Fall in Wilmington is nothing short of enchanting, and there's no better time to kindle the flames of romance. As the days grow shorter and the nights chillier, embark on a journey through Wilmington's most charming and cozy date night spots. Whether you're an adventurous couple, foodies in search of culinary delights, or just seeking a simple yet special evening out, this is your guide to three unforgettable autumn date night ideas.  

So, let's embrace the magic of fall and set the scene for memorable moments together. 

A Date for the Adventurous Couple:  

Adventure awaits in Greater Wilmington, Delaware, the perfect backdrop for an exciting date with your special someone. Break away from the ordinary and embark on an unforgettable journey filled with thrilling escapades. Take a chance on the line... zipline that is. Take on a treetop adventure with 50-foot-high tree-to-tree crossings, super long ziplines over Lums Pond and heart-stopping Tarzan swings. Or, take your chances into the evening hours escAPEing the forest.. Leave it to Go Ape! Zipline & Adventure Park to get you closer to that special someone, even if it is because you are hanging on in fright!   

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Fort Delaware

  • Pea Patch Island

Built in 1859, Fort Delaware served as a Civil War prison which held close to 33,000 Confederate POWs during the Civil War. The Fort was active during the Civil War, Spanish…

Historic New Castle

  • GPS Coordinates: 50 Market Street

This charming Colonial town is steeped in history. Enjoy fine restaurants, fabulous museums and quaint shops. Stroll along the Delaware River.

Wilmington & Western Railroad

  • Greenbank Railroad Station

The Wilmington and Western offers steam-diesel-powered train tours through the scenic Red Clay Valley of Wilmington. Trains operate rain or shine on weekends throughout the…

Delaware State Parks

  • (Throughout Delaware)

Explore the natural diversity of Delaware's 17 state parks! Discover scenic beaches, unique campgrounds, diverse trails, rich history, rock climbing, kayaking, and so much more…

A Date Day for the Foodie Couple:  

Get ready to take your taste buds on a delectable date in Wilmington, Delaware. Start your journey by savoring a leisurely brunch at one of the area’s finest. Breakfast at Blume oozes sophistication and charm of a classic landmark in North Wilmington, Delaware. Blume offers a unique mix of stylish, airy bar and restaurant, presenting a refined New American fare. The perfect place to relax and enjoy the ambiance in an inviting atmosphere. 

After exploring a du Pont estate or two, it’s time to break for lunch. Venture into the heart of the city, where you can explore an array of vibrant food markets, restaurants, and local favorites.  

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Le Cavalier at the Green Room

  • 42 West 11th St.

Le Cavalier (pronounced: luh-KAH-vuhl-YAY) honors the deep equestrian tradition in the Brandywine River Valley. Chef-Partner Tyler Akin’s opening brasserie menu draws influence…

Park Cafe

  • 2510 W 5th St

Park Cafe offers comfort food with a healthy touch and is located at 2510 West 5th Street in Wilmington, DE. Serving lunch and weekend brunch, with patio and indoor seating, and…

BBC Tavern & Grill

  • 4019 Kennett Pike

Enjoy our famous pretzels with homemade mustard, huge nachos, corn-and-crab chowder. A relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Semi private meeting/event space available for group up…

Centreville Place: Cafe + Market

  • 5800 Kennett Pike

We look forward to serving you with the classic recipes you have come to love as well as new ones that will delight you! Centreville Place is a community space to relax, unwind…


  • 111 W. 10th St.

Welcome to DE.CO, a launchpad for chefs: 250 seats, 8 restaurant stalls, an atrium bar and private event space. Click through on our Facebook page for updates on entertainment…


  • 900 N Market St

Delaware's First Duckpin & Dining! Wilma’s transforms the 100-year old bank hall into a full-service bar and restaurant with a 4-lane duckpin bowling alley and retro arcade…

Chelsea Tavern

  • 821 Market St.

An Urban Tavern located in the heart of Wilmington featuring 30 craft brews on tap along with a daily Cask Conditioned Specialty Beer. The Chef delivers a beer and wine friendly…

The Quoin Restaurant

  • 519 N. Market St.

The kitchen is center stage in our 155-seat restaurant and bar, and our chefs are the masters at work. They’re bringing the borders of Southern France and Northern Italy…

Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar

  • 1212 Washington St.

Located on Washington Street in center city Wilmington, Delaware, we offer an upbeat atmosphere with modern Asian fare. The ideal location to enjoy the best + freshest sushi in…

Washington Street Ale House

  • 1206 Washington St.

With an extensive selection of local microbrews and over 24 on tap, the Washington Street Ale House is the best place in the city to enjoy great drinks. Pair your favorite drink…

As the day’s explorations come to a close and the night unfolds, discover the city's finest dining establishments, each offering unique flavors and ambiance.  

Le Cavalier at the Green Room is not only a historic gem, but is influenced by the flavors of North Africa and Provençe. Le Cavalier is a neo-brasserie offering thoughtfully sourced French classics and inventive riffs on French staples paired with natural wines designed to complement their fare.

New to the dining scene is Bar Reverie, located in historic Greenville, Delaware. Bar Reverie is a cafe by day, inspired dining by night, wine bar restaurant featuring a travel-inspired menu with a nod to French cuisine. 

Once the village blacksmith shop, today Krazy Kat's Restaurant is now a renowned dining spot for locals, travelers, and special occasions. Known for its fresh, locally sourced, and creative cuisine, as well as its whimsical decor featuring tiger-print chairs and portraits of military-garbed felines, Krazy Kats provides an enjoyable dining experience to everyone who passes through.   

A Date for the Simple Couple:  

For those couples seeking a more serene autumn experience, consider embarking on a farm visit where you can partake in pumpkin-picking and a range of seasonal activities. Ramsey’s Farm, a longstanding family-owned and operated establishment dating back to 1860, presents an ideal setting for a delightful fall-themed outing. Immerse yourself in the charm of the season with a leisurely hayride, the opportunity to hand-pick your choice of fall produce, and the option to extend your stay for a delightful conclusion featuring fireside s'mores, ensuring your evening concludes on a sweet and memorable note. 

Whether you opt for an intimate candlelit dinner or the perfect fall outing, Wilmington is sure to spark delightful conversations and unforgettable moments, making you and your partner’s day truly spectacular.  

Cover photo by: Danielle L.