1. Take a Day Trip for Apple Picking Ogden Gigli / Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (CC BY-ND http://2.0) / Via Flickr: masstravel Reasons It's a Great Date:- The fall weather means you can dress in your autumnal best.- It's an activity, but you won't work up a sweat.- Afterwards, you've got a great setup for your next date: using those apples to make something delicious. 2. Read Romantic Poetry at the Library Rich Grundy / Loughborough University Library (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: loughboroughuniversitylibrary Reasons It's a Great Date:- You can borrow books, movies, music, even video games to bring home for a later date.- Nothing gets the hormones flowing like the smell of old books.- All that whispering is kind of sexy. 3. Turn a Walk Into a Scavenger Hunt James Willamor (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: bz3rk Reasons It's a Great Date:- It requires a bit of preparation to come up with things to find on your walk, but it'll be appreciated by your date.- Winner gets...a kiss? 4. Head to the Beach and Build Your Dream Castle Shawn Perez (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: stinkiepinkie_infinity Reasons It's a Great Date:- There's nothing more fun than fun in the sun.- You'll probably rub sunscreen on each other's shoulders.- If things get too hot, you can always cool off in the water. 5. Go People-Watching at a Museum David Blackwell (CC BY-ND http://2.0) / Via Flickr: mobilestreetlife Reasons It's a Great Date:- Many museums often have Free Fridays, so it's a totally free date.- It's a way to turn the crowded museum (usually a negative) into something fun.- If you run out of things to say, the surrounding artwork is an immediate conversation starter. 6. Go on an Impromptu Picnic Alex Lang (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: langalex Reasons It's a Great Date:- It only takes a basket and a blanket to turn a takeout meal (usually the lowest rung of the romantic ladder of meals) into something romantic and memorable. - Not only does the food taste better outdoors, but the lack of a table excuses a lot of the nervousness around table manners. 7. Go Window Shopping at a Flea Market Shutterstock Reasons It's a Great Date:- You can pick out furniture/decorations for your dream home and find out if your tastes are compatible.- You might even find a bargain!- This could lead to a future date where you refinish/repurpose some furniture you bought. 8. Walk Dogs at an Animal Shelter COWAN / European Commission DG ECHO (CC BY-ND http://2.0) / Via Flickr: 69583224@N05 Reasons It's a Great Date:- You're volunteering and doing a good deed.- Animals are adorable.- You'll find out if your date is a dog lover. 9. View Some Art... Street Art, That Is torbakhopper (CC BY-ND http://2.0) / Via Flickr: gazeronly Reasons It's a Great Date:- It's less stuffy than some galleries or museums can be. Also, free.- It's also a chance to explore your city's arts district. 10. Enjoy an 8-bit Game Night at an Old-school Arcade Sam Howzit (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: aloha75 Reasons It's a Great Date:- Arcades are nostalgic, and they'll inspire a lot of conversation starters about your childhood.- Nothing's more flirty than a game of air hockey.- You know how many quarters you get for $20? 80 quarters. That's a lot of games! 11. Commune With Nature While Birdwatching Gidzy (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: gidzy Reasons It's a Great Date:- Since it's just you, your date, and the birds, it's very romantic and secluded.- It's a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of daily life and is a perfect way to unwind with that special someone. 12. Unleash Your Inner Artist on a Drawing Date Shou-Hui Wang (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: vector_tf Reasons It's a Great Date:- You can both express yourself artistically.- Even if you're not good at drawing, it's fun to create things.- It only requires some paper, a pen...and lots of imagination. 13. Go Fly a Kite! Elvert Barnes (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: perspective Reasons It's a Great Date:- It's something you both probably haven't done in years, so you'll learn a skill together.- There's a shared wonder when the kite begins to fly. You don't need a lot of money for a wonderful date, but you don't want your credit score to potentially scare off a partner. Experian Learn more about the connection between romance and finance at Experian.