6 Healthy (and Cheap!) Fall Date Ideas in Philadelphia

Here are six budget-friendly, good-for-you ways to make the most out of fall in Philly with your boo.

We rounded up six fun, healthy, and affordable date ideas to plan this fall in Philly. / Photograph courtesy of FCM Hospitality / Morgan’s Pier

Fall is in full swing, which means (1) it’s still warm enough to enjoy outdoor festivities and (2) you and your S.O. might need some date ideas that have total autumnal vibes. Below, *fall* in love with these six local activities that are fun and budget-friendly, plus good for your overall wellness.

Take advantage of spooky strolls and ghoulish golf

First: Go on a spooky twilight tour (Betsy Ross House — 239 Arch Street, Old City)
Then: Test your putting skills at Franklin Square (200 North 6th Street, Market East)

Not sure what to do on a Friday night during spooky season? (You know, besides binging Squid Games or Midnight Mass…) Venture into Old City for a historic, but macabre, walking tour through and around the Betsy Ross House. After, make your way to Franklin Square to play a round of mini golf — the course is donning cobwebs, skeletons, and other Halloween-esque decor. The spooky twilight tours run every Friday in October from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and mini golf is open until 10 p.m. Pro tip: Opt in for the “Spooky Twosome Package” for tour admission and a round of golf at a discounted rate of $25 (for adults).

Enjoy all things pumpkin

First: Pick pumpkins at a local farm (multiple locations)
Then: Enjoy on-site autumnal festivities

Pumpkin picking is a quintessential fall activity, and luckily, the Philly-area is home to a bunch of pumpkin farms and patches. Once you’ve decided which one piques your interest most (we’ve rounded up a list here!), grab your best flannel and lace up your boots for a full day of fall festivities. Take a hayride, pick pumpkins, get lost in a corn maze, and eat apple cider donuts, of course. Some of the farms — like Linvilla Orchards and Shady Brook Farm — are hosting epic fall festivals, while Milky Way Farm in Chester Springs features an on-site creamery where you can enjoy homemade ice cream.

 

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Get artsy with river views

First: Carve pumpkins at Morgan’s Pier (221 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Delaware Waterfront)
Then: Stay for seasonal snacks and drinks

If you don’t want to travel outside of the city for pumpkin-centric activities, head to Morgan’s Pier for their Fall Fest, featuring pumpkin carving. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, pick a pumpkin from the on-site patch, then snag a carving kit to make a stoop-worthy creation ($5 to $10). After, stay for some healthy-ish seasonal food, including pumpkin hummus, kale Caesar salad with roasted butternut squash, smoked mushroom veggie cheesesteak, and apple pie empanadas. (Plus, there’s a ton of fall-inspired cocktails!)

See a movie and chill

First: Watch a drive-in movie at the Navy Yard (4701 Intrepid Avenue)
Then: Indulge in “nice” cream from The Chilly Banana (932 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk)

Until October 31st, the Navy Yard is hosting drive-in movies, from horror films to new features. No concessions are sold on site, so make sure to BYO snacks! Our suggestion? Scoop up a frozen banana whip from The Chilly Banana beforehand (and maybe bring a mini cooler with you, just in case), so you can indulge in a healthy and tasty dessert. For an autumnal treat, go with the s’mores-inspired Campfire Jam.

 

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Brunch and hike

First: Enjoy a healthy brunch at Tela’s Market & Kitchen (1833 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount)
Then: Appreciate the region’s vibrant fall foliage (multiple locations)

When the air gets crisp, there’s nothing better than immersing yourself in nature and admiring the seasonal beauty. Before going on a hike at one of the many Philly-area trails — plus ones that boast waterfalls and the region’s best fall foliage — grab a hearty brunch at Tela’s Market & Kitchen. The Fairmount eatery features health-forward dishes, including avocado toast, breakfast tacos, a sweet potato and chickpea salad, and various poke bowls.

Take an exercise class, then refuel with plant-forward fare

First: Work out at WillPower Live (1401 Germantown Avenue, Kensington)
Then: Refuel at Reap Mini Mart (1325 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown)

Okay, so this really can be done any time of year, but we had to include it for those of you out there who aren’t fans of fall activities, but still need healthy date ideas! First, you and your partner can get your muscles moving at a strength class at WillPower Live ($20). They run morning sessions every day of the week, plus evening workouts Monday through Thursday. After, walk 10 minutes down the road to grab some post-workout fuel from Reap Mini Mart. Snag an insanely delicious plant-packed salad, grain bowl, and smoothie, plus pantry items to bring home for later. And yes, they currently are slinging a pumpkin-spice smoothie!