Choices are limited only by one’s own imagination. Any activity can be turned into a romantic adventure. A yard sale, a picnic in a park, a cookout or a beach outing can become a private world with the right person. However, there are “out-of-the-box” options that can make an outdoor date even more romantic and memorable. Read on for some great ideas for outdoor fall dates in Connecticut.

Rose’s Berry Farm
295 Matson Hill Road
S. Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 633-7467

The town waits all winter for the Sunday breakfast terrace at this farm to open. From Memorial Day to almost Halloween, seasonal, homegrown fruits are used to concoct fabulous breakfast and brunch dishes served on the large, vine-draped terrace overlooking the orchards. Fortified with a sumptuous repast, you can venture into the fruit orchards and be transported on a tractor to your own patch of fruit trees and shrubs. Grab a basket, fill it up and take it home for a twosome culinary adventure to turn into pies, cobblers, cakes, tarts and ice cream. Or take the easy way and buy readymade fare from the store.

Farmington River Tubing
92 Main St.
New Hartford CT 06057
(860) 693-6465

Farmington River Tubing will transport you and your special someone in river tubes specially designed for an exhilarating 2.5-mile ride down the challenging, beautiful Farmington River. The scenic ride traverses three rapids and wild scenery as you sail, float and spin through the journey. It is a milder form of whitewater rafting. Every care for safety is taken, as is advice given on how to ensure protection against the inherent risks of such an activity. There are assistants on designated points, but most of the river is unattended, ensuring privacy and the companionship of your love. Though a part of a troop of tubers, you will inhabit your own private world of thrills and chills; ideal for a romantic, outdoor, fall date. Rafting is available through Labor Day so make your plans soon.

Coventry Farmers’ Market
Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 S. St.
Coventry, CT 06238

New England Travel Magazine calls it “Connecticut’s Preeminent Farmers’ Market.” This country fair-like market takes place on Sundays from June through October. Relive old-fashioned life with farm-fresh produce and handicrafts of all types. Sideshows, performances and fiddlers enliven the proceedings, making it the biggest and most varied farmers’ market in the state. The Brews & BBQ day to be held on September 9th, 2013 is a one-of-a-kind event that hosts breweries from all over the state, allowing you to taste a wide variety of Connecticut beers. It is free and open to the public. Amongst the teeming humanity at these events, make a special world of your own, where you and your sweetheart can enjoy simple pleasures enhanced by each other’s company.

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Castle View Balloons
1476 Highland Ave.
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 272-6116

For a couple wanting isolation in the outdoors, nothing can provide the intimacy and ambience of a hot air balloon ride. The beautiful skies over central Connecticut can be seen in all their splendor. Based in Cheshire, Connecticut, Castle View Balloons has been providing hot air balloon rides since 1998. Pamper yourself with a champagne toast or a getaway vacation to a charming bed and breakfast on a magical balloon ride filled with the scenic beauty of New England. On a clear day, you can view Long Island and the rolling hills of the Berkshires. Relax, forget the everyday hectic pace and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime floating in the basket of a hot air balloon with that special someone.

Merritt Parkway Museum
Ryder’s Landing Shopping Center
6580 Main St.
Stratford, CT 06614
(203) 661-3255

Connecticut boasts innumerable unique highways and byways that crisscross the state. The Merritt Parkway, a 37.27-mile-long scenic highway, one of the few listed on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places, was inaugurated in 1938. It is one of the main connectors between Connecticut and New York. What makes it different is that no commercial or heavy vehicles are allowed access, making for a stress-free ride. Its north end commences at the Sikorsky Bridge near Stamford/Milford on Route 15, which it follows and ends at the Hutchinson River Parkway near Rye at the border of Connecticut and New York. The scenic layout reflects colonial or classical revival with modernism. Uniquely styled signs, individual architecture of each overpass and bridge and the verdant forests and woodlands it traverses all add to the beauty and enjoyment of the drive. Originally it was popular for picnics and recreation along its length, but considerations of safety stopped this practice. Busy during weekdays and national holidays, if timed right on regular weekends, it is a romantic ride for two. On a bright, vibrant fall day, it can be the conduit to take you to your destination or simply a road cruise to enjoy the scenic splendor of nature.

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Bina Joseph, a resident of Glastonbury, CT is a freelance writer covering all things travel-related in Connecticut.
A passionate veteran of the travel industry, Bina has visited more than 40 countries, giving her a unique, global perspective. Her work can be found at