Fall first dates that won't break the bank

Fresh air and activities that get you moving can spark romance and create strong memories during a first date. While those dreading the "crucial first date," might stick with the safe idea -- dinner, it doesn't take a big budget to plan an enjoyable date now that the weather is getting cooler.

Take the time to learn about outdoor locations in your neighborhood to enjoy and experience with a potential new love.

Best fall first date ideas that won't break the bank
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Best fall first date ideas that won't break the bank
Go apple picking, and enjoy the fall foliage

"Apple picking is a fun activity that allows for laughter, conversation, and tasting yummy apples. A visit to the orchard can include a picnic lunch. Many orchards offer local items for sale including cinnamon donuts (perfect in the fall), local wines, decorated pumpkins and more," said Mark Monaco, Online Dating expert, AsianDate.com. "One of the most important points about a first date is to be relaxed, have fun, and create a lasting memory."

If your first date is one in which there might be a language barrier such as with international online dating, something that keeps you active is a great choice.

Check-out other outdoor activities

According to Anita Covic, Lifestyle Expert, AnastasiaDate.com, “From a Segway tour to biking through a local park or visiting the boardwalk at the shore when the crowds have left, outdoor activity gets the serotonin levels up, making you happy and likely wanting to spend time with that special someone. When having a date outdoors and in the fresh air, there is an opportunity for spontaneity -- an element that makes the date unique and positively unexpected.”

Take in a sporting event

Whether it's football or soccer, a visit to the stadium is a fun event to share. 

Make the fall sports date a memorable one by indulging in a beer and hot dog in the ballpark. An extra plus is treating your date to a team cap or blanket to get in the spirit and to remind your date of you after the first date is over.

Go on a picnic

Online dating participants know that the first date isn't always about being fancy. By going on a picnic, you save money from dining at a fancy restaurant, but, more importantly, you'll create memories together and show that you are capable of preparing a meal for a significant other.

"When looking to impress, pack a picnic basket with glass wine glasses, real plates and cloth napkins," says Kevin Cale, Social Media Specialist, Dating.com.  "A delicious afternoon sitting on a blanket can include a special bottle of wine, cheeses (pre-cut in cubes), grapes and dark chocolate."

If a fancy picnic basket doesn't fit your personality, go for a backpack and plastic cups and plates.  What is most important on the picnic first date is that you have the opportunity to talk, enjoy the great outdoors and create a memory.

Attend a carnival or festival

Do some research to find a local event in order to stroll from booth to booth at a street fair, carnival or festival.  At an evening carnival, enjoy a ride on a ferris wheel -- it provides the perfect romantic setting under the stars and with the city below.

Share cotton candy or popcorn. Go into the photo booth to take a picture to always remember your first date.

When participating in an activity together, conversation typically comes more naturally, rather than a forced conversation that appears more like a job interview with a prospect.


Remember, be creative. Be yourself. Have fun and you'll see if there is chemistry. The important first date is even better when you get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. It's a perfect time for romance.

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