Autumn is such a romantic time of year. The gorgeous colours and comfortable weather make it the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors before winter creeps up. There are so many ways to make the most of these precious few months in Toronto and the GTA. Whether you want to keep it classic with a trip to the apple orchard or do something a little more special with your S/O, you’ve got tons of really great options. By the time November rolls around, you’ll hardly have space in your camera roll for all the cute fall photos.

Here are 14 fall date ideas in Toronto to impress your special someone this season.

GO ON AN APPLE PICKING DATE

Nothing says autumn romance like a trip to the apple orchard, and there are so many great apple picking spots and around Toronto. Fill up on Gala and Cortland apples at Chudleigh’s in Halton Hills, and go for a cute tractor ride while you’re at it. Or if you’re looking for somewhere extra scenic, Albion Orchards in Caledon was recently rated one of the best in Canada.

Where: Various locations

SEE PUMPKINS AFTER DARK

Snuggle up in your car as you drive through an enchanting tunnel filled with thousands of glowing jack-o-lanterns. These pumpkins are hand-carved and there are live carving demonstrations so you can see how the pros create their masterpieces. The orange glow of carved pumpkins will make for some dreamy mood lighting.

Where: Country Heritage Park, 8560 Tremaine Rd
When: September 17th to November 7th

TAKE A SCENIC TRAIN RIDE

Autumn is the most beautiful time of year in Ontario, and what better way to see the changing leaves in all their glory than through the window of a heritage steam train? The South Simcoe Railway is located less than an hour from the city and it’s holding special scenic train rides this October through the majestic Beeton Creek Valley.

Where: 28 Mill St W, Tottenham
When: Various dates in October 2021

SIP PUMPKIN SPICE COCKTAILS ON A PATIO

Fall n’ Leaves is open in the heart of downtown for the second year in a row, complete with fire pits, fall foliage, pumpkins, and hay bales to make you feel tucked away from the busy city. You’ll want to bring your appetite and indulge in some delicious eats made in the wood fire BBQ pit or wood fire oven, pumpkin poutine, and soup served inside of a squash or pumpkin. Plus, autumn-inspired cocktails and imported wines!

Where: 621 Richmond St
When: October 2021

VISIT RIVERDALE FARM

Stroll among the charming barns and cottages at the historic Riverdale Farm, and pay a visit to the horses, cows, pigs, ducks, goats, and sheep that call it home. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported from the city to the quaint countryside, and the colourful fall leaves will make it all the more picturesque. Visiting is free, but there are many ways you can help support this special place.

Where: 201 Winchester St
When: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SEE A SHOW AT THE CITYVIEW DRIVE-IN

There’s always something going on at Toronto’s outdoor concert venue and drive-in movie theatre by the water. You can see a live performance or a special flick from the comfort of your car. There are food and drink options available, and your order will be brought right to your window. Plus, the skyline views can’t be beaten.

Where: 20 Polson St
When: See schedule

GET LOST IN A CORN MAZE

Wander hand-in-hand through this 10-acre corn maze just north of Toronto. Maybe you’ll do a little sneaky corn maze smooching, maybe you’ll lose each other for a second only to be lovingly reunited a moment later. Oh, sweetcheeks, I missed you for those 3 seconds you weren’t directly in my line of sight! Bonus, you can even bring your dog on Saturdays. So much fun.

Where: 266 Ashworth Rd, Zephyr, Ontario
When: Opens September 18th, 2021

SEE ONTARIO’S PEAK FALL COLOURS

Is there anything more perfect than walking under a canopy of autumn leaves with lattes in hand?  If you’re wondering when and where to see fall colours in Ontario, this map has you covered. Not only does it show you all the provincial parks where the leaves are transforming, but it also gives you up-to-date reports about their shade so you know exactly when to plan your visit.

Where: Provincial parks around Ontario
When: Mid-September to late-October

HIT UP A PUMPKIN PATCH

Doesn’t get more classic than this! Downey’s Farm has 10,000 bright pumpkins on display, a corn maze, farm animals, wagon rides, live entertainment, jumping pillows, and more — tons of opportunities to make cute memories with your date. The farm has pumpkin donuts made fresh on-site and pumpkin donut ice cream sandwiches, so be sure to bring your appetite.

Where: 13682 Heart Lake Rd
When: September 18th—October 31st

GO TO A FALL BEER FESTIVAL

Toast to your love and get a little tipsy while you’re at it!  You can sample some of the city’s finest beer in the crisp autumn air and sunshine this September. Fall Beer Fest T.O. is coming up and it’ll feature hundreds of local and international brewers, mouthwatering eats, and live music from performers like Shaggy and Dwayne Gretzky. There’s also another craft beer festival in September called RendezBrews, and your ticket comes with 5 sample tokens.

Where: Bandshell Park & RendezViews (229 Richmond St W)
When: September 2021

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GET SPOOKED AT A HAUNTED HOUSE

Stay close and cover each other’s eyes as you run through the terrifying attractions at Halloween Haunt. The annual event is back this year at Canada’s Wonderland with all-new haunted houses to explore. Once you’re good and scared, you can switch it up and go on a few nighttime rollercoaster rides and treat yourselves to a well-deserved funnel cake.

Where: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Dr
When: September 24th — October 31st

TAKE A DAY TRIP TO WINE COUNTRY

You won’t need to do any planning for this all-day activity. Every Saturday from September 18th to mid-October, you’ll have the chance to go on The Great Grape Escape, an all-inclusive wine tasting excursion with transportation from Toronto’s Union Station Bus Terminal right to the vineyards and back.  Once you arrive, you’ll enjoy a two-course lunch with wine, followed by wine tastings on-site and a goodie bag at the end of the day.

Where: Union Station Bus Terminal, 81 Bay St
When: Every Saturday, September 18th to October 16th (excluding Thanksgiving weekend)

WINE AND DINE ON A HEATED PATIO

Autumn nights can get a bit chilly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a romantic meal al fresco. This city has so many heated patios with a moody ambiance, great food, and gorgeous views. You can check out this list of the best ones and take your pick.

Where: Various locations
When: All season long

TAKE AN ILLUMINATED NIGHT WALK

This dreamy glowing nighttime adventure is back at The Toronto Zoo. Your moonlit adventure will be enhanced by vibrant glowing lights, multimedia, and sound effects, as well as breathtaking video projections. You’ll get to wander through a luminous forest, a dreamy Arctic landscape, a prism of light, and more. Plus, with physical distancing guidelines in place, you’ll get even more privacy as you wander.

Where: 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, ON
When: Thursday to Sunday until mid-October