Where to Go on a Date in Las Vegas This Fall

Add a little pumpkin spice to your love life with 15 fun date ideas that are perfect for the autumn season.

Romance can mean a lot of things in Las Vegas, from hooking up at a crowded nightclub to spending time over a quiet meal at one of Sin City's best romantic restaurants. But you may need a new idea to impress someone special this fall season and there are lots of great ways for couples to get to know each other a little bit better around town. As we settle into fall, check out the following 15 date ideas to help have fun, and take your relationship up a notch.

Clique Bar & Lounge
Photo courtesy of Clique Bar & Lounge

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The Cosmopolitan
Clique Bar & Lounge is now preparing cocktails tableside with playful glassware and inventive presentations. A bartender comes to the table with a mixology cart of spirits, liqueurs, house-made juices, and garnishes for a personalized, interactive experience. The Seal It With A Kiss is a colorful mix of Casamigos, Chambord, and lemon with a pine shrub and mint, while Another Day in Paradise mixes Bacardi Superior with orgeat, lime, pineapple vinegar, and bitters with a flaming pineapple on top. Each cocktail is $25, with the same recipes made for everyone at the table–a good way to test if you and your date are on the same page.

Gilcrease Orchard
Gilcrease Orchard

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Spending time at Gilcrease Orchard is a fall tradition in Las Vegas that dates back nearly 100 years. The 60-acre farm is able to grow fruits and vegetables in the middle of the desert thanks to an ample supply of natural artesian spring water. Admission is free. So are the wagon rides. You're welcome to pick your own produce and pay by the pound. The selection varies, but the season usually brings apples, pears, peaches, spaghetti squash, and yes, lots of pumpkins. Sunflowers are in bloom, so bring your own scissors to trim the stem and take one home for $2. Gilcrease also sells a few house-made treats, including the always in-demand apple cider doughnuts. The orchard is open to the public for the season on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7 am–2 pm.

Cheer on sports teams in style

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The Strip
Vegas' two favorite sports teams just kicked off new seasons, and you can check out the games in grand fashion. Book a table at Hyde Lounge, a stylish lounge at the top of T-Mobile Arena that's an incredible perch to feel the energy of the venue and watch the Golden Knights in action. Guests can order bottle service or cocktails served in 60-ounce pitchers to go along with short rib sliders, BBQ chicken flatbreads, and other game-day bites by chef Paul Pascua. Save room for a blondie toffee brownie dessert. Meanwhile, the Wynn Field Club remains one of the best vantage points to see a Raiders game at Allegiant Stadium. Enjoy new dishes like a buffalo cauliflower bowl, taco platters or (if you place a pre-order at a VIP table) a 40-ounce aged Porterhouse. Located on the floor level of the North End zone, the Wynn Field Club is also hosting post-game parties with DJs providing the entertainment. Both Wynn Field Club and Hyde Lounge have their own exclusive entrances, making it easy to avoid long waits and the rush of the crowd.

Rhyolite Ghost Town
Rhyolite Ghost Town | Photo by Sydney Martinez, courtesy of Travel Nevada

Hike the remains of an old ghost town

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Multiple Locations
The fall season is a great time to bond over a hike, and while Rock Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire are inspiring natural wonders, nothing beats the ruins of a spooky ghost town, especially heading into Halloween season. Nelson is the most tourist friendly, with an old gas station, beat-up cars, and saloons, outside of what was formerly the highest producing mine in the Silver State. Guided tours are available and it's a great side-trip when driving south to Laughlin. More ambitious explorers may prefer St. Thomas, an old Mormon settlement revealed by the dwindling waters of Lake Mead. However, Rhyolite makes the most dramatic impression. The ruins of the boom-and-bust town are just outside Beatty, featuring the remains of an old bank, train depot, and other deteriorating structures. Even better, there are a few fun restaurants on the outskirts of Vegas to grab a meal while day tripping.

Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen | Photo by Meg Blair

Do brunch in Las Vegas

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If you've already spent the summer eating your way through the best brunch restaurants in Las Vegas, it's time to check out a few new options. El Dorado Cantina has Latin Brunch Weekends at all three locations from 10 am-3 pm, with bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Micheladas (and live music at Tivoli Village). Tal Ronnen's Crossroads Kitchen just launched a plant-based brunch at Resorts World with vegan takes on Chicken and Waffles, Stuffed French Toast, and a bagel tower with dairy-free cream cheese and other toppings. Rosa Ristorante has a weekend breakfast menu beginning at 10 am and a larger brunch menu kicking in at noon with both running until 4 pm. Highlights include a Poached Egg and Bacon Salad, Brioche French Toast with Granny Smith apples, and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with blueberry compote.

Space: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond
Space: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond | Photo courtesy of Illuminarium

Surround yourself in computer-generated visuals

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Multiple Locations
Immersive worlds of projection mapping are a growing trend in Las Vegas. Illuminarium at AREA15 is bringing back "Wild: A Safari Experience," featuring African animals in their natural environments, to complement "Space: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond," depicting a rocket liftoff and visit to the lunar surface (with a replica of NASA's Apollo module). Both experiences are enhanced with surrounding high-def scenery, crystal-clear audio, vibrations, scents, and even "footprints" for a truly compelling experience. The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit was extended through at least the end of the year inside the Shops at Crystals, bringing Vincent Van Gogh's iconic art to life on a grand scale with animated visuals. By comparison, Perception Las Vegas is billed as "the Strip's first permanent digital art museum" with a Leonardo Da Vinci presentation, but it's more of a graphics show than an educational tool, loosely based on imagery connected to the artist.

Lake Mead Cruises
Lake Mead Cruises

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Lake Mead
Official tours at the Hoover Dam are a great way to get familiar with the landmark that helped build modern Las Vegas, but there's another cool way to see the giant hunk of concrete in person. Lake Mead Cruises has an afternoon Hoover Dam Sightseeing Cruise that runs seven days a week. The 90-minute tour departs from the Lake Mead National Recreation Area with food and booze served on board. The vintage-style paddle boat is enjoyed to the fullest during fall, when you can hang out on the rooftop deck while snapping nonstop photos.

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Henderson
If you really want to impress a date, take control of an aircraft and prove you can navigate the skies above Las Vegas—with professional supervision of course. All In Aviation offers experiential flight lessons, beginning at $415 per person (and yes, you can bring a guest). Circle above landmarks like the Hoover Dam or travel to a destination like Zion National Park or Big Bear Lake before returning home. The lesson, conducted by a certified flight instructor, takes place in a Cessna 172 or if you really want to get fancy, a Cirrus SR22, departing from Henderson Executive Airport.

Royal Crawl
Photo courtesy of Royal Crawl

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Downtown
Exploring the lights and sights of the Fremont Street Experience is one of the coolest things you can do in Vegas. It's even better with a drink in hand. Royal Crawl's Downtown drink crawl begins at Overhang and Mega Bar at Circa, continues at Bar Prohibition inside the Golden Gate, then wraps up at Bar Canada and Longbar at The D. Go at your own pace while following the Royal Crawl app with a choice of beer, wine, or cocktail at each stop. Each drink earns a digital playing card with a prize for the day's best hand. Crawls are $70 (but use the code FREMONT40 to receive 40% off).

fire pit
Photo courtesy of Legacy Club at Circa

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Downtown
Snuggle up with someone special at the Legacy Club, a rooftop lounge at Circa (one of the new hotels making an impression in Las Vegas). The views from the 60th floor are especially engaging at sunset, whether inside the main bar or sitting by a fire pit on the open-air patio. Like the rest of the hotel, the Legacy Club has its share of Old Vegas touches; most noticeably, busts and portraits of Vegas casino magnates and a tower of gold bars with its fluctuating market value consistently updated on a digital display. Admission is free with a reservation.

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Garden
Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Garden | Photo by Tory Kooyman

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Bellagio
Need a cheap date? Walking through the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Garden is one of the best things you can do for free in Las Vegas. The new fall exhibit, "Artfully Autumn," runs through November 12, celebrating the season with 10,000 brightly colored flowers and plants crafted into large-scale shapes and designs. In a new twist, the spectacle will take inspiration from the modern art and architecture designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Just try not to walk in front of someone's camera shot. The exhibit is one of the most photographed places in Las Vegas.

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Downtown
One great photo op deserves another. The Neon Museum, where historic Vegas signs and marquees are preserved and restored, has a portrait hour for guests to bring their own photographer for a professional shoot in the north gallery. It could be just the thing to celebrate an engagement or take your relationship up a level. If you're looking to simply hang around and absorb the history, that's cool too. The Neon Museum now has both English and Spanish-speaking tours, making the attraction more inclusive than ever.

The Strat ride
The STRAT Las Vegas

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The Strat
Perhaps some scares and excitement will bring you and your date closer together? Venture to the top of the 1,149-foot Stratosphere tower, where four different thrill rides—plus a bungee-like cable jump—dangle over the side. If that seems a little too intense, check out the views from the safety of the observation deck, grab some dinner at Top of the World, sip on drinks at 107 SkyLounge, or maybe just buy a few sweet treats—like chocolate marshmallow or birthday cake cookies—for your sweetie at 108 Eats. And if things really go well, take a detour to the Chapel in the Clouds and seal the deal.

AREA15
AREA15

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Off the Strip
The entertainment, dining, and retail space known as AREA15 is a great place to bring a date. Omega Mart, a massive walkable art installation by Meow Wolf that's a trippy spoof of a superstore, is the main attraction. Otherwise, feel free to grab a cocktail at Oddwood, Emporium Arcade Bar, or Liftoff (which elevates guests 130 feet in the air). Ride the Haley's Comet motorized zip-line, play one of eight simulator bays at Five Iron Golf, and check out the Wink World hall of infinite mirrors. Todd English's The Beast is a great restaurant for barbecue, while Lost Spirits is a distillery with a Willy Wonka-style tour and a few fun surprises along the way, including an indulgent multi-course dinner menu that takes guests 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

 Maverick Helicopters
Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters

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The Strip
Maverick Helicopters has a couple sky-high ways to help plan a perfect night out in Las Vegas. The Savory Bites & Neon Lights Tour begins with a Lip Smacking Foodie Tours food crawl of top Strip restaurants followed by a helicopter ride above the lights of the Strip. The new Savor & Soar experience is similar, but features a crawl of the restaurants at Virgin Hotels before taking flight. If you're a couple that prefers mountain scenery, the Neon & Nature tour flies from the Strip to the colorful sandstone cliffs of Red Rock Canyon with a 30-minute landing, champagne toast, and panoramic views on a private 2,900-foot-high vista.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than eight years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Trivago Magazine, Sophisticated Living, Modern Luxury, Leafly, Las Vegas Magazine, and other publications. His favorite idea for a Las Vegas date is drinks on the back patio with his wife. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.