When the weather starts cooling down and leaves begin changing color, all I want to do is find an excuse to enjoy it. Cue my list of my favorite fall dates!
After a relentless summer of Texas heat, it’s always a (literal) breath of cool air when fall finally arrives. Yes, I know it’s been “fall” for a few weeks now, but it’s still been in the 90s here, and I’m so tired of it. Thankfully, it looks like cooler weather is on its way, which means it’s time to fit all my fun fall dates in before winter hits.
Isaac and I began dating in October 2010, so fall is a special time for me. It brings me back to our first date, our first kiss and the first memories we made together. We were so young, but it’s been amazing to see our relationship grow and mature as we have discovered who we are as individuals and as a couple. I’m so thankful that God brought us together! Over the years we’ve gone on countless dates (especially this time of the year), and I’ve narrowed the list down to my top five fall dates just for you.
Visit a pumpkin patch
Isaac and I have been doing this for years, and it’s one of my favorite fall traditions. I like to buy some pumpkins for decoration, and we always take our pumpkin patch picture. It’s not fall without one!
Go on a hike
There’s no better way to explore the area around you than going on a hike! When we want to go somewhere nearby, we love hiking at the Cedar Ridge Preserve, and our hike this past weekend on our camping trip was so much fun. Don’t live near a place to go hiking? Then hit up a walking path and enjoy an evening stroll.
Carve a pumpkin
I’ve actually never done this with Isaac, but I love getting together with some of my friends for a fun girls night to carve pumpkins and do all things white girl. Chick flicks, pumpkin candles and carving? Yes, please!
This was one of my favorite dates with Isaac! I surprised him with a Segway tour around Grapevine Lake a few years ago and it was so much fun. I actually reserved our tour using Groupon, which made it way more affordable, especially for a then college student on a budget. You should check out your local Groupons to see what’s in your area. It’s a fun way to do something new for a bargain.
Go to an outdoor concert
Two of Isaac’s cousins are or have been in bands, and we love supporting them when we can. Last year we went to an outdoor concert to see Seryn in Denton, and it was a blast! We brought Lillie with us, and loved getting to spend some time in the beautiful weather. (If you haven’t heard of Seryn or Shane Smith & the Saints, then check them out! They’re amazing, y’all).
Go to a high school football game or cross country meet
Having siblings who are still in high school makes this even more fun! I love seeing my brother and sister march during the half time show, and hearing all my favorite songs played by the drum line. As for the football game, well… I try to watch it, but really it’s more about seeing old teachers and family friends than watching the game.
And cross country races are still my absolute favorite. I always look forward to cheering on my siblings, and getting to catch up with them after their race. And, of course, we bring Lillie with us every time!
Visit the State Fair
I’ll take any excuse to stuff my face with fried foods, and the Texas State Fair hasn’t let me down yet! Last year was my first time to go with Isaac and we had so much fun trying different foods, walking around the fairgrounds, checking out the livestock and finding all the free samples we could get. We just went this past Saturday and it was perfect!
What is your favorite fall date? Let me know in the comments below.