As summer draws to a close and it becomes a little too chilly to head to the beach or grill out, autumn in Whitewater, WI offers a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities to embrace fall with your date. So before you settle in for a Netflix binge session, consider hitting the town for an afternoon or evening out with your love.

For the romantics

Young Auditorium Theatre: Whitewater, WI

Late September in Whitewater means back-to-school, not only for kids but the university, too, and that means a new season of performances at Young Auditorium. Keep the night romantic with dinner at The Black Sheep or Fanatico and catch a ballet, or keep it casual with a burger and fries at Fat Jacks and catch a concert. No matter what, you’ve had a good meal and added some inspiration to your night.

For the outdoor lovers

Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook: Palmyra, WI

Being surrounded by so much wildlife has amazing perks. Whitewater provides ample opportunities to observe the changing of the seasons whether from the ground or above the trees. Grab your date and head to Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook and State Natural Area, one of the highest points in Jefferson County. Learn some of the history of the land on your 1/2-mile climb and then soak in the beautiful sights of autumn in the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

For sweethearts with a sweet tooth

Ice cream at Rosa’s: Whitewater, WI

Summer may be over, but it’s not too cold for ice cream yet! If you and your love want to enjoy a no-frills date afternoon/night, take yourselves out for ice cream at sleek pizza joint, Rosa’s, or 1950s-inspired burger joint, Brain Freeze. Get different flavors and share or mix your cone or dish up with two flavors each and get the best of all the worlds.

For thrill seekers

Photo credit to Shockwave Haunts: Whitewater, WI

Love indulging in the spooky vibes of fall? Whitewater is home to all the witchy lore and even some of the best haunted houses in the area. Get tickets for you and your date to Spirit Tour and learn about Whitewater’s spiritualist history and how it earned the nickname Second Salem OR enjoy a night of terror and mayhem at Shockwave Haunts for a few good screams. Both are sure to make your hair stand on end.

For the less-is-more date night

La Piazza Pizzeria: Whitewater, WI

Still want dinner and an activity, but want to keep it low key? Devour a slice or two of pizza outside on Main Street at pizza-by-the-slice restaurant, La Piazza Pizzeria, and then catch a movie at Whitewater Cinemas. Doing date night on a weeknight? Go Tuesday and you’ll get $5 tickets and $5 regular combos. Date night for under $20/person for the win!