider at the end of the day.
- Bake a festive pie. It’s apple season! Chances are, you’ll find them at every grocery store. See Country Living’s list of 35 best apple pie recipes.
- Join your community sports team. Many city teams are free. Instead of hitting the gym after work, enjoy weekly physical activity with a team. The two of you could even make a few friends!
- Go star gazing. Enjoy the clear air and the view. (And a perfect excuse to cuddle.)
- Make it a picnic. Pack up some sandwiches, or, if you want to get fancy, some wine and cheese, and head to the nearest park. This is the perfect chance to break out that cardigan and the inner Pinterest girl in you.
Minimal Cost Adventure
- Go apple picking. Most orchards gear up for the fall season with activities like hay rides and petting zoos. This is a great venue for kids, so you could bring a niece or nephew for a playdate.
- Run a local race. The community races are often for great causes, and the two of you can burn off that apple pie you made without overheating.
- Take on a corn maze. Explore your inner-child as you wander the rows. Maybe you’ll find out which of you is the off-road navigator. They’re more of a challenge than you might think!
- Attend a football game. Opt for a college game. It’s cheaper, and the school spirit is infectious.
- Go to a drive-in movie. See this list of US drive-in theaters to find one near you! Remember to pack snacks and plenty of blankets!
- Brave a haunted house. This seasonal adventure is perfect if you’re a thrill-seeker with a few dollars. We recommend bringing a few friends. Makeup has come a long way since high school, and we’ve seen one too many zombie movies.
- Attend a local fall festival. They’re all over the US. Find one nearest to you at Country Living‘s list of “Best Fall Festivals.“
Adventure with an Investment
- Try a hot air balloon ride. This might be the best possible way to take in the fall colors.
- Go horseback riding. Put on those cowboy boots you bought during your high school horse-crazy phase and follow a guide down vibrant paths. Mosquito free!
- Rent an ATV and rip up the trails. There’s nothing like the adrenalin rush of cool air and a wheelie or two.
- Take a weekend road trip and pitch a tent. Explore the countryside around you. Fall is perfect camping weather for novices or pros. Spend the money you saved on hotel expenses on plenty of hot coffee.