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Our thoughts: 7 inexpensive things to do on a date in Northeast Georgia
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There may be more options than you think for dating on a budget. - photo by CHARLES OLSEN

The infamous words “there’s nothing to do in this town” has no doubt been uttered by every teen in Hall County. This makes things difficult when it comes to dates, especially when you’re on a budget.

Truthfully, there are a lot of dates to be had without breaking the bank. The options don’t have to be dropping $40 on a meal or sitting at home on the couch.

Right now is the perfect time for outdoor dates and activities; the leaves are changing and the air is cool. Take advantage of this and have a seasonal date.

Carve pumpkins together

Pick up a pumpkin (and a carving kit if you need it) and have at it! Carve your initials, a typical jack-o’-lantern face or an intricate design if you’re feeling really crafty. Roast the pumpkin seeds when you’re done for a tasty snack.

Head to a corn maze

This year, Jaemor’s corn maze theme is “Boys of Fall.” If you don’t want to give up one of your Friday nights supporting your school’s “boys of fall,” no worries. The corn maze is also open on Saturdays and Sundays until 10 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively.

Have a picnic at a local park

Gainesville and Hall County have plenty of beautiful parks and scenery to choose from, including views of the lake and shady spots under some trees. Make some of your favorite sandwiches or even steer away from the traditional picnic menu and make salads, pasta or even grilled chicken.

Take a drive through the mountains to enjoy the changing leaves

Gainesville is at the foothills of the mountains. Within an hour or so, you can be in the midst of brilliant fall colors in North Georgia or in North Carolina. Take a drive up to Highlands, N.C.; see the beautiful views and window shop in the little stores and antique shops on the way back.

Go hiking

There are tons of hiking trails around here whether you’re looking for a trail with a spectacular view or just a walk in the woods. If you’re looking for a view, try out the Raven Cliff Falls trail or the Yonah Mountain trail.

Have one last lake day

Before it gets too cold, enjoy one last time on the lake. Rent a canoe or kayak at Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club or Don Carter State Park. Don Carter State Park even hosts New Moon Kayaking, a night of kayaking under the stars Oct. 10-11.

Stargaze

Pack a blanket and spend some time just laying out looking at the stars. Turn off your cellphones and just enjoy being outside together. Maybe you’ll even get to see a shooting star.

A date isn’t all about showing off with fancy restaurants or expensive activities. Often times, teenagers get too caught up in that, so this season, take the time to go on a date that’s more memorable than your average trip to the movies.

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