11 Socially-Distanced Dates Perfect For Falling In Love This Autumn

In this year of uncertainty, one thing remains true: Autumn in Ohio is a great time to be in love.

If you’ve been looking for safe, socially distant ways to have a great date night, you’ve come to the right place. While many Ohioans feel safe going out to bars and restaurants, it may not be exactly the romantic date you’ve got in mind.

Yes, you could go out for a nice dinner or even cook something delicious at home, but what if you’re hoping to spice it up a little? We’ve got some great autumnal ideas to get you out of the house (mostly) and out to explore. Let’s get romantic!

Grab a pumpkin and carve something fun
Suggesting that you visit a pumpkin patch is probably “dating 101” but that won’t stop me from encouraging you to do it. There’s something so fun about layering up in cute, comfy sweaters, picking the perfect pumpkin, and then taking it home to create something cool. We’ve already got some awesome pumpkin patch suggestions rounded up for you, and for carving inspiration, you can check out Reynoldsburg pumpkin carver Deane Arnold on Instagram.

Get lost in a local corn maze
Nothing says romance like team building, am I right? All jokes aside, working together to navigate a fun corn maze is a great way to spend a crisp fall afternoon. Corn mazes are outside so it’s easy to practice physical distancing from others and you can celebrate your eventual arrival on the other side with a cup of apple cider or other farm-fresh treats. Looking for corn maze suggestions? We’ve got you covered.

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Getaway for the weekend and explore Hocking Hills
It’s the most beautiful time of the year to explore the foothills of Appalachia in the Hocking Hills. Find a beautiful cabin to rent, plan some epic hikes, and spend the weekend with less wifi and more nature.

Take a fun tour around Columbus
Whether you’re hoping to explore some local art, learn a little history, or even get a little spooky with a ghost tour, there are plenty of things to learn about Columbus. Grab your partner, plan out a fun route, and take turns teaching each other some fun facts about this city we all know and love. If you have a crew you’ve been hanging with throughout the pandemic, this can be a fun group date as well.

Take a hayride
Speaking for fall farm activities, you can never go wrong with a hayride. Just remember to take that allergy medicine first! Farms are adapting to COVID-19 in a variety of ways, and many are offering private hayrides so that you can feel safe while taking in the scenic beauty of Ohio’s fall foliage. The hayrides at Leed’s Farm are particularly charming.

Go to a Drive-in Concert
While we can’t go to the kind of concerts we all know and love right now, we can attend some pretty rad drive-in events. There’s a new concert series at Westland Mall where you can safely be outdoors, have access to food and drink (or pack your own) and enjoy some live music.

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Take a scenic walk
Never underestimate the potential romance of a long walk somewhere beautiful. Whether you’re planning to take a waterfront walk or something that highlights the fall colors, Columbus has plenty of walking and hiking adventures waiting for you to explore.

Participate in a virtual game night
Everything is more fun with friends. Planning a fun, virtual game night is the perfect way to get the whole gang back together again safely. The best part is that if you don’t want to you, don’t even have to wear real pants. Wolf’s Ridge and Kingmakers have teamed up to offer Sip + Play events, where you can taste beer and have a little fun. I had the opportunity to participate in one a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic.

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Take a day trip to some of Ohio’s most beautiful places
Everyone loves a little road trip. Of course, it’s not always easy to plan an expensive getaway, especially during a pandemic. But if you’re up for a mini road trip and some natural exploration, Ohio has plenty of gorgeous places waiting to take your breath away. In fact, here are 24 Hidden Spots & Natural Wonders Around Ohio You Need To Explore.

Get in one last camping trip before it gets too cold
Camping in the fall is so much more fun than camping in the summer. You don’t wake up hot, you can actually appreciate the fire you use to cook up some camp grub, and it’s a lot less crowded. You can plan a whole weekend and check out parks up north like Mohican State Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park or just plan a one-night getaway somewhere closer. But no matter what, make sure you bring the s’mores and prepare to spend a night cuddling up with your special someone. Need some help choosing a location? Here are 16 Gorgeous Places To Go Camping In Ohio.

Snuggle up at an outdoor movie
Personally, I’ll only agree to sit through a scary movie if my husband promises me that I can hide behind him and squeeze his hand as much as necessary throughout. That is why I’m recommending that you check out the Halloween movie series that the Ohio History Connection is putting on this year. It’s that drive-in experience that’s become so popular in 2020 with all of your Halloween holiday classics, some of which aren’t even frightening. Perfect for scaredy cats like myself.

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