The fall is by far the best season in to get outdoors in Texas. The milder weather permits couples to do more than just see movie after movie and eat, eat, eat. It’s time to enjoy the gentle breezes, clear skies and snuggly sweater-weather romance on some fun fall dates.
Apache Scooter Rental
2500 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
Apache Scooter Rental combines outdoors, adventure and gorgeous scenery at a speed high enough for a few thrills but low enough to see the sights and glance lovingly at one another. Scooters are available in three-hour increments or day-long rentals for those who want to make a day of it. The scooters are road-worthy but not highway legal, but no class M license is needed to ride off into the sunset together.
Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Ideal for those who enjoy strolling hand in hand but not wilderness hiking, the Public Artwalk in Dallas spans about three miles and will introduce lovers to 30 pieces of art and architecture in and around the downtown area including life-sized sculptures, museums and Dallas history. Public Artwalk maps can be downloaded online to study up ahead of time to impress your date. Free and open year round, this date option is flexible, so stopping for a drink or a bite to eat can still be spontaneous and leisurely.
5430 Gurley Ave.
Dallas, TX 75223
Julia Roberts wouldn’t have needed to use those frequent flyer miles in “Eat, Pray, Love” had she ever been to Kalachandji’s Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant. This place has great, natural eats, serves as a site of worship and meditation and even offers Indian cooking classes for only $25. What makes this a favorite date place is the dining garden. After loading up on healthy goodness, seating on the patio transports guests far away. A wise tree serves as the centerpiece to this open-air palace with private nooks throughout. It is the perfect place to bond, breathe and just be.
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Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens is a web of beautiful, seasonal colors and shades. Pleasant fall temperatures allow for long walks through the Oval Rose, Fuller, Perennial, Lower Rose and the infamous Japanese Garden. This is the date for soft conversations and countless photos together in the naturally beautiful backdrop that sets the mood for the day. A popular site for special occasion photos as well, this collection of gardens is a date worth repeating a few times over.
Shakespeare in the Park
Addison Circle Park
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., 3rd Floor
Dallas, TX 75219
The play “The Winter’s Tale” will open September 18th at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre in Dallas and October 2nd at Addison Circle Park in Addison, under the fall night skies beginning at 8 p.m. This date option is more than just a simple picnic, but picnic plus drama and culture. Keep in mind that if a fall whisper of a wind gets a little chilly, it is Shakespeare providing you the chance to hug each other tighter.
Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.