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

Here are six affordable, wellness-centric 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.

Single-Event Dates

Enjoy all things pumpkin

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!

If you don’t want to travel outside of the city for pumpkin-centric activities, head to Morgan’s Pier (221 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Delaware Waterfront) for their Fall Fest, happening through the end of October. 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 fare that’ll fill your belly, like a mushroom flatbread, an Impossible burger, or pumpkin parfait. (Plus, a ton of fall-inspired cocktails!)

Maybe you’ve had enough of pumpkins, but still want to flex your creative muscle. Sign up for an embroidery class with Sippin’ & Stitchin’. They’ve got four upcoming, seasonally inspired workshops happening throughout Philly and South Jersey, plus one down in Wildwood if you want to go on a short getaway. Bonus: Two of ’em are Eagles-themed — it is Birds’ season, after all. Each two-hour class is beginner-friendly, and includes an embroidery kit, all materials, and guided instruction ($40-$60 per person).

 

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Find zen together

If you’re not the kind of pair who wants to take on two activities, or you just want to relax, opt for sound-bath meditation at Formation Sauna + Wellness (305 Brown Street, Northern Liberties). Happening monthly from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the workshop focuses on centering and grounding oneself, and features guided journaling ($30 per person). There’s also an acupuncture-amplified session happening on Wednesday, October 26th — you and your S.O. will enjoy acupuncture, meditation, and sound healing in a community setting ($40).

Two-in-One Dates

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)

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 and Saturday in October from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and mini golf is open nightly until 9 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).

 

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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. (Don’t sleep on the charred tomato soup, and hit the smoothie bar for Reap’s seasonal pumpkin-spice latte-inspired smoothie.)