As a married working mom, I know how difficult it is to find time to go on a date with your spouse. But it is incredibly important. According to Dr. Dianne Grande, “[Date night] is not really a luxury after all. Consider it a necessity for a happy and life-affirming relationship.” It. Is. A. Necessity!
But, again, I know how hard it can be. That’s why I have come up with 15 different types of dates for NYC couples this fall. They cover a variety of budgets (which is important if you need to pay a babysitter) and lengths of time. Some couples will have to squeeze in time while others may be able to pull off a whole weekend away. The point isn’t to compare. It is to find time to do something fun with someone you love – no matter how much money or how much time you have.
Plus, these dates will remind you of what it is like to be young. And who doesn’t want to feel young and newly in love again? Fall is the ideal time for dates that take you back to your youth. Take a look.
1. Go Apple Picking.
Head to an apple orchard and pick some apples together. You’ll enjoy just being in each other’s presence, and you’ll leave with a bushel of apples.
2. Spend Time at a Tailgate.
If your youth involved tailgating, make plans to tailgate with your spouse. If you can’t tailgate at your school or for your favorite team, then choose the next best thing and cheer on the home team.
3. Carve a Pumpkin.
Be a little creative and carve a pumpkin. This date night works even if you can’t find a babysitter. Wait until the kids are in bed, turn on some music, pour your favorite drink, and get busy – carving a pumpkin, that is.
4. Visit a Brewery or Winery.
To me, fall screams beer and cider. Head to a local brewery and get a flight. If beer isn’t your thing, then head to a nearby winery and do a tasting.
5. Start Christmas Shopping.
If you have kids, then you know how chaotic the holiday season is. Beat the rush by going to the toy store now and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping.
6. Volunteer Together.
If you want to give back, find a local organization that you’d like to support and volunteer on the weekend. This is a great way to bond with your spouse.
7. Make S’mores by a Bonfire.
Enjoy a backyard fire pit or bonfire. Buy special goodies to make creative s’mores to enjoy together.
8. Put on a Brave Face in a Haunted House.
Before October ends, head to a haunted house together. You will find yourself clinging to your man like you use to.
9. Pack a Picnic for the Park.
A lowkey picnic is a perfect fit for the couple that is always busy. It is a great way to slow down, but it is easy to plan.
10. Go Camping (or Rent a Cabin).
For those lucky parents who have grandparents willing to babysit overnight, go camping. If camping isn’t for you, then rent a cabin. Fall is the best time of year to be outdoors with the one you love.
11. Cuddle and Watch a Scary Movie.
Take advantage of all the free horror movie marathons happening around Halloween and watch one late at night with your spouse. It is the perfect excuse to cuddle up close on the couch after the kids go to bed.
12. Hike Together.
For active couples, the cooler weather makes it a wonderful time to go hiking together. You will both work to overcome challenges and grow closer in the process.
13. Spend Some Time in the Kitchen.
Take all the apples you got when you went apple picking and make candy apples together. Or, bake an apple pie. Or make apple crisp. Here’s a list of 65+ easy apple recipes.
14. Take an Autumn Road Trip in New York.
Book a babysitter for the day and take a road trip through New York to look at the beautiful changing leaves. Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination.
15. Try Not to Freak Out on a Ghost Tour.
NYC couples have their pick of spooky ghost tours. To find the one that sounds best for you and your husband, check out Time Out’s The Best Ghost Tours NYC has to offer.