Planning the perfect date can be challenging and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. The autumn season offers a cornucopia of activities to share between you and your special someone. What’s more, all of these are affordable and require little to no planning on your part. Here’s six that you should try this fall.

Bake a pie

Find a classic recipe for apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie. Go to Wegmans and buy the ingredients. Spend the afternoon baking the pie. Give it away. Alternatively, you and your lover can have fun in the kitchen together and race to make the best pie the quickest. Besides, who doesn’t love the aroma of freshly baked apple pie wafting through their kitchen?

Bike along the Genesee

Take advantage of the University’s City Cycles program and rent bikes from the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center for free. Go on a scenic ride along the Genesee Riverway Trail and enjoy the brisk, autumn air, all while squeezing in some cardio. Keep in mind that biking may not be the most conducive to conversation, so plan accordingly. A post-ride picnic in Genesee Valley Park should suffice.

Watch a movie at the Little 

Little Theatre may not offer the stadium seating of your typical big-name multiplex, but what it lacks in size is more than compensated by its warm atmosphere and undeniable charm. If you and your significant other are in the mood for a movie, especially one not currenly playing, check out the Little.

Visit Letchworth

Take the weekend to enjoy the great outdoors at Letchworth State Park. Located only an hour south of Rochester, Letchworth offers spectacular views of waterfalls, forests, and streams, not to mention a variety of animal life. If you’re feeling particularly equestrian, the park even provides trails for horseback riding.

Shop the Public Market

Rochester’s Public Market is one of the largest such vendors in the United States. It’s also the perfect setting for a casual, interactive date. Meander from stall to stall, tasting local produce, sampling beauty elixirs, and appreciating handmade arts and crafts. While there, pick a pumpkin to carve for Halloween, which is just around the corner. Don’t forget to also pick up some organic apples to share with your potential soulmate. Red delicious and fuji are especially tasty and are perfect with a light drizzle of caramel. After all, they are in season.

Johnson is a member of the class of 2016.



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