Arts & Culture

Fall Date Ideas in Dallas

New dates for a new season.

Yardbird Table & Bar Dallas
Emma Aly
Posted on Oct 15, 2021

Fall is here! Looking for new ways to enjoy the cooler weather and warmer-hued leaves of autumn with your significant other? Dallas has an abundance of seasonal options no matter your interests.


The Woolworth - credit: @just.dallas.things
The Woolworth - credit: @just.dallas.things 

For the fall foodies

Many spend the year looking forward to the warmth of fall flavors. If pumpkin, apple, cinnamon and maple are your go tos, Dallas has plenty to offer. For quick meet ups or first dates, Window Seat Coffee in Lower Greenville offers seasonal drinks fit for a cozy breakfast for two. Try the sweet potato latte or the fan-favorite apple chai-der for a perfect fall treat. A warm cinnamon roll, slice of pumpkin loaf or croissant will complete a sweet morning together.

For a perfect lunch date, Flower Child is the place for you. The from-scratch meals are made with seasonal, fresh ingredients. Fall offerings include the butternut squash and organic pear salad, barbeque heirloom carrots and roasted butternut squash. With an abundance of options for all dietary restrictions, there is something for everyone.

Finish off the night with an innovative, photo-worthy cocktail from The Woolworth. Try the old-fashioned vanilla served with a cinnamon stick to add a hint of spice or the purple rain, a gin-based drink with notes of violet, pomegranate, lemon and rosemary.

Stop in to Scardello, a popular shop in Oak Lawn that features more than 150 handmade American, Texas and European cheeses, to grab a slice of brie for a romantic picnic at Klyde Warren Park or sign up for one of their popular cheese classes.


Credit: Bishop Cider Co.
Credit: Bishop Cider Co.

For the kids at heart

After a long week at work, mix it up and relive to your school days together! Just like kids, start the day at school - Public School 214, that is. The unique flavors offer what you wish you had in your school cafeteria: a PB&J burger, barbacoa chili cheese fries or for a fall flavor - pumpkin bacon campanelli. 

Scoot your boots at the Round Up Saloon & Dance Hall. Grab your partner and get down with the Saloon's free nightly dance lessons, karaoke and cheap draft beers!

Get inspired together at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. With six floors of exhibits and attractions, there is plenty to explore. View massive dinosaurs on the fourth floor or visit the Sports Hall on the lower level to face your partner in athletic skill competitions like racing an NFL running back or shooting a hockey puck and compare your reaction time. 

If you are looking for more recess-like fun and less education, head to the Cidercade, an arcade bar in West Dallas. The more than 140 retro and modern games have a special emphasis on multiplayer games, so you can challenge your date to friendly competition. The bar offers 26 taps of hard ciders, seltzers and kombucha, and if you're hungry, visit the rotating food truck selection outside. Though open to all ages during the day, the location becomes 21+ after 8 p.m. and is open late for maximum fun.



For the elevated traditionalists

You can't go wrong with a classic dinner and movie date, and Dallas offers the perfect way to upgrade the traditional date. First, make a reservation at Yardbird, a James Beard-nominated, award-winning restaurant located just steps from the Dallas Arts District. Try innovative versions of southern classics like deviled eggs with smoked trout roe, chicken and waffles with honey hot sauce, or sweet tea braised short ribs.

After your meal, stroll down the street and around the corner to find yourself in Klyde Warren Park. This oasis of green space among the towering buildings of the city is the perfect place to take a romantic, after-dinner walk together.

To finish off the night, head to the historic Inwood Theatre, fittingly located on West Lovers Lane. The retro theater features a first-floor screening room filled with couches, offering space to cuddle with your date as you enjoy a movie together.


Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum

For the Halloween lovers

If you are looking for the perfect date with your fellow fall lover, start your day at the Dallas Arboretum. The sprawling grounds now feature over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash for their 16th annual Autumn at the Arboretum exhibit. The pumpkin village makes a perfect fall photo-op. 

Hungry after exploring the 66 acres of pumpkins and gardens? City Hall Bistro is the perfect dining option for those looking to add a little spookiness to an autumn day. Located within the historic Adolphus Hotel, the luxurious lodging has welcomed esteemed guests including presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush and British royalty, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The hotel is also known for having more long-term guests that haunt the halls and rooms of the residence, but don't let the ghosts distract you from the indulgent southern European offerings like fried cauliflower popcorn, braised pork belly and butternut squash mezzaluna.

Looking for something even more haunting? Check out Nightly Spirit's ghost tour pub crawl. This 21+ experience will have you exploring haunted bars and buildings while hearing chilling tales of the ghosts that reside in those very places. You and your boo will enjoy spirits served at local bars and pubs as you learn about the spirits that haunt downtown Dallas.